Made it through my 1st week...

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WpgEagleEye, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. NYROADIE

    NYROADIE Heavy Load Member

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    NOPE You didn't miss it! I just hope the Op dosn't get the "grass is greener" syndrome after a year or so, it sounds like a pretty darn good gig to me!
    Stick it out, learn every thing you can and leave plenty of space around you. You know about black ice now don't forget about it!:biggrin_25513:Good luck!
     
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  3. WpgEagleEye

    WpgEagleEye Bobtail Member

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    Sorry for keeping everyone in suspense. Just got home from the run tonight but checked to make sure they were alright with me posting the company that I'm with online (I've heard some companies don't like it).

    So the company that I'm working for is Len Dubois Trucking here in Winnipeg. So far it has been great, I don't see myself going anywhere anytime soon. :laughing5:
     
  4. WpgEagleEye

    WpgEagleEye Bobtail Member

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    Yea, they taught us what we needed to do to "pass the test" I'm finding out now that they should definitely extend that to at least provide some alley and blindside docking. Luckily the company I'm working for is going to help me out with this and provide the practice time with the truck. :biggrin_25514:
     
  5. WpgEagleEye

    WpgEagleEye Bobtail Member

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    So it's been a while and thought that I would provide an update. I'm still with Len Dubois Trucking and still feel that they are a great company to work for. I had a slight set back in the beginning of June when a 300lbs crate dropped on my finger. That resulted in the end bone being broken and requiring 10 stitches to close the cut that almost took the end digit of my finger off (good thing I was wearing my work gloves). Of course this had to happen on the first drop of 8. I also had a load to pick up for a drop on the way back home. After getting home and filling out the injury report I was told to take the week off to ensure it heals up properly and doesn't get re-injured.

    As far as the backing challenge goes. Well it's gotten better but some situations and tight spots are still very challenging. Recently I was trying to back into a spot in a TS and just couldn't get it int the hole. Either the trailer was getting to close and was headed for the sight side truck's headlight, or I wasn't giving myself enough room in the front to straighten out with the trailer (front end swing would hit the trucks in front of me). I eventually was able to get into a spot where another truck had pulled out leaving two open spots. All I needed was about a foot of the other spot but it's so frustrating that I still have troubles (some days are better than others). Then there are times when I get to a delivery and I'm shocked as hell that I was able to even get the truck into the yard never mind get it into their dock. I just feel bad that some drivers may look at this as a reflection on the company when they had helped me tremendously with my backing.

    Len Dubois has a recruiting/referral program so if anyone is looking to check them out I could provide you with my referral and their contact information. (honestly not intended as advertising, more informational) :toothy9:
     
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  6. jimbo47

    jimbo47 Light Load Member

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    Lol... say hello to Ken for me ...(the trainer) ..i drove team with ken when i arrived in canada (more than a few yrs ago), A real gentleman /and became a good friend .
    yeah i used to meet the Volvo now a KW on the ........run on #59 when you were heading south .
    I also worked for Dubois for 30mnths ,,not a bad firm to work for but at the time ,just a few stupid things that spoiled it for me..eg. the idle policy was not good in winter (when you drove the only truck without an APU).as it averaged across the fleet..it cost me money!
    They would need to change a member of office staff ,,but thats water under the bridge.as far as i stand.
    all in all i think you are at a well run company that treats its drivers more than fair..
    lol...there was a few real blindside reverse beautys on the KC southern AB run .
    :biggrin_25514:
     
  7. lonewolf21

    lonewolf21 Bobtail Member

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    View attachment 51642 I too worked for Len Dubois. If you want an experience, try unloading at this location. It is on a one way very busy street. When you deliver here, you are asked to arrive after 3 am so as to let the traffic die down. Even at that late hour, there is still a lot of traffic. What makes it difficult, is that it's a blind 90 degrees to get spotted at door #2, and there is a two foot meridian separating the east and west bound lanes, which leaves little room to maneuver. It is a great company to work for though.
     
  8. jimbo47

    jimbo47 Light Load Member

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    lol KC .in Regina.did it regular...the Calgary & Edmonton/Vancouver drops for Fitness D were just as bad.
    :yes2557:
     
  9. davetiow

    davetiow Bobtail Member

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    yes, the 'backing challenge', same here. somedays ok, others-yikes. best tip I've read on this forum was to pay more attention to steering the trailer tires, and anticipating how much they'll travel before they'll be where you want them. naturally the more angle between tractor and trailer the more anticipation required. seemingly small things but when it comes together it's great. and now back to practice...
     
  10. 25hz

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    Perhaps a bit of a necro, but while LDT will take drivers with little otr experience, having been with them for the last couple years. They still start at .40 per mile and only give experienced drivers another cent.
     
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  11. KillingTime

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    I bet they have a stable full of unicorns too! And a leprechaun!
    This place sounds magical!
     
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