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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I also feel that you should continue to discuss this with him, and if he refuses to have enough respect for himself and for you to at least keep himself clean then I would ask for another trainer. Showering only once a week is completely unacceptable. I'm embarrassed for him, to be honest, and if I had to guess I would say he's probably suffering from depression because he's showing an utter lack of self-interest or self-respect. People who are suffering from depression often have no respect for themselves and lose the will to take care of themselves or even attempt to make their lives better. They just quit on themselves, basically, and often lose the will to even take care of the most basic things in life.

I would discuss it with him and let him know in a professional manner, but in no uncertain terms, that you find this to be unacceptable. You're willing to stay on his truck, but only if he's willing to fix this issue. It sounds to me like he might be struggling, and may need a little help. Be encouraging and be professional, but be honest with him. Let him know in a nice way it's time to solve this issue. He'll feel a lot better about himself if he would raise his standards.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Im baffled by this. This trainer knows he's disgusting and just doesn't care! He knows he lost his last few students due to his hygiene and refuses to do something about it? Sometimes its hard for me to wrap my head around how people can be like this. I can see a solo driver being a slob, we've all seen them out here. They're mainly harming themselves and the 10 minutes a day theyre around other humans but to be a trainer and be so bold to say i dont care what all my students say, im not going to wash..... That takes some really dirty balls.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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This trainer knows he's disgusting and just doesn't care!

That's why I think it's possible he's suffering from depression. It seems outrageous that people wouldn't do the simplest things to take care of themselves, but that's exactly what happens to some people when they become depressed. They just stop caring about themselves, or about anything in their lives, and they just kinda give up.

PackRat's Comment
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That trainer, and any driver, is the face of the company when dealing with the public. Doesn’t strike me as much of a good example if management knows he’s a dirtbag, yet they still allow him to train others?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That trainer, and any driver, is the face of the company when dealing with the public. Doesn’t strike me as much of a good example if management knows he’s a dirtbag, yet they still allow him to train others?

It really shows how difficult it is to find enough really good drivers, especially those who are willing to train students. The good ones are really hard to come by.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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That trainer, and any driver, is the face of the company when dealing with the public. Doesn’t strike me as much of a good example if management knows he’s a dirtbag, yet they still allow him to train others?

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It really shows how difficult it is to find enough really good drivers, especially those who are willing to train students. The good ones are really hard to come by.

Amen to that! I shake my head more and more at the sights I see at shippers/receivers and at the truck stops.

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.
Donna M.'s Comment
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We all smell those guys in truck stops. I’ve even seen shippers spraying Lysol after a driver walked out. I saw one trainer her toe nails were so long they were rotting off her toes. A friend of mine had a trainer that did all her bathroom visits in the truck. Super disgusting! But getting a new trainer is not always easy. He may get one that is worse and then he’s stuck.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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We all smell those guys in truck stops. I’ve even seen shippers spraying Lysol after a driver walked out. I saw one trainer her toe nails were so long they were rotting off her toes. A friend of mine had a trainer that did all her bathroom visits in the truck. Super disgusting! But getting a new trainer is not always easy. He may get one that is worse and then he’s stuck.

Donna, so true. Who stinks? The trainer or the trainee? It's easier to be the trainer because the trainer is in charge. He can require the student to clean up. But if your trainer stinks, it's kind of like being in the military and confronting your drill Sargent about hygiene.I was so lucky to get a great trainer. The routine was to get showers every other day and clean clothes at the same time.I loved this guy, he was so cool and the consummate professional. Never farted, never raised his voice, never got impatient with my rookie mistakes. I'm a loner, but I could have gone team driving with him. I wish every student was so lucky.

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.
Dennis R.'s Comment
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That trainer, and any driver, is the face of the company when dealing with the public. Doesn’t strike me as much of a good example if management knows he’s a dirtbag, yet they still allow him to train others?

That is what I was thinking.

Dennis R.'s Comment
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I am hoping to go to CDL school at the first of the year. I will be 66 and retiring from the job I have now. I would have to talk to the company if my trainer was that way. I am hoping for a non smoker trainer but suppose I could deal with a smoker but feel like I shouldn't have to.

I have been doing research and watching a lot of YouTube and see the best of both worlds lol. Some guys and gals take pride in their looks and keeping everything professional and then you have the others :(

I have lived out of the US in South Korea for 14 years but vacation in Indiana every summer. A few years ago I went to a local truck stop to observe people backing up , fueling and to just pick up some driving jobs books.

It was so sad to see some of the people at the buffet looking like they were homeless just because they are too lazy to shower and do laundry.

I have been talking with a company and I will have to be out with a trainer for maybe 6 weeks and I really hope all is well. I can put up with a few things and don't expect too much but I do expect to be with a common sense professional / trainer.

I am hoping to be able to have meals together and be able to ask questions etc.... If someone smells that bad I don't even want to be seen with them.

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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.
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