Was-Mart DC And Tired.

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FairyTales's Comment
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So we made it to the Walmart DC around 4:30pm after driving 5 hours. Couldn't check in till 2am. So we parked and I attempted to catch some sleep, but my Trianer decided he wanted to watch tv till 12am. So yay me. Then he accepts a 1700 mile load that has to be there by Friday, but he wants it there by midnight Thursday so it goes on HIS paycheck this week. So we are gonna run teams. I kinda just wanna be like "no". Idk how y'all do those emojis but "pout face". AND he is OCD Germaphobe, so anytime I sneeze, cough, sniffle he freaks out. I'm not allowed in the fridge cause germs might get caught inside. I want my own truck. :(

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob S.'s Comment
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Oh yeah. I remember the good times. My trainer was the opposite of a germophobe though. Suck it up, it won't last long and then you'll get your own truck.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I didn't do anything but run teams. And my trainer told me that she didn't stop for potty breaks so I better be able to use a cup!

Disclaimer: I don't want to sound like I am trashing TransAm. But their training setup is sorely lacking. The trainers receive very little instruction on how to train and it seems like most of them are just in it for the extra miles.

Don't mean to hijack your thread FairyTales. I am extremely upset with the company at this point and there isn't much keeping me with them.

If you want more details you can message me on Twitter.

FairyTales's Comment
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I totally understand. I'm not sure what experiences you have had. I'm still in my "training" phase. But, I'm going to give it AT LEAST 6 months.

I didn't do anything but run teams. And my trainer told me that she didn't stop for potty breaks so I better be able to use a cup!

Disclaimer: I don't want to sound like I am trashing TransAm. But their training setup is sorely lacking. The trainers receive very little instruction on how to train and it seems like most of them are just in it for the extra miles.

Don't mean to hijack your thread FairyTales. I am extremely upset with the company at this point and there isn't much keeping me with them.

If you want more details you can message me on Twitter.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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The trainers receive very little instruction on how to train and it seems like most of them are just in it for the extra miles.

Unfortunately, you'll find that same scenario in a lot of companies. The company pays the trainer more per mile, and all the miles the truck runs go to the trainer, so they're essentially getting double the pay and then some, which tends to attract the wrong sort of person into being a trainer. I'm not saying that there aren't great trainers out there, because there are. It's just a fact of human nature to get those big sparkly anime eyes over the idea of getting twice the pay for doing half the work.

That being said, my advice to both of you would be to stick with it unless the situation becomes utterly unbearable. Part of the training period is adjusting to a high stress environment, and learning to cope with major inconveniences. But if it gets to the point where you feel your safety is being compromised in some way, like not getting sufficient rest or feeling like you're not receiving adequate instruction in maneuvering and handling the vehicle, contact your company's training department and request a different trainer. Being in a small confined space with a stranger for several weeks straight can be aggravating, but it should never be allowed to be a hindrance to your ability to learn to do this job safely and effectively.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I know those days. Trust me ... I'm in heaven solo now. I actually got annoyed today cause my FM is on vacation and some new guy messaged me "what's your eta? Are you taking a 8/2 split cause I saw you took 2 hrs earlier? Can you make the load?" I wanted to type..."I'm in sleeper. What makes you think I would see this?"

Now.. even though I've only been solo 4 mos.. I've only been late by 15 min one time cause of dispatch giving me wrong Appt time. So I don't think that counted against me. My FM never messages me about ETA unless he already expected I wouldn't make it from the start. He also knows I break during rush hour traffic. So my driving might look weird sometimes lol

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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I know those days. Trust me ... I'm in heaven solo now. I actually got annoyed today cause my FM is on vacation and some new guy messaged me "what's your eta? Are you taking a 8/2 split cause I saw you took 2 hrs earlier? Can you make the load?" I wanted to type..."I'm in sleeper. What makes you think I would see this?"

Now.. even though I've only been solo 4 mos.. I've only been late by 15 min one time cause of dispatch giving me wrong Appt time. So I don't think that counted against me. My FM never messages me about ETA unless he already expected I wouldn't make it from the start. He also knows I break during rush hour traffic. So my driving might look weird sometimes lol

Rainy, we're commenting on all the same stuff like 10 minutes apart haha. There's one DM that fills in for my DM alot when she's out, and she does that stuff to me. It's so annoying. She actually woke me up one morning calling me to ask me if I was going to be on time. I was like 5 miles away and out of hours at the moment. She thought I was going to be late because my 10 hr break wouldn't be over til after the appointment time. I was doing an 8 hr SB period and was getting time back in a few minutes. I wanted to lecture her, " Don't you know what a sleeper split is?" My DM has only asked me once if I was going to make it on time, but I was fine because I had called ahead and knew the receiver had overnight parking.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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When looking at companies ask; "where is the Trainer when I'm driving?" Some companies require the Trainer to be in the passenger seat AND on duty. That's how it was for me at Schneider.

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