Orientation in the morning.

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  1. Labrador

    Labrador Medium Load Member

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    Thank you, I plan on sticking around. When I was job hunting I could really see that experience was required for almost every job.
     
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  3. Labrador

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    I will do my best not to lol
     
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  4. Labrador

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    I will probably contact him, thank you.
     
  5. Labrador

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    Indeed. Drivers must get a lot of heat from the 4 wheelers. I don't really get it. When I drive my car, I like to keep my distance from semis. I don't think the general public has an appreciation of the mass involved in a tractor trailer vs car. If they were toys, it would be an 80 lb toy vs a 4 lb toy, it might be a better visual if the public thought of it that way.
     
  6. SoulScream84

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    The best advice I have about 4 wheelers is understand defensive driving. As you drive guess the dumbest thing anyone around you can do, and what steps you can take to mitigate the impact of their stupidity.

    Example: you're coming close to an exit and there's a car slightly ahead of you in the middle lane (or left lane depending on number). Expect they will likely cut you off at the last second to take the exit coming up. Had it happen to me tonight outside of Houston, and the only reason I avoided the wreck was watching him as he passed slowly playing on his phone.
     
  7. Labrador

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    I got contacted by a driver trainer finally. He sounds pretty cool, easy to understand and communicate with..So awesome! We meet tonight at about 1:30 AM, leave from Fontana Ca headed to Phoenix then off to N. Carolina. Training should take about 2 weeks. It's happening, I am very excited.
     
  8. Northern Nomad

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    Good luck, don’t get frustrated, remember we were all rookies once. And most importantly, have fun!
     
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  9. Labrador

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    Will do, thanks. Woo!
     
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  10. Labrador

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    Update
    My driver trainer had contacted me I think Wednesday early afternoon about meeting early in the morning. I met with him at 2AM at Fontana, we left for a terminal at 3AM and started headed towards phoenix at about 5:00 AM or so. I drove for about 3 hours, but I somewhat sleep deprived at this time as it had been about 24 hours since I had woken up from my last sleep. The driver trainer said we would split the sleeper berth time and he took over, I was to sleep in the top bunk while he continued to drive to Phoenix. I had brougth too much luggage which was all stacked in the top bunk, I barely fit up there. As he was driving the rough bouncing up and down, rocking back and forth,swinging side to side was quite rough and I realized there was no way I was going to be able to sleep. I tried for 2 hours laying there,the ride was too rough. We were going to do 14 days of this, non stop team driving (which I never really wanted to do but this was what I could get). I told the driver trainer there was no way I was going to be able to do this because there was no way I could sleep under these circumstances. I am back home now, not really happy about the situation at all, feeling pretty low to say the least.

    Ideal would be a training situation where you train with trainer during the HOS,then the truck stops and you sleep either in the truck not moving, at a truck stop or similar, or at a hotel/motel. I thought they used to do it this way. Is this no longer the practice?
     
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  11. Labrador

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    Oh also, my advice to a new that will train in a team driving situation...PACK LIGHT! Don't worry about wearing the same clothes several days. Pack as light as you possibly can.
     
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