His/Her Sleep Needs Vs Your Need For Instruction.

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Mark M.'s Comment
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A lot of companies give you a few weeks of instruction then you get dispatched with a trainer for more extensive training on the road, delivering loads. So my question is; How would your trainer teach you when he has to get sleep too? A trainer can't just deprive himself from sleep for extensive periods of time just in case you have a question right.. So how does this play out?

Old School's Comment
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At first you will both sleep at the same time. After that you may drive as a team, where one person sleeps while the other drives. Your trainer will allow you to yell at them to wake up if you need them.

It is a common misconception that says you need somebody right there by your side constantly teaching you. I mean you will be driving for ten hours or more. What could they possibly be yammering on about during all that time?

My trainer rode shotgun with me for one single day. After that we ran as a team. It wasn't the smartest arrangement, but it still got the job done. A permit holder is required to have a CDL licensed driver in the passenger's seat, but once you've got your CDL, there is no reason you can't drive while your trainer is sleeping. You can and will learn a lot by having to make your own choices and decisions behind the wheel.

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.
Mark M.'s Comment
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Thanks old school, no yeah, I completely agree with you. I wouldn't want my trainer to constantly be watching over me like that either.. That would make for an uncomfortable otr training experience for him. Appreciate the clarification and the fast response you guys are extremely helpful.

At first you will both sleep at the old school same time. After that you may drive as a team, where one person sleeps while the other drives. Your trainer will allow you to yell at them to wake up if you need them.

It is a common misconception that says you need somebody right there by your side constantly teaching you. I mean you will be driving for ten hours or more. What could they possibly be yammering on about during all that time?

My trainer rode shotgun with me for one single day. After that we ran as a team. It wasn't the smartest arrangement, but it still got the job done. A permit holder is required to have a CDL licensed driver in the passenger's seat, but once you've got your CDL, there is no reason you can't drive while your trainer is sleeping. You can and will learn a lot by having to make your own choices and decisions behind the wheel.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Mark, you might find this article helpful.

What Should I Expect To Learn From My 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.
G-Town's Comment
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To add-on to what Old School wrote:

During my Mentoring period with (Swift), teaming did not occur until after 50 hours of super-solo operation requiring the Mentor (trainer) be present in the passenger seat during the first 50 hours of student driving. Once that point is reached, it’s jointly decided if the student is ready for team driving.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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At CFI there is no team training. I am required to be on duty, in the passenger seat, while my student drives. We are dispatched as a solo truck. The student is supposed to do all the work. At first, I show him. Good luck.

Rainy 's Comment
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Check out my article...

Team Driving: The Fear & Misconception

As a trainer, i want you to know, a trainer would rather lose sleep than their life. Sleep patterns are crazy for truckers and its easier for an experienced driver to run on interrupted sleep than a rookie.

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