Truckers Face Many Challenges

Truckers Face Many Challenges

There are 6 comments on the Packaging-Online story from Dec 16, 2007, titled Truckers Face Many Challenges. In it, Packaging-Online reports that:

Domestic truckers face numerous challenges in the months ahead, says Mark Martin of Swift Transportation, who spoke on the subject as part of a transportation panel discussion at the Paper Stock Industries Fall ... via Packaging-Online

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Garrett Gustkey

Colorado Springs, CO

#1 Feb 2, 2008
I am newly graduated student from the Swift Academy of Truckers. I can not find any material on steps to correct axle weight configurations online or in books.There has to be a chance to learn the correct procedure Hands ON. How the sliders actually work we did not get the chance to adjust axle lengths or experiment with weight distribution-ourselves. In class on the range. We were never taught how to accurately access and accurately correct Axle weight or given the opportunity to have hands on trailer coupling and uncoupling. We watched as instructors did it for us, but hands on exercises by the students were non evident. There are several classes that need to be added to the curriculum.All these inconsistencies need to be addressed before we go on the road with a mentor.These incongruities will cost the transportation industry money. These items addressed would not not only increase safety substantially but also cut costs and penalties to drivers and companies.
SPECIAL K

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Mar 2, 2008
GARRETT GUSTKEY, ALL THE SCHOOL IS GOOD FOR IS GETTING YOU ROAD READY TO PASS YOUR DRIVING TEST SO THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR CDL'S. YOUR MENTOR, IF HE/SHE IS WORTH BEING A MENTOR, WILL TEACH YOU ALL THE OTHER NECESSARY THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. LUCKY ENOUGH, I COME FROM A FAMILY OF TRUCK DRIVERS AND IF IT WASN'T FOR THEM I WOULD BE UP THE ROAD WITHOUT AIR BRAKES , IF YOU UNDERSTANDING MY MEANING, IF NOT , THEN YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE DRIVING PERIOD. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT MY MENTOR SUCKED AND THAT IS PUTTING IT NICELY. SO GARRETT, IF YOUR MENTOR IS NOT TEACHING YOU, YOU CAN REQUEST ANOTHER ONE. GET SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLODGE. SO GOOD LOOK!! I WILL SAY THIS THO, COUPLING AND UNCOUPLING SHOULD BE HANDS ON TRAINING IN THE SCHOOL. IF ALL ELSE FELLS WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE ON YOUR OWN, PLEASE GET ON THE CB AND ASK A VETERAN FOR HELP BEFORE YOUR PRIDE TAKES OVER AND YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE GET YOURSELF KILLED AND MOST LIKELY TAKE SOMEONE ELSE WITH YOU. IF IT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT , THEN DON'T DO IT. JUST REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST. NO SUDDEN MOVES, KEEP IT BETWEEN THE LINES AND SUNNY SIDE UP.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#3 Mar 2, 2008
and this is one of many reasons trucking schools need to have a real set of education standards and the length of the schools need to be at least 12 weeks to make sure they know how to do things such as what he discribed.
but the basic bridge formula is the first place he needs to look and know and it will help him get his axel weights right.
SPECIAL K wrote:
GARRETT GUSTKEY, ALL THE SCHOOL IS GOOD FOR IS GETTING YOU ROAD READY TO PASS YOUR DRIVING TEST SO THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR CDL'S. YOUR MENTOR, IF HE/SHE IS WORTH BEING A MENTOR, WILL TEACH YOU ALL THE OTHER NECESSARY THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. LUCKY ENOUGH, I COME FROM A FAMILY OF TRUCK DRIVERS AND IF IT WASN'T FOR THEM I WOULD BE UP THE ROAD WITHOUT AIR BRAKES , IF YOU UNDERSTANDING MY MEANING, IF NOT , THEN YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE DRIVING PERIOD. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT MY MENTOR SUCKED AND THAT IS PUTTING IT NICELY. SO GARRETT, IF YOUR MENTOR IS NOT TEACHING YOU, YOU CAN REQUEST ANOTHER ONE. GET SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLODGE. SO GOOD LOOK!! I WILL SAY THIS THO, COUPLING AND UNCOUPLING SHOULD BE HANDS ON TRAINING IN THE SCHOOL. IF ALL ELSE FELLS WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE ON YOUR OWN, PLEASE GET ON THE CB AND ASK A VETERAN FOR HELP BEFORE YOUR PRIDE TAKES OVER AND YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE GET YOURSELF KILLED AND MOST LIKELY TAKE SOMEONE ELSE WITH YOU. IF IT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT , THEN DON'T DO IT. JUST REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST. NO SUDDEN MOVES, KEEP IT BETWEEN THE LINES AND SUNNY SIDE UP.
Tom

United States

#4 Apr 2, 2008
What do you mean get a new mentor? Havent they pulled all the trainees off the road?
NTFSP

United States

#5 Apr 2, 2008
Trucker,Truckers wives,and concerned citizens, We are protesting as we speak please if you know a trucker,owner op/company driver,mechanic,dispatcher get the word out.We started April 1st and are going tell Washington heres our demands.They have the list we are getting media attention we need to keep up the chatter in all areas. To my Canadian Counter part please help and shutdown in protest with us. You use our fuel,brokers,rates,and have the same problems please get the word out. myspace.com/cartracer24
mike G

Maxwell, CA

#6 Apr 22, 2008
I was never taught by my mentor how to slide the 5th wheel, or chain up he did teach me how to adjust the tandems. I learnd how to slide the 5th wheel from another trucker after I`d been there half hour. He said son you gotta take the weight off the 5th wheel! I learnd how to chain up on Donner Pass CA had no choice took me 2 hrs but I did it they never came off! gottem nice n snug. finally got it down to 45 minutes next time WA state its not rocket science you do wat you gotta do to keep rollin.

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