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Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Need some advice...

Hey, Optic-man, great to hear from you again, despite the tough TEMPORARY circumstances! Looks like it’s been about 5 weeks, before which a lot of the folks here gave support, empathy and info, with much interest in your journey… In my case, though I’ve even less experience than you and so can’t offer much more than general advice, now that you got through a few weeks of OTR training, I naturally remain very interested, being close to probably following a similar path to yours OTR. So I AM HERE with ya too…

Can’t weigh in about being on the hook for pre-CDL instruction, since that part of our paths differ due to my having gone the pre-paid private school route, but you’ll be finding out all about where you stand on Monday, it looks like from what you wrote. Seems a good strategy there. Meantime man, I can easily tell the experts here are right, so I hope you can take the time this weekend to sufficiently detail what happened out there, especially with the actual accident and such. Immerse into the back-and-forth of discussion of this forum and you won’t regret it. These folks really will be much better able to advise and support ya in the practical ways you need it. Also, writing in detail and sharing it with supportive others can be very psychologically advantageous, give you more strength to cope with crisis, and you need all the strength you can get right now. Plus in the process you’ll be “giving back and paying forward” to your fellow drivers on the path or considering it, with whatever is learnable from the experience that many others can benefit from knowing.

Your situation really doesn’t sound like you should have to be blocked from moving your career forward, but ya just need to get past an unexpected and unfortunate obstacle… Seems you just gotta take the optimistic can-do approach, cuz you really need (I can relate!), and it sounds like you definitely deserve, are payin’ your dues for this to work out well for you to get yourself back on that road to enrichment ASAP! So hang in there, read and reply to the savvy moderators, keep the forum advised and you’ll likely soon be able to look back wisely on all this (as is learned by those who read enough here, e.g., it's already helped me immeasurably to "psyche myself up", harden my skin to the true realities that are coming—like, many have said that SOME stupid accident is almost EXPECTED of rookies)...To see it as simply your version of the sort of extremely educational bump in the road that most new drivers have to hit, one way or another, and emerge all the stronger from it!

Posted:  10 months ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

Gotcha Anne... Except I still don't grok the "AZ" part. Not sure what you're sayin there...

CRST...Yeah, I mean no, of course that'd lock me into teaming, instead of having the option of solo after training. And besides, they rejected me a year ago after my father died, when I told them I technically didn't have "continuous employment", just about a year total in the last 5, unless they were willing to accept my 5 years of being Dad's primary caregiver and POA at the end during his end-stage Parkinson's. They weren't.

Will check out those diaries and posts... --JD

Posted:  10 months ago

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas indeed, everyone, for whatever it means to you! So many myths and realities on this day. I guess if I were still that kid who believed in Santa Claus (which was SO exciting on that special day for a while!), I'd figure he'd have to be at least a Superman-scale superhero to do what he does, and since NORAD and the Space Force tracking his progress have reported that he was already home again this morn after delivering those billions of gifts… To pull it off efficiently, that "Peterbilt" image that Anne posted would have to have been pulling roughly the right number of trailers to contain ‘em all (I wonder how many hundreds that would be, more like a freight train for sure) ... And since he clearly can and must somehow defy physics in order to make so many deliveries in one night, he's gotta be magical enough to not need Dr. Fauci (just turned 80 btw!) who answered the obvious Santa question by saying that he personally flew to the North Pole and vaccinated Mr. Claus himself...And he certainly shouldn't need a mask!..

OLD SCHOOL's pic is as homey-cozy a Christmas scene as I've ever seen...I presume it's his wife and kids and himself on the wall there...I hope he's settling into his super-extended home time nicely by now, mostly healed and that it lasts however long he wants it to...whether or not he’ll still want or need to actually get back on that long road... Though no doubt he's doing the trucking world and thus the world as a whole more good in his current role as a sort of retired professor emeritus who now has even more time to teach for free over the internet in this new age of expanded virtual learning! I hope he, and everyone with home time off for the holidays, is treasuring it, and as for all those driving through these strange days, to keep this amazing nation provided for, that they are well compensated and that they benefit from knowing they're much appreciated by many, for doing what they're doing… Thanx to all and may all have a good day and night...and week...and New Year!

Posted:  10 months ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

Nice to get a quick reply Anne...hope you (two?) are having a great day.

Yes'm, JD is fine... There actually wasn't supposed to be a space before the R... But you're right about the "handle".

About your husband...was wondering what you meant about not wanting to team with him, that a few days together at home is enough at a time...

Some clarifying Qs-- ---What does "looks like you have the AZ out of your home 20, that's cool" mean? Put my "destination in"? You mean my chosen company that I'm not sure of yet? ---And what are "peaks and tunes of life"?

Your comments are sometimes kinda cryptic, and I'd hate to miss your meanings, cuz you have an impressive memory, are such a great "cheerleader" and sweet person here! --JD

Posted:  10 months ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

Happy Holidays to all! [Hey does anyone know how to tweak the topic line? I think I saw that happen here recently. I especially want to take out the "AZ" part, since I'm no longer quite as limited to finding someone who lives near me, although that'd be ideal...Expand the field of those who might be interested at least in looking at the thread, even if I'm not gonna find a co-driver this way. (Hmm, is not living in the same area another challenge of teaming, that it's a lot harder to get two drivers home or re-deployed than one, the further apart they live?]

Everyone’s comments so far are of great interest to me. I’ll get down to addressing questions and issues raised…

ANNE, yeah, my initials are too cumbersome…Haven’t come up with a suitable nickname yet (“Sir Thinxalot”? ;-)… I assume some of those used here double as the driver's CB handles. I think I know what mine would be, but here and now just “JD” will be fine; it’s the most accurate, so I’ll try to sign off with that. As for what company I’m ending up with… I’m not quite there yet, and in the meantime am a bit, well, “superstitious” isn’t exactly the right word…It just feels best to defer for now on further discussion of specific companies in favor of drilling down deeper into the dynamics of the Big Decision being debated here which aren't company-dependent. Ok, my turn at a Q to put YOU on the spot: Please ‘splain more what you’re sayin’ about you and your hubby. Some tongue-in-cheek, some not, sounds like..?

MARK C, I read that you’re looking at the “Pam” trucking company, which you say trains OTR for a mere couple weeks. Also Schneider seems another rare exception that does that short a stint, which is ironic since they’re SO all about “safety” there. In most ways at this point I feel that a shorter period with the trainer would be more right for me overall (especially than like a month or so), and then go right into co-equal teaming. But it’s another complicated and controversial sub-issue, I know…

…I read the conventional wisdom here that it’s best not to team up with another newbie and that it’d be an unlikely scenario (to score an already well-trained co-driver), cuz who’d want to team with a noob if they didn’t have to? It does seem a good idea in another way to do that though, to be learning the stuff at the same time, as two total rookies, rather than have the start of teaming be more like an extension of the training period. Again, gotta see how the training goes, and if that’s too much of a burn-out, that’d make teaming tough right out of the gate and likely a no-go, period.

MIDNIGHT FOX, your question’s both an easy one to answer AND it brings up real issues. Nope, this is most definitely NOT a multi-purpose quest for me. I’d rather not further complicate things and lower my odds of job success more than necessary by even THINKING about teaming with a romantic partner. To me it’s clearly an unrealistic fantasy better off not entertained, whether someone’s “available” or not. I AM a heterosexual guy who’s lived much more with women than with men in his adult life, including presently, and never in close quarters with one male since just before college. But the mixed gender thing seems possibly even riskier in terms of it working out for any worthwhile duration as co-drivers. And obviously there are, for very good reason, few females who’d be interested in teaming with a guy they don’t know and trust well enough. Some mixed feelings here, so I’d not rule out an “appropriate” female co-driver if it seemed the odds WERE good we’d work really well together (I know, I know, it’s another one of the Big Ifs that’s too hard to tell ahead of time, and does seem pretty unlikely)…[To be continued…]

Posted:  10 months ago

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Lookin' at new roads

Well…It’s nice to check in at a less controversial thread than the one I'm about to get re-entangled in; glad you started this one, MarkC. We seem to be in similar boats, 'cept mine's taking on its water in Arizona instead of Florida... Been thinking of moving there, but… Cuz I love to mix metaphors, gotta say I'd MUCH rather live in a sauna than a steambath. Or am I over-stereotyping? How’s that Gulf side, humidity-wise, better than most of FL? Worse? Never been on the west half. It really is too hot here for more than half the year now, but hey, there's always the night time, and of course A/C, and the solar-heated pool and air temp is perfect pretty much all day and night all summer. Sounds like we're both about to jump the ships we're in and MAYBE climb into team trucks, though. Was about to ask you (at the nearby thread I recently started and that you've been carrying along admirably in the rough weather without me there for a bit), what company is that with only 2 weeks of road training…but I see you've already answered that it's "Pam". Sounds good to me, but I looked at them about this time last year and AZ wasn't in their hiring area. Guess should check again in case they’ve expanded operations. The other big diff is that I've recently survived the rigors of a private school...but if you join a company soon you'll be out there ahead of me in no time, at the rate I've been paddling along toward that goal of “commanding a big rig”, as you say...

Posted:  10 months ago

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Official starting with Prime

Interesting, Joseph...If I get into/decide to go with Prime this week, that's about when I'd start too. But not in "Pittsford"... Hmm, the only Pittsford I know is near where I grew up in NY; doesn't seem to be one in PA. Guess I'll have to look up all the terminal locations. Ok, so you must mean Pittston, PA. I'd be going to Salt Lake...either place, brrrr, this time o year...

Nothing against Prime, they're just going with the industry flow, but what's up with this standard of accruing only one day home time a week? Partly cuz you end up with another unproductive average day or so per week just getting home and back into action? You'd think SOME company would want to be known as not just saying they care about home time, but actually allowing for more of it, if not encouraging it. I get it about the incentive to get as much road time as they can out of their trucks and drivers, but jeez, what about the burnout factor? I'd hope if it were me behind that owner-of-the-company wheel I'd want to incentivize my drivers to stay with the company by being a rare exception.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Is It That Easy?

Well I lived in CA most of my life, but don't know about how their permit test differs, nor have I compared what I remember of what I took in AZ to the "High Road", now that I've learned most of that stuff, but hope to eventually. (Did Brett mainly do that on his own?!)

If it's much like the AZ exam at all, and if your brain's good at multiple-choice logic, and you did your studying, well, mine at least was an easier pie to get through than I expected. Things get progressively more challenging as they get more "real world" as we go along this career path... That first big step was not such a biggie after all, especially since you know you get more than one shot at it if you need it...right?

Posted:  10 months ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

Yes, I've considered the factor of mutual driver trust a LOT. Depends who it is... Since I’ve been getting plenty of push-back here and elsewhere, so I want to try to clear some stuff up.

I’m SO far from knowing everything I need to know about teaming that I do know I’m not close to qualified to hold up my end of an informed debate. I’m not trying to impress anyone with how many 4-wheeled miles I’ve driven and ridden, but that and some big rig rides, plus cross-country bus and train rides is enough to at least qualify me to have some major clues as to how much trouble sleeping I might have. All I’m pointing out about the sleep factor aside from that is that I’ve heard and read from truckers that some of em CAN sleep ok while someone else is driving, and some cannot. So whether my co-driver and I can get enough quality rest will make it or break it and we won’t know till we try. That and of course how compatible we are in other ways. If those two huge factors work, it can work, is what I hear and makes sense. If not, well, it won’t be worth it and I’ll give it up. I’m not looking for the "perfect" co-driver, cuz that feels like playing the lottery, which I don’t do for obvious reason. Clearly the odds are against finding even a “right” teammate, but I do feel guided to give it a try.

It no longer looks like I’ll be going with a company which would require me to already have that partner lined up. The company I’m close go signing on with now promises to help match us up. But plenty of teaming time with the trainer (yes we'd both drive) in the meantime in which to test most of the concept. So we’ll see, but it's not that I "EXPECT it" to work.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Team Training Anxiety - Can I "Teach Myself" to Fall Asleep in a Moving Truck?

Eugene, TOTALLY understandable you have no interest in team driving, just being able to get enough shuteye with your trainer. Sorry I mis-read that in my non-desperate zeal to find a co-driver. I hope you're picking up some good ideas here for getting through your training process. Maybe my "app" described below will be worth a try for ya. Works for me, though there's no magic bullet for sure.

So...good point, Anne, you bring up another thing I do to help me sleep sometimes, mostly to grab a nap at times when my natural sleep cycle "clock" isn't saying "time to sleep" (mid-afternoons and 10 pm or so are what it seems set for). Not with an MP3 player, but an "app" on my iPhone. Perfectly good used iPods ARE still available to buy though, and most iPhones have those players built in, and of course you can still download any of the millions of tracks that are sold. What a revolutionary and classic piece of tech the iPod is and will always be know as, for its time.

The app I use has a lot of both free and "premium sounds", simply repeating soundtracks of a multitude of familiar sounds you can play via a smartphone's speaker or a headset. Everything from house appliances to, well the name of the app is "Rain Rain" and sure enough there's lot of precipitation sounds like thunderstorms and gentle rain. My favorite is "Wet Forest", a mix of rain and the sound of a gurgling stream. Natural noises seem to work best for me, which figures, and there's a wide variety of those, like birds and such, but they also have human noise tracks like "Food Court", "Cafe", etc. There's music mixes, and also "pure" monotony like White Noise and Brown Noise...

You get the idea, whatever works to help someone conk out. You let the sound distract you from everything else, maybe try to sort of "meditate" on that and let the thoughts, stress, etc. fade away... Some folks get hooked to where they think they can't sleep without it... The girlfriend who turned me on to these apps played hers all night, even when we were camping in a forest...which I wasn't a fan of.

Most relevantly here, there's a Transportation category with these 5: "Airliner", "Train", "Car in the Rain", "Winter Traffic" and "Boat on the Lake". So thanx for the reminder, I'll get used to those ASAP... But if they'd only add some like "Big Rigs on the Freeway" and "Truck Stop Sounds", I'd jump on those right away to "have it made" ;-) ; get a more realistic head start on sleeping in a truck!

Posted:  10 months ago

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Team Training Anxiety - Can I "Teach Myself" to Fall Asleep in a Moving Truck?

Glad I could entertain you so, Kearsey. HA!..Yep I've done a couple "ride alongs", a pretty long one, and a short one, hitchhiking many years ago. And driven hundreds of thousands of 4-wheeled freeway miles, starting probably before you were born, young lady! smile.gif

So I'm pretty familiar with most of the sounds of the road. Most of what Mikey was referring to was not those. I was referring to the vast majority of miles where the sound is more of a monotonous drone and the motion is mild. Have never had too much trouble sleeping in vehicles, even when the ride's been punctuated by more disruptive sounds and movements. But I'm obviously having to do a lot of speculating too.

ANYONE with a respectable amount of experience have any counterpoints they're willing to offer, or is the disparaging take on teaming universal here?

Posted:  10 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Speaking of avatars, I was about to post again to Eugene's teaming thread, in reply to Kearsey, used a smiley for the first time here and at the end I hit the Preview button to see if it worked ok. I do usually check the Preview option though, just in case. But this time an interesting glitch appeared instead-- rather than my comment appearing in Preview, I was honored to see Rob T's recent hefty thread-starter post on "Slip-Seating" in MY Preview window. So I went back to the Submit option, clicked that and it started to work on "Sending"... I did hit the button again a couple times, but I guess too soon this time and it still wasn't uploading, so I opened another TT window to post this one in the meantime.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Team Training Anxiety - Can I "Teach Myself" to Fall Asleep in a Moving Truck?

Mikey, it's not clear what you mean by "make it through the team training period", since my understanding of Eugene's worry is about long-term team driving...or did I get that wrong?..Oh, ok, yup, I missed his word "portion" (of the team training). That sounds like it tweaks the whole topic I was replying to, since apparently he was mostly talking about relatively short-term sleep issues which would go away when he goes solo.

Regardless, good to note that most of what Mikey brings up is about trying to sleep despite "various disturbances at truck stops and rest areas"... Which puts more stuff in the "plus column", the "Pros" in favor of teaming. These major distracting factors wouldn't be as present on the road itself, and that's what, well over 90% of the hours the team is in the truck? Seems to me that once you get used to it (for those of us who can), that usual monotonous hum and gentle motion would have more of a lulling effect than a disturbing one. Sort of an ultimate "brown noise" or white noise, and like "cradle rocking" for those who can acclimate well to that.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

It was just a normal reply (to Eugene, about his own" teaming" dilemma). When I finally tried hitting the same blue ("Submit"/"Sending") button again, it posted right away. Other posters should try that if there's a long delay.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

OK, so plenty of definite disadvantages, potential “Cons”, scary possibilities have already been described (worst of which to me being the lack of personal space for extended periods)… All of which I appreciate being plunked down on this virtual table... So now I gotta start laying out some of what I believe would be the “Pros”, at least in the presumed case of myself and other atypical weirdos like me… Starting with the general and getting more specific… And of course I want to reply to the reply-ers, probably ask some follow-up Qs… Reader attention time and interest in the topic being limited, guess I’ll continue to roll out what I have to say in a few more installments. Also cuz I’d ideally like to keep this thread on page 1 here for a little longer, in case anyone else besides me considering team driving DOES somehow make it past the persuasive discouragements already cited above... Let's talk about it!

So…first of all, I want to be completely clear that in order to make it work with a co-driver, it’d have to be a very conditional agreement with the company and any such teammate— Meaning the projected success would be utterly dependent on “the BIG IF”— I’ll have to get with a roughly compatible co-driver who is at least for the most part the same kind of person I am in the key ways. We’ve got to get along well enough in all that entails, actually like each other, have optimistically oriented brains that are able to work in a complementary fashion, etc. If that doesn’t happen, I have no doubt and no problem agreeing that it’d be likely to be a big fat “FAIL!” which I may regret as a major mistake in retrospect. Definitely a pretty big risk. But on the other hand, I see opting to go solo right out of the gate as big-risky too.

For sure to maximize the odds of it working, we’d have to be able to screen each other and actually spend a little time together, ideally do a test run and such, then only proceed if we both get a strong enough positive inner sense of “It’s a go”, the right sort of hunch, backed by enough practical evidence that it’d be worth giving teaming a shot. So we’d need to have our post-training deployment set up such that whether it ends up being solo or team would depend on that "big IF". Whether or not I feel I’ve found someone acceptable and he or she’s found me. Otherwise, it’ll have to be a no go, so we’d have to have that agreement in place to even proceed. Or at least the ability to easily enough opt out if it fails. If the co-driver's coming from another company, is already OTR there, or whatever, having the flexibility would be important. And no doubt a few weeks basically teaming with an OTR mentor will tell me/us a lot about whether I'm/we’re still wanting to do it. [More soon friends.]

Posted:  10 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

So after at least 10 minutes of my (about-average-length-for-TT...does that even matter?) reply sitting there in "Sending" mode, I opened another window to try a short post of feedback here. If 2 minutes seems like a relative eternity (when it's always been almost immediate before), how about 15... Well, let's see... Ok, it was still in Sending mode, but then I simply hit that button again (which of course still said "Sending" at the time, rather than "Submit"), and it uploaded and posted right away as usual.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Team Training Anxiety - Can I "Teach Myself" to Fall Asleep in a Moving Truck?

Good thoughts and attitude, Dude! Your concerns seem to dovetail with mine. Did you see my recent/current teaming thread? Am about to update it which'll bump it back up top for now, in hopes of keeping it alive and maybe succeeding in my quest to find a co-driver. So I'd of course love to have your input on all that.

A couple clarifying questions for ya, Eugene-- --Where do you actually live (I like that your "home state" is "preparing for school"...maybe by accident, but it seems to reflect a real state of mind for you, as it sure was for me and probably most others.

--This teaming option you have such understandably mixed feelings about, which I mostly share as you can see in my thread, is it just that, an option you're considering, or is your chosen company making that mandatory? Sounds like the latter.?

--If you're actually gonna do it, i'm naturally wondering if our teaming together would be a possibility to explore, cuz you're the only one I've come across as even a long-shot replacement for my buddy (who was planning on jumping ship and joining me, but is now is looking at his girlfriend getting her CDL and going OTR with him)........

Posted:  10 months ago

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Just passed CDL test

You deserve all the congrats man. (I kept my milestone too quiet.) How about you, Joseph L... Sounds like it would've been yesterday...How'd it go?

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Co-DRIVER needed for a TEAM out of AZ (Seeking a “needle in a haystack” here at the T.T. “magnet”)

Jeez, guys, quite the budding buffet of food for thought! Thanx always. I'll write up them Pros and Cons and get back here with that, tomorrow hopefully.

Meantime, hoping to get some back-up counterpoint to the counterpoint...IF it exists here. Anyone in AZ, or elsewhere, interested in the teaming adventure discussion, especially if considering it as an actual career choice? "Failure stories" welcome too! --J.D./E.Z.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Team Trainning Question

It sounds like Kearsey is correct. In addition to having previously considered joining their teaming team myself, I just gleaned this 4-star review of Covenant on indeed.com:

"Good starter company especially for couples! They were willing to train me and my wife with out separating us. Dedicated routes are best and easy to obtain especially if your in California." --12/7/20

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