New Driver, Getting Exhausted With Trainer

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by jmarc77, Jun 21, 2022.

  1. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    You said it's a short training period. Sounds like he's trying to cram as much experience and knowledge into as possible in that short time. Are you sure you want the alternative?

    Might also be trying to break you to let the company know you're not going to work out.

    Hang in there. Character doesn't build itself. Six months from now you'll track him down just to shake his hand.
     
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  3. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Road Train Member

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    Exactly. Get it over with and behind you. Once you get your own truck it becomes easy. The training period is always the hardest, although it sounds like you are getting an extra helping.
     
  4. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    Just to be contrary -

    What if the trainer is bending over backwards to give the trainee time to do things? What would take him 30 minutes and a "average" trainee an hour is taking 1.5-2 hours. That means there is less time to pop into the truck stop, etc.

    Last week was a 5 day, 2,200 mile week averaging a 13 hour day start to finish. Easy customers, all drop and hook, 4 loads in total. Trainee thought I was pushing too hard. By myself no day would have been over 11 hours, start to finish and that would include a nap.
     
  5. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    That's a pretty darn good point too.
     
  6. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Poor trainer: "I haven't had a shower in two weeks because of this new guy. He's running me ragged!! Took us three hours to strap down a crate yesterday." :D
     
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  7. rpad139

    rpad139 Heavy Load Member

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    Hot weather right now, combined with a hot diesel engine running, blazing sun .Looking like the killing fields out there for them drivers.
     
  8. supergreatguy

    supergreatguy Heavy Load Member

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    Does your trainer happen to be chewing on one them uhhh toothpicks?¿
     
  9. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Light Load Member

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    For the record, we've been in and out of all of our shippers and receivers as fast or faster than most of the other trucks there. I'm sure my trainer can do it faster than I can, I've been doing this two weeks, he's been doing it for 15 years. I do understand the point you are making, but I don't believe that is the case.
     
  10. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

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    Is your trainer a lease operator?
     
  11. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Wrong. You can't DRIVE after you get 14 hours in, but you can continue to work without driving 24/7 for the rest of your life without violating HOS.
     
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