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    NW corner, WA

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 years, 12 months ago

Lil'RedRidingHood's Bio

5'2" 55 year old roadtrip addict. I'm also a girl. Been doing research into this industry for some time, and finally pulled the trigger this spring.

Grocery hauler for now; and will stick with that for awhile

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Update:

Spoke w/trainer, think everything will be A-OK. Doing backing practice in yard tomorrow, crashing in truck for evening, and heading out tomorrow night.

Kearsey, I brought up your suggestion and we trip-planned it over the phone. I’m thinking this should help as those two last hours are where I tank, and then I will have food in me @ that 8-some hours stop.

Here’s to bringing me up to 650+ miles a shift! :)

Thank you thank you TT angels for bringing me off that ledge. My first major over-reaction.

I am SURE there will be others. Seems fear of killing ppl is my kryptonite. Knowing full well between truck, conditions, traffic etc I’M THE WEAKEST LINK.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

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I thought APU/Reefer would make sleep hard. Nope. No better lullaby made.

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They probably have an " App for That! " rofl-3.gif

If not, there's your niche; aka: your side hustle!good-luck-2.gif

~ Anne ~

Yes yes, I’m gonna be a millionaire recording that reefer and selling the sound by the minute rofl

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

Way to go Sandman!! It is such a huge help isn’t it. I got mine that way also. Still had to sit through ELDT class, but boy does having it take the stress out.

I especially loved the review function. Hose up one section or another and it makes you answer questions surrounding it till you get it.

Took all endorsements in one shot too. Thanks TT. I’m in training now—so really green as well. Anyhow..

Now on to all that fun stuff Sandman. Climbing into that big truck and having the time of your life learning.

One tip—if you have problems picking up Pretrip / backing / cornering / shifting a manual / [insert problem here] - search this forum and you will find answers to what you struggle with.

For me—I read every backing post I could come across. By the time I read Kearsey’s excellent posts on the matter, I felt way less scared… (she does that to me lol)…

In school, remember—it’s only a cone, it will pop right back up if you hit it.

There’s a huge list of blog posts, lists, pics, etc in here - even a book on pretripping you can print & send to Kinko’s. Pretrip by Daniel.

Sorry—cannot do links on phone.

So—welcome! Learning right alongside you. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Employer ordered non-DOT Reasonable Suspicion Should have been DOT Reasonable Suspicion

So sorry OP. Like the others said, refusing a drug test is refusing a drug test—and is the same as taking one and failing it.

I hope you take the lesson and apply it in your new gig.

Fairness has nothing to do with it. They have a duty to test you if they think something is going on, whether it is or not.

To those reading, there is a super simple solution. Resolve to not touch alcohol or drugs for as long as you have your CDL, whether working in this field or not.

See—we are held to a higher standard, like Kearsey pointed out. This goes in our personal vehicles also, and they should have taught you this when you got your CDL.

If they did not (yes I know this is impossible), now you know.

I hope things look up for you soon OP. And NEVER take any drug, even OTC (without checking w/your doc for side-effects), for as long as you have the CDL.

It is what we must do, as there are idiots out there killing people.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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A couple questions from a pre-greenhorn

Hello! I haven't even started the process yet, but I should be doing so pretty soon. I have a couple questions in hopes of making my early journey as smooth as possible. I've trimmed this down a bit having been lurking for about a month and reading all I could, but these two concerns nag at me.

1. Birth certificate: I have it, but haven't needed it in over 20 years and I tend to just lock it away in deep storage. I'm in the process of selling my house, in which I'll be putting all but essentials in storage, hitting the road and going where the jobs are. I would really like to avoid having something that critical on my person at all times.

I read here that Birth + DL is a viable option, and I'm assuming my social security card . Should I just renew my passport and leave it at that? (which is something I want to do regardless)

2. Is this realistic: I want to keep costs low and have no interest in planting roots anywhere for the foreseeable future, but I know I'll need an address while searching a company that will train me. I want to be able to go where I'm needed, and the idea is to use my soon-to-be-old address while searching, then once something promising comes up head over there, rent a room for a month, use that as my stable address for as long as needed while also buying a couple other things I'd like to have before getting started. (namely a laptop and a special order phone, and probably a couple important things I haven't thought of yet)

Is this a realistic plan?

1) Get your passport, you will be so glad you did. I watched folks in my orientation class go through hoop after hoop.

2) Yes it is. Hit up the RV forums. You will learn which states / towns you can set up “domicile” and how 2 have your mail scanned & sent to you digitally.

I’m sure folks here will have a list of states that allow just a P.O. Box as well.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Check THIS out, ladies (and gents!)

Sleep Mask w/ Bluetooth Headphones!

Ours will be here today, via Amazon (of course!) .. I'll report back. They look pretty awesome; great concept for truckers, although the kiddo is the crash test dummy; I'm still a tad bit away to needing one.

Let y'all know, later tho!

~ Anne ~

ps: WON'T upload photo! Gotta click the link. I LOVE the fact you can push it up; looking like a headband!

NICE! :) Luckily I don’t need a CPAP. And even luckier, I love that reefer so much for white noise I want to take one home and put it in the bedroom ROFL. I thought APU/Reefer would make sleep hard. Nope. No better lullaby made.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

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As it is, I am thrilled with my new employer..

Want to know who these two companies were? Read my carrier-training diary.. I'll put a link to it once it is up and running.

Finally, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the kind folks on TT who offered their kind advice. And special thanks to Laura, Anne and Kearsey.

~LilRed

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Girl !!! HUGE grats~!!!

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The ONE day my WiFi AND phone(s)/towers were out at my house, I missed all the above ~!!!

I don't get on the F'Book much, as you've seen . . . (been busy w/Bezos, hahaha! More on that later...) but I'll sure reply to DM's, SO .. I'll await yours!!!

So happy for you; you had me at "Kangaroos and Black Ice, while Drunk!!" LoLoLoL! And ... you did it all, with no E restriction, DANG, GIRL...YOU GO!

I'll be checking my alerts, LoL... in the meantime, you'll have to hit up PackRat on HIS social media:

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With nothing but the BEST WISHES (and a tad of jealousy, haha!)

Always, ~ Anne ~

Thank you so so much Anne. Can’t believe I missed this. Shame on me. Yes the Kangaroos were fun… Not sure if simulator is supposed to be. I had a blast. Had an audience of 7 that were ROFLing…

Anyhow, it came in handy on I-80 let’s just say lol.

Also—YOU I’d team with. At least till we’re on Bonehead truckers caught klanking each other with cast iron skillets lol….

JK… You know I love you…

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

Good for you Lil Red !!!

Happy for you.

Thank you so much G-Town.

Unfortunately no diary pt 2 this week; left laptop in truck lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Internal distractions are as bad as external ones. Being tired, sick, or emotionally upset can distract and exhaust you.

Red shoot me an email and I'll send an audiobook truckingalongfun@gmail.com

Sorry... I didn't remember. I talk to so many people and I remember circumstances not always names. I remember i had a TNT with me at the time.

Will do. See, you do remember. :) Can’t blame you for not recalling the details, gosh! :) Thank God I’m on a reset right now for sure. On the internal stuff…. I would not be a safe driver today.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Thank you so much NaeNae. I so appreciate this. My company has a zero phone tolerance for students, even using Bluetooth. I’m grateful for it. Before I hop in driver’s seat, phone is turned OFF and put away.

I have no trucker family to call, and I don’t want to scare hubby, he’s already worried about me.

I do call him tho. I just wait with the hairier details until later. Everyone else gets a text, like you said, to see I’m still alive and in one piece.

I do love driving. Driving a car has always been my mental therapy, and I was delighted to learn it works the same in a semi—maybe even better.

I’ll start calling on my 30 when I upgrade. Right now there’s fuel, conversation and things to learn on the 30.

I’m so glad to learn it is hell for others too. I was starting to feel weak, crazy, sub-standard.

I just need to make sure to take care of my body good on the reset—and continue to eat / drink very clean in the truck.

It should get easier when we team. I’ll be “alone” then.

Thank you so so much.

I’m sure I’ll be back with something else to freak out about.

Lil’Red

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Yeah I like my students listening to.music or audiobooks... Talking on the phone is a no go for students though

I tried to let them during low traffic times or areas.... But then arguments ensue.with family and their mental abilities go to hell. They focus on the road less.

BTW.... Do u know I wrote and published audiobooks? If u enjoy thrillers... I have a great one about the Zodiac killer. I will give you a free one if you like.

Kearsey 's Books

Thanks Kearsey. I did know. We talked on the phone for an hour or better remember? Last winter. You were stopped for a snow storm.

Would love one of those books. thank-you-2.gif

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Thank you so much NaeNae. I like the idea of front loading the dark hours.

And thank you for “this is how it is”. At this point I sure hope I don’t get stuck with a third or 4th week before team starts. The long resets makes that a possibility.

Hope I can sleep in the moving truck. The idea of music and no screen-time is good.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Thank you so so much Kearsey!

This was exactly what I needed. Now I know he’s not doing it to be mean.

Yes I will ask for the 4 hours instead of 5.

Only 1 shower every 2-days - and likely no time to nap for an hour, but I might get 15 to 30 minutes. I’ll take it.

We only stopped for a sit-down meal once, so likely that one’s out of the picture.

But—I can do smaller versions of these tho. If a sink is present—wash hair & face. Put the energy bar in the microwave. There’s a hot meal.

I’ll definitely start with the 4-hour interval, and make sure to exercise.

So appreciate you. I don’t feel ready to hop off a building anymore.

Lil’Red

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Thank you so much Rob. Especially appreciate all the tips on how to stay awake and not get blinded.

I may love nights later. I’m a night-time person. Traffic being better for sure.

I just feel very unsafe about it right now, especially if I cannot stop to stretch or eat. A split I would do now, say run till 2AM or start at 4AM. That would give me some hours of daylight.

The training is 6 to 9 weeks depending. Team starts after 100hrs if student is ready.

At least the megas’ ban on trainee graveyard shift tells me I’m not entirely crazy here.

And it had not even occurred to me that my company could have a policy on this also.

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Lil’Red

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Graveyard shift in training - how soon is too soon?

Hi, got a little bit of a situation on my hands, and know this fine community can tell me what is normal and what is not.

I just finished my first 3 1/2 days of training and am on my three day layover. Long 1300 mile run (one way) - dedicated 4 drive-shift route;—which explains the awfully short work week.

Just to fill in some blanks: I’ve been welcoming all, including dirty porta potties, napkin baths, energy bar on the fly for food, because THIS shows me from day one what I must do when running hard. I’ve been pulling 500+ mile shifts, 8-9 hours, and asked to go to 10.5, but handed over wheel on 2 occasions when I felt unsafe to drive. The other 2 short-shifts were due to other reasons, like needing to shut down in a particular place (not my decision). I have drawn the line at not eating or drinking (I will pass out). I can drive 5 hours and not pee.

Trainer has a pleasant personality btw. Their teaching (each thing) is effective, albeit erratic. Our personality match could be better, but it’s not awful.

But for this one issue, I would not be posting….. GRAVEYARD SHIFT:

Week 1 was to have been night pickup, but was changed to day shift 6 hours before pickup (drop / hook) & we have window.

I was thankful, as the thought of running heavy hills & city driving - graveyard shift and running hard;—scared the crap out of me.

Now we are to do graveyard again. Not split, but full-10 graveyard shift. We got no backing / fueling etc in last wk, due to tight schedule (I’m fine w/that).

This coming run / week we will do backing training, chains etc, in the dark.

So—question: How soon during solo-phase is too soon to run full on graveyard? What is normal?

I’m not too worried about chains / backing etc. He will NOT like my speed doing it, I know that. But I will back, safely, within my limits.

I’m scared I will crash my body, which sure could crash the truck & kill everyone on the road. My stamina is not to 11 hours yet. I get so tired. I don’t want to kill anyone. Being stressed & not eating properly will be so much worse at night. I have brought it to trainer’s attention. He wants graveyard and is also upset I take too long to eat.

Am I being a baby here? Is graveyard full 10 normal right away?

I’m looking to learn what is normal before I talk w/anyone at terminal.

Last: This is a good company, with a good program. Yes I may seriously ask for a different trainer, if for no other reason than the 3-day reset every week.

Thank you so much for your input. Love you guys!! thank-you-2.gif

Lil’Red

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

Nope. This makes no difference to me.

Good luck as you start working.

Thanks so much Packrat. Trainer and I set off tomorrow morning. Been in this hotel for almost two weeks now, so I'm itching to go. Hoping for fair weather and smooth traffic for my virgin run.

I'll get diary 2 going probably on my 34; --I have a feeling I will be mostly passed out when not driving or on duty learning the 1000 things a trucker has to know..

Till then, thanks Packrat and everyone! thank-you.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

49 years at 400 miles per day, every day of the year is 7.1 million miles.

Totally get your point.. :) Admit to not checking their claims... These three all started very early. Not sure if they count experience before getting their chauffeurs license or what. You would have to meet them to decide for yourself.. :) To me--these amazing gentlemen did the impossible. They were the schools' "fixers" for those hard cases. They were kind, calm and full of stories and advice. One of them had decades as a driver trainer elsewhere.

I'll PM you info on your social media if you're curious.. I just don't feel right doing that here....

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

7 million and 8 million mile drivers. How old were these people? 100 to 105? Don't believe everything you hear. I know one 6 million mile driver (Candy Bass) that just celebrated driving 50 years earlier this month.

I can PM you the info Packrat, if you want to. :) And got your point, people lie a lot...

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

7 million and 8 million mile drivers. How old were these people? 100 to 105? Don't believe everything you hear. I know one 6 million mile driver (Candy Bass) that just celebrated driving 50 years earlier this month.

Two of them in their late 70's, one in his 80's... I could provide proof, but this is a public--very public forum, so I'm giving only so much detail... The point is--these amazing people helped me.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Local Carrier Driving Program - Lil'RedRidingHood's CDL School Adventure

Continued...

Now to choose a carrier...
But first--go see family and friends; will be a long long time till next time..
I wore my hubby out with the company pro/cons, go here or go there during the trip, and after LOL.
It came down to two, both with excellent and long training--which I felt was mandatory. I turned away those who had the shorter training, and focused solely on that. All companies in my line-up I felt were quality operations; chosen based on my 20 years of sneaking around in trucker forums and reading all that I came across, checking safety scores, watching YouTube, scouring TT, pestering people, and so forth...

My little problem was that the choice was HARD. I couldn't do like at the shoe-store, buy both LOL... I had to pick one.. But, let's back up..
Just the fact that I had multiple choices.. SEVEN prehires, and more offers from the companies that recruited from the school, is to me kinda incredible. Here I had gotten sick years back, and chosen my body over the grind.. So my extensive and good experience was so far in the past it might as well not exist anymore. For all intents and purposes I had NO work experience...
And yet--SEVEN prehires. Is that mind-blowing or what?

It so happened that the recruiter I'd been working with since March was on vacation.. And company 2--equal in most ways to that carrier was right there, moving at the speed of light... As they'd done part of the background check earlier, it took all of 30 minutes for them to hire me..
Wait what? FAST card, long experience in positions requiring background clearance (not security, just background); TWIC, all endorsements, not even a parking ticket.. I'm easy to search. FAST card came in two days too.
I waited and waited for company one.. It was Monday, and recruiter was just back from vacay.. And here, company two would fly me out in two weeks.
Why oh why does this have to be so HARD? At the same time--who says beggars cannot be choosers lol... Here these companies were rolling out the red carpet.
I ended up choosing away company 1.. for a few reasons.
I had to find some, because I could not work at both places lol.
My chosen carrier is smaller. The folks I have met and interviewed that work there, were all extremely happy. I scoured the net, and not even T-report slaughtered them. Their owner still drives his truck. My CDL school teacher loved it when he worked there. It FELT right. The lanes were perfect. They could get me home often. My 80lb dog can ride with me..

So I - a little sad - contacted recruiter for company one and told her I'd chosen a different carrier, but would LOVE to come on there after a year or two. Amazing soul she is, she's holding that door open for me, provided of course I don't mess up in the meantime.

As it is, I am thrilled with my new employer..

Want to know who these two companies were? Read my carrier-training diary.. I'll put a link to it once it is up and running.

Finally, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the kind folks on TT who offered their kind advice. And special thanks to Laura, Anne and Kearsey.


~LilRed

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