Starting With Schneider (WHQ) September 3rd!

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PackRat's Comment
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You'll do fine, and I look forward to reading your adventures.

One load at a time, one mile at a time, one day at a time.

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Old School's Comment
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Three good solid points of contact!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Three good solid points of contact!

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Thanks Old School!

Yeah... HOPEFULLY I've learned that one now (because clearly I've done that the hard way!) shocked.png

Marc Lee's Comment
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You'll do fine, and I look forward to reading your adventures.

One load at a time, one mile at a time, one day at a time.

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Thanks PackRat. Fortunately for me... after 34 years clean and sober... One Day At A Time (ODAAT) is the ONLY way I roll!

(I work a 24-hour program. And by the time I get moving it's often more like a 14-18 hour program).

If necessary, it goes down to minutes, though I have found that one a bit difficult. I did, however, once settle on 10-minutes at a time!

Really, it's whatever it takes!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations! Keep it shiny side up

Pete B.'s Comment
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Welcome to ‘the family,’ Marc. Don’t stress over the ‘5 days out w/a TE’... if you think you need more time, or if your TE thinks you need more time w/a TE, just speak up, and they’ll extend your time out. Good to have you on board.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Congratulations! Keep it shiny side up

Thanks. Rubber side down!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Welcome to ‘the family,’ Marc. Don’t stress over the ‘5 days out w/a TE’... if you think you need more time, or if your TE thinks you need more time w/a TE, just speak up, and they’ll extend your time out. Good to have you on board.

Thanks Pete. Good to know (though I never had any doubts). I just thought 3 weeks total (onboarding, classroom, range and road) was aggressive. 5 days with a TE just seems nuts! But hey! They are the experts! I'm sure they will teach me what I need to know before they "turn me lose".

G-d I hope so, anyway!!!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Great Marc knock it out of the park good luck! After tomorrow see when I can get to May's orientation lol DMVs been a cluster **** last week grrrrr just another test in life and patience haha

"On the road again, lalalalala" can here it now for ya

Cool Stevo. Yes... DMV can be trying at best. I think of it as part of the training process. Once on the road I may long for the days when I "got" to interact with a room full of people like at the DMV. Who knows?

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc, when I went through the Schneider Academy, there wasn't any official "testing". You had to pass the classroom part and there were written and computer tests. I'm sure our classroom instructor had input into whether we could proceed to on the road instruction. Of the thirteen of us who started classroom, only 4 of us moved on. I went out two weeks with a training engineer, and after that two weeks, he had the final say on my suitability to go solo. His only criticism of me was that I wasn't consistent enough with my shifting to be assigned a manual. So they put me in an auto shift. I put some Preparation H on my bruised ego, and everything was fine. I loved the auto-shift. Currently, you will almost certainly be assigned an auto-shift. I even doubt that you will be trained in a manual, so that makes it much easier on you.

Good luck, work hard and have fun!

Bruce, did you have your CDL when you started or did that include getting one?

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.
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