Motion Sickness And Training

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Jamie's Comment
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At Schneider you're dispatched as a solo driver, with the trainer in the passenger seat as well. So the truck would only be moving if you're driving,at least with my train engineer that's how it was and supposed to be. But orientation is shorter and not like other companies out there where you spend a few weeks with a trainer on the road. I wish it was, as I could have used the extra training before getting set loose, but I'm doing better now, the first week had quite a few things happen.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Solo'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.

To me, that makes complete sense, but at least for Wilson Logistics, they must do their training a bit differently. They anticipate that trainee will be a passenger at some point and be required to read maps/logs/bol's, etc and at least to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

You say that your company expects the new hire to do "most of" the driving as well as "solo for the most part" makes me think that is how wilson logistics runs similarly, and the trainee isn't driving 100% of the time and that's where I would fail miserably.

If I'm behind the wheel or in the back asleep (the only 2 ways I can keep from becoming car sick), I'm 100% fine.

Jamie's Comment
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Orientation is 3 weeks; Week 1: paper work, watching some videos and yard/driving stuff and testing at the end if the week to see if you'll go out with a trainer engineer.

Week 2: you're out with a training engineer for one week, sometimes you're paired with another student so it's 2 people one trainer, that was my case so I didn't get a lot of driving in that week since it was split.

Week 3: you're back in the class room learning about the Qualcomm , trip planning and a few other things.

So it's not bad, just a bit different then how other companies do it.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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at least to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

How common do you think motion sickness is? *Most* new hires drop because of it? Not hardly.

Todd Holmes'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.

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?

How about Dramamine? The only motion sickness I get is out on the sea on a party boat that stops and rolls in the swells, never from land vehicles or planes.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

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Thanks for giving me a great laugh this morning. I've heard some pretty wild things that recruiters say, but that one wins the prize!

Grumpy Old Man'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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To me, that makes complete sense, but at least for Wilson Logistics, they must do their training a bit differently. They anticipate that trainee will be a passenger at some point and be required to read maps/logs/bol's, etc and at least to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

You say that your company expects the new hire to do "most of" the driving as well as "solo for the most part" makes me think that is how wilson logistics runs similarly, and the trainee isn't driving 100% of the time and that's where I would fail miserably.

If I'm behind the wheel or in the back asleep (the only 2 ways I can keep from becoming car sick), I'm 100% fine.

Then you need to try DOT approved meds before starting this journey. If you can't ride as a passenger, then you will not be able to get a job. No company to my knowledge would take a driver fresh from CDL school and put them behind the wheel without a trainer.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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How did sailors overcome motion sickness way back when? Didn't they tough it out until they got over it?

G-Town's Comment
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...at least to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

OMG. Classic untruth...gets a spot in the top 10 “Trucking urban legends”.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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and at least to the recruiter and her manager's knowledge, most new hires drop mid-way through their program due to issues with motion sickness.

The only way I can see this happening is someone goes "Full-on Flounder" and throws up ON Dean Wormer...

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