Trainer's Behavior

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Drew Oswalt's Comment
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I'm at the terminal. Made my written statement. All factual. Didn't report anything about the way the mentor drove (65+ mph in California, using cell phone while driving, etc.) I'm just waiting for the report to filter through to the driver development team, so they can assign me a new mentor.

Thanks again everyone.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PackRat's Comment
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I'm at the terminal. Made my written statement. All factual. Didn't report anything about the way the mentor drove (65+ mph in California, using cell phone while driving, etc.) I'm just waiting for the report to filter through to the driver development team, so they can assign me a new mentor.

Thanks again everyone.

If that guy is doing it “the wrong way” by speeding, texting, etc. you need to report it. You think he will just suddenly stop his bad habits one day? NO! He’s going to pass them on to the next student, so break the cycle of bad behavior by him! If he were doing what he’s supposed to be doing, he would have nothing to worry about. See? You did NOT disclose all the facts, did you?

Suppose he runs over a minivan full of pre-school kids because he was speeding and you had the chance to report him and didn’t? How would you feel?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Drew Oswalt's Comment
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I'm at the terminal. Made my written statement. All factual. Didn't report anything about the way the mentor drove (65+ mph in California, using cell phone while driving, etc.) I'm just waiting for the report to filter through to the driver development team, so they can assign me a new mentor.

Thanks again everyone.

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If that guy is doing it “the wrong way” by speeding, texting, etc. you need to report it. You think he will just suddenly stop his bad habits one day? NO! He’s going to pass them on to the next student, so break the cycle of bad behavior by him! If he were doing what he’s supposed to be doing, he would have nothing to worry about. See? You did NOT disclose all the facts, did you?

Suppose he runs over a minivan full of pre-school kids because he was speeding and you had the chance to report him and didn’t? How would you feel?

My report was only supposed to include the lack of training and lack of daily paperwork (why I requested a new trainer). His speeding and cell phone use will be brought up tomorrow. There will be a sit down. They were still waiting for the report to get back to them. Don't worry. I don't want to share the road with someone that irresponsible.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sometimes we have to make tough decisions about trucking issues. It's tempting to worry about being a "tattle-tale", but when it comes to safe driving practices, unsafe drivers need to be held to account. It takes guts to report these unsafe practices and wisdom to know what to report. Do the right thing and you will be able to respect yourself.

G-Town's Comment
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Drew you handled this situation perfectly. You should have no question or regrets.

Here is a blog article (link) I wrote several years ago that might help as you prepare for round-2 with a Swift Mentor:

Going On the Road With Your Trainer Mentor

Good luck, “watch your wagon” and safe travels!

Rick S.'s Comment
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I'm at the terminal. Made my written statement. All factual. Didn't report anything about the way the mentor drove (65+ mph in California, using cell phone while driving, etc.) I'm just waiting for the report to filter through to the driver development team, so they can assign me a new mentor.

Thanks again everyone.

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If that guy is doing it “the wrong way” by speeding, texting, etc. you need to report it. You think he will just suddenly stop his bad habits one day? NO! He’s going to pass them on to the next student, so break the cycle of bad behavior by him! If he were doing what he’s supposed to be doing, he would have nothing to worry about. See? You did NOT disclose all the facts, did you?

Suppose he runs over a minivan full of pre-school kids because he was speeding and you had the chance to report him and didn’t? How would you feel?

I'm kinda "on the fence" about this - or at least the methodology of how to resolve this amicably.

On one hand - it might give the appearance of "having sour grapes" (or using the further accusations of infractions to bolster your case for getting off the truck). OTOH - as Packrat illustrates clearly, aside from being a lousy trainer - he is violating some basic safety rules.

I'm not sure about putting guilt/responsibility on YOU, if he has a bad outcome down the road though. And at some point you're going to get sucked into company politics. As in - does the guy have "friends in high places" that can make your life miserable? Like, is your future trainer assignment friends with the guy and will set you up for failure for "ratting his buddy out"?

I do agree though - issues like speeding and cell phone use (is he on a headset? or is phone use prohibited in your company even with a headset?), present a danger to the public, and can bring hassles down on the company.

Yes - your reasons for requesting a new trainer were valid and comprehensive in and of themselves, so there was no reason to "guild the lily" as it were.

If he's truly committing this stuff - it's probably best to let someone know. Either pull your DDM aside (hey, I didn't want it to seem like "sour grapes", but aside from all my training issues I observed this behavior") or take a stroll into safety and say the same. The excessive speed should be verifiable, the phone stuff not so much (unless they're using driver facing cameras).

I try to look at all the angles in situations like this. I already don't like the guy - because he's a pee-poor trainer and he did ONE OF OUR MEMBERS a disservice. Your report has to come off as genuine concern - not paybacks or resentment.

Rick

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Rick; Swift has by design an advocate for the trainee called a Driver Development manager. Most trainees do not leverage this relationship when needed. My blog addresses that specifically, based on my personal experience through Mentoring.

Based on everything I know about Swift’s process, and what was written, Drew absolutely “did the right thing” by getting himself out of an untenable situation.

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