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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Another thing about listening to others... Everyone wants to play the victim. You can find a table at the terminal with trainer horror stories and the next table is telling student horror stories. When they walk away... Miraculously all of those stories happened to each of them!

One of my trainee complained that we never showered, we.never stopped to eat .and she never met my fleet manager. #1 unlike.most trainers, we shower almost every day. I had receipts to prove it. Lie 1. Then I paid for all of our sit down meals before the shower. Lie 2. Then my fleet manager pulled up on the security cameras where the student met him at the desk 6 times in the 4 months I had the student. Lie 3. It was all really an excuse to give to quit because she couldn't handle trucking OTR. if she admitted it, failing was her fault. But there is nothing wrong with OTR not being for you.

One of my subscribers was with one of my friends. The student praised the trainer to me. The trainer was being driven crazy by the students lack of urgency for the load and sloppiness. It was like 2 different trucks! 😂

One reason for the price difference for upgrade pay may be regional vs OTR. Primes pays differently. So if u ever made a reference to dedicated or regional... That could be an issue. PLUS....when companies say "up to 62cpm"... That includes bonuses and such. Therefore if u start in a lightweight at Prime it is 55cpm. With last week's fuel bonus. On time delivery. Safety and wellness bonus... One of my brand new subscribers made 64cpm. That's a huge difference.

But like Old School said... It was on her. Hit something, be late, waste fuel and you lose that extra pay.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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Can you clarify what you meant when you stated "they lied (to you) about how much money you would be making? Are you referring to .cpm, weekly pay, what? As a mileage driver, there are variables to how much you will earn each week, many which depends on your performance. If you are referring to .cpm and accessorial pay, those numbers are usually provided in writing during your arrival to cdl training or to your new employer.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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A couple of things to ponder. Your assessment of your driving is that you drive really good and have mastered it....

Except for backing....where most incidents occur.

Do you think that those two attitudes may be affecting your relationship with your training? Possibly how you view your trainer? It's sounds very arrogant and egotistical. Perhaps the trainer is seeing that attitude as such?

There is definitely a link between my attitude and my performance driving and backing. Just as there was in training. My trainer and I have vastly different political ideology but we remain great friends. I remain teachable and humble in actions with him.

Yes, there are bad trainers out there, you may have one, but the only person you can change is yourself. I'd wager, that personality aside, your trainer has much they can teach you if you can ask the right questions and get them to give you the information. They may not even be aware they are teaching you.

Knowledge and experience are valuable resources, I had a very small window of time, only two weeks with a trainer before being cast solo. I soaked up as much information and knowledge as I could as a result. I took pages and pages of notes and applied it as much as I could. You have the luxury of many weeks with your trainer. Just a thought.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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