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    Hey Guys! I just got sent home second week from TMC Transportation yesterday for not being able to shift properly according to instructor “Tap Tap.” He told me to shift in an intersection, which is illegal in the state of Texas. He also wanted me to constantly upshift and downshift through the gears but I told him, "Why should I upshift if the speed limit is 35 mph and I’m already hitting 7 high.” Not to forget to mention a vehicle was in front of me about 100 feet so upshifting would have caused us to get in an accident. I would have killed the occupants and had my CDL taken away and Mr. “Tip Tappy” would have only had a small slap on the wrist. He got angry towards me and stated, “ Any monkey can drive a truck down the highway!” He also had the nerve to tell both I and the other trainee in the cab,” Getting your CDL is quite an accomplishment. You can find a lot of companies out there guys.” Be careful when driving with the trainers for TMC. Many of the trainers have caused trainees to get in huge wrecks and have they’re CDL revoked. Needless to say I’m happy to be back home and out of the TMC mess. Out of a class of 75 people only 20 people made it to the second week. According to the previous class only 2 people will actually make it through the 7 weeks of training. A company that burns out that many drivers isn’t worth the sweat off my monkey back!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by notarps4me View Post
    You don't have a clue........ I been doing this since back in the 80's I am pretty sure I do this safely.... How safe is walking back and forth between a bunch of lifts flying by with loads of beams 50 foot long 30 feet in the air so you can toss your gut straps? Not to mention 100 trucks waiting to load and you spend a half hour walking back from the shed to your truck just to toss the gut straps, not including securing the load.... oh my mistake you been doing this a year or less....

    Forget I said anything....you don't have to be a dick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimmReaper451 View Post
    Hey Guys! I just got sent home second week from TMC Transportation yesterday for not being able to shift properly according to instructor “Tap Tap.” He told me to shift in an intersection, which is illegal in the state of Texas. He also wanted me to constantly upshift and downshift through the gears but I told him, "Why should I upshift if the speed limit is 35 mph and I’m already hitting 7 high.” Not to forget to mention a vehicle was in front of me about 100 feet so upshifting would have caused us to get in an accident. I would have killed the occupants and had my CDL taken away and Mr. “Tip Tappy” would have only had a small slap on the wrist. He got angry towards me and stated, “ Any monkey can drive a truck down the highway!” He also had the nerve to tell both I and the other trainee in the cab,” Getting your CDL is quite an accomplishment. You can find a lot of companies out there guys.” Be careful when driving with the trainers for TMC. Many of the trainers have caused trainees to get in huge wrecks and have they’re CDL revoked. Needless to say I’m happy to be back home and out of the TMC mess. Out of a class of 75 people only 20 people made it to the second week. According to the previous class only 2 people will actually make it through the 7 weeks of training. A company that burns out that many drivers isn’t worth the sweat off my monkey back!!!

    Ha ha ha, I had Tappity tap tap too. He's stresses you out with his constant chatter. I am glad not to be flat beddin anymore. Too much B.S. work. They had my switching trailers 4-5 times a week before I left. Bye bye TMC.

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    Yea, thank goodness I'm not with TMC anymore. In training I was afraid they have sensors in the seat of the Peterbilt trucks that sense when you pass gas. If you pass gas to many times they let you go out the door! ha ha

    Word of advice to all you flatbed drivers out there ( the best thing I learned in my two weeks with TMC). Make sure to double tarp your load before letting a lot lizzard get to your pipe!

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    Stopsign trainers with a death wish?

    Many of the trainers have caused trainees to get in huge wrecks and have they’re CDL revoked. Needless to say I’m happy to be back home and out of the TMC mess.
    .."many trainers", now that's hard to believe; a company is gonna have it's trainers cause their trainees to have accidents, seems like they would be let go too if that statement was factual.. if it is I wanna see the accident reports when, where, & how this is happening; can't believe TMC would allow their safestat score to skyrocket because of bad trainers? Oh I'm sure there are those 'do-it-my-way' trainers on ego trips, but for the most part I think they are in the minority; I don't think the majority of trainers would put the trainee in a dangerous or illegal situation.

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    Research the blog post going all the way back to 06. I didn't think so myself up until I had experienced it first hand in training. My wife and I got in a fight over me leaving for TMC. She read all the posts and I didn't believe it but now I know better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kindsoul View Post
    Forget I said anything....you don't have to be a dick!
    You fit the name...... Nothing like a no time in truck guy telling old hands what is safe , then get twisted when someone points something out to you...

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    I've met some bad trainers with TMC. Mine was the worste, when i started training i made it a point to be patient with people and explain to them how to do things properly, instead of yelling and making them nervous.

    I fail to see how a trainer could cause someone to get into a wreck, maybe i'm just nieve but this is the first i've heard of anything like that. Once you're out on your own, it's your baby and you are responsible for your actions.

    I don't know of any trainer that would risk his own life asking a trainee to do anything dangerous while he's in the jump-seat, either. Nor have i ever heard of a wreck bad enough to have someones 'CDL Revoked'.

    All but one of my trainee's is still with TMC, and that guy had a crappy attitude that thought everyone owed him something. The rest are still with the company, and haven't had an incodent yet. That's a pretty ignorant statement to make to be perfectly honest with you. Sorry.

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    I think he meant the orientation behind the wheel trainers. I had tap tap, he's a retired union guy so we had some common ground to talk about and we got along well. My actual trainer for the five weeks after orientation was great, even though I'm not with TMC anymore we still talk a couple times a week.

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    Sorry eckz for not explaining myself clearly. I did mean the trainers in orientation. I think "Tap Tap" just had a personal vendetta out for me. He also was the one who told me about one of the other orientation trainers having multiple accidents with his students. Not very professional.

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