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G-Town's Comment
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Bruce wrote:

Mark B: That is a great evaluation of this situation, and great insight into management mentality.

All of us inexperienced drivers need to make note of what Mark B. is telling us.

1) Companies know all newer drivers will and do make mistakes. 2) They want to help you correct your mistakes and keep you driving. 3) They will bend over backwards if you take ownership of your mistakes. 4) If you are called in because of any issue, have a vocabulary consisting of: "I'm sorry, I messed up and I want to learn how to avoid repeating this mistake." " I've thought about this and here's what I think I did wrong and what I can do to correct it." " I would welcome additional instruction."

Well done Bruce. I wouldn’t change any of what you wrote.

Mark B.'s Comment
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That's pretty much it, Bruce. Drivers are the only ones in the company that actually make the money. Everyone else is an expense. If you can't retain good drivers, you go out of business. We've all known plenty of bad managers, but it is very difficult to recruit good drivers, and there is real incentive to try and retain decent employees in trucking.

The entire O&T department were experienced drivers. We never made a decision to terminate a driver or a CDL trainee lightly because we all knew that for many people getting their CDL is a such life changing event. I saw drivers that had made some really bad decisions on the road get a second (sometimes a third) chance simply because of their humble attitudes in the aftermath. The ones that made excuses and blamed everyone else generally had a history of disrespectful behavior or complaints in their driver diaries, and they didn't last past the time it took to process the paperwork for dismissal.


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.
Jrod's Comment
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2 Quick things...

1. Mark B - IDK if that is your truck or a default picture, but I am either really tired this morning or... I have not seen that Volvo model yet? It is a slick redesign. Honestly, one of the biggest aesthetic problems I have with Volvo is that cheap looking, non-symmetrical grill with the diagonal logo. Makes the whole truck look cheap and fragile. That new design almost takes my eyes away long enough to not have it bother me. (Which is great, because I otherwise really like Volvos, esp with Detroits)

2. Until you drive at least 6 months for a company, they lose money on you. Many places its almost a year before a company even breaks even on you. From cost of hire all the way to benefits, the cost of turnover PER DRIVER is $11,000 - $12,000. So if you get fired the company is not only parting ways with you, they are saying "It is worth the loss of over $10,000 to not have this driver work here anymore and replace him with an unknown driver who may or may stick around for a year and cost us another $11,000." This doesn't even include the training companies that have invested even more in a driver. Successful Mega Carriers and even successful smaller companies don't get to be called "successful" by throwing away profits and not taking termination very seriously.

That is the main reason these types of stories just don't make any sense to anyone who has been in the industry for a while, or anyone who has run a business. I mean - just think for a second. The OP here had the gall, the sheer arrogance, to come here and post complete BS to a group of successful career truckers, and industry professionals...about a major carrier that almost everyone is familiar with. He honestly thought he was going to pull the wool over the eyes of all these "Dumb Trucker's" because he is so much better and smarter. lol - he couldn't even manage to do his job, yet his ego still tells him he is better than you. I have watched a lot of Law & Order, NCIS, CSI but I don't think I'm going to join an attorney forum and make up a story about how "Major Law Firm X" just really screwed me even though I'm the most incredible Lawyer after less than 12 months of practicing. But the OP? He basically watched Big Trouble in Little China and figured he knew enough to fool the best and brightest truckers online.


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Jrod's Comment
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Jrod's Comment
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Huh... Swift must have got those same defective computers!



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