First Week Off My Trainer's Truck Is My Last

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Zach 's Comment
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Well I write to you after being stuck in the desert all night thanks to my qualcomm shutting off on me and now im at pilots trying to get fuel to get out of here and my EFS card isn't working. I javen't been able to eat in almost 48 hours, in the last week I have had 3 break downs, fix it tickets, CSA points, gotten lost a good few times, still can't back for **** since my trainer never let me back in to a tight spot, can't slide tandems , had the qualcom shut off on me multiple times, the person I'm teaming with and I are at each others throats, refer to my previous post if you are curious about that, had a ****ed off, Ive ****ed off my DM multiple times with dumb mistakes or stupid questions and hes threatened to **** can me, my girlfriend is in the hospital and the list goes on, that is literally the start of the bs that has happened i could write a book on everything that has gone wrong in 1 week. I don't know what I am going to do or where the hell I'm even going to stay but I'm tired or everything going wrong, this has been quite possibly the worst knew trucking was hard but if I knew it was this bad I wouldn't have even thought about wasting almost $3,000 I don't have on a CDL. Good luck and stay safe out there, I appreciate everything y'all do.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zach 's Comment
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Just to clarify I am not mad at the trucking industry, im just tired, stressed out beyond belief, ****ed off, and ready for this to be over. I'll miss driving it's something I've always wanted to do and even though it was a horrible experience im glad I still got to experience it, im definetly sad this didn't work out but I also can't handle the non stop BS that comes with job, I'm sure I'll regret leaving but its for the best I am definetly not trucker material.

Jammer a's Comment
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Bro I could’ve helped you with qaulcom as far as the team thing you should’ve called Tennessee hr and told your dm to take a hike serious I went thru that terminal that’s all they understand you’ve got to assert yourself in this and try to work things out I wish you the best in whatever you do man

Just to clarify I am not mad at the trucking industry, im just tired, stressed out beyond belief, ****ed off, and ready for this to be over. I'll miss driving it's something I've always wanted to do and even though it was a horrible experience im glad I still got to experience it, im definetly sad this didn't work out but I also can't handle the non stop BS that comes with job, I'm sure I'll regret leaving but its for the best I am definetly not trucker material.

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.
John M.'s Comment
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Well I write to you after being stuck in the desert all night thanks to my qualcomm shutting off on me and now im at pilots trying to get fuel to get out of here and my EFS card isn't working. I javen't been able to eat in almost 48 hours, in the last week I have had 3 break downs, fix it tickets, CSA points, gotten lost a good few times, still can't back for **** since my trainer never let me back in to a tight spot, can't slide tandems , had the qualcom shut off on me multiple times, the person I'm teaming with and I are at each others throats, refer to my previous post if you are curious about that, had a ****ed off, Ive ****ed off my DM multiple times with dumb mistakes or stupid questions and hes threatened to **** can me, my girlfriend is in the hospital and the list goes on, that is literally the start of the bs that has happened i could write a book on everything that has gone wrong in 1 week. I don't know what I am going to do or where the hell I'm even going to stay but I'm tired or everything going wrong, this has been quite possibly the worst knew trucking was hard but if I knew it was this bad I wouldn't have even thought about wasting almost $3,000 I don't have on a CDL. Good luck and stay safe out there, I appreciate everything y'all do.

I’m convinced the reason most people quit is they get overwhelmed by all the things they weren’t prepared for and then say this isn’t worth it. Yes a lot of that is poor training, but even the best trainers cannot prepare you for everything. There just isn’t enough time. I’d like to say stick it out though, sounds like you’ve had a rough week but making it to solo and your own truck is almost like two different jobs. It’s so much better and worth putting up with all the crap to get there. No excuse for not eating though.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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The QC quit working so you guys parked the truck? Thats why we carry paper logs for when our ELD goes down.

Have you reached out to someone above your dispatcher regarding the issues with the other driver? You been through alot to get to where you're at now, I'd hate to see you throw it away because you're frustrated right now. I promise you this job gets better and you'll be very thankful you didn't give up.

Dispatcher:

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.
Don's Comment
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Did you say your DM is threatening to fire you? Do they have the authority to fire you? If they have been uncooperative in assisting you (a new driver) or trying to bully you, I would be speaking to his/your boss pronto. They are not our babysitters, but they do have responsibilities relating to the drivers they manage and issues that arise. If you believe they are ignoring your concerns, do you have the option to request a different DM? If you are having a toxic relationship with your co-driver, I empathize with you. Some things that are upsetting you are issues we all faced in the beginning. It can definitely feel overwhelming. Before quitting, try to get the DM and co-driver issue resolved. Even we drivers with more experience have bad days and weeks. This week has been a bad one for myself, and I have been tempted to tell my company to buzz off, but my calmer half gas prevailed. It happens, and usually the next week/s are better. Hang in there, give it a little more time and invest in yourself.

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Well said

Did you say your DM is threatening to fire you? Do they have the authority to fire you? If they have been uncooperative in assisting you (a new driver) or trying to bully you, I would be speaking to his/your boss pronto. They are not our babysitters, but they do have responsibilities relating to the drivers they manage and issues that arise. If you believe they are ignoring your concerns, do you have the option to request a different DM? If you are having a toxic relationship with your co-driver, I empathize with you. Some things that are upsetting you are issues we all faced in the beginning. It can definitely feel overwhelming. Before quitting, try to get the DM and co-driver issue resolved. Even we drivers with more experience have bad days and weeks. This week has been a bad one for myself, and I have been tempted to tell my company to buzz off, but my calmer half gas prevailed. It happens, and usually the next week/s are better. Hang in there, give it a little more time and invest in yourself.

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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The advice you have been given is spot on. Qualcomm's go down all the time, I've had times where it went off while I was driving once an hour at 1 hour and 5 minute intervals . Basically hourly but it took 5 minutes for it to come back on by itself and reset all the info. Still drove. Use your atlas to plan your trip and google as a backup until you can afford a backup device. Most of your problems shouldn't be problems, I think they are only issues because 1, you don't know how to fix the issue and 2, you are angry all the time over the teammates situation ( I would be too btw) call someone immediately and get solo. Your DM is not your boss he is your co-worker. He has a boss, call him, get a decent DM.

Reach out to someone with experience, some of the problems you've had are so simple to solve...if you know what to do. The tandems...if the pins are not all releasing...rock the truck. Move both forward and backward, they should release. The Qualcomm , pull the fuse and put it back in, it resets it.

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See the red fuse the pen is touching? That's it. But dont drop it down under the fuseblock.

Most of your issues are on you. IF you want to drive, GET OUT OF THE TEAMING SITUATION. Most of the stuff you just learn how to solve eventually, we have ALL dealt with the same type of things yet we overcame and are still driving. As far as the food issue, that's entirely on YOU. I have at least 2 weeks if food on my truck fir me and my dog at all times. We dont always get to stop somewhere where restaurants are attached, be prepared. Good luck whatever you chose to do.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jammer a's Comment
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Excellent mile I was hoping you would show up here lol everything he just told an showed you Zach !!! Is the same thing he did for me settle down and work things out and if your hungry stop and eat!!! It’s dry van bro nothing gonna go bad and appointment dates can be fixed your gonna mess up that’s how you learn man and the team thing is fixable call whoever is above your DM AND TELL THEM THIS IS NOT WORKING AND TELL THEM YOU WANT ANOTHER DM

The advice you have been given is spot on. Qualcomm's go down all the time, I've had times where it went off while I was driving once an hour at 1 hour and 5 minute intervals . Basically hourly but it took 5 minutes for it to come back on by itself and reset all the info. Still drove. Use your atlas to plan your trip and google as a backup until you can afford a backup device. Most of your problems shouldn't be problems, I think they are only issues because 1, you don't know how to fix the issue and 2, you are angry all the time over the teammates situation ( I would be too btw) call someone immediately and get solo. Your DM is not your boss he is your co-worker. He has a boss, call him, get a decent DM.

Reach out to someone with experience, some of the problems you've had are so simple to solve...if you know what to do. The tandems...if the pins are not all releasing...rock the truck. Move both forward and backward, they should release. The Qualcomm , pull the fuse and put it back in, it resets it.

0437295001611333257.jpg

See the red fuse the pen is touching? That's it. But dont drop it down under the fuseblock.

Most of your issues are on you. IF you want to drive, GET OUT OF THE TEAMING SITUATION. Most of the stuff you just learn how to solve eventually, we have ALL dealt with the same type of things yet we overcame and are still driving. As far as the food issue, that's entirely on YOU. I have at least 2 weeks if food on my truck fir me and my dog at all times. We dont always get to stop somewhere where restaurants are attached, be prepared. Good luck whatever you chose to do.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Don't quit over 1 bad week, my first week solo was a disaster, I looked like truckings biggest idiot. Call your DMs boss and tell them you did not sign up nor want to be part of team driving see if you can get a load to or near a terminal where you can speak with someone in person and figure it out.

But don't quit

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.
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