Company asked if I might be interested in training, anyone done it?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Lennythedriver, Oct 18, 2021.

  1. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

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    Well I must be doing something right because I got approached today and asked if I would possibly be interested in becoming a trainer. I was told I can train as often or as little as I like. They structure it so you get the same cents per mile. Plus $100 per day for each day of training. Could add up to some nice $2000 weeks. The requirements are you must be awake and in the passenger seat at all times the trainee is driving.

    My reservations are I’m a control freak when it comes to things like this. I’m not really comfortable unless I’m at the wheel. Even sitting in the passenger seat with an experienced driver much less someone who’s never driven before. Lol it’s just the way my brain is wired. If I’m going to kill myself I want to do it myself. Not have someone do it for me.

    Also, Kind of set in my ways and sometimes I can be a slob in the bunk. I might not sleep so well with another person in their with me.

    Anyone done it before? Did you enjoy it, pros / cons? Etc.

    idk, seems like just another way to die prematurely to me. Lol I recall some of those guys I went to school with and there’s just no way. Lol
     
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  3. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    I could never do it . Just imagine how many disgusting slobs you would end up stuck with in your truck for weeks at a time
     
  4. Don379

    Don379 Medium Load Member

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    Im not so sure that it means they think you are doing it right. I think it means nobody else wants to do it. Think about the consequences and how sometimes money just aint worth it.
    Take a look at some of the bottom dwellers that are now being put into seats. More than 3/4 of them reek of curry im sure
     
  5. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    First, are you patient?
    Second, do you like being around people at all?
    Third are you able to teach new skills to people, meeting them where they are to bring them along?
    Fourth do you have at least a FULL realistic experience of the various seasons in driving a semi?
    Fifth, can you confidently accept where you may have blind spots? (Ie, humility)

    If the answer to any of these is "no" then you should not train no matter the pay
     
  6. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

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    Yes to all, but a few with reservations. I’m patient, but if I get a trainee who is one of those Noah dolls, shows up with his fingerless leather gloves and his hat on backwards and has an attitude, my patients probably would be out the window on the first day.
    I am by nature patient though.
    I like people, but I definitely would not be training full-time. Maybe one week out of the month. Or maybe I’ll train someone for like three weeks straight through and then not do it for a month or two.
    Driven in all weather.
    I think the last part you’re referencing constructive criticism directed at me? Yes I can take constructive criticism. But how would that work coming from someone new?
     
  7. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

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    Hay now curry is fine at least it tastes good and smells nice imo. Its the drivers who smell like rotting meat crossed with rancid diarrhea you need to watch out for.

    That being said trust me when i say this is one fruit where the juice is NOT worth the squeeze in most cases. At least if you enjoy not hateing people, humans and all life in general.
     
  8. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    I am also a very patient and realistic person . But once I realize someone is a selfish scumbag , all that friendliness goes out the window
     
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  9. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    The last bit is because teachers that lack humility about questions they dont know tend to be bad at their jobs with people that DO have some experience in that domain because they get defensive. Its not pointed at you at all, its a muscle that many dont excersise and then forget they have.

    Case example, maybe a guy drove for 20 years, quit for 12 years and came back to it, he may only really need a refresher and has more actual driving experience than you, but the company will require you to "train" him for a week, how would you deal with that?

    Also, age may and may not be a problem, if youre 27 and a fresh cdl grad is 57, we are trained to recognise age as authority, but thats a situation where the roles are flipped, will you be able to coach someone 30 years your senior in a way that helps them learn instead of making them mad that a young whippersnapper is teaching them? This is a soft people skill that really very few are aware of having or not. And that one is extra tricky because THEY might not even know theyre classifying you as "young kid"

    The specific kind of person that may set you off is just what id call a growing edge, gotta meet people where they are, wont probably change their viewpoint on much outside of the narrow field of trucking expertise you bring to the table, its unlikely that youre going to be able to change their wardrobe choices in a few weeks. Gotta appreciate humanity's capacity for variance and roll with it or move on
     
  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    How long you been driving?
     
  11. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

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    39 months,
    418,000 miles now
    Zero violations, tickets accidents
    Zero late loads.

    Only I’m not sure if I’m happy with the company I’m at right now. In fact if you read some of my old posts I was thinking about leaving them.
     
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