Profile For Dean R.

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Trucking With A Stuttering Problem

Shouldn't be a problem. I developed a slight impediment due to some anxiety. I worked with a student at a local university and she gave me some coping mechanisms and we worked on feeling relaxed while speaking.

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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Mentoring done ... going solo ... nervous as hell

Mentoring done ... going solo next week ... scared and nervous

I was a little nervous when I left the yard on my own, and I don't really go that far. Nervous and excited at the same time. I was already under stress from other life complications but I kept my head straight and drove. Drove like a grandma, so I heard. Almost made a bad mistake not turning wide enough on a right turn but caught my error in my mirrors before it was too late.

On my first solo I had to drive a 71' foot truck into a grain storage flat warehouse full of metal poles and backup to a loader in a fog of corn dust. Then I had to drive out again winding around those poles. That was a confidence booster for sure.

You got this! You already know how to drive safely.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Schneider Orientation

If these are minor aches and pains, why tell them about it and risk any red flags now? Too late.

“You’re welcome for my service?” What’s that mean? Every driver out here is in the service of helping others as we haul the goods that keep America moving. You’re not special after pulling a few years in the Marine Corps. Are you on a percentage of disability with the VA? Where you shot, blown up, stabbed, bombed, or had a crash landing? I survived all of these. Do I expect a thank you? Never.

I would go back next week and not offer up any unnecessary, involuntary information.

No. I’m not “special after a few years in the Marine Corps.” Would that apply to the Army? Navy? Air Firce? Snarky comment. Cool.

I’m done too.

Moderators - feel free to delete my account.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Schneider Orientation

If these are minor aches and pains, why tell them about it and risk any red flags now? Too late.

“You’re welcome for my service?” What’s that mean? Every driver out here is in the service of helping others as we haul the goods that keep America moving. You’re not special after pulling a few years in the Marine Corps. Are you on a percentage of disability with the VA? Where you shot, blown up, stabbed, bombed, or had a crash landing? I survived all of these. Do I expect a thank you? Never.

I would go back next week and not offer up any unnecessary, involuntary information.

Aye Aye Sir.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Schneider Orientation

Fail #2. No Schneider for me - at least for this week. Told the medical people in Gary that I had leg pain. Of course I do on a random basis - I was injured in the line of duty as an active Duty Marine. Aches and pain are also Covid symptoms - at least new aches and pains. Mine are old pains. I got booted-out first day. The Gary OC called Schneider Corporate and I got booted out. I have no other symptoms. I could tell my recruiter when my legs stop aching, which can be at any moment on any day, and I can try again next Tuesday. It's not debilitating at all - it's commonly known as veteran's legs or Marines knees. I could try again next Tuesday, but what if I wake up feeling a little achy? Do I go home again next Tuesday? Do I just say I have no leg pain? Looks like grain hauling for me in the near future. You're welcome for my service.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Schneider Orientation

Making the final preparations this morning to travel to Gary, Indiana for Schneider Dedicated Orientation. I'll check into the Best Western in Hammond, Indiana early this evening. It's about a 4 hour trip. Due to Covid I was given an individual room.

The shuttle bus leaves the hotel at 6am tomorrow. Looks like a full day of paperwork and medical items.

Any last minute words of advice? Stay safe out there.

Dean

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

Thank you everyone. The Schneider offer was canceled due not having enough freight to hire/train inexperienced drivers. I am happy to go to Halvor Lines and appreciate the opportunity to learn. I am so lucky to have finished CDL school in Feb.

Oh no! Did you look for a dedicated position at Schneider? They're looking for night drivers for Walmart dedicated near the Chicago area (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin).

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

I heard that Dean, you gave it a shot. I just retired today. I am waiting for the Va offices to start doing disability physicals before I start at a company. Luckily I have 3 months of leave saved up. I really want to give flatbed a try and see how it goes. Everyone I personally know who has worked for Schneider has seemed to like it.

Congrats on your retirement! You made it. I did like the flatbed lifestyle the short time I did it. No 3 am deliveries. Not many backup maneuvers - mostly got unloaded in the receiver's yard or in a building you drive thru. Truckstop/rest area parking sucked after 4 pm, but some receivers let us park outside their gate in industrial areas.

Good luck with the VA. I found the Iowa City VA to employ really good folks and volunteers.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Pretrip everything

Wow. Pre-trips are important. I did a pre-trip with a trainer where he kicked all 18 tires and made sure the load was secured. Oh, and "wait 10 minutes BEFORE you send a complete pre-trip report thru the EDL.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

Dean R Did training not work out at the company you were having issues with the trainer they gave you?

Papa Pig - No, training didn't work out. But it was a combination of things. I told them when they recruited me that I was older and I did have a service-related injury. During my semi-annual VA physical last week I mentioned some minor back pain between my left hip and spinal area. I wrenched it while I was climbing a lumber load to throw tarps. Turns out I have Lumbosacral radiculopathy. If I continued with flatbed I'd have to give up health benefits. The HR person at the flatbed job understands. I told them, and the school, that I would try it. So i did.

Schneider and my DOT physical doctor are okay with me driving so long as I don't load/unload by hand. No tarps, etc. I was offered a dedicated WalMart run out of Sterling, IL., about 2 hours from my home.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

I'm going to Schneider the 28th in Gary, Indiana. I'm training for a dedicated WalMart position. I haven't heard anything about hiring delays, but they are splurging for single rooms when training.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

I'm going through the same thing now. The trainer gets angry at the slightest thing. I've had securement equipment snatched from my hand (it was not a safety issue), been cursed at for taking too long to back inside a building (first time I attempted it), cursed at for going left when I was told to go left, told to get the **** out of the way because I was confused about a securement and I was taking too long because the trainer wanted to get done faster, etc. PITA. Almost lost my military bearing a few times.

We are due to leave out again Monday at 0200 for a short run. I'm asking for a new trainer Monday once we return to the terminal.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Company driver orientation and training

My training time is about 2 weeks. I have to secure a lumber, a steel coil, and an aluminum bar load. After I do the three loads and prove I can handle the truck I'll get my own tuck. So far I've done the lumber and steel coil loads and drove the mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. I'm hoping to get the aluminum bar load done next week so I can get out of the trainer truck.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First Week Experience

Dean one of the most important parts of becoming a top tier performer is communication.

I’m not going to sugar coat any of this...

Before going too much further you need to calmly and clearly communicate with your trainer so he understands what you need help with, why and find out from him the best way to address those needs. Second; realize part of his anger might be the lack of training you received on load securement. Ask him why he is irritated. Confront him in a professional manner. Don’t let this fester...

That said... he sounds like a hot head, however you will be dealing with all kinds of personalities out here, many of them unabashed jackasses, many (unfortunately) with the power to make your life miserable. It’s up to you to make adjustments that enable your overall success and sanity.

Whatever you do, please keep your cool.

Good luck!

Thanks G-Town. It's hard to learn securement from someone who will rip a snap binder out of your hands and do it themselves. But I saw how the process worked watching YouTube.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First Week Experience

Dean don't give up just yet. If you haven't yet approach your tainer and talk with him and clear the air so to speak. Find out what his expectations are for you and what's the plan for you to meet those expectations. You said in your post that basically your Training is all OJT so your company is expecting that you get the required training before you go solo. Since you have zero experience in load securement your trainer should be taking you through it step by step that's what the company is expecting from him. In the service your Drill Instructors didn't issue you a rifle Monday morning and have you sending rounds down range that afternoon. You learned the basic marksmanship fundemantals, disassembly, assembly of the rifle before one round was loaded and fired. So basically crawl, walk, run the same philosophy should apply to load securement. My back ground is training I've trained U.S. ,Iraqi, and Afghan soldiers and each took a unique approach to train some could master and task very quickly some took a bit longer but in the end I could confidently say that all met the required standard. There are good trainers and bad trainers out there no doubt about it. Remember back to Boot Camp you had good Drill Instructors and bad Drill Instructors the good ones would Teach, Coach, and Mentor the bad ones would not. I'm sure that you are not expecting your current trainer hold you by the hand and treat you like a 6 year old but be a professional and teach you the tools of the trade so you can become a successful flat bed driver. Yelling and screaming is nothing but counter productive! Again my perspective is from the training angle I'm not familiar with the particulars of flat bed side of the house. I'm sure some of the regulars on this forum with flat bed experience will chime in. Talking with your current trainer about your concerns will help you through your training time. Good luck and stick with it.

Thanks for the encouragement Chris L. I'm going to learn what I can from someone who can't teach. Then get the you-know-what off of his truck.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First Week Experience

Did your company not have any securement training before you went out with the trainer?

Nope. All OJT.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First Week Experience

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Posted:  4 months ago

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First Week Experience

Dean,

I am not a driver yet, so I can’t tell you that I have been through this.

What I can say is after reading many training diaries, is there are really two options:

1. Request a new trainer, which may delay you getting you own vehicle.

2. Suck it up, learn what you can and ignore what can. This is only the beginning of your journey, and you worked your ass off to get here. Don’t let some idiot stop you from your goal.

Good luck, and wishing you the best either way.

Thanks for the ideas. All the trainers smoke. I can suck it up - I was an active duty Marine. I'm doing my best not to react with my mouth or limbs, but it's hard.

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