Finding A Trainer

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Martha C.'s Comment
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I am a new driver. I'm supposed to go over the road with a trainer on Monday. This feels like its going to be the most stressful part of the whole experience for me. I'm just praying I get somebody good. Is there any way to try to find your own trainer and meet them before agreeing to spend a month or two living with them in a vehicle. Everyone I've talked to seems to think this is an outrageous request. Couldn't we like put up a personal ad for trainers and students? You know, non-smoker, pet okay, hates country music, lives in Kentucky with a jealous wife at home, that sort of thing. It seems like it would make the whole experience better for everyone.

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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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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What company are you with? Most companies try to match you with what you request as best they can. Remember, you are there to learn. Your time with your trainer will be nothing in the long term. Don't worry about what others say. They are different from you. How jealous is your wife? That could be a big hindrance to your career. If she is home worrying you every day, it will affect your ability to do your job at the best level. Good luck. We are here to help.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi Martha and welcome to TT.

Every company has different procedures for getting matched with a trainer. Some companies are much smaller with fewer trainers, therefore the "interview and select your trainer" might not be an option.

You will not be force to ride with a smoker or one with a pet. Those are safety issues. At my company, you cannot be forced to ride with the opposite sex either.

An important thing to remember is to focus in your goal of learning. treat it as boot camp and get through it. Even two drivers who get along and laugh will annoy and get on each others nerves. it is life in a box.

I hope this article i wrote helps.

Scared of that Creepy Trainer?


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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