Officially In The Drivers Seat

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ChefsJK's Comment
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I was handed the keys to my truck today after the three weeks of training at Schneider, i am getting routed home tomorrow so i can get all my things gathered up and ready to go for the otr world. I am really excited, anxious and nervous to get started on my own, but i have to start somewhere. Im very happy I chose them to start my new career with.

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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Good luck to you! How did the training go? Did you do any night driving at all?

ChefsJK's Comment
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Good luck to you! How did the training go? Did you do any night driving at all?

Yeah actually it was split 50/50 we woke up at 1 am, to roll out around 2. The first night i drove it was heavy rain, fog and night time all 3 i jave never driven in before. And add some hilly terrain into the mix which also i have never driven on in an A vehicle, lol. It was definitely an experience and im glad i got to do it. My TE was awesome.

Pete B.'s Comment
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They are my first choice; I have a phone interview with a 'futures recruiter' out of their home office on Tuesday. Their local recruiter can't really help me because I want to work in a division out of his area, and I'm still three weeks away from graduating. I also don't live in that hiring area, which makes me a bit of a 'special needs case.' We'll see how it goes. I had been under the impression Schneider didn't approve of night driving, which you dispelled. What about using a hands-free device (Blue Parrot headset)? That won't factor into my decision-making process, but I was curious. I could make my wife's day if I told her I could talk to her during some stretches.

ChefsJK's Comment
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That is what i thought about their stance on night driving as well, but some of the dedicated runs require a 7 am delivery time and the loads from the distrubution center werent usually ready until 3 am sometimes. So you have to drive at night. And as far as the bluetooth/headset use goes, it is a very stict no cell phine use, hands free device or not that they have in place while driving. You can use them while you are parked at in a safe place. People have lost their jobs over that and some recently while pulling into the OC while on them. We even had to turn our phones off during the day while we were on duty while we were in class.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations on the upgrade Chef!!!

If you don't mind checking a thread in the diary section titled Schneider Recruiter Visit... posted by Ed P. He asked a Schneider question I could not answer. Hopefully you can assist him.

Thanks! Good luck with your new pumpkin.

Pete B.'s Comment
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That is what i thought about their stance on night driving as well, but some of the dedicated runs require a 7 am delivery time and the loads from the distrubution center werent usually ready until 3 am sometimes. So you have to drive at night. And as far as the bluetooth/headset use goes, it is a very stict no cell phine use, hands free device or not that they have in place while driving. You can use them while you are parked at in a safe place. People have lost their jobs over that and some recently while pulling into the OC while on them. We even had to turn our phones off during the day while we were on duty while we were in class.

As a new driver, that's going to be for the best anyway. Talking on the phone, even hands-free, can still be a distraction, and from what I've learned Schneider is real big on safety. Although that can probably be said about most companies! Do they follow the road training up with additional testing, or after the training has been completed, it's five more days in the classroom, and wait for your assigned truck?

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Blake W.'s Comment
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Great to hear about that! Been hearing a lot of positive feedback on Schneider. Congrats and let us know how it goes.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations on your new adventure!good-luck.gif

Jaybird's Comment
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Congrats bud! I just finished my first week at orientation and will be heading out with my te on mon!

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