Truck Driver in Training

Schneider National
I have one year of experience as an over-the-road driver and recently I decided to get back behind the wheel and hit the road again. I decided to go with Schneider National, my previous employer, and they said I had to attend the four-day orientation for experienced drivers. I drove to the nearest Schneider Training Academy in Charlotte, NC and began my re-introduction to the trucking life.

After a couple days of classroom refresher training I took a road test and I had a hard time shifting through the gears in the truck. When backing the truck and trailer into a parking space it took me several tries to get it right. I would attribute my poor performance to the fact that it has been three years since I have driven a truck. As a result the instructor recommended that I go back through the 14-day new driver training. I thought I would be in Charlotte for four days and then I would be sent out on the road, but my four days has turned into 14 days. I can’t wait to get going, but I’ll have to be patient.

8 Replies to “Truck Driver in Training”

  1. I’m sorry. :( I’m sure having to repeat the training will be very boring for you, but perhaps not as boring as the driving itself.

  2. I think I wouldn’t mind hours of driving, if I were single. I’d listen to lots of talk radio, sermons, podcasts, books-on-tape and what-not. But full-time for days on end? I’m having second thoughts.

  3. When the WB became the CW the programming changed slightly. WTWB became WCWG. Things changed drastically in Master Control when the Chief Engineer resigned. At that time, two of the six board operators moved to a different department and I suddenly had to work 12 hours a day 6 days a week. I had already been planning to quit this summer, but when all this happened I had a hard time staying motivated to stick around. I went back to Schneider on August 5.

  4. I know this is a little late, but ( i can’t believe i’ve already forgotten his name) the chief engineer resigned? Wow. 72 hours of one tree hill sucks. that’s like 72 trees a week. 3744 trees a year. I mean Chad Michael Murray is cute and all….

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