rookie question

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by bad wrench, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. bad wrench

    bad wrench Bobtail Member

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    RickG like you never made a mistake or was a rookie. I am glad that you were not my instructor you and my former trainer should get together to se how has the bigger ego.
     
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  3. Hanadarko

    Hanadarko Independent Owner/Operator

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    8 tries to get your license is a bit excessive. But you DID do it and I guess that's what counts...

    But man, ...8 tries? :biggrin_25521:

    Did you have to pay for each road test? That could be spendy! :biggrin_25526:
     
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  4. NYROADIE

    NYROADIE Heavy Load Member

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    Thats easy for you to say now, you have no clue what the OP is like. Ever hear of nerves? What if he bumped the curb or screwed up the pre-trip on the first test? The rest could be just a bad case of nerves.
     
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  5. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    And on the second , third , fourth , fifth , sixth , and seventh tests ? :biggrin_25513: .
    Carriers don't give that many chances . CDL mills will to get their money .
     
  6. rogueunh

    rogueunh Road Train Member

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    I can care less how many times it took this guy to get his CDL. He stuck with it and got it, as long as he can safely drive the truck, what difference does it make?

    I know someone that took 5 times to pass Business Stats when I was in college. He passed eventually and understood it.

    I like rooting for the underdog, I hope this guy makes it. Anyone willing to work hard I root for in this country.
     
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  7. Gizmo_Man

    Gizmo_Man Road Train Member

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    You obviously either live under a rock, or have a very high opinion of thyself.

    Some people will have "nerves of steel", some will have "nerves of spaghetti".
    Do YOU EVEN KNOW the stress involved when you are at the DMV and someone IS WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE?

    HELL NO, you been driving what, 35 years now? How did you get YOUR license? DID YOU FORGET what you went through? You obviously did. Maybe "back in your day", all you HAD to do was show up, take a picture, and you're done, NO ROAD TEST AT ALL!!!

    Everyone handles thier life and thier foibles their way. Some do things right the first time, while others take MORE TIME to do so.

    What I'd like to know is, "what is YOUR problem, with him taking more than one time to get his license on his first try"?

    Well I'll tell you what, Mr. Perfect, it took ME 3 tries to get my license, over 20 years ago. LONG BEFORE there ever was the CDL and the testing the newbies HAVE to go through.

    I hold Safety Awards for safe driving, and I was often asked to help out and train newbies, when I ran the road.

    What you say about MY tries and subsequent Safety Awards???

    It's just too bad, many of US are NOT PERFECT like you even think you are.

    I wish the newbie all the best, and when he gets his first Safety Award?? I'd like for him to come back here and jam it into your face.
     
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    10-4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

     
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  9. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    OK, bad wrench, you are not the first, nor will you be the last recruit to get stuck with a trainer that should not be training. I am wondering if you should take your concerns and questions to your safety department. I honestly don't know if that would be the right thing to do or not. You should have a better handle on that than I do.


    But don't let that one trainer, (or for that matter, the negative comments on this board,) get inside your head. You apparently are one of these folks who has the stamina to do whatever it takes to get you where you want to go. More power to you.
     
  10. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    That's the problem with the whole trainer/trainee process. #1, there are few (in any field) who are actually good at "teaching". #2, in trucking, too often the ones doing the training are the ones who MOST have no business being in the training side of things. They are too inefficient to make adequate income on their own, so they become a "trainer" to try and boost their income.

    I also realize, there are a lot of trainees who for whatever reason are not compatible with a given trainer. There are no simple answers and these sorts of issues will be a permanent part of the process, I fear. I think much of the responsibility should fall on the schools. I feel they have too much incentive to pass students through who have should probably never enter the trucking trade (profession, excuse me) in the first place. I think there needs to be a more robust "pre-screening and testing" process before being enrolled and committed to the driver training process(es) but obviously that would never work if was the schools who did the pre-screening.
     
  11. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

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    How would the mega carriers keep a revolving door going? I do agree with you though.

    One thing I liked at my company during training was the guy in charge of the training program asked me every time I saw him how my trainer and I were doing together as far as personality. It showed he understood that regardless of driving and teaching abilities between the two people, personalities don't always work out. I've actually known quite a few people that had to switch trainers here and it didn't turn into one of those trainer jumping trainee stories that never finish training you hear about so often.

    They seem to have 3 or so trainers that are the "will handle anyone" guys after a trainee has been kicked off another truck. Seems to be a good system. The guy I had for training is one of them. I talk to him often still and he's always getting someone who had problems with another trainer. I think I'm the only guy he had that actually started out fresh from school with him.
     
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