New driver starting in winter months

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by milby, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. milby

    milby Light Load Member

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    So I’ve finally decided to pull the trigger and start my trucking career. My plan is to go with CFI.

    im looking at starting the school at Crowder around the first of October. That would put me with a trainer around the first of November which would put me in my own truck at the beginning of December.

    would it be better to wait until early spring to avoid the worst of the winter just starting out or should I just jump right in?
     
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  3. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Just jump right in.

    It might be a mild winter.

    It also might not.

    You gotta learn how to drive in ####ty weather, might as well start right off.

    Even if you work for a company that wants you to shut down in snow, sometimes you still gotta go 100 miles to a place to shut down.
     
  4. MiFamilyGuy

    MiFamilyGuy Light Load Member

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    You're going to drive in the snow eventually. Nothing wrong with learning in it. I went to truck school in the middle of winter. The timing was coincidental but I'm glad it worked out that way.
     
  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Years ago I when I started out on a flatbed, December 1 first load out, run up to WI, snowed, wrestled tarps in snow, DH to Chicago in snow, reload and tarp in snow.

    It makes you enjoy your job, and you learn tricks.
    I didn’t have a trainer either, they just threw me in a truck, and took off, I didn’t know anything about tarps, and even tarped it backwards, then sat back and looked at it and seen the right way, so I pulled the back tarp back and put it under the front tarp, but you’ve got to use your imagination to succeed, not all the times will there be someone there to show/tell something
     
  6. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    As others have stated, eventually you'll end up in the spit. Training in winter gives you an advantage for your education, you'll hopefully be with a driver who throws some iron and you can learn. It beats learning by yourself after you've gotten too comfortable (usually happens 6-9mo in) in good weather.
     
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  7. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    Yes and no in winter

    Jumping in with no experience on the road in winters is tough, but doable

    Jumping in might teach good habits from the get go due to being more cautious
     
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  8. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    Jump right in, and remember...

    It might be -28 in North Dakota, but it’s a dry cold.
     
  9. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    You just prefer the cold because Kentuckians move slower than Translyvanians in the snow.
     
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  10. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    You know me too well...
     
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  11. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    You just have to remember some in the snow and ice. Always pull the trailer, on ramps and around corners. Don't let the trailer push your tractor, because when your do the trailer is in control of your truck. The trailer will always want to keep going straight. When your pulling the trailer your in control of the trailer.

    The skidding or spinning tire ( to much power to drive tires) will always want to lead and come to front. That's how a jacknife gets started.

    Don't use Jake/engine brake in snow or ice or the cruise control
     
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