10 day training? Are you high?

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  1. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    i personally hated being with a trainer for 4 weeks. i got so sick of him. he did lots of stuff he shouldn't have. as well as other trainers do as well. 8 weeks with a trainer would be too hard for me.
     
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  3. Derailed

    Derailed Road Train Member

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    True, A lot of trucks shift themselves now, far less blind spots, bigger windows, sharper turning radius, ABS, crash sensors and the list goes on.:wink:
     
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  4. TLeaHeart

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    Those people who really want to be truck drivers, will invest their own time and energy into learning everything they can, as quickly as they can, and become very responsible drivers.

    Government mandated training, with "free" training, indentured servitude is the problem. And there are companies that do nothing but train, making their profit from the government payments, and using the freight charges to cover expenses.

    There are 1000's of new drivers every week, due to the government intervention, and training programs... which also depresses wages for the responsible drivers.

    More government laws will only make the situation worse.
     
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    generallee Medium Load Member

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    I'm sure it went in the circular file along with all the other "I don't want anyone stepping on my shoes" letters. It's people like this that are the cause for needless regulations imo.
     
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  6. Spokester

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    Well, I have to say that most new drivers likely need more than 10 days training. However, there are some that require far less... I chose May when I started out due to the personalized training schedule (among other factors as well), recognizing that each driver is different; backgrounds, aptitude, awareness, etc. I agree that much of the road is populated by under-skilled drivers, whatever vehicle they may be piloting. But if I'd had to spend more than the 5 days I did with my trainer, I would have had a hard time. 4 to 8 weeks!? Ha. Ha. Blanket policies never serve everyone well, and often do a disservice to many...

    Besides, out there on the road, it's usually the experienced drivers acting like complete idiots; the noobs make mistakes, but at least they are generally cautious.

    I hope everyone is getting it through their heads regarding the cascading avalanche of regulation rolling down hill at us. It is only going to become more onerous and stifling, some will adapt, others will move on, new drivers will know nothing else. Perhaps the cost rippling through the world's economy will slow it, perhaps a miracle will occur and thinking people will find their way to the hallowed halls of our mighty Federal Gubmint. But whether I see a "D" or an "R" before their names, they are not our friends, and theirs laws are not for our benefit, but theirs. So, adapt or die, do something about it (which will require more than most are willing to give), or shut up...

    Just because Jo Schmoe needs 8 weeks of training, does that mean I should suffer the same? No.
     
  7. pattyj

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    That was 33 yrs ago,alot has changed since then.Look how many yoyo's are on our roads right now.Anymore all you need is a pulse to get a cdl.It should be against the law only 10 days of training.Which is nothing more then a few team loads.People do learn things on their own mainly because of training like this and poor training.But why make it a costly exp to learn trucking on your own.Remember just because you did fine on your own doesn't mean others will.The majority of them need extensive training.Why should the motoring pubic including fine exp trk drivers be the subject of all the very poorly trained drivers.
     
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  8. Flatbedn

    Flatbedn Road Train Member

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    Well if 80% of all accidents are at fault to the 4 wheelers and lack of training has been going on for years, statistics prove what your saying isn't the case pattyj. Your saying lack of training is getting the fine motoring public killed, yep the same ### hole 4 wheelers that have no problem crossing 5 lanes of traffic before the blinker flashes twice to exit.

    Didn't you get your training at Werner? Were you ######## then that training should have been better?
     
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  9. bulldog522002

    bulldog522002 Light Load Member

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    I first drove otr in 1978 at the age of 23. Before that I started hauling coal at the age of 18 in Oh,WV,and KY. During my time hauling coal,I went up and down some of the steepest,slickest hills you can imagine grossing 120,000 lbs. on 5 axles. Also traveled some of the most crooked roads you can imagine. The first otr co. I drove for was pulling a flat bed.I went to a 1 day orientation to learn how to fill out a log book and took off for Pittsburgh,PA. that night. Drove over the road for 12 years without an accident. My point is,you can't put every new driver in the same category without knowing their back ground.
     
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  10. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I got my cdl thru a college and yes went thru Werner.I had one of the best trainers.Never had and accident or jack knife since I've been driving.At least Werner is 6 weeks or longer but I do blame companies for turning students loose even after the required so many hrs behinf the wheel when the students are not ready.Lack of training has been going on for yrs and look how many certified newbies have had accidents too.Nobody including and mainly carriers don't take training serious like they should.They take it as more subsidy money for them.Just because 4 wheelers have more accidents then the trks do,that doesn't mean this industry should limit their training hrs behind the wheel.
     
  11. Flatbedn

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    But your totally missing the point. Anytime a Werner trainee is driving the trainer is sleeping. That isn't training. I know based on several people here at Melton that came from Werner and were trainers or were being trained all said the same thing.

    So please explain how running team loads is the same as someone holding your hand as you imply students need? Either your cut out for this or your not. Plain and simple there it is.
     
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