YRC Driver training - Roadsidedown's journey

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by RoadSideDown, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. nmill

    nmill Light Load Member

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    Yeah that wouldn't be too great to have to wait forever to see if you'd even have a driver job lined up. I'd ask the drivers or terminal manager how many guys are ahead of you. From my understanding more freight should be coming in through the merging of all the companies yrc is doing but I wouldn't hold my breath.
     
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  3. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Road Train Member

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    The dock is a hazard!!!
     
  4. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Road Train Member

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    Home yes, but it is to sleep and not have fun with family. You will be missing out on what others are doing during the day unless you decide to stay up for 14-16 hours.
     
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  5. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Road Train Member

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    Your days usually last 14 hours sooo by the time you get home you are starving and land in bed only in time to wake up and do it again. Then try to imagine flipping your sleep schedule for your two days off to hang out with your loved ones. It's not as easy as it sounds.
     
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  6. RoadSideDown

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    The only thing I don’t like about dock work is it is much more grime on the clothes and more exposed to the weather. So I have to wear my driving clothes which are nicer and less bulky, but also have to have my dock clothes in case I do that. And if I switch between them it takes about a half hour to go back and forth to the parking lot, change clothes, switch gear bags etc. forgot the thicker socks today and ended up on the dock all day (unusual) so my feet froze in 26* chill.

    My forklift work is vastly better these days. I am untangling tilted, broken and out of reach pallets that seemed impossible a month ago. My driving is either delivering volume loads to big customers, substitute on a route the driver is out for the day, or just miscellaneous P&D left overs. So far a different beater truck each day. One didn’t have a power socket for my phone and GPS so now I carry a large battery pack to power all my electronics, just in case. I enjoy whatever truck and route I can get. Learning new sites and skills every day and backing keeps improving. Hauled a pup for the first time on the job and what a trip backing it was! I forgot how quick they respond and greatly over steered at first dock. Any drive is a good drive when you are low man!
     
  7. RoadSideDown

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    Yeah I initially was going for line haul but when I saw the night schedule I bailed for day time P&D. It would be nice to do some longer hauls like that but the night schedule is a killer. Respect for those who do it even if they drive in their jammies in those newer trucks with auto and don’t know what the inside of a trailer looks like or what end of a pallet jack goes where. LOL! I’ll take day time city rush hours in a semi over that.
     
  8. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Road Train Member

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    Everyone always leaves out the dirty details about setting up triples andddddd maybe having to do multiple stops along your route. They also don't mention having to fish out those trailers when noooo one is there to help. It's really hard work in the dark and cold.
     
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  9. Richierich76

    Richierich76 Light Load Member

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    Yes I have mad respect for the night line haul driver's. I ran with Estes for 3 months on the east coast and went back to industrial maintenance. The nights were taking a toll on me and my family fast
     
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    Once you learn to back the dolly hooking triples is a breeze..
     
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  11. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Road Train Member

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    That's great if you have a nice yard, most have trailers parked 3 deep
     
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