Training Sucks! Keep Your Eye On The Prize!

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Pianoman's Comment
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To those of you who are going through company training for the first time: whatever you do, DON'T QUIT before you finish training. Training is not indicative of what the job is like once you're on your own! I already did the whole *sharing a truck with your trainer for a month or two* thing over at Swift nearly two years ago, so I'm already familiar with how training works and how much it can just plain suck. Still, these last two weeks training with American Furniture Warehouse, I got to the point I just wanted to punch my trainer and quit.

This job I just started is super laid back and alot of fun and I didn't even have to share a truck with my trainer (I followed him around in my truck), but it's still super easy to lose sight of why you're doing this and how temporary the training phase is. My trainer was really nice and we mostly got along great, but he only liked to shower once or twice a week and he was a chronic speeder. I could follow him just fine when the speed limit was 70 or more, but as soon as it dropped below that I couldn't keep up. Drove me nuts! It was also hard to constantly adjust my sleep schedule and running style to his.

Remember, training is temporary. When you're exhausted, flustered, and feel filthy because you haven't showered in a few days, it's really easy to lose your prospective. You'll want to walk out right then and there, but don't do it. After training you can run however you please, as long as you get the load there on time.

Good luck to all our trainees on here and keep your eye on the prize!


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TruckerSpeir's Comment
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Very, very true. Great post!

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