Refresher Course.... Or Not?

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Sly48's Comment
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Good afternoon Drivers!!

I've been rolling some thoughts around in my head as I search for the next trucking career. As some of you know, I've been out of trucking for 16 months now and I'm a little concerned about just jumping back in a truck after my sabbatical. I sit here and think, Geez, you've been out long enough that you will be a little rusty in terms of my actually driving abilities. Yes, I still remember everything, but actually getting in the truck and picking up right where I left off concerns me.

I really think if I had a couple of days in a truck it would all come right back to me and all would be fine. My concerns are if a company wants me to do a driving test and I don't do to well?

Do you think I should start back out with a company that has refresher course, maybe puts you back with a trainer for a few weeks?

Any insight or opinions would be great!!

Thanks, Sly

Anchorman's Comment
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Do you think I should start back out with a company that has refresher course, maybe puts you back with a trainer for a few weeks?

More than likely, this is going to be your only option.

Sly48's Comment
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Do you think I should start back out with a company that has refresher course, maybe puts you back with a trainer for a few weeks?

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More than likely, this is going to be your only option.

Thanks!! Just for my own good, I was thinking it might be best. The only thing that bothers me is starting all over again after less than a year and a half. But, if that's what has to happen, so be it. I REALLY REALLY want to go tanker this go around (was reefer before). There is a company here that will let me gp to orientation , but I still worry about the driving test. I wish I had a driver friend that I could spend a week with and get comfy again......but I'm sure insurance regulations would get in the way of that.

Hmmmm? I do have on Owner op friend that "might" be willing to get me in his truck for a bit, but that's a hard thing to ask of someone too.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Anchorman's Comment
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Hmmmm? I do have on Owner op friend that "might" be willing to get me in his truck for a bit, but that's a hard thing to ask of someone too.

O/O's will do anything for a little extra money! They are desperate. rofl-2.gif

Sly48's Comment
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Just got off the phone with Schneider and they have a Regional Tanker gig running TX,OK,LA,NM and some CO. (I live in Houston). What they told me is....given my credentials and having my Hazmat , TWIC and Tanker already they would send me out with a trainer for 3 weeks. After that bring me back to Houston, Take the driving test and if all goes as planned assign me a truck.

I figure since I want Tanker experience this might be a good move. I've heard their training is very good. After I run for them for a while, If I like it great. If for some reason I don't this will get me my experience with tanker and also get me the year minimum I need and that would then open up other Tanker opportunities to look at.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Sounds like you have a plan. That is always a good way to start.

Ernie

Sly48's Comment
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Sounds like you have a plan. That is always a good way to start.

Ernie

Ernie!!!! Great to see you in here again!!! Yep, There's a lot to learn with tankers...but I'm up for it!! :)

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Sly normally we say don't put your eggs in one basket and one count on one company giving you a job but you are not new to trucking so it's a bit different. If Schneider is willing to train you and then give you a job I say jump on it asap.

You are right except if you plan on going with a more local company driving tanker back home I believe most of them what 2 years of experience. Keep that in mind.

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.

Sly48's Comment
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Sly normally we say don't put your eggs in one basket and one count on one company giving you a job but you are not new to trucking so it's a bit different. If Schneider is willing to train you and then give you a job I say jump on it asap.

You are right except if you plan on going with a more local company driving tanker back home I believe most of them what 2 years of experience. Keep that in mind.

Right on!!! I hope I pass the 28 day orientation/training...haha!!

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.

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