I Start With Averitt in January 2012

Discussion in 'Averitt' started by bigmikectn, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. bigmikectn

    bigmikectn Medium Load Member

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    Day 3: We had a one hour maintenance orientation and the rest of the day was taken up by safety class. If you don't like to follow rules or pay attention to detail, Averitt isn't the place for you. They do not seem like too much to ask of a driver, but some folks don't want to do anything but pick up and deliver. I guess that is why the pre-hiring process is so extensive to even get on at Averitt. I loved the fact that the safety director that directed the class wouldn't put up with endless "what if" questions that can so easily get out of hand and take up half a day to answer. Any of those kinds of questions he was glad to answer, but only on breaks.

    Tomorrow is Truckload orientation and then I meet my Fleet manager and will be on my way back home. I got all my training paperwork and will meet my trainer on Sunday and off we go.

    I talked with a couple of drivers who have been with the company for awhile and were there just to attend the safety class. Both had great things to say about the company and were very happy they had made the move. So far, not one driver has had a bad word other than occasional frustrations that are common with driving a truck. I am really looking forward to getting the training started.
     
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  3. pmurcyard

    pmurcyard Light Load Member

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    Big mike, will you be getting home on the weekends during training?
     
  4. bigmikectn

    bigmikectn Medium Load Member

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    Yes indeed. Home weekends during training. Now, I am out of the Chattanooga terminal and so is my trainer. If my trainer was from Birmingham or something it might be different.

    I finished up orientation. Got my driver number and comdata card. I will call my trainer this afternoon and get the 911 on when to meet up with him and get this party started. I am very excited about getting back in a cab. Being with a company like Averitt makes it all that much more enjoyable.

    Thanks to Mustang, and other drivers who have helped me along the way and answered questions. I will start a new thread when my training gets started and share my adventures and misadventures.
     
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  5. iraqralph43

    iraqralph43 Road Train Member

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    Worked for Averitt for over 12 years in truckload.......then went to Iraq and drove 8 years for KBR....now that Iraq is over.asked Averitt about coming back to work........they said no way......not even if I went out with a trainer.....Averitt said it was because i hadn't driven in u.s. in the last 3 years.....lucky for me I start at Crete monday....I would have done anything to go back to Averitt...I liked it there
     
  6. mule68

    mule68 Bobtail Member

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    i worked for avverit in 2010 and like a dummy i quit there last year in jan. i am in the process of trying to go back to averitt. i have drove for several companies sinse 1991 and averitt is the best one i have drove for. like the old saying goes you dont know what you have till you lose it.like any compant they do have ther downsides but overall it is a very good company and i did make good money there
     
  7. MUSTANGGT

    MUSTANGGT Road Train Member

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    Hey man, wondering where you been. I'm still doing the same deal up and down I-65. I still stop at the BP x322 every now and then.
     
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  8. praisegod2012

    praisegod2012 Bobtail Member

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    do avverit let you take the truck home
     
  9. Trucker47

    Trucker47 Medium Load Member

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    you have to park at service center
     
  10. bigmikectn

    bigmikectn Medium Load Member

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    Hello. Sorry it's been awhile since I gave an update, but I have been super busy during road training and the last thing I have wanted to do on home time is get on the internet.

    My trainer has been fantastic. A very fun guy, but very serious when it comes to training. I haven't had much of an issue with the paperwork, trip planning and mapping, qualcomm, pre-trips, driving, etc. He has been impressed with my ability to grasp all of that very quickly. Where I suffered after not being in a truck for almost 3 years is my backing. It was coming back pretty slowly to me. He has been great at helping me. I am really thankful he is helping me with blind side backing. I never had to do that much.

    Weeks 1 and 2 went by fast with no issues. He told me he would be willing to release me to my own truck at the end of week two if it was up to him. This is my final week with him. We leave out of the Chattanooga service center tomorrow morning headed for Miami. This week he is along for the ride. I do all the planning, routing, make all the decisions...basically run the truck as if I were on my own. He can take some drive time but that is about it.

    It looks like either this Friday or next Monday I will get my own truck and be solo. I really do love Averitt thus far. Everyone seems to enjoy their job. Other drivers are nice and helpful. Customers speak to you with more respect when you show up in an Averitt uniform. I look forward to getting out on my own and putting some miles under my own truck.

    So far we have been all over the southeast and midwest. Up as far NE as Jersey and as far N as Wisconsin. I hit a pretty good snow storm in Indiana, but it didn't last but an hour or so.

    I would highly suggest Averitt to anyone who is looking for a new company. It has lived up to everything it has promised thus far.
     
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  11. MUSTANGGT

    MUSTANGGT Road Train Member

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    During orientation, I was amazed at how nice and respectful everyone in the company was, but wasn't entirely convinced. I thought maybe they had a hand picked crew to give a good first impression and it was a big production. I thought the curtain would be pulled back when orientation was over revealing the true company.

    But five years later I can count on one hand the number of times I have experienced borderline rude treatment at any terminal in the system. There have even been a few times that I have admittedly screwed up, expecting to catch hell for it, and I didn't.

    They run a tight ship, but seem to be forgiving of honest mistakes and the occasional lapse of judgement.
     
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