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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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A “funny” thing happened on my way to Kansas City

After 4 weeks of phase 1 training, with a trainer who in my opinion didn’t give much training other than drive straight forward. I was assigned to a truck as 2nd seat. The 1st seat is 5 months into his 9 month contract. 9 month because of his military background. So I struggle with backing because of the lack of training and I guess this annoys the 1st seat. Two weeks into this adventure he explodes over something amazingly insignificant.

We are parked at a rest stop east of St. Louis on I-64. There was a Amber light out on the passenger side of the trailer that I noticed the day before. So to start my pre-trip inspection I turned on the 4 ways, and looked in the right side mirror. Before I had a chance to get out of the truck 1st seat informs me I can’t see the light on the right side because that side doesn’t have the skirt. My response was, no, I can’t see the light because the light has a flush mount cover, not a dome shape cover.

He proceeds to rant about how I shouldn’t question a 1st seat, and after all, I clearly didn’t know how to back up the truck. He then listed everything he felt like I had done wrong during the 2 weeks. Clearly he had been keeping score.

At that point I simply said, ok we are done. I called the driver manager weekend fill in guy and told him, I was getting off the truck. His interest was only in getting the load to its destination. Since the 1st seat had just finished his shift, he was out of hours until midnight, while I had enough hours to complete the delivery that shift. I gave the DM an option, I’ll deliver the load if he informs the 1st seat to remain silent until the load is delivered, and I have left the truck.

After 3 hours of waiting for a response, I gathered up my belongings, and exited the truck and went into the rest stop. I ended up calling Uber to get me to the St Louis airport, where I rented a car and drove back home in Atlanta.

On Monday I contacted the regular DM and to my surprise, I was not fired, and even more of a surprise, I was assigned to a truck as 1st seat with another driver who had 2 weeks of experience.

Right out of the gate we were assigned loads from Georgia to Florida, Florida to Washington, Washington to California, California to Florida, and finally Florida back to Georgia for pre-scheduled home time.

Since the new guy had even less experience backing than I did, I tried to schedule unloading to happen on my shift, and daytime shift change parking to happen on his shift.

The result is, I got a lot more practice backing up the truck, and have been able to make the connection between what I see in the mirrors, to what I need the steering wheel to do to achieve the desired results.

At this point, I simply look in the drivers mirror, and steer the tandems to the desired position in the box. Experience now tells me what problems I can solve while backing, and which requires a pull up to solve.

So here I am, 8 weeks into this adventure with a partner 4 weeks into his, and we are getting the job done.

Now I just need to get comfortable enough to really sleep while he is driving.

The funniest part is how different we are in every possible way.

I’m a California “kid”, while he’s 100% New York City, my background is in software development, he’s learning how to use notepad on his iPhone. Etc, etc.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

When Chuck Norris gets drunk, he doesn’t throw up... he throws DOWN.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Let's put some faces to names

No pics of previous dog on this phone :(

Hmmm no pic uploaded!!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Let's put some faces to names

No pics of previous dog on this phone :(

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CR England automatic only for training?

I have a few concerns however; I'm aware that CR England trains on only automatics and at the end of training you'll have an only automatic restriction on your license, would this help or hinder me in the short term?

In CR England’s job listing, there are some positions requiring manual transmissions skills. They seem to be day cab type jobs. Maybe those only go to the vets, or those trained outside of England. Recent training didn’t have an option of manual transmission. Maybe at specific schools, just not where I went.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Totally Amazed by some of the newbie's...

The rest of your backing skills you will develop once you go solo, and that takes several months to a year to become even halfway decent.

They risked their lives, give up their personal space, and take on a huge pile of responsibilities helping you get your career underway and for all of that you show no appreciation whatsoever?

I don’t see running solo as something that will occur with this company. They have you go from training, to team, to trainer, all in 6 months.

Everything the trainer gives up or risks, the trainee does as well, and the trainer is financially well compensated for it.

I felt at risk because the trainer was constantly speeding (hard to imagine that in a truck governed to 62mph) and constantly had the cell phone in his had while driving.

While “sleeping” the curtain was closed, so communication was rare. I say sleeping in quotes because I heard a lot of phone calls to what sounded like girlfriend(s). When he was driving, again curtain was closed, and phone calls continued.

Also, I was assigned strictly to the top bunk, even while he was driving. I now know that was against company policy, if not outright illegal.

As for others “knowing” how much training I received because I passed my cdl, that smacks of some serious arrogance. Without knowing what tests I passed, and what knowledge I had before entering the school, you can’t possibly “know” how much I was taught.

Straight back was simple about keeping the tractor in front of the trailer. What they didn’t teach in that section was keeping the truck centered between the cones.

Offset, and parallel was about seeing the proper cones in the mirrors, turn until you see the right amount of landing gear in the mirror, then getting the tractor in from of the trailer.

The only thing we got with alley dock was to jackknife the truck until the tandems stopped rolling, then keep backing while straightening the truck.

First time I tried to alley doc with my trainer, he freaked out thinking I was about to break his truck, while I was just waiting for the tandems to stop rolling.

His teaching was to put me into remote control mode, but nothing about why each turn was made. I was supposed to magically know what he was looking at.

The only “practice” time I received was when I arrived at a destination (truck stop or customer) while he was still sleeping. Again against company policy, since I wasn’t supposed to leave the interstate without supervision.

Now I’m assigned to a team truck, where I can produce miles, but parking is an adventure, since almost all legal parking places are filled, and those not filled require more skill than I possess.

So to get 30 min breaks, I find myself as one of the masses on the side of an onramp. Transition from driver to driver tends to happen at the fuel island.

As for safe driving, I’ve got 30 years of LA driving under my belt without a scratch, or a ticket. Patience, and defensive driving skills I’ve developed on my own.

If anything, my misconception is not realizing in trucking, parking is the Wild West, where anything goes, and time is the only currency that matters.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Totally Amazed by some of the newbie's...

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In my case, the trainer had me driving the interstates until I was just about out of drive time, so I had very little time to learn backing

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This is a common misconception that new drivers have. Rarely will a trainer give students much in the way of backing practice. First of all, you've already had a ton of practice and training in the first phase of your training to get your CDL.

The purpose of training on the road is to teach you the basics of navigation, communication with your company, payroll, fueling, and other procedures of that nature. So giving you a lot of seat time cruising the open Interstates is the best thing a trainer can do for you. They're getting you experience in a lower stress environment, which is what you need at that point.

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So, yeah he’s teaching, by negative example.

I think that's an unfair statement. Your trainer taught you quite a bit, I'm sure, and he/she deserves a hell of a lot more credit that some terse statement like that. They risked their lives, give up their personal space, and take on a huge pile of responsibilities helping you get your career underway and for all of that you show no appreciation whatsoever?

First off, you have no idea if I had a ton of backing or not. I however lived the event and know that before my cdl test I was given a total of 3 attempts to execute the alley doc. With the first attempt the teacher was standing by the window telling us which way to turn the wheel etc. what wasn’t said was why we were turning that direction at that moment. Nothing said about what to look for other than the first movement was to continue until the tandems would stop rolling. Anytime someone complained the TEACHER would say something like, hey I got my CDL, it’s not up to me to make sure you get yours. While on the surface it is true, he is our resource to be able to pass the test. Consider out of the 9 people to take the test on the day I did, only 2 passed, so the teaching wasnt getting the job done.

So, if teaching isn’t going to get us backing time, and training time isn’t going to get backing time, we get to learn backing while making the guy on the doc wait. One guy said if he were to wait any more, he would reschedule our 6am appointment to 4pm.

I considered taking some time of my home time between phase 1, and phase 2 to get more time on the backing range. But time is limited, between testing, and teaching the new guys what little we got, there was no opportunity to get more practice.

So yes, I’m learning by trial and error where mistakes are potentially costly.

The one thing that saves me, is I won’t move the truck unless I know doing so won’t hit anything.

I’ve seen video that breaks down the backing process, I just don’t get a chance to try it out is an empty area.

The amazing thing is we are pretty much corralled into being a trainer after 6 months.

So if I’m going to be the solution rather than part of the problem, I’m going to have to hunt down what I’m supposed to know, and how best to teach that.

I doubt I’m going to get that info by mainly turning miles.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Totally Amazed by some of the newbie's...

Each new chapter, new challenge, I try to find someone I work with to use as a mentor. Try to pick his brain and learn everything I can. When I'm done with CDL School I pray I find a trainer that is a good man or woman to learn from. I've read some of the stories on here. I get it...some that think they got stuck with the biggest prick in the world, realized later how much they learned...some just have different ways of doing things.

In my case the trainer was fine as a person, just was lacking communication skills required to be a teacher.

Also it appears the company sets up the teachers incentives in a way that conflicts with the students interests.

In my case, the trainer had me driving the interstates until I was just about out of drive time, so I had very little time to learn backing.

I was out on the training truck 29 days, and completed 13000 clean miles.

The instructor however was the one to receive a speeding ticket.

Since he picked up a new student, there has been some kind of accident in a Walmart parking lot, and the trainer is now at the hospital due to being hit in the eye by the landing gear crank.

So, yeah he’s teaching, by negative example.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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14 hr clock

This is one of those situations where knowing

The Logbook Rules (HOS)

can really help you run your truck more profitably. Had you put yourself on the sleeper berth line at the shipper, when eight hours had passed you'd still have the same amount of time on your fourteen hour clock that you had when you arrived there. This is the perfect scenario for the use of the split sleeper berth rule.

Let’s say the op had 5 hours left on his/her 14 hour clock, and the shipper took 6 hours to load, then said they can’t stay. Sleeper berth wouldn’t have saved the day. What is the solution the op could have prepared for in advance?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Rainy Debunks Another Myth About Mega-Carriers In Her Latest Article

Not only was it an automated message, but you have to keep one very important thing in mind. People know Rainy because she has earned a fantastic reputation and has gone out of her way to build relationships with people within the company. You have yet to haul one single load as a solo driver and you don't even have your assigned dispatcher yet. Prove yourself to be a fantastic driver and build relationships with people and they'll know who you are.

Proving yourself in this industry is one thing a lot of people either don't understand they have to do or don't believe they should have to do. The other thing to realize is that the process of proving yourself never ends. No matter how long you've driven, no matter how great you've been, you have to keep performing at a high level consistently if you want great miles and great treatment.

This article Rainy wrote goes hand in hand with an article Old School wrote called What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver.

I don’t think Rainey’s message debunks the “myth” at all. What she shows is that for a select few it’s possible that the myth isn’t true. However for the non-select the myth can be quite true, if everyone attempted to be a standout that would raise the bar, but still only a few would be exceptionable. Therefore for many the myth is true, and it is not misinformation from their prospective.

In my case I realize I’m new, I’m just amazed at how lost in the weeds I appear to those above me. That message was followed up with a voice call where they had my name and phone #, but no idea that I was on a truck states away from where they thought I was.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Rainy Debunks Another Myth About Mega-Carriers In Her Latest Article

The text doesn’t retain the large blank space where a name should have gone. Should be Congrats I see ____________ is ready for upgrade.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Rainy Debunks Another Myth About Mega-Carriers In Her Latest Article

I tried to include a picture of the Qualcomm message, but it didn’t work for some reason. I’ll type the text.

Congrats I see is ready fo r upgrade, please come out of the Red Roof Inn at 6:10 a.m. to get on the sh uttle that brings you to SH, class sta rts at 7:30a.m. Bring your CDL, med card, training packet signed off on th e back page by the trainer and modules done. We look forward to having you in class

Posted:  2 months ago

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Rainy Debunks Another Myth About Mega-Carriers In Her Latest Article

Counter evidence to the myth-buster only because it’s so sad it’s funny.

First off they didn’t even know my name, they left a blank space (no I didn’t blank it out) Second I’m still on the trainers truck, and the person who sent the message didn’t know the truck number. Finally I’ve never been scheduled to go to the Red Roof Inn at that location. I have an apartment close to the school in Conley GA, where my official CDL will be mailed to. So while I’m not being treated like a number, I am being treated like a blank page. The good thing is so far the pay checks have cleared.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Don't be this person !!

My first pass thru the weight station, and the truck 2 ahead of my weighed in at 34700 on the tandems. They had him pull over to the back area. I figure it’s gonna cost him a bit more than scaling. And he appeared to be a veteran driver.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Medical card matching the drivers license

The conclusion of all that drama... I finally got to test on Feb 14, and passed. Did orientation that same day, picked up my temporary (paper) CDL class AM. I guess that means I’m now a morning person. (The M is for motorcycle)

Current status... waiting for a trainer.

Woohoo!!!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card matching the drivers license

Before I left California I canceled my permit because to complete obtaining a motorcycle endorsement the CDL application would need to be closed.

When I applied for a Georgia license, the medical card wasn’t an issue because at that time I no longer had an active permit.

When I tested to obtain a permit in Georgia the DDS accepted the medical card from California, with my California License listed. That might have been an error on their part. I however wasn’t informed that the different number would be an issue.

A phase 1 trainer who was doing a ride along on a day I was being trained on the road (before being tested) mentioned that she felt that the different numbers would be an issue. That same day I brought the issue to the attention of the person who in charge of filing our documents, and rather than passing the issue up the chain, she said they were fine.

So today, I’m not scheduled for a class, and not scheduled for a test, and I get an email stating that since I didn’t sign in this morning, I’ve been removed from their roll, and if I wish to re-enroll I need to contact my recruiter, who is unavailable on the weekends.

I feel like I’ve slipped thru a crack, then had the crack close up over me.

P.S. Since I live close to the school, they aren’t paying for a motel room on my behalf.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card matching the drivers license

You are just going to get a new physical and medical card when you attend orientation at a company anyways. That is why I am sure the school wasn't worried.

Well the school should have been a little worried unless they don’t care if I ever get to test.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card matching the drivers license

My examiner noticed the mismatch and postponed the test until I’ve taken a physical in Georgia, so my medical card matches my drivers license number

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card matching the drivers license

In June 2017 I obtained a 2 year medical card while living in California. In October 2017 I moved to Georgia, and turned in my California class c license, and obtained a Georgia class c license. In December 2017, I obtained a CLP in Georgia. The issue is, when I obtain an actual CDL license, will there be an issue since my medical card has my California license #, which clearly doesn’t match my Georgia license #. I’ve asked at the school I’m attending and have received a very non convincing... you’re ok. One trainer however said the discrepancy could cause the DOT to place me out of service. I’d prefer to get this straightened out before hitting the road. I take the pre-trip, backing, and road tests tomorrow.

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