Are there companies where I don't have to live with a trainer?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by newenglandtruckin, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Driver91

    Driver91 Medium Load Member

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    Watkins Shepard is 2 weeks. And you are in a hotel every night. The same room at the same hotel. They have orientation in conover nc and Missoula, MT
     
  2. joesmoothdog

    joesmoothdog Heavy Load Member

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  3. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

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    Those 2 guys, it seemed where running team long term. Not a relatively short term training scenario. Still, it is a bad deal all the way around. Co-drivers should be able to be big boys, and act like it. At least until they get back to the yard. That was both their faults. Knowing they didn't get along was developing into an unsafe situation for one or both of them, they both should have just told the company no the last time they where in a yard.
     
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  4. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

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    First, I hate the "Not Rocket Science" reference. I always find that so insulting. I was Air Force Academy with my first degree in Nuclear Engineering. Physics has always been very easy to me. Driving a truck, for me, is a much more complex adventure. It uses a different part of my brain. We all have talents that are different from others. Thinking that trucking does not require brains is just a recipe for disaster. The first time you turn right into a parking lot without taking a second to remember that there is a 53 foot trailer behind you, you are going to take out a pole or corner of a building. Yes you don't have to do the math but your brain must do those calculations without delay and get them correctly. Bringing a rig to a complete stop in heavy traffic in an emergency requires your brain to figure out rolling friction problems that are very complexes. You do it in 1.5 seconds or you crash. Back into a dock you are using Trig to figure out what angles to use. The only difference between a trucker and a Rocket Scientist is that if Rockets all blew up tomorrow, truckers would bring new ones to the launch pads.
     
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  5. Riffman

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    I trained at May Trucking, my trainer was a real cool guy. Most of the trainers I met there were good folks. Also, Having a person that you can talk to after you get off your trainer truck and get your own was awesome. I don't hear many stories of trainers stabbing trainees while they're sleeping. It usually happens while they're shifting.
     
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  6. Riffman

    Riffman Light Load Member

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    Any a you guys call me Francis!?.... I'll kill ya.
     
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  7. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

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    It wouldn't be any fun to stab someone in their sleep. If I thought someone needed it, I'd want them to know why, and more importantly, when it was going to happen. I can't foresee ever wanting to do that anyway. I've had some serious screwed up trainees. Even a few who threatened my physically. But I never contemplating hurting any of them. Well, beyond self defense anyway.
     
  8. rickybobby

    rickybobby Road Train Member

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    I wouldn't worry about the trainer. I would be more concern about, sharing a hotel room at orientation with a stranger.
     
  9. 03machwon

    03machwon Light Load Member

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    Not always true, myself, got my licence at a cheap school that only taught the minumm to pass the road test. Then got my first job, Day 1, ppwk orientation, Morning of day 2, did some local work in a 379 day cab with another driver, afternoon, put all my stuff in my otr truck, Day 3, sent out alone on a run From Winnipeg, MB to somewhere in SC.
     
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