Critical Event

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  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Hi,

    Today is my first day with my TE and to get to the point I had two critical events; the first one i got in the left lane to make a left hand turn, but there was a stop light less than 100 feet away and I didn’t brake soon enough to come to a smooth stop, instead I hit the breaks a little too hard (I wasn’t going fast either) and it came to a rough stop. The second one was when I had to turn right, I was trying to make sure my trailer had enough clearance and when I knew it did I turned too hard to the right and I’m pretty sure I should’ve turned a little slower as well. With that being said, I woke up at 6 am because I wanted to be early/on time when my TE arrived, which was supposed to be at 9 am (he got there at 9:40) and I started driving at around 4:30; I was doing just fine in my opinion until those two critical events, obviously (both happened at night), but due to this being my first job and being tired I had to make the choice to let my TE take over at 7 and I think we’re supposed to drive until 9. Needless to say I feel like a bit of a failure and I just started working again after taking 2 weeks off from Schneider due to my grandpa passing away. I guess what I’m looking for is an honest opinion on my current situation.

    Best regards, John
     
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  3. Coffey

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  4. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Basically a road instructor, we’re on the road hauling freight
     
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  5. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

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    Go ahead and quit find a company that doesn't get mad at you for not knowing when every light will change.
     
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  6. Coffey

    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    Ok thank and I wouldn't worry atlest you notice what you did wrong now all you got to do is improve it next time
     
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  7. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Actually my instructor was quite understanding both times and even said I wasn’t going very fast for either/he’d help explain things if my company calls, it’s just me I suppose, simply want to do better
     
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  8. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

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    TE = Training Engineer(?) LOL

    Seriously, nobody is going to care about those critical events as long as you don't keep on doing it.
     
  9. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Hell I don’t know what TE stands for haha I thought somebody could tell me
     
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    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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  11. Lpirtle

    Lpirtle Light Load Member

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    Not a critical event; but I did get a logbook violation on my first week of phase 2 training with Rohel. Left the receiver in Nashville with 1 hour and 30 minutes left on my 14, ended up being 15 minutes in violation when I pulled into the nearest truck stop due to traffic. The Dispatcher called me asking about the violation but nothing more came from it.
    Its like others said, just don't keep making the same mistakes and you will be fine.
     
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