Trainees Beware

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Jeff L.'s Comment
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Be extra careful when choosing a trainee partner. Ask questions like what kind of medications are you on? Or have you ever been psychologically evaluated?

I am not kidding! I found a great company , dry van , to get experience and even maybe spend more than one year at , even had an awesome trainer.

My first partner had to go to court so I had to team up with another. At first he seemed well spoken , clean and job oriented.

Now, well now his drugs only work half the time, he almost dropped a trailer had I not asked him if he put his Landing gear down, almost swiped two cars and did not even look over when changing two lanes doing so to get off on the exit ramp. Drives like an idiot in the rain and does not look down the road to watch traffic , braking on the back ends of cars within feet.

I tried seriously to help him with Qualcomm and how to do paper work and conserve time and in return he had shown lack of concern for anyone else by playing music beyond loud and acting like a smug **** head. He even tried to do that I am leaving you here trick thinking he is cute. This guy should not be allowed to drive a car worth a combination vehicle. It is just a matter of time before he causes an accident.

I have come to the point that I am going to not talk to him if possible and am using white noise to find some kind of separation. I promised myself I would go completely without home time and am still positive only the younger me would get away from him or put him in choke hold wake him back to ask him if he is still alive and repeat the process. I mean he is an antagonizer. TRAINEES BEWARE

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Snappy's Comment
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Be extra careful when choosing a trainee partner. Ask questions like what kind of medications are you on? Or have you ever been psychologically evaluated?

I am not kidding! I found a great company , dry van , to get experience and even maybe spend more than one year at , even had an awesome trainer.

My first partner had to go to court so I had to team up with another. At first he seemed well spoken , clean and job oriented.

Now, well now his drugs only work half the time, he almost dropped a trailer had I not asked him if he put his Landing gear down, almost swiped two cars and did not even look over when changing two lanes doing so to get off on the exit ramp. Drives like an idiot in the rain and does not look down the road to watch traffic , braking on the back ends of cars within feet.

I tried seriously to help him with Qualcomm and how to do paper work and conserve time and in return he had shown lack of concern for anyone else by playing music beyond loud and acting like a smug **** head. He even tried to do that I am leaving you here trick thinking he is cute. This guy should not be allowed to drive a car worth a combination vehicle. It is just a matter of time before he causes an accident.

I have come to the point that I am going to not talk to him if possible and am using white noise to find some kind of separation. I promised myself I would go completely without home time and am still positive only the younger me would get away from him or put him in choke hold wake him back to ask him if he is still alive and repeat the process. I mean he is an antagonizer. TRAINEES BEWARE

Man, I never had any problems like that... but I knew some guys in my training class that had similar issues. I'm glad I got away from teaming. Just not for me.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jetguy's Comment
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Sounds bad. If you are a trainee, then you need to be teachable. But there are 2 reasons to request a new Trainer or Partner- Safety or Illegal. I would talk to my manager and put it in writing. The next time that he forgets to put the landing gear down, and drops a trailer, then clearly you would have to leave him. Hopefully you would catch it, and I would want to catch it, so the trailer is not dropped. You would be saving the product and protecting the company, which is absolutely the right thing to do. I would immediately contact the manager the second time by phone and also put in writing. Hopefully they would immediately take action. Not taking medicine is a big issue. There are other issues.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I like Jetguy's idea. Put it in writing that you want a different partner because this one clearly isn't safe. They're going to want some kind of examples at least, and evidence if possible. I'd say the obvious way to prove your point is to catch something on video if you think it's possible. If not, at least document times and dates of different things he has done or things he does in the very near future. Most importantly, get out of that truck as soon as possible.

Oh, and when you're in the bunk make sure you use any safety devices they have to keep you in the bunk in case of an accident. You wouldn't believe how quickly you can go from the bunk to flying straight out the windshield. So if they have safety nets or belts, use em.

If you were to put in writing that your partner is unsafe, along with documented examples of things he has done, management would really have no choice but to take a closer look. As the management of a trucking company you can't afford to ignore things like that in writing. They know if you were to get injured in a wreck he caused after ignoring a warning in writing they would have teams of lawyers breathing down their neck. I wouldn't mention anything about lawyers if I were you. Just stick to making a request for a new partner in writing and give them a chance to handle it. But make sure they get on it right away.

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