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RealDiehl's Comment
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Sorry, Bird-one. Didn't realize you were leaving a response while I was writing mine. I'm not trying to put words in your mouth here😁

Bird-One's Comment
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Haha you broke it down better than I did. That was in fact what I meant by “koolaide”. You’ve been giving great advice lately.

Sorry, Bird-one. Didn't realize you were leaving a response while I was writing mine. I'm not trying to put words in your mouth here😁

Eric S.'s Comment
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I don’t thin you understand what I’m getting at there. We’ve all been in a situation we’re an extra set of eyes could of been useful especially in our first year. Plus I’m doing flatbed and flatbed is a lot easier if two people are helping each other out which is what me and this other guy will be doing. It’s not going to be a one way street here. Either way I have four weeks with a trainer before I even get to that stage so by then the skills will be better thank you for commenting your thoughts.

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Heard and understood sir. I’m actually going to team up with another driver as soon as my training is done. Having someone else out here to help me out if I’m ever in a position we’re I’m stuck or can’t figure it out would be invaluable. Plus the money couldn’t hurt.

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First.. You realize other people are looking at you thinking you are one of those u desirables that you frowned upon, right???

As a second chance company you will find people who dont meet the standards of other companies....including you. So dont put people down.

Secondly, teaming so someone else can help you is wrong and selfish. That person is not your trainer. Many team mates just go into the bunk and close the curtains. You are getting paid equally so why would they waste their break helping you with your screw ups?

Yes you could get someone willing to help. But you could be with someone with less experience than you! What if you are the one being asked to explain?

Good luck

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eric S.'s Comment
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I’m not blaming anything on anyone at this point in time. I’m driving this truck at the end of the day so blame can only be placed one way in most cases. I thought this was a forum were you could talk freely amongst other drivers?.

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Eric you not stating anything factual. What you are saying is purely subjective. You worry should be solely on yourself and your performance. Not how a company looks to other people. I have no idea what you mean by “a company is only as good as its drivers”. I worry about myself and have never blamed a company. Don’t drink that terminal rat koolaide.

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Because I’m pointing out to the negativity that’s out there surrounding western. Everyone loves to blame the company,I’ve done it myself. But a company is only as good as its drivers 🤷‍♂️. Sure I sound like a bootlicker but im just stating facts.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

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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.

Eric S.'s Comment
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Appreciate the advise. My trainer here actually put me into some situations that I needed to make difficult backing manuevers since I told him that’s what got me disqualified with England so I appreciate him taking the time out to show it to me.

"Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid..."

You may have interpreted that statement about the kool-aid the wrong way. He was just telling you to not get caught up in all the rumors and negativity you may hear from other drivers at the terminal. We call them "terminal rats" and they do nothing but complain while trying to suck you into their sphere of negativity.

Stay above that and remain positive. That's all. Don't let their negativity bring you down.

Also, don't let a company's reputation influence you at all. Western Express might appear to have a lot of slackers and complainers driving for them, but remember, they also have a lot of successful drivers too. Just concentrate on trying to be one of those successful drivers👍

"Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid..."

You may have interpreted that statement about the kool-aid the wrong way. He was just telling you to not get caught up in all the rumors and negativity you may hear from other drivers at the terminal. We call them "terminal rats" and they do nothing but complain while trying to suck you into their sphere of negativity.

Stay above that and remain positive. That's all. Don't let their negativity bring you down.

Also, don't let a company's reputation influence you at all. Western Express might appear to have a lot of slackers and complainers driving for them, but remember, they also have a lot of successful drivers too. Just concentrate on trying to be one of those successful drivers👍

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PackRat's Comment
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Eric, It is a forum where one can communicate freely amongst drivers.

You asked for thoughts and received a quantity of expert advice from proven drivers concerning things that actually work in the real world.

Your teaming help idea ain't going to work after the first couple weeks. Your notion of making more money as teams won't happen either. Feel free to believe whatever you wish, though.

Eric S.'s Comment
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Eric, It is a forum where one can communicate freely amongst drivers.

You asked for thoughts and received a quantity of expert advice from proven drivers concerning things that actually work in the real world.

Your teaming help idea ain't going to work after the first couple weeks. Your notion of making more money as teams won't happen either. Feel free to believe whatever you wish, though.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Did WEx tell you you had to start as a team driver, Eric? Or was that decision left up to you? Just curious.

If you had no choice in the matter then I can't fault you for trying to look at it in the most positive way you can. That's good.

Just be prepared for some difficulties that may arise, as Kearsey and PackRat pointed out.

Eric S.'s Comment
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No I was given the option. They did there regular thing in trying to point out the positives of team driving etc. if I was going dry van or reefer I would just do solo. The reason I’m going team with the flatbed is because the work will be easier and take less time as opposed to one person doing it. I do understand that teaming can take a toll on the friendship and things of that nature. But the way I look at it is I’m at a second chance company and the more I can do to keep my nose clean and my record good BEYOND bettering my skills I’m going to take it. That’s just my personal opinion on it.

Did WEx tell you you had to start as a team driver, Eric? Or was that decision left up to you? Just curious.

If you had no choice in the matter then I can't fault you for trying to look at it in the most positive way you can. That's good.

Just be prepared for some difficulties that may arise, as Kearsey and PackRat pointed out.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rob T.'s Comment
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The reason I’m going team with the flatbed is because the work will be easier and take less time as opposed to one person doing it.

How's that going to work as far as the driver who's supposed to be resting getting their 10 hour break? Will the other driver be doing work related duties while logged sleeper/off duty? Thats a huge no no if its caught.

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