Probably fired and want more training

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by They Call Me Miss Frizzle, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

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    Sometimes you are handed really crummy equipment. The old chain latch system on trailers really is horrible if you don't have a large hook. I learned to carry a bungee cord after losing a hinge. But it was the right door, on a foggy night with terrible visibility. I had already gotten out and looked, but when I put the truck in reverse it obviously came unchained (whomever designed that system should be shot). So I bumped the dock and broke a hinge. I shouldn't have to re-engineer equipment to drive.
     
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  3. They Call Me Miss Frizzle

    They Call Me Miss Frizzle Bobtail Member

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    Update: literally less than 2 days after while waiting for my company to decide on my incident, I was hit in a hit and run at a truck stop. Literally more damage than all three of my accidents combined. He got my hood mirror, my hood, and my tire 8769CFC9-73F0-40B3-A5CA-6CC64CF3D217.jpeg 12C4620C-2B4C-424E-8977-03B708EB4998.jpeg 4C8CE9EC-7EF0-4A78-9DA9-882907EF2270.jpeg 50D5EE21-13B9-4844-A719-FFB2E5C43DE0.jpeg 4B728FDB-6671-4349-B33D-0EB488500AA6.jpeg 47725A07-6B3C-41E8-A609-F7DC26571F63.jpeg and everything.
     
  4. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    My first brand new trainer truck got hit three times in two months, nothing major.. only one of the drivers was bothered to say anything. He had hit the truck where it was already hit.. so why would I bust him for hitting a dent. But this nonsense of tearing things up and acting like its part of the job is just sad,
     
  5. BackwoodsGA

    BackwoodsGA Road Train Member

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    3 rd accident in 7 months??Maybe the wrong profession.
     
  6. They Call Me Miss Frizzle

    They Call Me Miss Frizzle Bobtail Member

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    It is entirely possible. I am dating someone with 5 years experience who can dock jackknifed. It averages out to “a decent driver.” It’s like when you order fries around your girlfriend and it’s automatically “our fries...”
     
  7. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Word right there, sister.
     
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Even if a company did, it’s entirely possible a recommendation not to hire somebody would go ignored.

    We have one genius that should’ve been cut loose a long time ago. He rode with 2 different drivers for a month each, both of which told the TM not to hire this guy. The TM hired him anyway.

    About 2 months later the idiot tore the roof off a straight truck under a clearly marked low bridge.
     
  9. happy ex-driver

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    I'm sorry this is happening to you. I went through the same thing a few years ago, my trainer was a complete sexist and never let me back during my training otr. He made comments like I should go home to my husband and stop trying to play trucker. He let his personal opinions get in the way of my successful training. I ended up getting out of a semi for awhile because my confidence just wasn't there and I applied to be a jockey driver locally. After a year, I was able to back those trailers in, of any size, like a champ. I suggest stepping away from the big rig and get yourself more comfortable with the maneuvers being a jockey truck. After 2 years or so, give otr another try. It will be a difference in how it handles but you'll be better prepared with the mental muscle movements that need to be applied and adjusted. Hope this helps, don't let anyone bring you down, nothing but a bunch of uppity men in this industry eager to run their mouths. Block it out, do you.
     
  10. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    Unless there is a time crunch or an extremely difficult place, Trainees should do ALL the backing. but I understand the "me tarzan you jane" issue with some trainers. Its excessive in husband / wife scenarios.
     
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  11. Trucking in Tennessee

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    I don't care anymore. My GF ran over a gator in the road. Darn recap still full of tread and laying on its side. $1346 I had to eat to fix her car.
     
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