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Robsteeler's Comment
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Oh, Rainy. I think it’s a lot different between Schneider and Prime. You guys team for 30,000 miles or something and they pay the students a lot better. We are getting $80 a day, and we run as a solo operation with the TE in the passenger seat, but we’re only out for a week. Most of our training is at the OC instead of the road.

I’m probably worrying for nothing and my TE is probably a great professional guy! My Italian Mother taught me to worry, worry, worry, and then relax and say, “oh, that was easy!” 🤣

Old School's Comment
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Anyone see me giving up yet?

No sir we haven't, and frankly we love that about you! It's just that you keep making comments that are concerning.

I think you know we're all pulling for ya, otherwise we wouldn't be hovering over you like mother hens. Hang in there and we will try to not to bother you too much. Remember we will always be glad to help you if you need it.

Robsteeler's Comment
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I do know that and thank you. Sometimes, without the nuances of personality. The written word comes across differently than the author intends. I think that may have been the case here. My words may have read negatively, but I intended them positively. I’m hoping for a good experience basically.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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After getting your CDL , the whole "must be sitting in that seat the entire trip" is overrated. Think about it... you are driving on an interstate without even a turn for 200 miles do i need to watch ever minute? If im rambling on and on about reefers, tandem weights, macros....and you are concentrating on driving, then how.much are you learning? you can't even take notes because you are driving. before we even get rolling, i sit down with the trainees and go over the atlas, discuss tandem weights and more. othereise, nothing is retained.

im sorry if i sounded *****y, but that post sounded as if you werent even gonna give your trainer a chance. every trainer has diferent styles and techniques. company policy is great. but backing on a pad and backing in the real world are two different things. same.goes for training or even being solo. abide by every single rule and you wont make any money. nature of the beast out here.

CDL:

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.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Robsteeler's Comment
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I get that Rainy, and I certainly don't mean to come across as knowing what the hell I'm talking about at all! 😂 They already did the driving around downtown in tight turns stuff anyway. If I couldn't do that, they wouldn't have sent me out here. So what you say makes a lot of sense.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robsteeler's Comment
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Good news! My TE just sent me a text. He runs dedicated home Depot and he goes home every night. I get the truck to myself at night! Happy dance!

G-Town's Comment
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Good news! My TE just sent me a text. He runs dedicated home Depot and he goes home every night. I get the truck to myself at night! Happy dance!

Have fun with that. It will definitely challenge your setup & backing skills. Be careful, G.O.A.L. as much as necessary. There is no instructor limiting the number of times you stop to check things out...real world now.

Use Google Maps to check out the dock, entry/exit as part of your daily trip planning, reduces surprises and will give you a chance to consider the best setup. Especially important in tight, congested store docks.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Thanks man, I'll do that. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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After getting your CDL , the whole "must be sitting in that seat the entire trip" is overrated.

I agree, when I was in training last year before switching to linehaul mu trainer sat the passenger seat for the first 2 days and when he started to trust I wouldn't kill him on the highway he would go to the bunk. But in cities which I saw a lot of in a month or when we had to get off highway he would move back to the front. I preferred it that way as I was comfortable on the highway and liked not having someone watching me all the time.

Most of what he said while I was driving went in one ear and out the other, not because I didn't want to listen but because I was focused on driving. Which he understood and we would make a mental note about what ever it was and would revisit when we where at a customer or when we stopped for the night.

Your first few days will fly by I don't even remember much about mine. Just take it slow GOAl 100 times if you have to, it takes less to to GOAL then it does to fill out a accident report and meet with your safety department.

CDL:

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Brian's Comment
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Same as Rob my trainer was up front the whole time. I personally rather of had it that way anyways. I saw it as only having one week him so better ask as many questions as I can and I did. And it made time fly by. I had a blast that week.

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