Don't Think, Just Do As I Say

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Stephanie K.'s Comment
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I am hearing this alot from trainers lately. It really bothers me. You need to think as a trainee. You need to figure things out. You need to know why you are doing what you are doing. Just because we are ignorant when we first started out does not mean we are stupid. Why would a trainer threaten to throw you off the truck because you wanted to try following a different route instead of explaining why that would not be a great decision, and having an adult conversation about it. Maybe it's just me but lately I have been seeing alot of egos flying in the face of what is supposed to be called mentoring.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Stephanie

I'm in your home state right now, waiting on my hours to build up again. I do know what you mean though. I had a mentor who cussed at when I would turn the wrong way. So, I would ask about the set up and he would say you turn right then turn left and that is all you need to know about the setup. which didn't make any sense. most of the ones I have met just do it for the money. But there are a few(like my finisher), who does it for the stuff he can show that will be payback for his mentor-ship. So keep up the stuff your doing and mentoring time will be over and you'll be on your own. I'm in Napoleon right now. Good luck,

Raptor

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I feel for you. I am lucky that my second trainer is a great trainer. He will tell me what to do but will explain when I ask.

Greg M.'s Comment
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I agree as well. I had one trainer tell me I was being "To cautious" in an unfamiliar truck stop. My second one went ballistic when I put a few gallons more fuel in one tank then the other.

I eventually decided the OTR training was not working for me. I told the training director that both those guys were nutcases and he basically agreed with me. He tried to talk me into staying but I was done. I do not recommend the course I took but my circumstances were a little different then most folks going through company training.

After 14 months solo with zero incidents, a quarterly safety award and numerous customer compliments phoned into the office, I don't think I was the problem.

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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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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