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TwoSides11's Comment
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So John gets to train another person because you show total apathy to his antics? Your unwillingness to fill out a complaint is condoning his actions. Paying it forward to his next possible student?

You're part of the larger problem by not speaking up to those that could actually make something happen. Sweet dreams.

Is that really up to me if he continues to train? Who knows if they still will have him training even if I did fill out a report. He has had multiple complaints in the past. They even had him take a break from training but yet they still put me with him because the company is low on trainers. I was the first person he has trained in over 4 months. Might have been a bad judgment call by my DM just wanting to get me into training asap.

I do have to fill out a survey in which I will put a negative score and note he shouldn't be training but to write a report, no need. I'm not a tattletail. I talked with John about his behavior and it is up to him to change. They already know how he is.

I wouldn't say I showed apathy but rather compassion for a man who's life is already a misfortune. He talked about his life to me and I feel sorry for that man. I didn't post it because that was personal. Like I mentioned, I need to do nothing, he will eventually do it to himself like he has in the past with his life. His situation is because of his bad decisions over and over. He is already on a path of misery and destruction and doesn't need my help to get there any faster. Hopefully he will learn one day of his lifes mistakes.

I'm part of the larger problem? I respectfully disagree with that. I think if you knew me you wouldn't have said that. I believe in forgiveness and also justice.. I believe that right is right and wrong is wrong. I believe in equality for everyone and I stand up against blatant disrespect towards others. I have done that my whole life. In high school I was known for beating up bullies, I hate torture towards animals and the weaker ones in society. I once helped a stranger when he was getting robbed by 2 men. I show respect to everyone I come across, I do not blindly follow, I try to be slow to judge and slow to anger. A quick retort can ruin everything. I hold the values of my parents and grandparents. I'm different than the worldly 38yr old of today's era. That's just a little description of who I am as a person.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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...explain that to his next student.

TwoSides11's Comment
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I have to third that. It's not that you're trying to get him fired. Your terminal needs it documented in order to be able to fix the problem and make sure he doesn't treat another trainee the same way.

Knight takes it seriously, and while your terminal might know how he his, the head of training in Phoenix might not. If he maintains everything is fine, without you filing a report they can't really dispute it.

John is from the Indy terminal, not mine..

He has multiple complaints against him from others. Honestly, if he is still training after leaving a student at a truck stop, what will be the final straw? He was suspended for a yr from that incident, I actually think he got fired, but still came back and was allowed to train. This might sound selfish but what exactly would be the point of my complaint? I wasn't threatened, he wasn't racist towards me,, just an A-hole.

Is his terminal sending the complaints to headquarters? If not then why waste my time? It's up to the company at this point in my opinion. He hasn't been training anyone for 4 months before they put him with me. In this situation the company didn't want to pay me until January but decided to put me with an incompetent trainer hoping it would work out.

I get what you guys are saying, I really do. But if nothing will happen anyway why waste my time on it? It's not like anyone was in danger or threatened....

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.

TwoSides11's Comment
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...explain that to his next student.

If they continue to let him train how is that on me? I get that you disagree with me not filing a complaint but in my survey I will put he shouldn't be a trainer and give him a bad score. If they don't fix it how can I? Genuinely asking. I'm not trying to be combative. You guys want me to file a complaint but I don't see the need because it's obvious they don't care.

G-Town's Comment
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I read your entire diary. There were several situations I’d consider potentially dangerous that should have been reported.

I’m not going to debate with you and maintain my initial thought. You are contributing to the problem by not reporting what occurred.

Best of luck with the new trainer.

TwoSides11's Comment
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I read your entire diary. There were several situations I’d consider potentially dangerous that should have been reported.

I’m not going to debate with you and maintain my initial thought. You are contributing to the problem by not reporting what occurred.

Best of luck with the new trainer.

The first thing that comes to mind when you say several situations is the hills situation. I understand that part. I will think about what you all said to me and decide if I should file a report. I am definitely going to put it in the survey though.

No G-town, not trying to debate either, I'm just glad it's over with that guy. Thanks and it is already going 100x better with this trainer.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Day 19. Dec 8th I'm at the terminal around 730am and Brad arrives shortly after. We get our load assignment and instead of going back to P&G for a live load we are sent to Bethlehem, PA to pick up an empty and go to Perth Amboy, NJ for a load going to a home depot rdc in Breinigsville, PA. And that was the day. Now getting a feel of local driving....

While we were on the road Brad got a call saying he was accepted for a training position he applied for. He will now be doing the simulator training for Knight at the Carlisle terminal. The Carlisle terminal will now be doing the simulators for students soon. They are building the room for it now. It will now be a week on the simulator and then out on the road with a trainer to speed up the training process and also to satisfy the new CDL mandate that will be in effect shortly? Brad will be going to the Phoenix terminal January 10th for training. Good for him! I'm honored to be his last student...

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.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Day 20. Dec 9th. Today we are going to pick up the load at P&G from the other day and finally deliver it to the Target DC in Bridgeport NJ. We arrive at P&G get loaded up and I slide the tandems. Arrive at the Target DC at 2pm and find out that we can't drop until 8pm. Brad calls the terminal to see what they want us to do. They told us to wait 6hrs and make the drop..... Brad is upset and I don't blame him. Who wants to wait 6hrs in a truck like that.

We head over to a Flying J about 5 miles out and wait it out. He goes to his bunk to sleep and I'm stuck in the front seat lol. The top bunk doesn't have a mattress and I don't think laying on a hard plastic surface would be comfortable. We talk some and Brad is a cool guy. Very laid back like myself.

The time finally comes and we head over to make the drop. Pick up an empty and head back to the terminal. Get back a little after 11pm.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Day 20. Dec 9th. Today we are going to pick up the load at P&G from the other day and finally deliver it to the Target DC in Bridgeport NJ. We arrive at P&G get loaded up and I slide the tandems. Arrive at the Target DC at 2pm and find out that we can't drop until 8pm. Brad calls the terminal to see what they want us to do. They told us to wait 6hrs and make the drop..... Brad is upset and I don't blame him. Who wants to wait 6hrs in a truck like that.

We head over to a Flying J about 5 miles out and wait it out. He goes to his bunk to sleep and I'm stuck in the front seat lol. The top bunk doesn't have a mattress and I don't think laying on a hard plastic surface would be comfortable. We talk some and Brad is a cool guy. Very laid back like myself.

The time finally comes and we head over to make the drop. Pick up an empty and head back to the terminal. Get back a little after 11pm.

Haya, 2sides;

I'm just glad to hear you've got a great trainer, for the grand finale!

One with a promotion in the works, must be a SOLID!!

Carry on, good sir.

~ Anne ~

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

TwoSides11's Comment
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Day 21. Dec 10th Arrived at the terminal at 830am. Brad comes in at 9. Today we have to bobtail to Allntown, pick up an empty and drop it off in Sicklerville,NJ at a Michael's and bobtail bak. Easy...

Going to Sicklerville I get to drive through Philly, I'm home! I drive 76 all the time, I know how philly drivers are, I know the traffic patterns and I know what to expect. Felt very comfortable driving. Today I got my first brake check smh. I was driving on 76 and a lady was trying to merge on. I always keep an eye out when passing on ramps and let drivers merge on if it's safe to do so. I always let truckers on by slowing down if it looks like we are going to meet up at the same time and I'm not able to move to the next lane.

In this case It was a short on ramp and the tractor was already halfway past. The lady tried to speed up but didn't make it and was forced into the shoulder. She slowed down, got behind me and sped up the left side of me in the middle lane. Got in front of me, being halfway in my lane and the middle lane and hit the brakes smh. Idiot. She then darted across two lanes cutting off another car. After all these different states I have driven in, all these miles and hrs driving, I get brake checked in my home city lol. Not surprised because I know how aggressive Philadelphia drivers are.

My time with Brad is going well. He has shown me how to slide the tandems and has me do them each and every time it is necessary. He also has me practicing using the jakes down whatever hill we come across, whether I am empty or loaded. These local runs are easy compared to OTR. I'm getting much needed repetition on the ELD, backing and checking in with shipper/receiver.

Bobtail:

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

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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