Team Driving Tips

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Mar 15, 2021.

  1. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    So I'm going to be taking my class A CDL test in 2 months and I already have a pre-hire to Roadtex in NJ. I was told by the recruiter i would be doing team driving coast to coast Driving reefer no touch freight. I know the truck can be a crowded place and I was wondering did any of the veterans here have any tips on driving team for a rookie just starting his truck driving career in a few short weeks
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Put your personal stuff in a flexible duffle bag. Don't use a hard suitcase.
     
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  4. Hyweighman

    Hyweighman Medium Load Member

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    Pack light. Hope you get a good trainer.
     
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  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    Yea, dont do it :p i did it for 5 years with my dad and while we are family we had more then one fight in the rig....

    In all seriousness though, keep your crap to 1 duffel and 1 bag on the bed at most. If the truck doesnt have a bunk bring a sleeping bag to avoid.....issues. If your a smoker go with a smoker, if not go with a non smoker or you will be misrable. Avoid talking politics if you can it never ends well. Get a single can headset to listen to music or books to avoid waking up your team driver and be legal.

    Dont reuse mountain dew bottles.
     
  6. Cobrakaiguy

    Cobrakaiguy Light Load Member

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    It’s going to be tough, pack very light as the guy you are going with will prob have a ton more stuff then you, hopefully you get a truck with two bunks. Bring a sheet to put over the lower bunk so you are not sleeping on other peoples shizz.

    Headphones will be a great way to get away, as you don’t know what music the other person likes, I rode 3 weeks with a trainer who had to play am church radio 24/7 even though he watched porn while in the bunk and driving and swore like a sailor, ( company said good trainers are hard to find) even after sending them video of him in a road rage fit trying to run car off the interstate. They need to make a worse trainer section as I could go on a week about this..... I would just drive solo plenty of coma-miles around that area that will hire you, what cents per mile are they paying.
     
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  7. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Anything you do in trucking will be an adventure, trust me on this. Teaming is just about a necessity. At least in the beginning. Another thread on here rags on doing a dollar general account delivery. I would consider it a challenge, not run from it. Same with NYC deliveries. Heck, you want to be a truck driver ? So, get in the truck and drive it Son !
     
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Start sleeping next to a running lawnmower so you learn to sleep next to a reefer. Aslo, ask the people in your life to lie to you about EVERYTHING and make you wait several hours for any appointment. This should make you feel at home when your boss makes appointments nobody can meet and then blames you for being late. Practice paying strangers to hold any important papers you have a d only return those to you after you pay them hundreds of dollars.

    Reefer is the most sewage-like sector of the trucking industry. Detention pay is a lie as the shipper, receivers, and dispatchers all have their tricks to guarantee you never recieve more than 20% of the detention pay you expect.
     
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  9. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

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    When your lead driver is in the sleeper, do not slam the door or talk to toll booth attendants.
     
  10. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Road Train Member

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    Good advice.. Hand says : He can't go to sleep in a moving truck leaving Columbus, MS. I say by the time we get to El Paso, you will be sleeping like a baby. I could even sleep in one sitting still, idling. I woke up and
    we are still and Edgar ain't in the seat. Look out his side mirror expecting him to be coming back up to get in
    Nope, twist and look out the RH mirror, to see him still around there. Nope... Lay back flat to give him time to
    have been behind the trailer and make it in. Nope.... A car's head light's are coming up the road toward me.
    Solution.. Edgar had been blazing across the sand east of Needles and got bagged. Had left me asleep with the engine idling, hand valve down and patrol car delivered to the judge. Paid and returned to the roadside.
    A good team can adjust to each other and cover some miles.
     
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  11. Capacity

    Capacity Heavy Load Member

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    Great idea the lawn mower , i was thinking put washing machine on waterbed with 2 cement blocks in it.
     
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