Post Accident Training

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Jamie's Comment
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I'm at an OC in Carlisle, PA for post accident training for my little run in last week at the loves. Anything I should expect? They said it'll be about two hours.

Old School's Comment
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Anything I should expect?

Jamie, expect to learn a few things designed to help you improve your driving. This is a common thing for new drivers who've had a minor incident. You now know by experience how easily you can get yourself in a blind while driving a big truck. That experience alone will help you to be more cautious. Experience is a really solid teacher.

One thing they will be looking for is that you don't start blaming others for your Incident. Own your mistake when asked about it. Don't blame it on the guy rushing you. That's a critical component they look for when assessing a new driver's accident.

I actually think you'll be glad to get the additional attention. Everything about it is designed to keep you employed. Just do what they want you to do and stay focused out here on the job on not hitting anything.

You will benefit from the experience.

Jamie's Comment
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One thing they will be looking for is that you don't start blaming others for your Incident. Own your mistake when asked about it. Don't blame it on the guy rushing you. That's a critical component they look for when assessing a new driver's accident

Oh yeah for sure, I've taking responsibility since it happened. I did mention the guy rushing me, but i made it clear to my DBL that i was at fault for not doing what i was trained to do, although i got out and looked... I didn't walk around and check the passenger side like I should have. It was a learning experience that has helped me since, of course I could have prevented it the first time, but nonetheless since it happened I have taking my time to ensure it doesn't happen again. I do get a little nervous when backing at truck stops.

Old School's Comment
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I'm not exactly sure how Schneider does this, but most companies will have you either watching some videos are doing some online safety courses.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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They give us a smith type of class and SIM training. defensive driving training

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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One thing they will be looking for is that you don't start blaming others for your Incident. Own your mistake when asked about it. Don't blame it on the guy rushing you. That's a critical component they look for when assessing a new driver's accident

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Oh yeah for sure, I've taking responsibility since it happened. I did mention the guy rushing me, but i made it clear to my DBL that i was at fault for not doing what i was trained to do, although i got out and looked... I didn't walk around and check the passenger side like I should have. It was a learning experience that has helped me since, of course I could have prevented it the first time, but nonetheless since it happened I have taking my time to ensure it doesn't happen again. I do get a little nervous when backing at truck stops.

I suspect that is exactly what they want to hear. You are taking responsibility for your actions, and learning from your mistakes.

I find it encouraging as someone getting ready to enter the field that companies try to keep you as an employee and teach you from your mistakes, rather than just firing drivers involved in incidents early on.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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At Old Dominion I had to watch a 1.5 hour safety video and take a test.

I find it encouraging as someone getting ready to enter the field that companies try to keep you as an employee and teach you from your mistakes, rather than just firing drivers involved in incidents early on.

They have a lot of money and time invested in drivers so as long as its minor, you own upto it and don't make a habit out of it most companies will keep you around.

Heck I had 2 one day apart and OD when I met with safety department first thing he said was don't worry we are not going to fire you. Use it as a learning experience and move on.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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I've been through the same thing at the same OC, and I agree with the above, I think you'll be ok. They will talk to you about how the accident happened and what you learned, then they'll have you write out what you plan to do to avoid it in the future. That also serves as a written warning. Then they may have you drive with a trainer so they can see if you have developed any bad habits and maybe will give you some extra training.

Jamie's Comment
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I had to watch a video about defensive driving which i have seen, but I gladly watched it again as a reminder as i wish to learn from my mistakes to hopefully prevent them in the future.

He also had me backup 3 times to see what i do, such as looking in my mirrors, G.O.A.L (made sure I walked around). He gave me tips that will make backing easier, it was related to the way I was doing my setup.

Over all, I feel better. Learned some new things I didn't know before.

Old School's Comment
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Good for you Jamie! Hang in there.

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