So I Decide To Walk Away On The 3rd Day Of Company Orientation

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Eugene K.'s Comment
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A reliably excellent and concise response, Old School. Thank you as always.

As someone who has struggled with mental health issues of my own, I would argue they do not preclude one from a successful career in trucking. What it all comes down to is, again, preparation.

I knew full well that my insomnia would be a struggle, and could possibly aggravate my mental health symptoms, so I sought ought as much support as I could in advance, and ramped up my accountability to my support network so that I stay on the beam. On my CDL training diary, I actually hesitated posting once or twice when all I had to “contribute” was venting, out of fear of how I’d be perceived on this forum. In the end, I chose to go ahead and post, both to work through my own insomnia-driven anxiety and ALSO to prove to those following along, that THEY TOO can work through the challenges they will face on the road.

There are countless thousands of posts on this forum that can help prepare anyone for a successful career in trucking — if they want it!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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With the uncertainty and all those little surprises, it really hit me that I thought about overdoes or cut myself, that the point I realized, I GOT GO, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR ME

Reading this comment alone, I believe you that no matter what employment you seek in the future, you must first get help with your psychological/emotional issues, no matter what job you are getting into. Good luck

I agree completely!

If you're having thoughts like this at the orientation, you really have some deep seeded issues that need to be overcome with professional help long, long before you ever think about attending any other transportation orientation. YOU NEED HELP TODAY.

This is an example of why I've felt for years that driving candidates need to be vetted with more than the routine look at their driving record, geographical area, physical exam, and a drug test.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jammer a's Comment
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Not sure how to put this but your not the only one I’ve heard on here saying I got to orientation and nobody said nothing about hometime??? Your just starting and almost all of them say bring enough close for 3 weeks ! But even if they don’t say that long haul trucking means your gonna be gone for awhile you 1 day of for every week your gone when I went to orientation there where 2 of us out of eighty people who asked about backing and people net everyone else said when do we get hometime ? Trucking is very well known with the exception of local drivers to be out weeks at a time

Venting and Serious talk... I decide to walk away 3 days into a company orientation, just couldn't take it anymore. Last week I started orientation with a company, for the reason here I won't disclose the name. It all started okay, the hotel was fine and I was doing okay. But I should have noticed a hint, the company only give me a one-way plane ticket and we weren't told when we will be back home or exactly what we are going to do next. In fact, I wasn't told much at all, I wasn't informed about my home time on the job, I have no clue what the day-by-day orientation schedule looks like. I was told that I am getting paid after the drug and pre-employment screen and paperwork, that did not happen. I wasn't even told when will orientation end and what happens next It finally reached a point where I said NO MORE, THIS PLACE IS NOT FOR ME. The trainer told us tomorrow on the 3rd day, we going to check out the hotel and not even telling us what's the plan, and the orientation is not over yet. So we are going to sleep in the truck in the terminal , we are not officially hired so we can't really drive. With the uncertainty and all those little surprises, it really hit me that I thought about overdoes or cut myself, that the point I realized, I GOT GO, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR ME. The next day I talked to my DM that I am going to leave. She for sure was shocked tried to save me say that we have a local job that you can get more home time. Sorry, whatever happened breached my bottom line, it isn't safe for me and for you. What really frustrated me is you are a logistic company that tells us(drivers) turn by turn direction out there, when, where, and how much fuel to put in, and even down to when and where to take a rest stop. You want to do so much micromanagement that our only job is to drive but yet, you couldn't even tell me what the orientation schedule going to be like. Yes, I know there are unpredictable in trucking, that's why we do trip planning.

I am 23 years old, had major depression now under control. Went out of my way to pass the tests, got my CDL. I know I like to travel and enjoy being along with myself. What are some suggestions for me?

I got 2 other offers from Western Express and CR England

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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If that was enough to make you consider self harm or suicide, please do not consider a job driving a truck. It isn’t for you.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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If that was enough to make you consider self harm or suicide, please do not consider a job driving a truck. It isn’t for you.

Nailed it...

How are you doing brother?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Living the dream. Lol

At the yard for a new truck. Miked this one out at 670,000. Not sure if so will get a brand new truck or used. I’ll find out tomorrow. Yesterday was 2 years solo

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If that was enough to make you consider self harm or suicide, please do not consider a job driving a truck. It isn’t for you.

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Nailed it...

How are you doing brother?

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