What Would You Do?

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John D.'s Comment
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Hi all got my CDL on July 3 from Swift driving school, ben waiting for a trainer since then. I was told I would leave this last Monday then told my trainer is a smoker(I quit smoking 2 years ago) I really don't want to be stuck in a small box with a smoker. Is this wrong? Should I suck it up and go with a smoker, what's your thoughts.

CDL:

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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John, I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm very anti-smoking. My father smoked and died from it at a relatively young age. He left me with tremendous financial burdens. I'm going to say you should refuse to go out with a trainer who smokes in the cab. It's your life. I just recently had a good friend who died of lung cancer. Most companies pair up non-smokers with a non-smoking trainer. Please don't accept a smoker as a trainer,

Daniel C.'s Comment
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I requested a non smoking trainer when I started. They gave me a smoker. I should have got a different trainer. I suffered through it just to get it over with. I do not recommend anyone do that.

John D.'s Comment
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John, I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm very anti-smoking. My father smoked and died from it at a relatively young age. He left me with tremendous financial burdens. I'm going to say you should refuse to go out with a trainer who smokes in the cab. It's your life. I just recently had a good friend who died of lung cancer. Most companies pair up non-smokers with a non-smoking trainer. Please don't accept a smoker as a trainer,

John, I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm very anti-smoking. My father smoked and died from it at a relatively young age. He left me with tremendous financial burdens. I'm going to say you should refuse to go out with a trainer who smokes in the cab. It's your life. I just recently had a good friend who died of lung cancer. Most companies pair up non-smokers with a non-smoking trainer. Please don't accept a smoker as a trainer,

I agree for one don't want the temptation, and 2 I really don't like the smell anymore. Just wasn't sure if I was being difficult.

RealDiehl's Comment
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A lot of companies let you request smoker or non. Does Swift not let you choose or did you roll the dice and say you wanted first available?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I wouldn’t go on a smokers truck. They will find you a non smoker.

PJ's Comment
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I went through a similiar situation with a trainer. I met with the trainer and we had a discussion regarding my concerns. He was very proffessional and we made a deal and off we went. Most smokers are very self aware in the world today. In my situation he grabbed a smoke when we stopped. We made a few extra stops but we made it work for both of us. It really comes down to you both showing respect for each other. IF the trainer isn’t willing to reach a reasonable solution then you can always ask for another.

I guess my bigger concern would be why has it taken so long waiting on a trainer. That seems a long time to me.

I wish you the best.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John D.'s Comment
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A lot of companies let you request smoker or non. Does Swift not let you choose or did you roll the dice and say you wanted first available?

I requested a nonsmoker.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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If you don’t want a smoke-filled, cancer causing closet for several weeks with a trainer then you’ll have to wait until they get you somebody. If you are desperate to get started, then take any option. You make the decision that works for you.

Not trying to come across as a jerk, but stop being indecisive.

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