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kayakngal's Comment
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my training with another woman? I realize everyone is different and nobody here on a forum will be able predict my situation. What I'd like to know is things like this; * What was your experience like - when you reflect what is your overall opinion of it? * What are some positives and some negatives you took away from the experience? * Was your trainer a positive person or demanding and rude? * What was the shower situation like, if you get a free shower for fueling I'm assuming it's only one shower so, did you pay for your shower during training? * I'll be on the road for a month straight before I get to come home so, what are some essentials I should pack that I may not think about now? * Did anyone have an argument with their trainer? If so, why? * How do the male truckers typically treat you? * When/If you're in areas where you feel unsafe how do you handle it? What's do you do to create a safer atmosphere? * Does anyone have their dog with them? * Are they any joggers, bikers who get out and exercise? If yes what's your routine like?

Anything that comes to mind that you believe, as a woman, would have benefited you when you started driving would be appreciated. I start training at my new company on the 18th so I'd love to hear from all of you ladies on the road, starting, experienced, etc. Doesn't matter I enjoy having an opportunity to vicariously enjoy your experiences.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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Good questions, and I want to know all these things too, please pass on your knowledge and experience! Kayakngal, post your training experiences too, I don't start until April 8th (as of now, may be a week or so later depending on if I can get all my stuff packed up and stored, and find a home for my dog) giving her up is breaking my heart, I would give anythign if she could go with me, but Central doesn't allow pets and in researching I have yet to find one that does. Course that would be hard on her too, she would be better off with a loving family that will keep her inside and love her! I can skype my family and talk to them but can't do that with my baby girl. boy that got way off track

Starcar's Comment
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OK...I can't answer any of your "trainer" questions, cuz TSB trained me. So we didn't have that "2 strangers in a 6 foot box" problems. but I will answer what I can, since I'm an experienced driver. And since TSB and I took our shower time together ( he shaved while I showered, cuz I like louie lobster shower, and he can't do the super hot water..lol). But when you fuel, you will get the shower credit on your card, just remember to give it to them when you go to pay for your fuel.I think you should be fueling atleast 2 times a day, so it won't be hard to get the shower credits. I'll start a new thread about what you take with you. The male drivers may get stupid on the cb, when your tryin to back into a spot, but thats why cb's have an off switch. As far as in the truck stop, you will be treated with respect. Now out in the parking lot is where you need to be aware of everything. Walk with your head up, eyes moving, watching everything. Plot your path to where you are going. Don't walk in enclosed places, like between trucks. If your spoken to, just make a short answer, and don't stop to chat. NEVER GET INTO SOMEONE ELSES TRUCK, and NEVER LET ANYONE INTO YOUR TRUCK...PERIOD...NO EXCEPTIONS. you do not need to be in an enclosed area where you can be kept against your will. ALWAYS lock your doors, Always put your keys IN your pocket. Try to park in a lighted area. If you are forced to park in a dark area away from the TS, plan on stayin in your truck until daylight. Alot of times, if I need to walk to the TS, I'll either call someone on my cell ( USE AN EARBUD type blue tooth), or act like I'm talkig to someone on my cell. That way you can still be alert, and no one will try to talk to you, since your either on your phone, or your wierd, and talkin' to yourself !! Some companies will allow you to have a pet, some won't, and some charge. You'll find that out from your company. Theres alot of ways to exercise on the road. check the general forum. Alot of the guys exercise on the road.

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