New Podcast! Episode 17: 12 Tips For Surviving Your Time On The Road With A Trainer

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey everyone, we have another new episode of our podcast "The Road Home" and it's titled:

Episode 17: 12 Tips For Surviving Your Time On The Road With A Trainer


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Your time on the road with a trainer is always a very challenging time in your career because you're out on the road for the first time doing your job as a professional, and you're forced to share the truck with a complete stranger for an extended period of time.

But it's also a very important and necessary stage of your training. Believe me, you would not want to come out of school with your CDL and run solo immediately.

So here are twelve tips for surviving your time on the road with your trainer.


Episode 17: 12 Tips For Surviving Your Time On The Road With A Trainer


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


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.
Tammy M.'s Comment
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I’m really surprised about this. I went to Trucking School and my instructor quizzed me over and over about this being my first time learning to drive a big rig. He thought I was lying! 😂 He couldn’t believe how well I took to it. So much so that when it came time to take my road test, the semi I was assigned broke down and I took my test in a little dump truck with a 17 foot trailer hooked on! But afterwards, I applied to Stevens Transport and on my School application they seen I reported an accident I was in that resulted in a fatality. It wasn’t my fault and I wasn’t ticketed or anything but for some reason they denied my employment due to insurance liability. Later I learned that I didn’t have to disclose it because it wasn’t DOT reportable. But, because Stevens took about 6 months to deny me, I couldn’t get a job and had to take schooling AGAIN! So this time around I went to SCHNEIDER TRANSPORT. They did fast track me through because of my previous school. They sent me driving around the city a million times and did maneuvers in different parking lots and such. After I was finished, I went Solo, immediately. I never went OTR with a trainer. They put me in a truck with my first load and away I went. I love the trucking life and I’m thinking of getting back in if I can get my boyfriends BP down to regulation requirements. I won’t go out alone again. So, I’m hoping!


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.


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.

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