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ChickieMonster's Comment
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So after 6 days stuck in a hotel in Kansas, I am FINALLY leaving with my trainer in a couple of hours! I've been going berserk being trapped in this hotel so I am super excited to finally get on the road!

All the people I went through orientation with will be back this weekend and I will have just barely started.... Good news is that they have extended my training out a week so I will at least get the full eleven days and the training coordinator will be in touch near the end of that to find out if I want to take an extra week.

It's been one thing after another for my trainer. First off she was at home over the weekend and got delayed leaving. Then she got to nearly MO and the company tried to give her a load to Georgia. They forgot about me! She told them that she had to go to Kansas so then she had to wait on a load headed this direction. Today she had to get her truck inspected by leasing which is taking forever. But once that is done she will be over to pick me up!

This will be my diary of my time on the road with my trainer. Hopefully I can stay awake long enough at night to update it. We shall see!

G-Town's Comment
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Safe travels and best of luck to you. Glad it finally turned around for you. Please update us when you can, but your rest is far more important than a daily diary.

Pianoman's Comment
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Good luck!

David's Comment
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Its those select few that have the bad luck in the begining that end up have the best experience.. at least that was it for me when I started.... Durring orientation, my tests got delayed do to an issue with my pharmacy.. they sent over the wrong file... then my trainers truck's batteries all went dead and had to be replaced... when I finally got behind the wheel, we lost a tire... rim was still on just missing tire...... that was an adventure.. =D

Good luck to ya.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Yay Chickie Monster. Excited for you.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Well yet ANOTHER delay... I'm now convinced that Kansas hates me and I am going to live out the rest of my days in this miserable hotel.

My trainer had to take her truck to the KW dealership to have its 6 month DOT whatever done and they are taking forever! She's hoping that they will get done at a decent time so she can come get me but it could be as late as midnight or one am. So she said if I'm up around then to give her a call. If not then we'd roll in the morning. So I think I'm gonna take a nap now and try to stay up later tonight in the hopes of getting the heck out of here! Even if it means just sleeping in the truck.

David, I'm taking to heart what you said and remaining optimistic about this experience. I've had several phone conversations with my trainer and she seems really cool and it looks like we are going to get along great. Which is a huge plus.

So my mantra for tonight is: "this will get better!" Here's hoping!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

David's Comment
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Well yet ANOTHER delay... I'm now convinced that Kansas hates me and I am going to live out the rest of my days in this miserable hotel.

My trainer had to take her truck to the KW dealership to have its 6 month DOT whatever done and they are taking forever! She's hoping that they will get done at a decent time so she can come get me but it could be as late as midnight or one am. So she said if I'm up around then to give her a call. If not then we'd roll in the morning. So I think I'm gonna take a nap now and try to stay up later tonight in the hopes of getting the heck out of here! Even if it means just sleeping in the truck.

David, I'm taking to heart what you said and remaining optimistic about this experience. I've had several phone conversations with my trainer and she seems really cool and it looks like we are going to get along great. Which is a huge plus.

So my mantra for tonight is: "this will get better!" Here's hoping!

I was always told, its gets worse before it gets better... I lived in Odessa MO for a bit and always hated going to KC... such a boring place.....

Once you get in the truck, things should work out for you..

If you think about it, this is actually giving you an idea as to what to expect when you become solo... break downs, stupid issues with loads... DM/FM's forgetting things..... keep your chin up and just let it roll with you not against you.

David

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Turtle's Comment
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Looking forward to hearing about your training. I wish you well on the road. Good luck!

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I have to say one thing about TransAm. Their training department is awesome! The orientation/student trainers are super cool and very helpful especially when a student needs a little extra help on something like me with the 45 between trailers.

I just received a phone call from the head of training just calling to check up on me and let me know that the truck is being worked on as we speak. He reassured me that I would get the full amount of training and we would reevaluate near the end to see if I was comfortable or if I thought I needed more time.

My trainer has also been in touch with me keeping me up to date on the delays and what not.

I am very impressed with the amount of professionalism here! Even though I have had to wait an eternity to get going, I have been kept in the loop the whole time about what is going on.

David's Comment
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I have to say one thing about TransAm. Their training department is awesome! The orientation/student trainers are super cool and very helpful especially when a student needs a little extra help on something like me with the 45 between trailers.

I just received a phone call from the head of training just calling to check up on me and let me know that the truck is being worked on as we speak. He reassured me that I would get the full amount of training and we would reevaluate near the end to see if I was comfortable or if I thought I needed more time.

My trainer has also been in touch with me keeping me up to date on the delays and what not.

I am very impressed with the amount of professionalism here! Even though I have had to wait an eternity to get going, I have been kept in the loop the whole time about what is going on.

Thats what makes everything easier in the end as well.... :)

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