Maybe This Isn’t That Great Of A Gig? Not Sure

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Well this industry has alot of someones that just want to give it a try lol sorry to break it to ya. At the end of the day its just a job. So not into the getting “hazed” just to drive a truck. But hey to each their own. So it is what it is.

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It seems like you can do a lot of things to make money. I had the same thought as G Town about needing total commitment and perseverance to succeed as a driver. If you can’t even make it through training, how will you make it for 1 year? Your luke warm interest is gonna be hard to overcome. Maybe try Schneider, they would not tolerate a lousy trainer like you had. What a terrible experience. Good luck

G-Town's Comment
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Break it to me? Really? Wow.

Don’t you think I’m aware of that? I’ve been at this for almost 10 years… I experience the “just want to give it a try” crowd every day. Most of them fail.

It’s not just a job. I guarantee you the majority of members on the forum will disagree with you.

Those attitudes all but guarantee failure. I’ve got “this” figured out. I know what works, and what doesn’t.

You do not know what you got yourself into…

Please read this:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Reality.

Well this industry has alot of someones that just want to give it a try lol sorry to break it to ya. At the end of the day its just a job. So not into the getting “hazed” just to drive a truck. But hey to each their own. So it is what it is.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Omgitsme323's Comment
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Thanks for all the input everyone. I think i have my answer lol drive safe out there ladies and gents 😊✌🏾

Papa Pig's Comment
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G-Town's Comment
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Below makes no sense…

3 weeks and 70 hours of driving and your Mentor declared you need more backing time? Of course you do.

40 documented backs… if your Mentor can’t engage you to back the truck 40 times in 200 hours, that’s on her.

Like I said makes no sense…

It is 300 hrs but she told my DM i was a great student but would need more time for backing.she told me two more weeks. I asked her if i can do the backing class and she told me only she can recommend me. I asked her to and she told me no. So my 200hrs turned into 300hrs.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks for all the input everyone. I think i have my answer lol drive safe out there ladies and gents 😊✌🏾

From the only other female in this thread, DID YOU LOOK AT the links I sent you?

  • Kearsey

  • Tiffany Hanna

I will BE with a trainer when I get out here / there!!! ALSO!

~ Anne ~

Steve L.'s Comment
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Just not sure if im impatient or if this is something alot of new drivers go through. Cuz its not a passion of mine or a life long dream or anything . I just wanted to do it for awhile and try it. But just seems like a lot of hassle for such little reward. So kind of just looking to see other point of views before throwing in the towel

If you’re still here, YES! Yes I’ve been frustrated and dealt with people that pluck my last nerve. And YES, you’re being a bit impatient. BUT, it can work AND IT DOES have bigger rewards.

Everything, EVERYTHING, in trucking (at the beginning) seems slow-motion. As well, the rewards. 7+years in now and someone offers me a job; home every night, most holidays off, structure. Pay; <$50k. WHAT?! I bring home over $50k. I have three weeks vacation. Blah, blah, blah. My point is; the real benefits come in time. Most jobs used to be that way.

I’m sure that corrections job wasn’t easy. But, depending on where you live, that money sounds pretty good, maybe good enough $ to go back.

I hope this helps.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was sleeping...while my student was driving. Yes there are bad trainers out there but there are also terrible students. As a trainer I won't waste my time with someone who inst interested in learning. She got her CDL with PAM but wasnt picked up meaning what? With a lousy attitude Prime will not hire and say "this person is not prime material".

Although I do not work for Swift or Pam, I doubt a trainer has the final say on everything. If the student and I had a difference of opinion prime could do an eval on the student and determine whether they needed additional time or are ready to upgrade.

I read she claimed to have made $70,000 CLEAR easily in corrections? Really, doing what.... As a warden? Cause that means $100,000 a year gross. $28 per hour means nothing in the northeast it is like living on minimum wage in other places... I failed to look at her location so I am not impressed with her numbers.

My recommendation is to go home and be happy. Allow someone else the training opportunity who would appreciate it. I am going to gross about $125,000 this year and feel quite accomplished and rewarded knowing i am helping others to excel in their life.

I also had no use for a "med card" which equates to marijuana usage. If she wants to be high, I would rather have her off the road.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Papa Pig's Comment
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I was sleeping...while my student was driving. Yes there are bad trainers out there but there are also terrible students. As a trainer I won't waste my time with someone who inst interested in learning. She got her CDL with PAM but wasnt picked up meaning what? With a lousy attitude Prime will not hire and say "this person is not prime material".

Although I do not work for Swift or Pam, I doubt a trainer has the final say on everything. If the student and I had a difference of opinion prime could do an eval on the student and determine whether they needed additional time or are ready to upgrade.

I read she claimed to have made $70,000 CLEAR easily in corrections? Really, doing what.... As a warden? Cause that means $100,000 a year gross. $28 per hour means nothing in the northeast it is like living on minimum wage in other places... I failed to look at her location so I am not impressed with her numbers.

My recommendation is to go home and be happy. Allow someone else the training opportunity who would appreciate it. I am going to gross about $125,000 this year and feel quite accomplished and rewarded knowing i am helping others to excel in their life.

I also had no use for a "med card" which equates to marijuana usage. If she wants to be high, I would rather have her off the road.

^^^^This^^^^

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Kearsey wrote this:

I also had no use for a "med card" which equates to marijuana usage. If she wants to be high, I would rather have her off the road.

Great catch. Totally agree.

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