Should I quit and move on, or should I not?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Looking for advice, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Looking for advice

    Looking for advice Bobtail Member

    Sep 17, 2016
    Hello,quick question. I am a new CDL holder (Dec 28th) I have been team driving with a owner operator since Jan. 28th and I want to quit. I haven’t learned anything but how too drive straight no backing no pulling I up to get fuel. I can pump he did teach me that. I’m making $500 a week for training but I’m not being trained and let’s not talk about the way he yells at me if I’m not driving 70mph. But anyway I am going to apply with Prime so I can be trained and wanted to know will his company show up on any reports that a mega carrier checks for because I don’t plan on putting him down on the appaclation.
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Let's flip it around.

    You should be thankful you don't have to back, you should be grateful you can do 70. (Actually need to in order to make some of your appts etc) and you will discover that the employment history will dig up him and his company as a employer. You will have to wait 10 years before that becomes literal history as many of my bad employers did. I don't even mention them any more after 10 years. They no longer exist and all the problems I had including blacklisting goes away at that point. Poof.

    I don't know about the haven't learned anything. If you are having good driving time and enjoying life then that's what matters. If you are under a cloud and get ornery because there is a big problem when driving, then by all means find another employer before this eats you up. You only have one life. Why waste it in the salt mine?
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Prime will find out so you better list the owner-operator. He probably won't give you a glowing recommendation.
    Here's two companies to try though that probably will hire you.
    Western Express -
    No Recent Experience? No Problem.
    We’ve pioneered the industry’s first “REFRESHER” program for drivers who have a CDL but didn’t attend truck driving school.
    Patriot Transport Inc. - Carol Stream, Illinois - has their own cdl training & refresher program.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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  5. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Is this with a large company, like Knight, that this operator is leased on to, or is this an independent operator?
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  6. al_huryn

    al_huryn Medium Load Member

    Apr 19, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Have you asked him when he plans on showing you how to back? Yelling is a bit subjective. My kid, 28 now, thought anything more than a whisper was yelling at him. However, that too should be addressed with him. Let him know you dont appreciate the yelling and to tone it down. If he cant be professional, leave.
  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I don't mind a yeller. If he knows his ####. Just need to be able to take it going the other way back at him.

    Im one of those people from the docks by the ocean, if I need your attention a half mile away, I'll roar. And you will hear it. Yelling is not roaring.
  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011

    My god don't take anyone yelling at you, screw that.
  9. Adkjeeper

    Adkjeeper Bobtail Member

    Feb 11, 2019
    Who ever suggested he should be lucky not to be backing the rig, is way off line. You NEED to know what your doing when your backing and going forward, I was an instructor with prime many years ago. They are a good company, if you get another person that yells and does not teach you. Stand up for yourself immediately, you need to have as much knowledge as you can receive in the first part of your career. Yelling does absolutely nothing except to make the small cab of the truck uncomfortable. So yes leave, but also understand you may encounter this again
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Some companies report to DAC and some don't. You can request a free copy of your report from You can have them send you a copy in the mail or through email. Either way you have it sent to you THEY WILL TAKE 15 DAYS TO SEND IT.

    Prime is pretty picky. If they turn you down, that's more like not getting picked to be a NY Yankee Baseball player. It's NOT getting kicked out of the league. A ton of really good trucking companies will hire drivers Prime has turned down.
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  11. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    Yep, if everybody follows the rules as set out in 391.23 Prime is going to find it out. DAC is not the issue. It is that rule. You are either going to have to account for that Gap on your application or list the carrier. This is mandated by rule. I suggest total honesty Now I want to caution you about something very important. You will undergo a yearly update on your driver qualification files. If you don't list this and Prime, later on, discovers you lied, you might be fired. You do not want a lied on the application as your reason for discharge. Do yourself a big favor and list that job.
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