Got Fired From Western Express

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Keith A.'s Comment
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Zach, this is a collection of basically every thing I've actively ****ed up going back two years -- and I could write another dozen posts (or two) cataloging what isn't already in here.

When I started, I was in your shoes. I wasn't cut out for this field, and I'm still not a natural fit for it the way some people are. I was on the hook for the loan to a private CDL school, and I had no option but to cut my teeth until I succeeded. I'd backed myself into a pretty little corner and it was sink or swim.

I washed out entirely after three or four months and drove a trash truck for almost two years until I was a little steadier and then I went back in. Now I'm grossing $60k a year, and I could do more than that if I wasn't in school.

All this is to say: I get where you're coming from, I really do. I've only just started seeing your posts though, and your attitude's a 180 from what it needs to be -- instead of looking at being handed an unfair start -- try looking at it as if you've already beat it down. If you can get through this, there isn't a damn thing out here that you won't see again but know to deal with, and there sure as **** isn't gonna be anything that'll stop you.

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Well said!!!

Https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-23970/Page-1/adventures-in-stupidity-

Zach, this is a collection of basically every thing I've actively ****ed up going back two years -- and I could write another dozen posts (or two) cataloging what isn't already in here.

When I started, I was in your shoes. I wasn't cut out for this field, and I'm still not a natural fit for it the way some people are. I was on the hook for the loan to a private CDL school, and I had no option but to cut my teeth until I succeeded. I'd backed myself into a pretty little corner and it was sink or swim.

I washed out entirely after three or four months and drove a trash truck for almost two years until I was a little steadier and then I went back in. Now I'm grossing $60k a year, and I could do more than that if I wasn't in school.

All this is to say: I get where you're coming from, I really do. I've only just started seeing your posts though, and your attitude's a 180 from what it needs to be -- instead of looking at being handed an unfair start -- try looking at it as if you've already beat it down. If you can get through this, there isn't a damn thing out here that you won't see again but know to deal with, and there sure as **** isn't gonna be anything that'll stop you.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Thanks Keith! That was very helpful - glad to see you jump in here!

Keith A.'s Comment
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Thanks Keith! That was very helpful - glad to see you jump in here!

I was hoping it'd be helpful... I'm personally in the camp that if I can figure this out anyone can. XD

Scratch2win's Comment
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About the worst attitude for something that can potentially change your life if you really wanted it bad enough. This job ain't rocket science however it takes time to wrap your head around it. You sound defeated before you really gave it everything you have. Everything start and end with you. Not the company,trainer or co driver YOU. Not to be a buzzkill I don't believe you want this bad enough and should probably take some time away and work on yourself.

Zach 's Comment
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About the worst attitude for something that can potentially change your life if you really wanted it bad enough. This job ain't rocket science however it takes time to wrap your head around it. You sound defeated before you really gave it everything you have. Everything start and end with you. Not the company,trainer or co driver YOU. Not to be a buzzkill I don't believe you want this bad enough and should probably take some time away and work on yourself.

So everything that has gone wrong has been on me huh? You act like you were there, hate to break it to you but I'm still out here on the road. "Taking some time to myself" isn't really an option sorry dude.

Eric S.'s Comment
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I’m not an experienced driver myself brother but your situation seems to be coming down to patience and willpower. Have you ever heard the phrase this too shall pass?. Well it is accurate and very true. We are all of us going to end up in situations in life that will test us and push us to want to throw in the towel because we’re tired of the up and down rollercoaster ride life takes us on. But life is struggle and it builds resistance and character. You got this don’t give in and don’t give up. If it were easy everyone would do 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.
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