Getting Started Again

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Harold B.'s Comment
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Hello all,

I have been reading the posts on this site for a little while and have really learned a lot. I will be starting orientation with Swift here in Michigan on Jan 14th and am both excited and nervous.

I took a truck driving course in 2009 and went to work for Werner for a minute (after getting on the road I just didn't feel I was prepared enough to be safe and my trainer wasn't the most helpful of fellows)so I went back to what I knew which was wrenching. I decided in January 2013 to take a refresher and I am now more determined than ever to start driving OTR and the information and posts on this site have really helped me in getting prepared for my restart. I just wanted to say thank you for info and tips from you folks. THX

OTR:

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Well sorry to let you in on the bad news but when starting out in trucking and when you first go solo NO ONE and i mean NO ONE feels like they are ready. Can't blame Werner for that and if you feel that your training was not enough then its your job to speak up and say so.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Harold!

Yeah, Guyjax is right - most trainers are not really cut out to be trainers and nobody ever feels prepared to go out there and do it for real. That's a very common sentiment.

It takes a ton of guts and determination to get your trucking career off the ground no matter who you are. You have to really want it. Sure hoping things work out great for ya this time and we'd love to hear updates from you whenever you get the chance!

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Harold B.'s Comment
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Guyjax, Your are right and I don't blame Werner or even the trainer. I didn't handle the situation the right way and speak up. Instead I let frustration and anger guide my decisions and I made the wrong one. I have had plenty of time to realize what I should have done and I can guarantee I won't make the seam mistakes twice.

I appreciate your honesty in your reply and I plan on posting some updates as I start this journey again.

TWIC:

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Guyjax, Your are right and I don't blame Werner or even the trainer. I didn't handle the situation the right way and speak up. Instead I let frustration and anger guide my decisions and I made the wrong one. I have had plenty of time to realize what I should have done and I can guarantee I won't make the seam mistakes twice.

I appreciate your honesty in your reply and I plan on posting some updates as I start this journey again.

That is why we are here. We will tell you how it is and the why of it the best way we can but we will not sugar coat anything. Any questions feel free to ask.

TWIC:

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.

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