Questions On Getting On With A Company Sponsored Driving School

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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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It is, indeed, a walker Bulldog, m-41A3 I believe. The photo was taken at the first Division Museum, at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton Illinois. It was at my son's first professional orchestral performance, seated as assistant first horn. Quite a grand evening. Sitting in a wooded park area on a beautiful summer evening, surrounded by the conflicting concepts of classical music and Implements of Destruction. Very Germanic and quite Wagnerian...

If you are ever in the western suburbs of Chicago, and have several hours, I highly recommend that you oober over to the first Division Museum. It was put together by Robert McCormick, a first-division veteran of the first world war. It is a moving display. The Gardens are amazing as well!

David T.'s Comment
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Well, I am packed up and ready to go Saturday. Any tips to keep from getting nervous?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Now, back to "idiot drivers". Many 4-wheel drivers are not familiar with that an 18-wheel truck needs (the space all around, speed/ acceleration, stopping distance, etc.). But you know these things, and you also know what a 4-wheel vehicle needs.

The difference is your have a job to do and it probably does not include said 4-wheel buggy. So you must allow for what the little vehicle needs, adjust your driving accordingly, and roll them miles. The so-called "idiot driver" is only going to be a part of your life for literally a few seconds in the Big Picture.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well, I am packed up and ready to go Saturday. Any tips to keep from getting nervous?

Keep in mind that the most important things for new drivers are:

  • Willingness to listen and learn
  • Strong work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Fierce determination
  • Easy to get along with

In trucking they figure almost anyone can learn to drive a truck, as long as they're willing. But they also need you to be part of a huge team of people that make these trucking companies operate, and they need someone who can endure the ups and downs and stresses of the road. So you need to be the type of person that can learn the skills, be part of the team, and handle the hardships and challenges.

Show up there with an awesome attitude, an eagerness to learn all you can, and a willingness to be one of many important members of a huge operations team. They already know you can't drive a truck and they don't expect you to be any good at it for a while. What they want to figure out is if you're someone they can teach, and someone who is willing and capable of becoming a top tier driver.

At some point it's going to become about your performance, but in the beginning it's much more about you as a person and your potential to learn this trade. If they believe in your potential they'll work with you until you have the driving part figured out. If they figure you're too much trouble and don't show much potential to be a great member of a complex team of people then they'll likely pass on you. So show em you're the kind of person they will want to invest in, the type that will go on to become a top tier driver.

David T.'s Comment
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Well, I am packed up and ready to go Saturday. Any tips to keep from getting nervous?

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Keep in mind that the most important things for new drivers are:

  • Willingness to listen and learn
  • Strong work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Fierce determination
  • Easy to get along with

In trucking they figure almost anyone can learn to drive a truck, as long as they're willing. But they also need you to be part of a huge team of people that make these trucking companies operate, and they need someone who can endure the ups and downs and stresses of the road. So you need to be the type of person that can learn the skills, be part of the team, and handle the hardships and challenges.

Show up there with an awesome attitude, an eagerness to learn all you can, and a willingness to be one of many important members of a huge operations team. They already know you can't drive a truck and they don't expect you to be any good at it for a while. What they want to figure out is if you're someone they can teach, and someone who is willing and capable of becoming a top tier driver.

At some point it's going to become about your performance, but in the beginning it's much more about you as a person and your potential to learn this trade. If they believe in your potential they'll work with you until you have the driving part figured out. If they figure you're too much trouble and don't show much potential to be a great member of a complex team of people then they'll likely pass on you. So show em you're the kind of person they will want to invest in, the type that will go on to become a top tier driver.

Numbers 1, 3, and 4 I Got. Number two is a work in progress but I have come a long way from where I used to be. Number 5 is good with me unless or until I see someone that ain't right, such as a driver doing drugs or other illegal activities. In that case, would it be ok to politely avoid them?

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