Have You Ever Considered Becoming A Trainer?

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Renegade's Comment
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I've heard trainers make a lot of money but is it worth the headache of working with a new student every 6-10 weeks? My recruiter said its something I should consider if I do really well in my first 12 months of solo driving.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Never been a Trainer 'cause that's one job you better really wanna do regardless of the money. I say that because I like driving and not sitting in the passenger seat. Plus, I like being alone when I'm driving. When I had the opportunity to be a trainer, it was obvious I'd be trading some miles for that gig. Therefore, the additional pay wasn't worth it for me. But different companies do it differently.

I wouldn't even consider it until you've got some serious miles behind you. IMHO.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I was a trainer for about 9 months, technically I still am but I stopped taking students.

Here's my take on it. Yes you make more money, at least at Werner you do, I can't speak for other companies. Do not become a trainer of it's just for the money. Only do so if you genuinely want to train and help new drivers.

I had some really good students, some really bad ones, and a few in between. I just had several really bad ones back to back and decided I didn't want the hassle anymore.

G-Town's Comment
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I was a trainer for about 9 months, technically I still am but I stopped taking students.

Here's my take on it. Yes you make more money, at least at Werner you do, I can't speak for other companies. Do not become a trainer of it's just for the money. Only do so if you genuinely want to train and help new drivers.

I had some really good students, some really bad ones, and a few in between. I just had several really bad ones back to back and decided I didn't want the hassle anymore.

Great answer!

I was hoping Miracle would see this and respond.

Totally agree, not for the money. Renegade the fact your recruiter even mentioned this to you "as a way to make more money" is rather JV.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was asked cause non smoking female trainers are in high demand. I accepted, then reconsidered. I'd be the team phase trainer if I did it....which means giving my student complete control of the truck while.I'm.sleeping. hmmmmm....I'd love to help others cause I believe in paying it forward. Some awesome drivers helped me and I would like to help others in return.

I'm still wrestling with this. I was thinking about only doing it spring to fall so as not to have to worry about a student driving in snow....but they need to learn it, so is that fair? This past winter seemed twice as bad as last year and I avoided being hit three times It was the third time that rattled me.enough to change my mind about training.

I think I'd make an awesome trainer cause I'm new enough to understand the nervousness, concerns, and even embarrassment nee bies go through. Plus I remember all the stupid rookie things a decades old driver would have forgotten. However, some.days, even now I get frustrated with tight backing situations and doubt myself.

Idk

.I still need to think about it.

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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The money is a little better...but think paying extra on a bill type money not buying a boat type money. It's definitely something takes some getting used too though.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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It's scary. Idk if I wana trust a new driver with my life haha! But I really like to help :-)

Diver Driver's Comment
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I don't feel I have enough experience to be a trainer.

I know this sounds crappy, but I know I don't have the patience for it either. I've heard some real horror stories about some of the students that come through. I'm grateful that someone gave me a shot, but training isn't in my skill set. It's not like the oilfield. I'll just leave it at that.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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No, it is definitely not worth doing for the extra money. No way. Most people immediately understand the lack of privacy they'll have, but the stress is unbelievable too. You're responsible for everything. It's a lot to take on.

Check out these articles from a guy who trained one time. They're meant to help students understand the trainer's point of view but you'll learn a lot about what it's like being a trainer:

Article Category - "The Trainer's Viewpoint"

Renegade's Comment
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Those are some really good replies and it gives me a lot to think about. I told my recruiter that I wanted to log as many hours being a solo driver before I even considered that kind of move. He told me in no way was he trying to push me in that direction, that it was just something to think about when the time came.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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