Off To Shaffer I Go...

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The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Leaving home tonight to start orientation at the Lenoir City, TN terminal in the morning. First day for physical, drug test, driving test and work screen. Then two days of company orientation and then off with the trainer. If trainer is delayed a day, I get to do the Smith Driving class before jumping on the truck or do it after training at upgrade time. I'll be on the trainer truck four weeks then home 3-4 days and then back again with trainer for another four weeks. Trainer will be sitting in the passenger seat the entire time and I'll be driving. Hopefully, I get a good trainer that I can mesh with since they'll be no escape! Two months then I'm on my own...two months then I'm on my own...smile.gif

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.

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Great Answer!

Been running like mad.....over 3000 miles a week. On a second run from the East Coast out to California and stopped in Arizona for the night. I'm really enjoying the job, though there have plenty of moments I was ready to strangle my trainer. The CDL school that I went to left me majorly weak on doing angled alley docks due to various equipment issues (i.e. no truck to practice alley dock with) and an overcrowded practice field. I figured I would just pick it up and get better at it while in company training. Well, I never figured on having a trainer that can't teach anyone how to back! wtf-2.gif He knows how to back just fine himself with almost 15 years driving, but fails at transferring that knowledge. Every time he tries to help me, it seems to do more harm than good. It usually leads to both of us getting very frustrated. I try to go by some sage advice one of my better instructors gave me, which is "IF you don't HAVE to back....don't. If you have to back, try to turn it into a straight back or an offset if you have to. When doing an alley dock or parking at a truck stop where you may have to back at an angle, back the rear of the trailer into the space then pull-up to make it a straight back or as close as possible." When my trainer tries to "instruct" me he keeps directing me to pull forward at a deeper angle again and again after the rear of the trailer is in the space. I keep trying to do it his way, but it doesn't seem to work for me. By his own admission, he much prefers to be by himself and I am left to wonder why he chose to become a trainer. Crete/Shaffer only pays trainers $125 per week extra so the financial incentive is not really there. In addition to hearing about all the antics and issues of every one of the over a dozen people he has trained in the last two years, his two favorite topics are religion and politics which he uses to demean and belittle each of his past trainees. Now, as it so happens, I too enjoy discussing both religion and politics and happen to agree with him to a large degree on most of the subtopics in both subjects. However, were I training someone, I would just not bring up either topic and focus on the tasks at hand. Rarely, does he ever shut up and I am constantly subjected to his incessant racist and sexist rants. Most of the time I can't even hear myself think because he just talks and talks and talks. Why have I not reported all this to training and tried to get another trainer? Because, I just want to get through my eight weeks and there is a shortage of trainers on the Shaffer side of the company and I can't afford to sit at home and wait for another possible trainer. I will speak to training after all this is done as I strongly feel the best thing for him and the company is for him not to train in the future and just run the roads alone. Sorry, for the rant but I needed to vent after the last three and a half weeks.

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.

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.
The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Great Answer!

He still gets his regular CPM also. So he gets to sit in the passenger seat for 8 weeks and do nothing making all that money while you do all of the dirty work. That is his incentive!

Well he IS at the top of the company payscale and so the only real way for him to increase his pay is to train so I totally get that. And I found out the last three weeks of training we will be running super solo so he will drive like 2-3 hours a day so we can run around 800 miles per day. I am closing in on 5 weeks and getting ready to get some home time before those last 3 weeks. My original plan was to split it 4 and 4 but my trainer lollygagged on putting in my home time request so I am getting home a week later than I wanted. Unfortunately, last week my mother had a heart attack and needed triple bypass surgery and my sister that I haven't seen in 4 years was in town all while I was in this truck on the other side of the country. It all went okay but my sister had to fly back to California. I suppose that's the life I chose though....

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.
DaveDiesel's Comment
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good-luck.gif

Let us know how things are going. Thanks.

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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So 2200 miles in four days from Tennessee to California..... all in a truck governed at 62mph....broke into the 600 club my second day of driving with 620 miles....just narrowly missed it on the first day. Dropped off at a Walmart DC this morning and now sitting waiting for a load assignment.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'm following your thread. I almost went with Crete / Shaffer myself. I'm curious how your adventure pans out. You picked a great company, best wishes to you!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Great Answer!

Been running like mad.....over 3000 miles a week. On a second run from the East Coast out to California and stopped in Arizona for the night. I'm really enjoying the job, though there have plenty of moments I was ready to strangle my trainer. The CDL school that I went to left me majorly weak on doing angled alley docks due to various equipment issues (i.e. no truck to practice alley dock with) and an overcrowded practice field. I figured I would just pick it up and get better at it while in company training. Well, I never figured on having a trainer that can't teach anyone how to back! wtf-2.gif He knows how to back just fine himself with almost 15 years driving, but fails at transferring that knowledge. Every time he tries to help me, it seems to do more harm than good. It usually leads to both of us getting very frustrated. I try to go by some sage advice one of my better instructors gave me, which is "IF you don't HAVE to back....don't. If you have to back, try to turn it into a straight back or an offset if you have to. When doing an alley dock or parking at a truck stop where you may have to back at an angle, back the rear of the trailer into the space then pull-up to make it a straight back or as close as possible." When my trainer tries to "instruct" me he keeps directing me to pull forward at a deeper angle again and again after the rear of the trailer is in the space. I keep trying to do it his way, but it doesn't seem to work for me. By his own admission, he much prefers to be by himself and I am left to wonder why he chose to become a trainer. Crete/Shaffer only pays trainers $125 per week extra so the financial incentive is not really there. In addition to hearing about all the antics and issues of every one of the over a dozen people he has trained in the last two years, his two favorite topics are religion and politics which he uses to demean and belittle each of his past trainees. Now, as it so happens, I too enjoy discussing both religion and politics and happen to agree with him to a large degree on most of the subtopics in both subjects. However, were I training someone, I would just not bring up either topic and focus on the tasks at hand. Rarely, does he ever shut up and I am constantly subjected to his incessant racist and sexist rants. Most of the time I can't even hear myself think because he just talks and talks and talks. Why have I not reported all this to training and tried to get another trainer? Because, I just want to get through my eight weeks and there is a shortage of trainers on the Shaffer side of the company and I can't afford to sit at home and wait for another possible trainer. I will speak to training after all this is done as I strongly feel the best thing for him and the company is for him not to train in the future and just run the roads alone. Sorry, for the rant but I needed to vent after the last three and a half weeks.

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.

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.
Anchorman's Comment
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By his own admission, he much prefers to be by himself and I am left to wonder why he chose to become a trainer. Crete/Shaffer only pays trainers $125 per week extra so the financial incentive is not really there.

He still gets his regular CPM also. So he gets to sit in the passenger seat for 8 weeks and do nothing making all that money while you do all of the dirty work. That is his incentive!

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.

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.
The Original Hairyman's Comment
member avatar
Great Answer!

He still gets his regular CPM also. So he gets to sit in the passenger seat for 8 weeks and do nothing making all that money while you do all of the dirty work. That is his incentive!

Well he IS at the top of the company payscale and so the only real way for him to increase his pay is to train so I totally get that. And I found out the last three weeks of training we will be running super solo so he will drive like 2-3 hours a day so we can run around 800 miles per day. I am closing in on 5 weeks and getting ready to get some home time before those last 3 weeks. My original plan was to split it 4 and 4 but my trainer lollygagged on putting in my home time request so I am getting home a week later than I wanted. Unfortunately, last week my mother had a heart attack and needed triple bypass surgery and my sister that I haven't seen in 4 years was in town all while I was in this truck on the other side of the country. It all went okay but my sister had to fly back to California. I suppose that's the life I chose though....

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hang in there. Your training will be done soon enough, and you'll be solo. Sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she is recovering well.

Keep your eye on the prize. The job becomes more fun and enjoyable with more experience. Your training is just one stepping stone to the rest of your career driving big rigs. I hope you keep updating. I like hearing about Shaffer.

Scott O.'s Comment
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The good thing about this work is if your in a area with your family you can have them meet you for a meal and hangout for a bit...

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Well I had already decided to stick it out and get through my training and thus my trainer as best I could. My mother has already been discharged from the hospital, so apparently is doing pretty well. I know it will be easier to bear once I go solo, despite having to do even more than I am now. At least I will have more control over the decisions that need to be made. Then ten more months and my rookie year is done. The funny thing is that I was about 40 miles from my sister in California with time to burn waiting on dispatch before she flew to North Carolina. My alley dock is getting better as I practice more. I just have to keep doing it and doing it until I feel more confident. Been in some tight situations already and gotten backed in. There have been a few situations that were good training experiences because they don't come up often. I trained a number of people in my last job in hotel management and understand that certain situations you really don't want to happen, but if they do during training then the trainee actually feels more confident to handle more because they get to see some of the worst.....or they run screaming out of the building and quit so you don't have to waste any more time training them!shocked.pngrofl-2.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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