Would It Be Wise?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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No trip planning experience. Never used ELDs. Would it be wise for me to go straight to driving solo after orientation and securement training? I have 1 year local super fast paced 48ft flatbed driving. I've been in some pretty TIGHT situations where you just kind of stand there scratching your head, but eventually come up with a solution. Is it tough to figure out where to go once you get to a shipper/receiver? I will be doing flatbed. Honestly I consider myself a fast learner and someone who can adjust on the fly. Y'all tell me....bad idea?? At the very least I need to do a lot of practice trip planning and HOS exercises. Best method?? As always, much appreciated.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
NeeklODN's Comment
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I meant ask if y'all think I need the experience of going with a trainer

No trip planning experience. Never used ELDs. Would it be wise for me to go straight to driving solo after orientation and securement training? I have 1 year local super fast paced 48ft flatbed driving. I've been in some pretty TIGHT situations where you just kind of stand there scratching your head, but eventually come up with a solution. Is it tough to figure out where to go once you get to a shipper/receiver? I will be doing flatbed. Honestly I consider myself a fast learner and someone who can adjust on the fly. Y'all tell me....bad idea?? At the very least I need to do a lot of practice trip planning and HOS exercises. Best method?? As always, much appreciated.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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I meant ask if y'all think I need the experience of going with a trainer

If that is an option; definitely the right path to take.

PackRat's Comment
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+1.........Definitely go out with a trainer for OJT if you can.

PJ's Comment
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I have to agree if they will let you go with a trainer to get up too speed on that stuff. I know what tight with a spread axle is, I used to routinely go in and out of cemetaries with one. Best wishes

Turtle's Comment
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I'm with the others. Some OJT to walk you through the nuances of OTR will be at smart move. Can you get by without it? Sure, but should you?

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Go with a trainer. Even if you learn nothing about driving/customers, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about your new company.

BrandonCDLdriver's Comment
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Definitely go with a trainer. You might actually find out you hate the OTR life. I'm not worried about you driving I'm worried about you hating the lifestyle change that you'll be in for.

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.

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