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Bruce K.'s Comment
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As much as I wanted to get back to driving, it has become necessary for me to take at least 5 or 6 months off from driving. Obviously, I have to inform my company of this today, but I want to leave on good terms. I hope to drive again next winter, either for Schneider or another company.

I've really come to feel that Trucking Truth is my community, so I hope to stay in the mix here to keep my head in the game. I'm disappointed to have this interruption, but I've got another challenge ahead of me and just so you guys know, I won't be sitting around on my butt doing nothing.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Reason being?

Can't get the hang of the CPAP?

How long were you out there total driving? Less than 1 year experience, may require you to re-train (or at least do a refresher) after an extended period off the road.

Rick

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Bruce we hope the best for whatever you're dealing with. Would it be possible to find some kind of shag/yard dog work to help keep and improve backing skills? Rick is correct that you will likely need to go through training again, at a bare minimum a refresher course.

Please keep us updated how you're doing.

PackRat's Comment
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Just a bump in the road. Hopefully a minor setback, Bruce.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Best of luck to you. We are always here to help.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Thank you, my friends. My situation is nothing bad, in fact I'll make more money this summer and fall than I would driving a truck. I just have to do a job and it's not optional from my standpoint. I did find out that I could do the CPAP without issue, hey, all you other guys that use one didn't wimp out! So that's not an issue.

As far as re-training, I would expect that and welcome that. I really enjoyed my training at Schneider. Just another opportunity to make new friends. I also loved driving, got hooked on it and I hope to resume this winter with Schneider or another company.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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To answer Rick's question, my hire date at Schneider was Dec 11, 2018. Did road training the last week in December and the 1st week in January, so I drove solo for a little less than 4 months. Not very long, but I fully expect to come back to it and start all over again.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Good luck Bruce, glad the CPAP is working well and maybe on my way through Madison this summer I can buy you a coffee.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Bruce,

Sorry to hear you will be taking a hiatus from trucking. I have sincerely enjoyed following your journey with all its ups and downs. I have also admired your attitude and resilience through it all.

I wish you well and maybe by the time you come back to trucking we may be both rookie solo drivers.

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Army 's Comment
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I wonder how much you will owe back for training. Do they prorate that?

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