Got Fired From Western Express

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KH's Comment
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KH - this is truckingTRUTH.com, and the truth is that trucking isn’t for everyone. In fact, the reality is that trucking isn’t even for most people who explore the career option. To tell everyone to stick with it and power through would be a disservice.

I’m brand new here myself, so I don’t have a clue as to whether Zach is trucker material or not. I have moments of doubt out here on the road myself. But if the mods are telling someone this isn’t for them, it benefits not only the OP, but also anyone reading along in this thread who would benefit from the harsh dose of reality that comes from struggling to find a foothold in trucking.

I agree that trucking isn't for everyone. I would generally say there's nothing wrong with someone giving their opinion and telling someone else that they're not cut out for trucking, but in this case it's essentially like telling Zach he should just quit now, and I disagree with that. Also like I said, I'm just surprised because usually the message is to stick it out, especially when it's the first week.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I just wish Zach would come back & let us know what's up.

IMHO he got the short straw, when it came to 'teaming/training.'

~ Anne ~

Rob T.'s Comment
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I hope Zach is able to get things turned around and have a successful career.

it's essentially like telling Zach he should just quit now, and I disagree with that.

Thats because every post he's made about trouble he's having (including school) he's been wanting to throw in the towel cuz things aren't going as well as he'd like. it come across as he's already got one foot out the door. Im guessing that's why others have said that.

Don's Comment
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It does seem Zach is ready to quit after every situation where he is eperiencing an issue that he considers a "negative." Let's hope he bucks up, tries his best and continues on.

Thats because every post he's made about trouble he's having (including school) he's been wanting to throw in the towel cuz things aren't going as well as he'd like. it come across as he's already got one foot out the door. Im guessing that's why others have said that.

Don's Comment
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Dang. I still screw up quoting others posts into mine! Haha.

Zach 's Comment
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I'm still out here on the road hoping I can somehow improveme. I have nothing against trucking or Western Express, I just have never been so horrible at anything in my life, since I started I sucked at school and even failed my first road test for stalling a truck like an idiot at the intersection ( passed the next day), got kicked to the curb from orientation at for the company I really wanted to work for, had to wait 2 weeks for a trainer, have had 3 family emergencies since I left home, have screwed up every day since I got off my trainers truck, I can't back in to tight spots, had a co driver with serious mental problems, every day things go wrong, and my DM hates me I think all of that is a good sign i shouldn't be out here. I don't really have anything to fall back on or anywhere to go if I leave but I also don't want to take a job from someone that could actually do a good job out here and not be another moron taking up a seat.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Zach wrote...

I'm still out here on the road hoping I can somehow improveme. I have nothing against trucking or Western Express, I just have never been so horrible at anything in my life, since I started I sucked at school and even failed my first road test for stalling a truck like an idiot at the intersection ( passed the next day), got kicked to the curb from orientation at for the company I really wanted to work for, had to wait 2 weeks for a trainer, have had 3 family emergencies since I left home, have screwed up every day since I got off my trainers truck, I can't back in to tight spots, had a co driver with serious mental problems, every day things go wrong, and my DM hates me I think all of that is a good sign i shouldn't be out here. I don't really have anything to fall back on or anywhere to go if I leave but I also don't want to take a job from someone that could actually do a good job out here and not be another moron taking up a seat.

Why so negative? None of us were born truckers...read some of the blog articles. We have all screwed up. First six months are really tough. Many of us, including me considered quitting.

Get positive. Decide you want this more than anything else and accept the fact that you will screw up. Learn from every one...that is not a failure because the lesson will teach you how to NOT repeat the same mistake.

Begin to look at the successes...and stop dwelling/obsessing over the negatives.

Prove me wrong...do that for Zach!

Safe travels.

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.
James R.'s Comment
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Most people are bad at things they haven't done before, that is there nature of learning.

I think you might have some deeper personal issues mixing in. Even though my trucking career has no accidents, my general approach to life is that " I will succeed in spite of my greatest failures" Own your mistakes and keep charging forward. Billionaires that make multi million dollar mistakes do exactly that.

Jammer a's Comment
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Bro either go or get off the pot kid!!! You have nothing to fall back on?? So make it work get up google where your headed satellite map an entrance and go!!’ Get to the place your goin and figure it out!!! Family emergencies are gonna happen but you’ve got to really put into perspective what’s a family emergency it isn’t i don’t feel good or I have a cold if it’s something bad they’re gonna be admitted to hospital or what not you look like your not even in your 30 yet there’s plenty of other work out there but again if you don’t do what you gotta do to learn a job your never gonna get it!!!! I want you to succeed but every bit of advice you get you counter it with why u can’t!! You don’t know because you won’t try!!! Truckers are helpful people they will help you back just ask and remember how you did it

I'm still out here on the road hoping I can somehow improveme. I have nothing against trucking or Western Express, I just have never been so horrible at anything in my life, since I started I sucked at school and even failed my first road test for stalling a truck like an idiot at the intersection ( passed the next day), got kicked to the curb from orientation at for the company I really wanted to work for, had to wait 2 weeks for a trainer, have had 3 family emergencies since I left home, have screwed up every day since I got off my trainers truck, I can't back in to tight spots, had a co driver with serious mental problems, every day things go wrong, and my DM hates me I think all of that is a good sign i shouldn't be out here. I don't really have anything to fall back on or anywhere to go if I leave but I also don't want to take a job from someone that could actually do a good job out here and not be another moron taking up a seat.

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.
KH's Comment
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Zach, I'm glad to hear you're still there. I keep posting in this thread because I think you are a bit like me in some ways. I think I understand how you feel about wanting to give up because of feeling like you can't do it well, but I also think that if you left, especially without knowing what you'll do next, it wouldn't be long before you decided that you should have stuck with it. Anyway, good luck and keep us updated.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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