Lost My First Trucking Job, Rather Resigned ( A Longish Post Sorry For Length)

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Mike C.'s Comment
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Bobcat Bob

When I was faced with the choice of staying with my first trucking job and going on the road with zero-none-nada-zip experiance , I posted my thoughts, my fears, caution, on the site . You commented then (which I appreciated) that yes, companies do that. That there are companies that do that. Companies actually put people in a truck and out into the world with no experiance at all. A dope like me does' not know better but thankfully I questioned it and asked for some input from some experianced drivers, and also thankfully recieved some very valuable input.

People like Moe and me are vulnerable. In my case I withdrew from the orientation and sought a better employment with a much better company. Moe rolled the dice and lost which is a shame but also it screams of something just being flat wrong with the company and the one I almost went to work for. Bobcat, it's just wrong to put someone with no experiance on the road with a semi truck and trailer. It defies the imagination IMHO.

So, yeah, I guess to some Moe is 100% in the wrong but I view it as a shared wrong and I wonder how and why this practice is allowed?

Maybe I'm just making a bigger deal out of it than perhaps it is but to my mind what his company did, and the company I almost went to work for, shows a great irresponsibility to a degree that it defies the imagination.

I'm dumbfounded that the practice is allowed.

So, Ok, Moe screwed up but I hold to the belief it's a shared wrong.

BTW, two great looking dogs!

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Anne the ole Pete is very cool.dancing-banana.gif

Thanks, PJ~! The Pinnacle is obviously more practical, however.

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Don's Comment
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In my view, CFI was "top notch" in training new drivers. From their CDL program to the trainee phase, they did all they could to thoroughly train new CDL holders.

Moe

I've read this thread with great interest.

I recieved my CDL on 19 June. Was to begin orientation with a company on 29 June. After about a week of orientation was to recieve my own truck and on the road with maybe a total of 50/70 miles under my belt and none of those few miles solo. I withdrew from the orientation after just over three days.

I'm a FNG with zero experiance and about the same (zero) re trucking knowledge but I do have medium functional brain and some life experiances.

It's beyond my understanding how it's allowed to have someone with no solo experiance on the road with a truck and trailer. I cant bring myself to understand the rationale that permits that?

I've just completed my one week orientation with CFI in Joplin, Mo. I go out with a trainer tomorrow for the majority of a month on the road. I've already passed an internal driving test with a CFI driver before I leave with a trainer. Going on the premise I'm Ok with the CFI trainer for three to four weeks I then have to pass another internal testing at Joplin before I have my own truck. All in all at least three times I have to pass the CFI standards spread out over a month before CFI considers it responsible for me to be solo in a truck. In my very novice view CFI has it down right. How it could be expected that someone with no experiance in the real world solo in a truck is acceptable is beyond me and I wonder how the laws and regulations permit that to happen?

A mother with her children in front of me, zero solo experiance, eighty thousand pounds of truck and trailer, going down a hill is Ok?

Maybe I'm missing something here........you think?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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What a beauty! smile.gif

Okay if you REALLY have to see it: Here's our 'FABulous truck; similar to Don H.'s but ours is twin screw. . . . READY ???? Ready ???? ready?!?!?!?

Simple, sweet...Mack attack~!

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Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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What a beauty! smile.gif

Okay if you REALLY have to see it: Here's our 'FABulous truck; similar to Don H.'s but ours is twin screw. . . . READY ???? Ready ???? ready?!?!?!?

Simple, sweet...Mack attack~!

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I know, right?!?!? ;) Tom's been fortunate enough to hang on to ole' 2029. He loves that girl~!!! You get a twin screw yet? Still good w/Fab?

(notice the horrific trailer, hahaha!!) rofl-3.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gif

Don's Comment
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Yep, still at FAB. I wonder when Wooster drivers will start getting the newer trucks. I am in my usual singke axle 1271 with 310,000+. Those "green" trailers are getting age on them as well, but as long as they are maintained, then all is good.

What a beauty! smile.gif

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Okay if you REALLY have to see it: Here's our 'FABulous truck; similar to Don H.'s but ours is twin screw. . . . READY ???? Ready ???? ready?!?!?!?

Simple, sweet...Mack attack~!

rofl-3.gif0980815001596325226.jpg

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I know, right?!?!? ;) Tom's been fortunate enough to hang on to ole' 2029. He loves that girl~!!! You get a twin screw yet? Still good w/Fab?

(notice the horrific trailer, hahaha!!) rofl-3.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Hi Don,

Glad to see your still here and at it. I always enjoyed your step by step adventures with CFI and your honesty about your training and progression. And I am and was a true Mack fan from my first trip in an A40 in 1970 until I retired in a CH in 2012. I like your rig too.

PackRat's Comment
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Hi Don,

Glad to see your still here and at it. I always enjoyed your step by step adventures with CFI and your honesty about your training and progression. And I am and was a true Mack fan from my first trip in an A40 in 1970 until I retired in a CH in 2012. I like your rig too.

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Here's an old Mack for you, pulled by an old wrecker, too.

Don's Comment
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Hi Navypoppop. Thanks. I am indeed still driving. I don't post here much due to nothing I have to say is really informative for those who are just starting out. The last two years have gone by fast. It seems like I was just in Joplin learning how to drive. That photo that Anne put up is actually the truck her Husband drives. The one I use is similar, but it's only a single axle, rather than a double. Hope all is well for you.

Hi Don,

Glad to see your still here and at it. I always enjoyed your step by step adventures with CFI and your honesty about your training and progression. And I am and was a true Mack fan from my first trip in an A40 in 1970 until I retired in a CH in 2012. I like your rig too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Moe how are things going with your search?

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