Day Zero Werner

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Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Ok picture coming soon. The sun is just rising here in Tehachapi.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Day 2 and I had an accident in a Loves parking lot. Grrr. Everyone is okay. My truck has cosmetic damage, but the other truck will have to be towed. Ahggghh. I will keep you updated when I can.

PackRat's Comment
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Oh wow! That sounds big. Glad nobody was injured, though.

Old School's Comment
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On man I am sorry to hear that!

Let us know what's going on when you can. I know that's tearing you up. I am frustrated just reading it. Trucking is a tough career to get started. I hope you can pull through this okay and stay in the saddle. Please keep us informed. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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I spoke with another driver today and he talked me off the ledge. So my first two days have been a SUPER STEEP learning curve. I bobtail to get an empty in Downtown Los Angeles, then deadhead 130 miles to struggle backing in my empty, to run to the shipping office 3 times (cuz I have no idea what to do) to get a 1000 mile trip to this crunch. So far I have run into only kind human beings. So here we go. I will get called onto the mat in a week or two, I have to think positively or I will…fill in the blank…. Thanks all

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Well sorry it’s been crazy. I still have a job, some remedial training and 45 days probation. It could have been more severe. Time to focus on the task at hand. See y’all out there.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well sorry it’s been crazy. I still have a job, some remedial training and 45 days probation. It could have been more severe. Time to focus on the task at hand. See y’all out there.

Still following here, Tom & I , Mike.. I could 'tell you' some stories. You should be okay.... and we are following & supporting ya.

Thanks for the update; wish you all the best. Prayers going forward and always,

~ Anne & Tom ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Thanks for the report Mike!

It's not easy being a rookie driver. You got what I expected. You will have to look extra sharp now. Being on probation will give them ample excuse to let you go for anything minor. You can do this. Just keep in mind that you have got to be extra careful now and DO NOT get in a rush.

Carry on brother and be safe!

Papa Pig's Comment
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I figured that’s what would happen. And I think if there is another accident during the probation period “situation depending” they would send you out with a mentor again. This is why I called bs on the guy “bus driver” the other day that said Werner fired him for once accident. I have saw them keep people after some pretty rough situations. We weren’t told everything with his story.

Werner isn’t a perfect organization but they have always done right by me and most of the other drivers I know.

Stay safe and learn from your mistake. They happen. It’s gonna take a few months before you become completely comfortable with the trailer. Just remember. Stay off your phone in truck stops. Stay off the cb. Don’t be rushed. Watch your trailer at all times! Don’t get over confident.. and watch your trailer some more. Glad it worked out for you

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Thanks Pig. I’m now in Fontana at the hotel. It took 3 days to get my truck into the shop for some maintenance, not related to the incident, and it took so long that I am going on some home time to help mom out some. Talk at y’all later.

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