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    Boston, MA

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 4 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, 3 weeks ago

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Wife-school or company school

I was raised- Growing up a mans word is everything.

You get free training. Honor your commitment for atleast 1 year.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Wife-school or company school

My wife is currently in trucking school. No issues there except her job isn’t accommodating at all. Threatening her with firing her.

Weekends she’s literally on 2 hours of sleep . She goes from school to work. To school . To work. Barely even stepping foot in our place - just to shower and change then leave. But they don’t care

From what she tells me, it seems like they don’t want anyone to advance and she doesn’t want to be stuck in that place with those miserable people.

Anyway she approached me with going to company paid training. I gave her the warning of signing a 1 year contract in exchange for a cdl . She’s for it. I suggested prime to her as I seen countless of members reviews ( Though rainy? comes to mind )

What you guys think. Yes I’m aware personal choice. She’s up for the year contract.

She’s a bit slow minded but once she catches on, man she’s hooked. I tell her everyday of my local adventures and she fell in love

She’s about 130 pounds. 5’9

She talked about flatbed And refer . I did my stint of flatbed and told her I’ve seen short tiny folk handle that tarp, just be prepared to get those work muscles first few weeks until your used to it.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Rookie who can’t stand otr training

I may sound harsh but this lifestyle isn’t for the weak. All of us seen our fair share of accidents.

Seen families burned up, crushed, truck barreling through because of no air brakes. You are driving a big weapon of death, yes death. Whatever you hit, small chance they’ll survive.

Hit someone in a car, small chance they’ll die

Hit someone in a truck, small chance they’ll live.

See the difference?

If your heart is not into this, don’t force yourself. Feel free to come back later on before the AI robots come in

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Rookie who can’t stand otr training

I have a dilemma because I’ve graduated cd school this pass October. I’ve started with prime but the training process has Been tough especially being a woman . The 1st trainer I had was so rude to me and I dealt with him for 2 weeks and then had to wait at a terminal for 2 weeks for another trainer and my 2nd trainer quit because we got stuck in California for a few days due to a snow storm. So I’ve been home contemplating on if I should quit because I really hate otr all over the states and I would like to find something where I can go home every week. I know that it’ll be harder to get but I want to be happy and I’ve been miserable dealing with this training process especially dealing with trainers who are so tactless and mean. I don’t want to hate what I do just for the money and experience. I also don’t know what the next trainer will be like and I will take another chance going out with another person knowing I already have a bad experience with the trainers so I’m kind of over it. I know that I haven’t learned everything I need to know in just a few weeks of training so my only reason for going back would be cause of the money and experience. However I’ll be uncomfortable, and unhappy doing so. I don’t know if it’s worth it. Please give me some advice on what you think the beat option will be. Thanks

One thing you have to face is, you have to swallow your pride. Swallow your way of doing things. You are going to the trainers truck.

I was forcefully given a newbie ( I’m local) they told me , teach him the product. I asked them if he had experience because company requires 6 months experience. They said yes.

Turns out no. Fresh out of school. When it comes to safety, I yelled. Last thing I want is my truck reputation to be the one hitting cars and trucks ( my route is a set area)

You don’t know anything. Even if you think you know, you don’t. My trainee was stubborn but has the same disabilities like my wife so he was even easier.

As long as no sexual advances are made towards you... you have to suck it up princess. You are fortunate that not only you’ll have a trainer, you have this whole forum. And majority being Prime drivers both current and former

Posted:  1 year 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:  2 years, 4 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:  2 years, 5 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:  3 years 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:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Upcoming new driver

Update. Went with TMC.

Orientation was / is awesome.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 2 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:  3 years, 3 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:  3 years, 3 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!

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