Gotta Go Where The Wild Goose Goes......

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George A.'s Comment
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After 4 weeks otr in a 3 week program....lol....I am back in the terminal.....on Monday it is time to get my new truck....will it be the T680 or T660?

Valuable lessons learned from the trainer.....yet when chatting with other drivers ...they do things differently.....certainly food for thought Also different values.....my trainer likes to get his fuel savings bonus.....which others could care less.......Now how will I drive when I am in command????

Like perfume, doing things my trainers way will certainly linger.

The company has put me up in this fancy hotel while waiting so I am doing the necessary things...laundry, getting grub, tools and things I need for the road, catching up on correspondence.

The rhythm and flow of things in the trucking world is certainly different.......... Cobra or Uniden? Garmin or Rand McNally, which truck stop has the best variety of coffee?

I will shoot another message after my first week solo.......

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks for the post, George. Now it's time to find your own driver within. What makes you comfortable in your driver seat.

Some of your "A or B" questions are like "Ford or Chevy?" - there's no definitive answer, but lots of air breathed, and many a belly bumped, in favor of both.

Enjoy!

J Johns's Comment
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Hey George, what company are you driving for? Good job getting through training with such grace! I hope as much for myself beginning tomorrow.

George A.'s Comment
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I am working for the flatbed company Melton. So far they have been very stand up. I have had the opportunity to watch many of my fellow recruits....we started with over thirty, finished the 8 days of orientation with 13 and I am not sure who made it thru otr training......My trainer told me out of 2000 that apply maybe only a handful make it to their own trucks and six months. Not sure about that but I am older guy 50's and a lot of the pups perhaps have more distractions than I. The driving, loading, eating sandwiches, sleeping cramped are not that big of a deal to me...yes I would prefer finer things but nothing that I have gone thru is anywhere near a deal breaker for me.......now do not pay me and I am gone!

Certainly there will be a huge shift from being with a trainer and then on my own....but everyone has said how much better it is on your own......except for the tarping.....:)

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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George,

I have a nephew that drives for Melton. If you need anything, PM me and I will get you in touch with him.

Ernie

JakeBreak's Comment
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Pilot has the best coffee btw lol congrats on making it through training and getting your own truck

SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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Welcome to the team! I've been solo since the last week of November.

Your trainer sounds kinda like the guy I had. Real big on that fuel mileage.

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