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Posted:  3 months ago

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Start Date July 13

Sometimes you are your own worst enemy. This is my latest write up on how NOT to gain experience in this business. My last reply was during the first week of December. When I first started pounding the pavement looking for work in this racquet, the mantra was " Three years". That was the experience level required. The ads that were "Will train" would be companies that would send you out on a team and you would train with your off shift. The training and experience gained can have varying degrees of success. Early in December, I received several emails from one of the bigger companies announcing a new program, training drivers for runs down the "Western Seaboard". Due to trainers not panning out, the program was delayed until after Christmas break. Early in January, I was assured that I would be expecting a call "Early next week". Crickets. The new mantra became "Next week". So late January, I start firing off resumes again. I just took a drug test for one company and am awaiting the results. So after a slight 2 month delay, hopefully I will be team driving and getting some experience. So I will be learning to backup in Love's truck stops and when doing drops. Oh yeah and watching youtube videos. So my new mantra will be "Ignore the clutter". Once I hire on with my new prospective employer, I will stay there come hell or high water.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Start Date July 13

Well I am back at home with a quandary on my hands. My trainer is taking the week off and getting his own truck. He wants to go solo after this. Although It was implied that I would be team driving for the first year, it is looking like I am going to be thrown to the wolves. Then out of the blue, I get an email and 2 phone calls from Challenger, which is on the "Canada's 50 best managed companies" list. So I have fired off some emails and waiting for a call tomorrow. After watching some of the antics at the busier terminals, I am definitely receptive to a more structured training evolution. One thing I never got to practise was "chaining up" as we managed to avoid the adverse weather. We saw several dinged up vehicles in Eastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday night. The weather in that area can be quite similar to our west coast weather with the wet snow and rain. One of the things I was not planning on, was becoming that guy that goes from job to job with "grass is always greener" syndrome but when I look at the pay/training structure I have to act on it. It feels like we are in a plane and my trainer bailed out, the owner is ready to boot me out the door but there's Challenger standing there with a parachute and a set of airline tickets.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

Well it is looking like I will be learning to "chain up" in the near future. We returned to the yard for 2 days. My trainer is putting a lease together, so I took the opportunity to go home for 2 days. We have to pick up a load tomorrow. Looking at the weather report, Snoqualmie Pass could be interesting. Fourth of July Pass will have "icy patches". One piece of advice I was given was keep your speed under 30-35 miles per hour and things should go relatively well. So, here goes.....

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Start Date July 13

Aaand I'm back. This team/training thing keeps you hopping. I just got some downtime and am now all showered up, laundried up and walk/exercised up for the day, feels nice. Got the full meal deal. I guess when you show up at the border as a new driver, they have to check you out. I'm going to be on a first name basis with the US border guards, Canadian border guards and the Washington State highway patrol. The good part about getting searched at the border is that you get to work on your backing up skills with no pressure (unlike the Love's in Chicago at the busiest part of the day). I need to get some water under my keel before the snow flies, so hopefully I will have an inkling on how to approach that aspect of the game when the time comes. Looking at my battery and it is depleting fast. I am sitting in the Flying J looking at a Powerdrive 100W inverter, that should get me charged up for the next reset I hope. Signing off for now

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Tips Before My First Day With A Trainer?

I just received word that I will be going to pick up a load with a trainer tomorrow. While waiting for the call, I have been watching youtube videos and anything to familiarize myself with the upcoming tasks. ie backing up, going downhills etc. I believe that our truck will be a newer Freightliner. are there any other instructional videos with Pro tips that you would recommend? Thanks Glenn

Posted:  7 months ago

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Backing practice

Okay here goes.....First of all I cheat by going on google earth and looking at the overall. ( which is kinda like goal). If the 2 cars at the bottom of the picture are far enough apart, I go out of the picture down Taney Street and drive back up through the parking lot. Now I am off the road and out of the traffic. When the traffic clears, I drive towards the black vehicle second down from the upper right corner of the original picture. Now by backing up I can see the abutment and curb as I approach the dock. It definitely looks like several goals are in order on this one.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Start Date July 13

Actually, i have a drug test with Transhub on Tuesday. (Monday is a holiday, Canadian Thanksgiving). I had a good interview with PBX but they are having trouble scaring up a trainer, so I kept searching. Apparently after the results of the test are in, I should become part of a team. what the first job did do was make me aware of the fact that the actual training starts now. So hopefully around Friday I will be posting "Crossing the border with a trainer" if the gods are with me.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Just going through my CDL training...

I'm no vet but a fellow rookie. On this site some of the earlier posters said "Do the speed limit at all times". On the morning of my exam, I actually drove on the expected exam route and visualized all the wide corners, gears to use and location of signal lights, railroad tracks and especially signs and mailboxes on tight corners etc.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

Well, there goes three weeks of my life that I'm not getting back. (Not only that, I burnt a good bridge in the process) After the first day, they condemned the one barge, so we were supposed to load every second day. Then they went with 2 trucks for the rest of the week. But I was assured that it would "all systems go" on Monday. Monday morning, I am informed "I don't think you are ready to be on your own yet and I don't have the time to train you". Oh well, what was the saying? " I was looking for a job when I found this one". I'm thinking that for maybe just once in my life, I would like to actually get properly trained for the job I am going to do. So on that note, I am going to seek work with a logistics company that has a set training schedule and go from there. The search continues.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Start Date July 13

Time for a long winded storey. I receive notice of a job on the mainland. Minor problem, I have a seasonal RV pad in Qualicum. So I spend the next few days breaking down the campsite (you can accumulate a lot of stuff over the season, gazebos, love seats etc.) All that remains to be done is load up the 5th wheel and head for the ferry. Sooo..... about 6ish a buddy from before phones and makes me an offer I can't refuse. It appears that they load fish fry from a hatchery 1/2 hour from my home to Tofino onto barges. In earlier posts, I mentioned how I had been pressed into service driving push truck. Well this storey went down like this. 20 odd years ago, we start a job in a camp that is only barge accessible. Monday, we spend lowbedding equipment to the back end, rigging up, bucking logs at roadside for loading,etc. The plan is for the next day to unload the loaders and logging trucks to start hauling. So with Tuesdays barge about a mile offshore, we head to the beach to grab the iron. As the ramp is coming down, someone says "You guys haven't got the last memo? All the stuff that you spent yesterday moving to the backend, it all has to go back on the barge, we're pulling out! " Rick the lowbed driver looks at me and says"You have an airbrake ticket right? You're on push truck!" (We have an industrial air category for company roads) Sometimes it is better to be "deaf, blind and stupid" Thank God Rick is driving like a raped ape so I only catch him on adverse and in hindsight, never on a bridge. In another operation later that year a push truck drove off a bridge . Apparently when your front bumper locks onto the lowbed, your front wheels can be turned and with the decks being made of metal or wood they can be quite greasy. A driver will not be aware of this until there's a gap between the machines and the push truck goes off into the abyss. The driver was lucky because logging trucks never really bobtail with the trailer over the drive axles.Wight of the trailer spun the truck around and he went down the draw ass end first. End result, he was only hospitalized. Anyway back to the original storey, Troy the owner says that the senior driver at my new gig is "Rick". So here we are 20 years older, 20 years more experienced and hopefully 20 yrs wiser.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Start Date July 13

My days as a "Beach bum living on an island in the Pacific" are coming to an end. When I first embarked on this career path, I was getting the feeling the ol' spouse wasn't completely onboard. As a result, I confined my job search to Vancouver Island. Van Isle by default can be considered a region. In the back of my head, I had a "drop dead date" which I just reached. First thing this morning, i received a call from Essential Transport from West Kelowna. I meet 9:00 Monday to start training. I guess that ICBC which, sets the insurance rates has made it more expensive for green drivers. the other factor was that a large percentage of drivers do not wish to cross the border. As a result, the trucking companies can be more choosy when sourcing drivers. So I believe, sometime next week, I will be headed your way. Now wifey seems a little put off about the whole thing. I don't get because I spent 30+ years in and out of logging camps with shifts of varying lengths. Oh well, you have to play the hand your dealt. The journey begins.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Start Date July 13

If you are going to have just 1 day where you are "in the zone" examination day would be that day. I am the proud owner of one Class1 driver's License with airbrake endorsement. I do a follow up dangerous goods course Tuesday and "back to the real world". Thanks for the encouragement guys!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Start Date July 13

Last lesson tomorrow and then road test on Friday. Did a mock test yesterday and the instructor said I would've passed. I should check my right mirror more often. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and over rev a spell. Did my mountain driving and picked a poor time to try the splitter. Once I got to the top of the hill, the following driver's words to me were " Kinda new at this aren't you?" as he had a little chuckle. I get the feeling I will be providing comic relief to other drivers for awhile. Sooo.. the last lesson will be "head on a swivel" and watch the tracking. My downshifting is improving but I still miss the odd one.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

Today's lesson; "Don't go up on the sidewalk when turning right"! As I am turning right, the front driver's side is close to the island in the centre, I start to use the left lane after the turn, I take my eye off of the trailer to check an oncoming vehicle and when I next look in the mirror "Holey S**t, that mail box is awful close that trailer"! Instructor says "We are going to cure of that right now". Yup, there's Glenn stuck doing right turns for the rest of the lesson. So at the moment, I am kinda feeling like a whipped dog (tail tucked between the legs and everything). But I also know that feeling is going make me a better truck driver when it matters. So onto the next lesson.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

Still grinding gears. I will get 5-10 okay downshifts and then go on a "Couldn't grab a gear if my life depended on it" spell ( wait a minute my life does depend on it). The school has an automatic Volvo, which is a treat to drive but I am going to tough it out in the 18 speed Kenworth. Where the school is, apparently has or had the busiest intersection in BC. We go through there several times during a lesson and it is an education in itself everytime, especially on a Friday afternoon. The mountain portion of the course usually includes a trip over the Malahat into Victoria. Due to traffic congestion they discovered that one just winds up sitting in traffic. So we will go over the hump into Port Alberni which ironically is where I live. The reason I have not been filling in my diary is that I keep my trailer at a seasonal pad with no internet service (One thing about BC is internet and cell service is spotty at best).

Posted:  10 months ago

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Start Date July 13

Day 1 in the books. Started by bobtailing in a standard. Originally, I was not recommended for this route as I am recovering from a fractured left foot and my case mangers thought automatic would be a better fit. However the instructors explained that 18 speed would be better. I got through the lesson and the ol' hoofy don't feel too bad. ( maybe lil' out of lead) Anyway, I know I have to work on downshifting. It's kinda funny how before the lesson, you think that " I will maintain 2 second spacing, I will take the corners wide and I go through intersections smoothly". Then reality hits and I am so busy trying to get the downshifting part that I don't have time for any of that. Second part of the lesson was pulling a flat deck with an automatic. The good part of that, is that when you listen, that is how the shifting is supposed to sound. In closing, I know I have my work cut out for me. Next lesson Wednesday. I got a printout on what the examiner looks for in the pretrip, so I will turn that into a mantra. Somehow, my gut feeling tells me that there is going to be whole bunch of new stuff headed my way on Wednesday.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Start Date July 13

Just received my training schedule. Schools can have very different ways of looking at a situation. At the beginning of the year, the feds here in Canada were going to implement a Mandatory Entry Level Training Program. The problem is that every province has a slightly different interpretation of this. Saskabush may be 121 hours, Alberta 113 hrs and Ontario 103.5 hours. In British Columbia, where I live, we haven't implemented this policy yet. So I am going to guess that 100+ hours will be the bench mark. (Iknow, I know.....160 hours should be the bar) Anyways, the school I was favouring was recommending that I train as many hours as possible and even had an advanced mountain course, which consisted of taking a live load to Alberta and back. (With the weather we are having, a person may even have to chain up.... in July). The other school, they weren't concerned at all. However they have different courses of varying length, a 30 hr, 70 hr, 85 hr and 100hr course. So I explain to my case manager that the more training hours received, the more seamless things will be if MELT is implemented. Guess which course she signs me up for..the 70 hour course. (could've been worse, she could've signed me up for the 30 hr special I guess) Every cloud has a silver lining. The course is every other day. I have a few buddies that drive logging truck, so I may be able to do ride alongs. (120 tons of Hemlock in a fat truck down a 20% grade, now that should help with the mountain driving) Alternatively, there is a trucking company in town which shunts stuff around town and between the mills or helping the helicopter outfit move their rolling stock. ( I'm pretty sure they won't mind free help). The master plan at this point is...just get that license anyway possible.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

Even though I don't start school until the 13th, there are still lessons to be learned. Today as I am returning home with the wife, a reefer truck comes onto the main drag off a side street. As he comes into my lane, I think to myself "He's coming out to clear the sidewalk". Then just as he is about to come around he veers into my lane some more. After he goes by, notice a fire hydrant that had to be avoided by the other driver. Not a bad day, a free driving lesson and no mayhem involved.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Start Date July 13

I have just been notified that I start 1st Class Driving School on July 13th. Although I already have the air brake ticket, I have to take the 16 hr course to begin. It's a good thing too,because when I was boning up to get the learner's license, they had disc brakes and automatic adjusting brakes. Neither of these even existed when I took the original course. As a side note, does anybody deal with numb hands? Are there stretching exercises or gloves one can wear to ease the tingling?

Posted:  10 months, 4 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

To be honest, I cannot even call myself a trucker yet. I am in the process of being retrained by WorkSafeBC (WCB). Just waiting for the call to go to CDL driving school. Before that, I worked as a logger on British Columbia's West Coast. Throughout a 40+ year career, I went from highlead to helicopter logging. I had the airbrake endorsement but never really used it. Drove a gravel truck for a road rehab company and helped the bull crew move jet fuel around at various times. One time, I got pressed into service operating the push truck to help low bed a grappleyarder to the beach. I spent a winter in the oil patch back when I was a young punk. So I guess anybody that becomes a trucker this year will called "The Covid Crew".

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