Packing List for Students

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by notarps4me, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. MrLucky

    MrLucky Bobtail Member

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    Thanks to all for your great advice. I will be doing orientation in a couple of weeks, and this thread is invaluable.
    I do have a (perhaps stupid) question: since I will be training in July/August, is there any problem with substituting a couple of pair of shorts for pants? While I was in trucking school, we were forbidden to wear shorts, without any explanation other than "because I'm the Daddy and I said so." Is there some rationale (safety, common sense, trucking fashion faux pas) for not wearing shorts while driving?
    Thanks again.
     
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  3. statikuz

    statikuz Medium Load Member

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    I don't see a problem with wearing shorts. I suppose a company could make it part of their safety policy, but I don't see any logical reason why. I have had similar "no shorts" jobs.
     
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  4. Tricky Nick

    Tricky Nick Light Load Member

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    Every company I have seen or worked for allows thier drivers to wear shorts...sounds like your instructor had issues. I went to Road Master and our instructors were wearing shorts.
     
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  5. Rollover the Original

    Rollover the Original Road Train Member

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    Just have long pants anyway as there are some shippers and receivers that go by OSHA regs and that is no shorts. Especially if you do flat bed and go to union sites or hazmat loads. Some freezers you might find a tad bit nippley so shorts would not be "cool" while standing in a long line checking in! My list at # 168 can be adjusted a bit just remember if it doesnt fit you don't need it!
     
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  6. MrLucky

    MrLucky Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, Rollover, that makes sense (as much sense as gov't. regs can make).
     
  7. dobber

    dobber Bobtail Member

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    i just recentlly graduated from the swift trucking academy and got my class a cdl in richmond virginia .i attended orientation for 3 days and got sent home yesterday because they had no trainers ...any idea on how long it takes to get a trainer so i can hit the road
     
  8. cookie278

    cookie278 Medium Load Member

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    I don't know about your area but here in the NW its been under a week, so with luck you won't have too long of a wait.
     
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  9. dobber

    dobber Bobtail Member

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    hope not......im ready to go ...but i guess thats the life of a truck driver ...your either hauling ### or sitten still
     
  10. tmf73069

    tmf73069 Bobtail Member

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    Cash. Keep it simple. trainers already have their trucks stuffed. No more than two bags. A backpack to carry shower supplies and cloths and etc. The second if needed, should be small and should carry your surplus. Map, pens, cellphone charger etc. Remember you are not staying for long. This is not your truck. Keep your stuff put away in your bags. Keep portable.
     
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  11. djtrucker

    djtrucker Light Load Member

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    hello all im new so pls forgive
    i am 31, i have always dreamed of being an otr driver i have heard good and horrible things about all companies, that being said i have chose stevens. can anyone give me a detailed list of must haves for school and otr training? Are there things they dont tell you that you will need in order to"supply" them only to be charged out the rear for later
    thanks in advance
    and thank you for delivering america!
     
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