4 Day With Out A Shower

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Unity's Comment
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I did 3 days once and felt horrible. Yeah, not taking a shower after unloading a trailer is very uncomfortable. I try to make sure I shower after every unload now. I failed once already...

Trainers.... well, the third one was great on my end.

Lionheart13's Comment
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I empathize with you. I am a rookie driver with Stevens and went through the same ordeal with my first two trainers. My first one showered twice in 15 days. My second one showered 3 times in 14 days. My third trainer was a godsend. I am not going to go into details here because this website doesn't condone "bad-mouthing". But I will say that I could write a nice little tabloid about that company. Anyway, getting back to the topic, there is NO EXCUSE for not showering regularly. If you are in a truck stop for 10 hours, there is more than enough time to get that done. I was not shy about going to my counselor and higher-ups about my experience with my first two trainers.

It is a student's duty to let the brass know what is going on out there on the road with the trainers. Some people are afraid to come forward because they fear retribution or getting branded a "rat". The thing is, if no one comes forward, then the problem(s) will never be fixed. One has to be brave. Some trainers do not deserve to be trainers. They just use the students to get their mileage pay, without any regard or desire to teach. And the hygiene thing is an issue that is common. It is inconsiderate and unprofessional for a trainer to put his student through this. I actually had to pay for a shower on a couple of occasions, because when I would ask for one, my trainer would give me some smart-ass sarcastic comment. This, even though they get free team showers. To have no self-respect is their problem. But when it affects me, or worse yet, when they expect me to follow suit, then it is unacceptable and I have to take action. There were times that I felt embarrassed and even ashamed when going to a shipper or receiver because my trainer looked like a hobo and smelled like a wildebeest.

Hopefully, Stevens did something about it. I hope you get your problem fixed, because I have been there and it is no fun at all.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm just gonna throw in with everyone else here and agree that you should tell him enough is enough immediately and take a shower the very next time you pull into a truck stop. There's no excuse for it. This forum is full of drivers that run a ton of miles and still manage to shower daily. It doesn't take that long, seriously.

dirtrocker's Comment
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Wow, that sucks. My trainer said he makes all his students take one at LEAST every other day or they are off his truck. I take one almost every day. I try to stop at a loves(diamond status) or flying j (shower power) for my 30 min. DOT crap and take one.


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.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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That's disgusting. I ran hard when I did OTR 500-600 miles everyday. I also found 10 minutes to take a shower everyday. Your trainer is a slob.


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.

MC1371's Comment
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Sorry, not only NO but (insert bad word) NO! I've lived in the field and some truly disgusting places in the world. If there is water and soap available you bathe end of story. Not only is it stank nasty, it's a health issue. If you have to share the bedding area god only knows what kind of filth is in the berthing area.

I'm not trying to sound like a prima donna, I understand that as a student I'm living in their house and it's up to me to accommodate any quirks and or fobiles they may have. But unsat hygiene is a no go in my book.

Question to the OP, was there any indication of this when you first two met? I see mixed answers on how trainers and students are paired, some sound like they are just thrown on the next available truck, and other sound like the trainers troll the lounges/lot looking / interviewing prospective students?

Shiva's Comment
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So I'm with trainer doing the dollars account it been 4 day with out a shower.how many day you go with out a shower thank you


Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I had a trainer who had us shower everyday and one that if nky let us take 3/in two weeks. I actually parked the truck since he was out of hours and told him "if you don't get us some showers, I'm getting mine. Then I'm coming out here and spraying you and your smelly dog with febreeze."

I didnt go to the company about him cause I was so close the end of my training. But I was not letting him train anyone else. They got a long detailed letter of dates times and incidents as well as DOT violations on the truck. They weren't happy.


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.

Unity's Comment
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I was removed from my first trainers truck for reasons they said were serious(signing me in as the driver but driving himself) but then I found him training someone else 4 days later....

But I was not letting him train anyone else.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Even that does not top what my trainer did when I was in training!

ok, do tell. Don't keep up hang'n man.

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