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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Oh my—- 🙏🏼🤣

Actually Isanti "No lie" as in i was truthful the woman wanted a toilet and sick on the truck. It typed "now lie" lol. Sorry

I posted on another thread a woman expected to be able to pull over and poop in a pot during training. She expected the company to comply with her medical issue. Uh...no. I'm not having SpongeGirl ****pants on my truck. Literally told me she once crapped while driving her car and needed to use blankets to wipe herself then wrap herself in another blanket as a toga. Uh NO!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

That’s what I get for not proof reading 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Thanks so much! I’ve connected with my trainer and we have hit it off well over the fun and via text. Meet in person tomorrow!

I think - being a trainer is in my future. We shall see. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Here is a thought. No matter how good the trainer is, there will be students who think they know better. They will question and give advice and try to change the trainer. Some whine and complain, others pout then post "my trainer is horrible". I have had one guy tell me a 34 hour reset didn't count because although we didn't drive,... we were parked at a rest area with clean restrooms due to I 80 being shut for snow. "That wasnt real time off, so I want another reset".

One woman threatened to report me to prime cause I told her that although we would shower every day, I couldn't promise her a time. She wanted 8am everyday. Prime would have laughed at her cause most trainers do every other day.

Realize the negative stuff you read is written by people who don't know what they don't know. They have unrealistic expectations. One woman on her was shocked when she found out there were no sinks or toilets on the truck. Now lie

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Between Kearsey telling you to 'lie' (hahaha!) and you being 'over the fun' already .... think you're all set ~!~ Roflmao!! (j/k....glad it seems good, so far!)

Kudos on getting thus far; hope the meeting goes fabulous for y'all~!!

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Thanks so much! I’ve connected with my trainer and we have hit it off well over the fun and via text. Meet in person tomorrow!

I think - being a trainer is in my future. We shall see. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

Here is a thought. No matter how good the trainer is, there will be students who think they know better. They will question and give advice and try to change the trainer. Some whine and complain, others pout then post "my trainer is horrible". I have had one guy tell me a 34 hour reset didn't count because although we didn't drive,... we were parked at a rest area with clean restrooms due to I 80 being shut for snow. "That wasnt real time off, so I want another reset".

One woman threatened to report me to prime cause I told her that although we would shower every day, I couldn't promise her a time. She wanted 8am everyday. Prime would have laughed at her cause most trainers do every other day.

Realize the negative stuff you read is written by people who don't know what they don't know. They have unrealistic expectations. One woman on her was shocked when she found out there were no sinks or toilets on the truck. Now lie

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Thank you sir! I will do as advised!

Jared I had a very good mentoring experience at Swift. It’s a two-way street, please remember that. Proactive communication is really important. Take ownership of YOUR training!

Good look and safe travels.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Thanks, GTown and PJ- being an infantry army veteran I figured sleeping in a hotel would be the best choice - as you all said 🤣

It kinda worked out - received my training plan today. They are flying me to Portland tomorrow and I will get a rental and drive to Albany, Oregon and connect with my trainer on Sunday. He is on a dedicated local route and I have a hotel booked for me for the next 5-7 days... 🎉🎉🎉

The journey continues !

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Thank you for taking the time to respond!

With CFI, I had an excellent trainer. Then, when I started with my current company, I had to go through four weeks of training. The first trainer was excellent! Again, I was fortunate. Then, the last two weeks, the second "trainer" was worthless. Never paid attention to what I was doing, talked/lied non-stop about how well the company loved him, talked to other drivers on his phone constantly which was (thankfully) a reprieve for me so I did not have to constantly reply "mm..hmmm...." I do not know anyone who could deal with 12 hours of non-stop (and I mean that literally!) spouting BS. A couple times, I had to "kiddingly ask" him to give it a rest. Having to listen to him was more exhausting than the driving, etc. was! Thank God I only had two weeks with him. When I finished, my boss asked me how things went with "trainer #2," so I told him. He replied, "well, maybe he did not think you needed any training since you had some experience." It is a roll of the dice who you are going to get.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Thank you! Seems like this is the norm for many on the forum. Appreciate you taking the time to respond!

Hoping I'm not repeating what everyone has said on here but I had a pretty awesome trainer. Like one of the posts mentioned earlier, I still keep in touch with my trainer a few times out of the week or whenever I have a question on something that didn't really come up in training. There are some good trainers out there, don't get intimidated by what's posted on youtube and stuff. Good luck with your trainer, though!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Thanks everyone!

Laura, I was going to ask the same thing but my guess is - “so you can know what it’s like to sleep in your sleeping bag on a bed” or something like that hahaha.

They are telling everyone right now (because of covid) that we can choose to either sleep in the truck with the TE if the TE is ok with it or a hotel. If we have two people training (sounds like that is the normal right now do to lack of TE’s because of covid) the trainees get their own hotel rooms.

BUT

They are highly encouraging everyone to sleep in the truck so we can experience what it’s like to sleep in the truck at a truck stop, back at truck stop, use the shower etc - or the “truck stop experience we won’t have until we are in our own”

I am getting a hotel room 🤣

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Good luck! My time with the TE went quickly. I’m Walmart Dedicated so I didn’t sleep in the TE’s tractor, I was put in a hotel and told to use my sleeping bag, not the hotel sheets.

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Do you know why they told you that??

Laura

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Well, I just got out of my evaluation meeting with my trainer. And it’s official- I am a new driver for Schneider!

Schneider’s drive is scored fail at 16 points and I scored 3 points. Need to check mirrors better and scan intersections better.

Whew - been a wild ride. Three more days left filled with tablet training, trip planning etc etc.

Then off mentors truck for 5-7 days 🎉

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

I totally understand what you’re saying here. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

My trainer was great. I am a trainer. My job is to teach hardheaded people like me, how to do this job. I have to adjust to each person's personality and attitude. I have a ton to teach in a short amount of time. The biggest problem students have is learning how to speak up. We are adults and must be able to talk to each other as adults.

Yes, there are terrible trainers.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Thanks everybody for taking the time to respond! Hope all is well!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Ok, ok... Seems like all I read or watch on the YouTube are these crazy stories on mentors, trainers, etc from hell- trainers screaming, cussing, freaking out, force driving, and today - even punching someone in the face.

Come on- is this for real? If this is for real, I have a couple of comments:

1. I need to become a trainer and mentor for new drivers some day-

2. Make no mistake - that’s not ever going to happen with me and my trainer. Especially - punching in the face and you just what.. keep driving ??? Heck no-

3. I would like to hear - did anyone have positive experiences ?

I would think or maybe I’m naive - that if you’re a mentor/trainer/ or whatever for new drivers you are experienced, you have been trained to train- you want to help new people in this industry.

I promise you- screaming, cussing, and hitting this guy.... simply won’t fly.

This can’t be real ?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Bad experience or am I the problem?

I know I’m new to all this - but.... I thought the same thing!

Good grief! Is there a full moon out? Two, beyond strange posts! I just got up...I need some coffee I guess to make sense of these guys.

Laura

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Galanz microwave/air fryer combo

This is a question I wa s going to ask as well. At home we cook with an air fryer and an iron skillet and that’s about it - I was hoping to add an air fryer to my truck. Especially since I’m a keto lifestyle eater 😅

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Newbie Trucker Dad Giving Advice - and Stories

I’m not trying to be mean or pick a fight. I have two grown sons 31 and 29. Both are married one has two kids of his own and both are highly successful. I don’t know nearly 10% of the details of their lives like you know of your sons and we are close family. I don’t by this at all and stop wasting our time. If this is real... cut the strings dad you’re not helping your son.

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This is one very oddly detailed thread about another person. And it’s kinda creepy. If this is real- 😳

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Exactly what is so odd sharing the experience my son has gone through. It is real. I am a very successful business owner that is very well known with a reputation of great integrity (words given by others, not my own).

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I know right? Yet the OP claims not to be a micromanaging enabler.

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You seemed to have fallen into some some misconception. I've tried to correct errors in your thinking but you are stuck with your ideas. We recently suggested to our son that he look into another company and I provided one job listing. Everything else for the past 13-14 has been 100% his own ideas and choices. How is that micro-managing? How is anything we've done an enabler? You have a few terms you seem stuck in using even though they don't fit the situation.

I'm an moderator of a forum larger than TT and I find it very strange how so many people come here showing disrespect and offering non-constructive criticisms. I had witnessed this shown to many other posters and am puzzled why some people respond this way. I am sure many haven't even bothered to join or post here because of such behavior. I respectfully as you to consider if your comments are really meant to be helpful before posting.

BTW, Old School, good luck with your eye surgery recovery. Hope it's not as serious as what my neighbor has had to go through repeatedly.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Newbie Trucker Dad Giving Advice - and Stories

This is one very oddly detailed thread about another person. And it’s kinda creepy. If this is real- 😳

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Thank you kind sir!

While easier to back one thing to remember about the 53 is the difference in your turning radius. Remember “ pull straight turn LATE” and watch your tandems until your trailer gets straight . Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Thanks so much!

That’s correct, to the best of my knowledge. 🙏🏼

Congrats on your new endeavor brother 👏

Quick question, Schneider only hires licensed drivers right? No CDL training?

Thanks

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Newbie Trucker Dad Giving Advice - and Stories

Yep- 💡

Perhaps your adult son should join the Trucking Truth site?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

Week one is done and what a week! embarrassed.gif

I have to say this has been one of the most personal development challenging season of my life ( first day stepping into a jiu-jitsu school for the first time two years ago at the age of 48 was another) the last 4 months when I started this journey back in November 2020 with “hey, I think will get my CDL” it’s been incredible to push myself past the many MENTAL barriers I’ve experienced starting a new career at 50 in a career space I have never thought about doing until - well, last November hahaha.

For those reading and are considering trucking as a career - its way more then just driving down the road to get some freight somewhere as fast as you can. Get that out of your head quickly. It’s about getting that freight as SAFELY as you can in a timely matter.

It was until Wednesday of this week March 17 that I had an opportunity to get in that drivers seat and pull out onto the road with that 53ft’ trailer behind me (for the first time) when I started to really grasp the comments of 70’ and 80k pounds of destruction that “I AM” taking responsible to SAFELY and PROFESSIONAL operate.

What an eye opening experience this week-

Anyways, nothing but good things to say about Schneider and their trainers and team here in Phoenix. They’ve taken good care of us, professional and you can tell they know what they are doing and the expectations are high but reachable.

By the way ——— 53ft trailer so much easier (if easy is the right way to say it because it’s not easy per say) to back up then those 28ft that I learned on and tested with at CDL school !

I was told by my trainer yesterday that I am on schedule with everything. So that’s great!

This week we will drive and back more Monday and Tuesday. The only “test” we have is 45 back we have 15 minutes to complete the maneuver. I don’t see anyone in my class not doing that- go slow and GOAL. That’s what I’ve been doing. Slow and steady is my new motto!

Wednesday-Friday we are in classroom for tablet and other planning training.

Then next week if all goes as planned I will be out on the road for 5-7 days with my mentor or training engineer.

Thanks everybody for all the great advice these last few months!

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