Am I A Wimp?

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John B.'s Comment
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Running into some issues with my tnt and would like to know if it’s normal suck it up and roll or make changes. I do no day driving I have the night shift while he sleeps which wouldn’t be a big deal except the lack of sleep. My trainer is constantly on the rumble strip because one eye is on his phone or tablet, got about 3 hours sleep today got woken up and tripped over his **** bottles getting into the passenger seat to have a smoke. This morning I had to finally pull over with 1:20 left on my drive clock because I started to nod. Was so tired had to do 2 straight backs to get into a spot. He started yelling at me, his theory is stress the trainee out while with him so we can handle it solo. If this is normal rookie whining please let me know or should I say something because I also don’t want to be a rat. Just not feeling safe or confident right now

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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The lack of sleep and the stress sound perfectly normal.

The tablet, cell phone usage, and tripping over the **** bottles do not.

My trainer spends most of his driving shift on the phone, but he has a hands-free headset and never takes his eyes off the road. In my opinion it’s unacceptable for a trainer to be setting this example.

Also, while I don’t disagree with the sentiment that you should be stressed out now so you can handle it solo, there’s also this to consider:

1) you’re going to be stressed out solo too 2) he shouldn’t be yelling at you unless there’s an immediate danger of hitting something and the yell is a warning

How much time left do you have in your TNT?

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

John B.'s Comment
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46500 miles just started. Took two weeks to get picked up because there wasn’t a load to his liking in my area of the country. I just wanted to run that by others. I’m in the sleeping north holding fast so I don’t get tossed out

The lack of sleep and the stress sound perfectly normal.

The tablet, cell phone usage, and tripping over the **** bottles do not.

My trainer spends most of his driving shift on the phone, but he has a hands-free headset and never takes his eyes off the road. In my opinion it’s unacceptable for a trainer to be setting this example.

Also, while I don’t disagree with the sentiment that you should be stressed out now so you can handle it solo, there’s also this to consider:

1) you’re going to be stressed out solo too 2) he shouldn’t be yelling at you unless there’s an immediate danger of hitting something and the yell is a warning

How much time left do you have in your TNT?

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Old School's Comment
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John, are you in the top bunk while your trainer is driving?

Errol V.'s Comment
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A #2, is your trainer a Lease or owner operator?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

PackRat's Comment
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Trainer constantly messing with a phone while driving? You need a new trainer, and that idiot should not be training. I wouldn't be risking my life riding on that truck.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I doubt you are being a wimp, John. I've met you, talked to you, and heard you talking with other people at the pad. I can usually tell immediately if someone is a slacker, or if they talk as though they can handle difficult jobs, while in reality, they are full of Sht.

You didn't strike me as that type of person at all. I'll vouch for your character here based on my first impression of you.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Agree with Packrat.

If it was just a personality conflict or minor disagreements that kept adding up, I would say just tough it out and finish. But this guy is a trainer, you’re barely two weeks in, and he’s already messing with handheld devices so much that he’s constantly hitting the rumble strip? That’s completely unacceptable. This guy shouldn’t be driving, let alone training.

I know it’s easier said than done, but I’d contact your fleet manager and say something. You may get lucky and survive your TNT , but he’ll just keep on doing it.

Fleet Manager:

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

PJ's Comment
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I agree with the group here. Sounds like your trainer is a L/O and could care less about training. He is only doing it for the money he is making off it. I really really really dislike people that do this.

Training is hard enough on new drivers without the undue added extra BS. I’ve heard plenty of excuses from trainers like that. I can guarantee that method of training is not effective.

Sounds like you need to look for another trainer to me. That very well may be easier said than done. Hopefully Rainy will see this and get you some company specific great advice.

Barry H.'s Comment
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I would question the quality of said training. There are some very unsafe practices being displayed by the trainer, also it is very hard to coach a student while sleeping. 🤔

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