Motion Sickness And Training

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Solo's Comment
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So I've been in communications with a Wilson Logistics recruiter and all has been fine until I realized that having to be a passenger in a rig for 2.5 months of training won't be an option due to my being awfully susceptible to motion sickness.

If I were to go to a PVT CDL school and then apply for a company, would I then be able to avoid the team/trainer driving req?

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.
Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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You will still need to get trained by a trainer, in the real world of customers / traffic / weather / route planning for some duration, unless you have significant driving experience. Take a look at Trucking Company Reviews to get some idea of one-on-one training durations for a number of outfits. You're still likely to be out for several weeks in a driver / rider capacity.

Most of the companies will have you doing most of the driving after the first day or so. You learn a bit by watching, but way more by doing...

Is there a medication that is FMCSA approved to help you with the motion sickness?

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Tyler R.'s Comment
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I don't know if it is approved by the FMCSA , but Meclizine is very effective with motion sickness. I come from the marine industry. Sea-sickness is extremely common on rough water and I know many people who swore by it. Might be an easy temporary fix.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Joseph D.'s Comment
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Hello! I think it’s imporant to note that the driving you do with a driving trainer is the training you absolutely need. CDL school only teaches you how to get a CDL.

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.
Chris M's Comment
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I struggle with motion sickness badly. I can get sick within 10 minutes of riding in the back seat of a car. I took the Dramamine non-drowsy formula. I took it on the greyhound ride from Atlanta to Salt Lake City, and also took it once I got on my trainer's truck and it always helped me. But eventually I got used to the truck and it was actually a lot easier than riding in a car. Good luck!

Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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May I suggest Sea-Bands.. they are a pressure point band that goes on your wrist.. I use them when I am a passenger, on flights, and on cruises.. Without them I get very ill.. But I have personally done very well with them.. You can find them at your local Wal-Mart or Walgreens etc etc.. I know many companies like mine does not make you go out with trainer.. Providing you been trucking past year or so.. Ours road tests you then sends you out on your way.. Good luck

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Here is another option. With CFI while out with a trainer, you are dispatched as a solo driver. This means you drive while the trainer sits in the passenger seat. You both sleep at the same time. For three to four weeks before that you will be at one of two private schools. At these schools, you will do your road training with up to three other students in the truck. This is not daily and mostly slow. Good luck.

Solo's Comment
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Here is another option. With CFI while out with a trainer, you are dispatched as a solo driver. This means you drive while the trainer sits in the passenger seat. You both sleep at the same time. For three to four weeks before that you will be at one of two private schools. At these schools, you will do your road training with up to three other students in the truck. This is not daily and mostly slow. Good luck.

Sir, I was really hoping to come across a reply such as this. Thank you for the info!

Everyone else, thank you for your replies on treatments and I 100% agree that the training you receive via an onboard trainer is invaluable.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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May I suggest Sea-Bands.. they are a pressure point band that goes on your wrist.. I use them when I am a passenger, on flights, and on cruises.. Without them I get very ill.. But I have personally done very well with them.. You can find them at your local Wal-Mart or Walgreens etc etc.. I know many companies like mine does not make you go out with trainer.. Providing you been trucking past year or so.. Ours road tests you then sends you out on your way.. Good luck

My daughter said they helped on our boat, but she was very young, and we sold the boat a couple of years later, so I can't say for sure.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Passenger? At most companies you'll be driving during training. At my company, the trainee is expected to do most of the driving, because they need the road training experience. We're also dispatched solo for the most part.

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