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  • Location:
    Boston, MA

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

Turbo617's Bio

I love my job. I clock in with a smile and clock out with a smile.

Local truck driver.

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Terminated by Schneider

When I went otr to a company , I happen to have a delivery in my home state. I informed my trainer there is a very large dip and sharp turn on I-90 . He was from my same state but didn’t actually know the state ( guess he was new ). Anyway he didn’t believe me. When I got to it, I slowed down to about 35mph , made the turn and got a critical event for going too slow on the highway and roll over . They pulled up the gps, talked to me about it. And was cleared. Nice and easy

I’m local now and we have forward and rear facing cameras. When I hard brake, turn to fast, hit bumps, they camera goes off and records 8 seconds prior and 8 seconds after. Third party company actively reviews it and if I did turn to fast, they’ll send it to my job. But if everything is ok. They’ll move on. In a large truck you’d be surprised what even a sudden jerk or medium braking would do to the load ( I only read the first page )

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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TMC CDL Program

If you are not comfortable or your trainer is not being fair don’t do what I did and keep going, report him and you’ll get sent to another trainer

I sucked it up and passed any test my trainer threw at me to fail me. The main thing that bothered me is . Tmc has an option where you click smoker or none smoker . Dip or no dip. I put no smoke- no dip. That way I’m matched with a like mind trainer

Nope. My trainer dipped and it was disgusting. On top of him being in cups, peeing on the side of the truck, making his own spot in the middle of lanes when there were more than enough rooms to park where a rookie can easily back in.

Always yelled at me for not going fast in the truck stop parking lot, yelled at me for switching lanes when cars and trucks were coming on the on ramp - he said I have an increased chance of crashing

Yelled at me when I observed the move over law - again saying i have an increase chance of crashing.

That’s just the tiny bit of it. And I never reported him , my mistake. I think highly of the company, my class mostly got great trainers, the few others reported and got good trainers.. I didn’t want the trainer to get fired as I know that’s not TMC standards .

I hope I still have a chance to try again! I’m loving this local truck career, but my route takes me past truck stops and I sure miss it!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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TMC CDL Program

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I don't know how I managed to keep calm and focused on trying to learn this extremely critical material.

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Do you think his behavior is calculated or random? TMC has been training flatbed drivers for a long time and they are very good at it.

Here is what I think; your patience and tolerance were both being tested. You may not believe that to be true, but I'm quite sure the approach was deliverately designed to test your ability to stay focused and maintain composure in a stressful situation. It obviously worked considering you answered all but one securement question correctly.

If by chance you ask the same instructor for some one-on-one time to clarify specific securement topics, his demeanor might be very different. Part of an instructors job is to "thin the herd" so to speak, so that only the strong survive.

I think you handled the situation exactly how a professional truck should, focused on performing our jobs regardless of the distractions thrown at us.

Merry Christmas! 🎄

I know who the instructor is..

Yeah he is very aggressive however when approached he will explain it a bit easier. But if you still aren’t getting it, he will snap at you. Instructions are quite clear. Some people think it’s a game, load securement is no joke. Lives are at risk the moment your truck is loaded.

But seeing as how he practically aced his load securement test, he indeed was taught well

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Military Trucking Time

Schneider counts experience towards pay, I believe that's the best you can do

https://schneiderjobs.com/company-drivers/military

Or look at the PaYS program, start from there.

( scroll to the bottom for a brief on it )

http://m.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/transportation-and-aviation/motor-transport-operator.m.html

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

Update. Went with TMC.

Orientation was / is awesome.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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My TMC Transport Orientation and Training

Exactly like g-town said. Think of it as a two week interview. Don't mess around. Think safety. THINK SAFETY. THINK SAFETY. Don't mess around. Don't be disrespectful to ANYONE. It's nice to make friends but FOCUS on you.

It is similar to a military atmosphere. Always have situational awareness. Both during orientation and out on the road.

My verification. I finished TMC orientation recently.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Alright so I got in to Swift as Gary the recruiter I am working with said... but yet another question for Brett, Old School, Errol V. and other Moderators!

But yes victor, notify him immediately. If you still get the confirmation that you are good to go, seize that opportunity

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Alright so I got in to Swift as Gary the recruiter I am working with said... but yet another question for Brett, Old School, Errol V. and other Moderators!

Rick id suggest the time line be atleast 5 years old. Although I heard there are companies that do a 10 year search?

I had a bad 2013, 4 improper equipments, one speeding ticket. And two other violations.

2014 had a improper equipment. All moving violations in Massachusetts ( I didn't know how to fight tickets or that I could)

Werner denied me and said I need atleast 6 months experience. I don't blame them. Soon I'll be released from that terrible time, one year and x amount of months to go !

Even tho you've stayed out of ticket/accident trouble since 2014 - that's a lot of stuff you racked up in a short amount of time.

That 15+ is going to be the most difficult to overcome.

I hit a pedestrian in a POV in '15. No citation, long form accident report puts the j-walker at fault - and I have a "no liability letter" from my insurance company.

I would get a FIRM COMMITMENT for an orientation date - based on your past driving record. You may find that companies might be leery of it - until they are more than 3 years old.

Looks like you had a rough 2014, driving-wise.

Rick

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

Also Currently studying the high road training - endorsements. Will look into getting my twic card and passport aswell.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Recent personal vehicle rear end accident. No one will give me a chance...

I am attending NETTTS(New England Tractor Trailer Training School) in Somers, CT

I graduated from NETTTS- Pawtucket, practically top of my class and a perfect one and done.

I wonder if you can come to my school to see if the career placement personnel can help you out or are you stuck to the Somers location

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

Note: I understand how uncertain the construction field is. They are hiring CDL drivers who also do laborer work.

I also understand how much labor I'll be doing with Coca Cola and city driving around Boston area. It's the price I have to pay that my wife will only accept and I refuse to lie to her ( saying my only option is otr and no local will give me a chance )

I believe I can get into Sysco, Gordon food service, and Reinhart. Le Wife is waiting for me to put in those applications 😂

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

Uplate. Was supposed to start orientation with Werner on the 13th. Made that date a month prior. Well around a week before, I get a call and they pulled my app and date. I called to figure out why and the lady said I need 6 months experience. ( I'm assuming because of my driver record which isn't bad, just full of equipment violations in 2013, one speeding ticket in 2013).No biggie won't let that affect me or the reviews I have of the company.

Prime has been calling me

USX has been calling me

TMC, who denied me, reopened my app and is now calling me ( even got a pre hire text from the recruiter..?)

Roehl called me but they waiting for my call

Coca Cola to which I applied for called me, did an interview. I believe it went well ( it was around the time tractor man had his interview )

There's a construction company 5-10 minutes from my house to which I'm also going to apply for.

My mind is set on doing my time on the road, wife fully supports it. However Le wife wants me to exhaust all local options first. EVEN if I went local now to get settled, she would still 100% support me going otr after.

Will keep updating. May give prime a call in the next few days

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Frustrations with Werner Enterprises, I'm finished with them

At first I thought you was all professional. But definetly behave different over at truckersreport.

No need to mention this site over there, pretty much signifying that these drivers here don't know what they are talking about, especially when you said you agreed with all that was said here. Why flip the script over on truckersreport?

Personally I would've made the thread there like you did, but NOT mention this site. I'd soak in all the advice I can get from both ends and make my decision, because ultimately it would be my decision. ( I'd do the same here. Make a post there and NOT mention what was said over here )

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Recent personal vehicle rear end accident. No one will give me a chance...

I am from Western Massachusetts.

What school did you attend ?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I talked to a TMC driver and he says this while I talked to a ATS driver and he says another... I need some wisdome and advice!

The three I focused on Yes. Werner , us Xpress and Roehl.

I rear ended someone , that unlicensed driver did a dumb thing. I went into the back of him. No injuries. But because he was unlicensed, I was at fault according to my insurance..

Despite that, they still said yes to me. Roehl was waiting on my police report to continue it, but the recruiter stopped talking to me maybe a month back, I just recieved Roehl phone call the other day saying they are following up on " our " conversation from last week... I'm no wizard but last week and a month,, that's pretty big difference 😜

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I talked to a TMC driver and he says this while I talked to a ATS driver and he says another... I need some wisdome and advice!

Your experience may be different, wish you luck.

I tried to apply for tmc, my 2013 wasn't so good. One speeding ticket 60 in a 45 ( and I was the slowest one with a million cars buzzing past me so I thought atleast let me get a decent mph going. Fail)

Got a few improper equipment ( windshield, etc ) and they declined my app. License wasn't never suspended .

But don't let me tear it down, wish you luck!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

I now have the CDL A. Practically aced the brake, maneuvers and road last Thursday.

Orientation with Werner starts on March 13th. Going otr route ( as opposed to dedicated) . They didn't have any regional open, but it can change from here to then.

I'll keep updating on my journey

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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First trip to far northeast. Advice?

You probably made it here by now, but canton is about ten minutes away from me. There's a rest stop on 95 north, just after before 495 ( coming from Rhode Island)

You can also park on the street at NETTTS in Pawtucket, I always see us Xpress, tmc, Werner , and few other truck company and owner ops take their breaks there

If you can brave city driving, you can take your break around my area, you'll just have a complicated way of heading back on to the highway. ( this goes for anyone) talbot Ave, Dorchester, park on the field side. Blue hill ave heading towards talbot, trucks park there often.

You'll have to drive up to franklin park, turn around up there OR take a right down Columbia road, straight down until you get on the highway ( seen trucks do both )

The rest stop is before 495*

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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First trip to far northeast. Advice?

You probably made it here by now, but canton is about ten minutes away from me. There's a rest stop on 95 north, just after before 495 ( coming from Rhode Island)

You can also park on the street at NETTTS in Pawtucket, I always see us Xpress, tmc, Werner , and few other truck company and owner ops take their breaks there

If you can brave city driving, you can take your break around my area, you'll just have a complicated way of heading back on to the highway. ( this goes for anyone) talbot Ave, Dorchester, park on the field side. Blue hill ave heading towards talbot, trucks park there often.

You'll have to drive up to franklin park, turn around up there OR take a right down Columbia road, straight down until you get on the highway ( seen trucks do both )

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Upcoming new driver

I'm doing my research on otr aswell . as long as I Show up on time and don't live at truck stops ( aka manage my time well ) I should get treated well with the FM

I just need the miles

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