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    Richmond, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 months ago

Leeva804's Bio

Just a 30 year old truck driver

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Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

Hey, CONGRATULATIONS on accomplishing all that you have! Especially the debt thing.

Whatever was not for you, I hope it’s behind you now. What’s waiting for you at the new gig, I hope is all you wish it to be.

Focus on the positives that came from that Walmart gig. For whatever you didn’t like, it DID allow you to accomplish a lot.

Congratulations!

Thank you kind sir! I’m truly looking forward to the change and I’m actually excited to get back into a manual truck again. Best part about new gig is it’s 15 minutes from my house so the drive home will be fast and cost saving now.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

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Also I’ll just have to bite it if it’s like the Walmarts since it pays .68 cents a mile.

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I genuinely hope it works out the way you hope it will. Thats your attitude at this moment, but did you feel a similiar way when you started the Walmart dedicated? If I remember correctly you were making much more doing that than your prior job. Most people after they get the hang of things start to allow little things to get them worked up. We recently had a guy walk away from a 100k a year job to go pull construction equipment because he allowed small things to change his mentality of the gravy job we have. To be honest, at my current company I've dealt with far more cry babies that allow the small things to affect their entire day than I have at any other job I've had.

Did Estes give you any idea of how long it typically takes to get your own run? What kind of miles the xtra board is getting on a consistent basis? That 68 CPM doesn't mean anything if you don't have runs available for you.

Good luck.

The TM said I can expect to run 2300-3000 miles a week and my two days off on the weekends will not start until I get home. Late or not.

The reason I chose Estes is because my friends runs out of the Commerce Road terminal and has showed me the checks and described Xtraboard. Completely gravy run including staying in hotels.

He’s clearing nothing less than $1600 gross or more a week. My problem with Walmart dedicated is you can hustle and work as hard as you want to offset the crazy hours amd unfair practices on the account but you’ll never make more than what they allow you to make. Which I plan to tell you guys about regarding seniority on the account.

Either way 1 year experience the doors have opened for me and rightfully so.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

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Correct me if I’m wrong but they load the trailers I don’t have to go and hunt them down to load it. As long as I can chill in the truck and sleep or whatever I’m cool with that then fine.

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It depends. There were days where I wouldn't have to do anything other than wait and other days where I would just go in and do it myself because I wouldn't have the hours to make it back if I didn't. I'm not a fan of motels so I always did everything I could to avoid the layovers. Idk how estes works, but at FedEx there are linehaul runs that have dock work built into them.

Ok so I misread on Line-Haul. I’m glad you guys informed me. I think Walmart Dedicated is definitely not for me and I’m fine with that. I would like to try Linehaul and drive longer routes. I’m hoping the big E is justice for me.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

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Actually, before that the reason I chose Estes was because they offered me a line-haul position and I don’t have to deal with human beings unloading me.

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Unless Estes is living in the future you will still have to wait in human beings loading and unloading you trailer and someone else's.

Correct me if I’m wrong but they load the trailers I don’t have to go and hunt them down to load it. As long as I can chill in the truck and sleep or whatever I’m cool with that then fine.

Also I’ll just have to bite it if it’s like the Walmarts since it pays .68 cents a mile. But I’ll be honest I want at least interaction with receivers and loaders as possible. Give me load and let me run and do bare interaction.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

Because there aren’t any notes outside informing you to come through the front door which most Walmarts leave unlocked. So literally you need to possess a handy dandy notebook to write down all Walmarts who don’t open doors because there are so many. If you have six stores in a day prepare to chase down about three employee’s to get unloaded slowing you down for the day and wait..... affecting your pay.

You see I chose Line-haul because it allows me to truly be performance based on how I run. When these Walmart Stores take long it not just affects you getting back late or being late to the next store. It also affects your pay!!!

Yup that’s right lets say your first load was a 130 mile two stop that takes 4 hours and 20 minutes to finish. Guess what Walmart employee’s ducking and dodging you have now made that easy gravy load into a 6 hour 40 minute load by moving slow. It happens far to often. And don’t get me started on falling over pallets. Can add another 30 minutes to your day.

So instead of you coming back and accepting a 279 mile three stop load. Prepare to come back and accept another low paying 130 mile or less load paying jack squat! Happens all the time and there is nothing you can do about it.

Is a job truly performance based if other employee’s can ruin my chances of max performance? That’s a question many truckers could debate about this account.

Damn I’m going in ok another part later. I’m gonna tear this account down and break it down so if a new driver wants to work on it they know exactly what they’re going into. I know it’s all negative but I will post some positive but I assure you there are way more negatives I just have to mention.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

Finally as of April 1st, 2021 I’ve accomplished no incidents on my driving record. One year experience driving both day cabs and sleepers at U.S Xpress Walmart Dedicated.

This review is and will be my finale take on the account as I move from U.S Xpress to Estes LTL regional OTR xtraboard.

I truly believe Trucking truth is for the fellow driver. Sometimes I read articles from new truck drivers on this very forum and some of you not all..... on trucking truth can really give it raw to new drivers about what to expect from their first year.

Seriously, it’s no joke and I found out the hard way on Walmart dedicated that six days on 1 day off was a big mistake. I remember my instructors at CDS always said you have to find a balance in trucking. Between home time and being on the road. How right my instructors were about home time.

Walmart dedicated is something you will either love or hate with a passion. For me it was a mixed bag from the beginning. I knew I had $23,400 debt I needed to magically disappear and go away asap.

So starting the account was about learning how to back and drive solo. Money would have to come later. What really had me nervous about Walmart dedicated was the backing. There is a ton of backing you must perform daily. Most backs are extremely easy and even a newbie could do tons of Walmart stores, but

be warned there are stores like Walmart 5880 where you’ll have a heart attack the first time you go through to deliver. Backing was the reason I struggled at TMC when I first started. Of course, my second time around with U.S Xpress I definitely focused like a laser to get as good as I could at backing a trailer.

And I truly believe practicing in the yard everyday put me at a whole new level to handle the Walmarts I later visited that were troublesome.

You could easily spend hours practicing in the yard after a shift if you wanted. It’s a blessing for many because you learn quite a lot how a trailer swings and how to correct.

But what about the home time as mentioned above. Well, it’s only after about the second or third month when I started grossing $1400-1600 a week that I realized I had figured the account out enough to make bank.

So while I averaged a good deal more than most drivers there were even weeks I brought home $1200 or less gross. Because of loads being pre-planned by our planner who plays favorites with all the drivers. Will touch on this later. So prepare for Seniority as it’s a big deal at Gordonsville, Va. Mostly every week I maxed my 70 hour clock. Then I would have one 34 hour reset off. And believe me when I tell you it goes by fast!!! Most times I found myself sleeping the day away.

Also, Listen fellow truckers I do not recommend anyone to do what I did. Do not work 70 hour weeks plus 10+ hour commute added to work week to drive a hour each day back and fourth to work. You will become a living zombie.

Home time and rest is very important and only realizing this later did I stop and think wow..... why am I working so hard like this. I’ll tell this if it was not for my goal of being out of debt I would have stopped really early on working that hard.

I felt depression, sadness, regret, anger, like literally I felt all these emotions from working these hours every week and I did those mad hours all year while not turning down one load given to me. Two loads a day 10-13 hours each day!

Again, all the emotions I felt were a constant weekly roller coaster each week. Couple this with what I feel is the most stressful aspect of the account and that’s being unloaded by Walmart employee’s.

It gets so bad man let me tell you about these employee’s at Walmart who must unload your truck. Actually, before that the reason I chose Estes was because they offered me a line-haul position and I don’t have to deal with human beings unloading me.

I hate dealing with people. Receivers can bite it!!! Most weeks you will encounter a Walmart Employee who knows you should be unloaded in 45 minutes only to duck and dodge you once he heres your truck bang the dock.

You’ll ring the door bell for about 10-15 minutes and it will not be opened. Doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing or windy they’ll leave you out to dry, but it gets worse if you are new to the account. If you don’t know any better like I did when I first started you’ll be hanging out there ringing a door bell for two hours!!! And know one will open the door. This is after hours when stores are is closed.

Posted:  1 month ago

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First Solo Adventures of a Schneider Dedicated Walmart Driver

Dean I wrote a blog article a couple of years back that specifically addressed many of the challenges I faced during the first year of running Walmart Dedicated.

Forgive me for hijacking your thread, however I believe the timing is right as you begin your solo journey on the Walmart account...

Here is the link: Freedom of Trucking

Good luck, be safe and remember to “watch your wagon”. It’s tight getting in an out of these stores. Drive the trailer...do it slowly and you will never fall prey to the dreaded “yellow pole dear” or clip a wall.

Looking forward to reading your next entries!

Everything is spot on. Honestly I won’t say anything else about Walmart dedicated as I’ve now been here a year and I’ve already expressed my thoughts on the account.

For first year driving you can exceed first year income on these Walmart accounts by hustling and being fast. I agree walking through doors and writing down which stores are slow to getting you in the door works wonders. If you want above average income prepare to be at 60-65 hours a week.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Drivers pay

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Personally coming up on my one year of experience I’ve done the math these last couple of months regarding CPM.

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I have to say any driver that’s got experience should not be working cents per mile unless it pays like GP transco and Walmart. There are more good paying cents per mile jobs but not a lot like the two above.

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I can honestly say that hourly is the way to go.

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I however want to dedicate a full year to U.S express but once a year hits I’m out. And I won’t take any trucking job that doesn’t pay hourly unless it’s Walmart.

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Those are interesting conclusions. I really like being paid by the mile. Here's why...

I make a lot more money than the guys I am competing against. Mileage pay gives me an incentive to bust my ass and be productive. It allows me to determine my own income. I master things like the HOS rules and trip planning. I create a level of trust with my teammates in the office so that they can trust me to get more done than anybody else on the team. That relationship gives me priority over anybody else in my fleet. They literally do everything they can to keep me rolling.

I recently had to come off the road. I wish you could have heard the phone call I got from my driver manager. He was screaming, "NO! NO! - this can't be happening!" He actually broke down into tears during the call. He literally said this to me, "Dale, in over twenty years of doing this, I have never worked with a driver like you."

Hourly pay takes all the incentive out of driving for me. I want to know that I can produce the level of pay I want by being productive. It is a goad that pushes me to develop myself into something worthwhile. I love the feeling of accomplishment that performance based pay provides. I was all about the challenges when I got into trucking. I had plenty of them too. They helped to form my career and my success at it. Truckers like to focus on numbers. One of those numbers is CPM. I never focused on that number. I always put my focus on producing good numbers. I wanted to be hyper productive. Mileage pay allowed me the privilege of proving myself. I literally had drivers working right along beside me who were making the same CPM as I was, but when you compared our total take for the year, mine was double theirs. They were earning fifty grand a year and quite content with that. Not me. Mileage pay allowed me to double their income and gave me the control over my total income.

Bring it on! I love getting paid by the mile - it is a great motivating factor in my trucking success.

I respect your drive and I am also a driver who grinds. In my first year I’m gonna make $70,000 plus. CPM has definitely motivated me but I really had no other choice other than to grind my HOS.

Most good CPM jobs pay better than hourly but I would still prefer hourly for myself. Especially from what I see in my area offering. Today is one of those days I came to work only to have my truck break down before I got out the yard. I normally get out the yard in 30 minutes. Well, because of the truck holding me up which can happen in our field I didn’t get out the yard for over an hour and a half. That’s a hour+ of unpaid time. Once it adds up weekly you can see how I’m doing the math.

Of course, I’m sure most would say who cares if you’re making $70,000 a year. I say I could have had more. There is a big gap between the time I’m not paid for things I can’t control.

I could fix this if I ran illegally like so many drivers do on our yard but I don’t. So I’m limited to $1200-1400 most weeks

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Drivers pay

Hello all. It has been a long time since I last checked in or posted here. As the title says driver pay is very stagnant. It really hasn't gone up since about the mid 1970's. I have been looking for a new company to drive for. I am sick or companies saying that they offer industry leading pay. Then only want to pay you .40 cents a mile. That's an insult to the driver. My first driving job started at .48 cpm. We the driver's are the ones that sacrifice everything for this job. Now I know we all have to start somewhere. But once you get some experience. Please do not settle for a mere pentance when you can make more money and have a life also.

Personally coming up on my one year of experience I’ve done the math these last couple of months regarding CPM. I’m paid per load completed which is not that bad really. The problem seems to be when receivers hold me up. So let’s say a trailer or my tractor have an issue when I come in. I normally can get out the gate in about 40-45 minutes after pre-trip and every thing is done.

But things tend to hold me up and I’m not compensated at all. A few below.

Trucks not fueled by other drivers. Can sometimes be at fuel bay for 15+ minutes.

Stores taking longer than 45 minutes. Anything over 45 minutes I’m working for free at the store.

Loads not being ready when arriving to DC. This is rare but there have been multiple times I’ve waited at least two or more hours unpaid. When brought up to management I get crickets about needing to wait three hours before I can get paid $12.

Traffic hold ups. Rare also locally for me but when it happens losing money.

Pallets falling over no matter how slow or safe you drive. Can easily add an hour plus to your unload.

Stores not being at loading dock and having to spend at least 20 minutes running through a store to find them and get them in the back to unload.

This is mostly expected from trucking but I have to say any driver that’s got experience should not be working cents per mile unless it pays like GP transco and Walmart. There are more good paying cents per mile jobs but not a lot like the two above.

I can honestly say that hourly is the way to go.

In my area hourly is just a beast and the best part is getting paid not matter what you’re doing and that makes you what to max your 70 hour clock every week. If you like to run hard like I do.

Pitt ohio and old dominion recently contacted me wanting to hire me and I turned them down. There pay rates start at $25+ in my area and paid for all sorts of things you do.

I however want to dedicate a full year to U.S express but once a year hits I’m out. And I won’t take any trucking job that doesn’t pay hourly unless it’s Walmart.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Off To Walmart Dedicated

After months of regional/local driving for an ag company whilst getting my mind straight and pulling the ole head out of me arse I'm back on track. I'm leaving for Gary, Indiana on Monday to start Schneider Walmart Dedicated orientation.

I'll be delivering out of the Sterling Illinois DC. When the man child graduates high school and heads to Vanderbilt for college this summer I'll try a transfer to regional or regular OTR. I'll have bills to pay that will stretch my university early retirement pension very thin. The man child is worth every penny. Wish me good fortune!

Good luck. Nice to see a fellow Walmart dedicated driver coming on. I was just as thrilled as you when I first came on

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Preventable accidents

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These companies got this gang communication going on bro. You not getting hired anywhere good.

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Leeva804, could you explain just what is "companies gang communication"?

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Just that they all share information about bad drivers

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That's a GOOD idea. It gets the dangerous drivers off the roads.

Not gonna argue with that. If I had multiple preventable I would quit trucking. A call from god this not for me

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Preventable accidents

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These companies got this gang communication going on bro. You not getting hired anywhere good.

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Leeva804, could you explain just what is "companies gang communication"?

Just that they all share information about bad drivers

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Preventable accidents

I would just drive Lift or Uber and go get another trade. These companies got this gang communication going on bro. You not getting hired anywhere good.

But keep trying you never know. Maybe class B driving is an option. I got hired at a dump truck job no experience making $24 an hour. They didn’t even do a dac or background check. All they cared about was my MVR. I’ll say this now I think about it they were hard to work for but a good company.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Companies that don’t use DAC

Dang, they fired you for running a red light. If it’s on camera and they saw it likely it’s justified. It’s hard to believe they didn’t give you a warning though. Since they’re investing money into you.

I’ll be frank I have done things in my training phase you’re describing and was never fired. I was however given a warning and stopped doing it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Last Chance or Time to Move On?

Have termination on DAC report, now resigned from 2nd chance company after putting truck in a ditch. Black ice incident, single truck accident.

3rd chance company or time to move on?

Wait they would fire you for only putting truck in a ditch? Was the truck damaged? Maybe I don’t know but couldn’t they simply send someone out to pull you out?

Posted:  4 months ago

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Newbie CDL Graduate recent info on trainer companies?

Jaybird, trucking is not an easy career to break into. You can tell by Leeva804's remarks that some folks still have bitter feelings from their early days of getting started.

There's a lot of misunderstandings about this career. Some people hear something like, "You can earn up to 60,000 dollars your rookie year," and they take that as a promise. It's clearly not.

Trucking is a performance based business. Everything about this commodity business requires efficiency and high levels of productivity. Rookies just aren't capable of consistently producing at the highest levels. Expect your first year to be challenging. Just don't blame the challenges on "broken promises." That's not the issue at all.

I was actually surprised to see Leeva804 claiming so many broken promises. I honestly think he misunderstood some things, much like my example I gave. I have only worked for large trucking companies. They've never made any promises to me.

Here's what they did. They gave me an opportunity. They made it clear that I could have a future and a great income, but there were no promises made. Everything they offered was contingent on my performance.

I have had a great career and earned some big money. I always understood it was up to me to work at a level that produced those kind of results. I never counted on the company. The company counted on me. That's how trucking works. You are the driving force. You control your own results. It's a whole lot like being self employed. You make your own decisions and you live with the consequences.

I've written a lot about this subject. I know it well. Here's an article you should read carefully. I hope it will help you understand how to make a big splash into this rewarding career. It explains the basic details of how you become a Top Tier Driver.

Each of the companies you mentioned are great places to work. We never recommend that Dollar Tree account to rookies. Some have survived it, but it's a tough nut to crack. I'd steer clear of that one. Otherwise any of those options are worth going after.

This is very true.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Newbie CDL Graduate recent info on trainer companies?

Im a cautious /safe driver, l love driving, i have great work ethic, i dont complain much but i also dont take a liking to not receiving what was promised if i pulled through on my end.

What you typed above I thought I should just give me input about being promised expectations vs reality.

These so called Mega carriers will tell you everything you need to hear to get in the door. You’ll hear many things from a recruiter that just might not be exactly what you will get when you start on the road.

For me there was many promises never delivered. Rookie mistakes on my part maybe. Who knows.

1. Promised a sign on bonus and never received. Should have gotten a email saying I would receive

2. Promised I would be home daily and trained on a local account that I would work on. Was put on the road with a trainer for a month.

3. I’ve done things that were promised by my superiors and what they told me I would receive vs reality I had to swallow and chew.

4. What I’ve learned from the two mega carriers is promises are always made but specific things you expect them to uphold are never delivered. In your first year you gotta bite the bullet and keep on moving champ.

You’ll likely not have many options so get use to things likely not being promised from carriers.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Is Western Express a good place for a rookie?

Ok I know, I've heard the horror stories about Western Express, I realize there are better companies out there but I need my chance to get some seat time and learn this business one way or another. After being sent home from orientation at May for failing the backing course i closed alot of doors. Werner, Knight, Prime, Schneider etc want nothing to do with me anymore lol as I probably wont be able to pass there test at orientation before I'm seated with a trainer. What are you're thoughts on this, am I making the right move by going to them? I spent alot of time and money to get my Class A and don't really want to let it go to waste, I also looked in to driving straight trucks or something but those jobs are hard to come by without experience and going back to school really isn't an option.

I might have read your story before but what’s going on with the backing?

You know no matter how bad you’re at backing if you use G.O.A.L you can slowly back up a little. Jump out and look. Back up slowly again and jump out and look again.

I did this over 20 times to pass my upgrade test. The instructor said she has not seen any one jump out the truck that much in a long time. We had 40 minutes to do a 90 and 45. Did both in 25 minutes.

Believe it or not I still use the back up a little and jump out and look often. Some spots are tight and moving slow helps me to assure I don’t hit anything. I let drivers know this might take a while as I’m not confident to back in without G.O.A.L.

But I always do this when I have a trailer or tractor on my blind side

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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How important is 2 week notice in the industry?

I just accepted a local position at another company and I'm supposed to start mid December. I'm currently on the road with home time scheduled for the 6th. I'm supposed to start the new job on the 16th.

I'm worried that if I put my notice in they'll tell me to turn the truck in before I can get home and unload my stuff and would have to leave most of it behind.

I also need a couple days before the job to do prehire drug screen and orientation classes.

If I come out of home time and say I would like to turn my truck in will this negatively affect future employment? Or maybe I can give 1 week notice instead of 2 weeks?

When I was in security I gave a two weeks notice all the time. Locally I can give a two weeks notice no problem. I would have no problem being on time to start my new job.

But if you’re OTR just know there are countless stories of drivers reporting not getting them home when it’s time to take the new job.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Well my career in trucking is over before it even started

It's me again lol writing to you guys from my hotel room in orientation before I head home. After a long almost month in CDL school and alot of money and effort put in to this, I'm being sent home from orientation for failing the backing test. The whole course threw me off since I had never done it in school and I have only driven pup trailers, never the less I killed a damn cone, plus I showed up not knowing stuff like hours of service and how to fill out logs, which I was never taught in school but is still on me I know i should have taken the initiative to learn that before hand. Maybe one day I will go back to school but for now and improve my backing and try again or maybe I will use my class A to ty and get a job driving a straight truck but for now I'm done. There is no point in applying for other jobs and waisiting time and money to just run in to the same issues. Thank you guys for all you're support and stay safe out there.

I would apply for another gig and try again. Giving up is not the answer.

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