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Karl SteinkopfI am officially employed as a truck driver!

First trainer didn’t work out… long story. It is all on FB if you want to read it. Long story short… got a second trainer… he was great, I survived training and graduated from training today. Now just waiting on getting my truck so I can head out with my 1st load alone!!! 17 months ago

Karl Steinkopf 20 months ago

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Karl SteinkopfMy trainer...

Found out his name is Scott and he is about 200 miles from here now. I will probably meet him tonight or tomorrow. 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfChapter 3...

I have a job!
But i am NOT marking this a done deal yet! I am still a trainee, still a student. i will mark this done when I deliver my first solo load.
I now work for Werner! I have completed orientation, been assigned an SDM, and I have a trainer. I am ready to go as soon as my driver gets here!
Here we go! I will be with a trainer (maybe a few different trainers), for 275 hours… then I can test out and get my own truck! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfOpening of chapter two...

Today is my last full day home. Tonight will be the last in my own bed… for a while. Happy… yes! A little bittersweet too!
If I get the job, I should be gone at LEAST a couple weeks! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfPhase One complete!!!

I have successfully completed trucking school, passed all my tests and have a class A CDL driver’s license! Now I just need a job.
Next Tuesday, I will board a bus to Denver to begin orientation with Werner trucking. This does not guarantee me a position, but it is the first step in that direction!
ONWARD!!! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfWell.... there it is...

So… I tested today. Did better than I expected… but I still did not pass. Will retest next week, after some additional practice time.
I will not fail a second time.
But now I am exhausted… gonna go take a nap now. 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfVERY rough day yesterday :(

Had my night driving session yesterday, with a teacher whom I am convinced is determined to see me fail at this. I think he does want me to succeed, but his teaching style and my learning style conflict BADLY!!! By the end of the session I was beyond discouraged, downtrodden, hopeless, defeated.
I seriously doubt I will pass my driving test today. Seriously considering trying to have it postponed… except I am scheduled to test today with the teach I DO get along with… if I change it I may have to test with the guy I DON’T get along with, then I REALLY KNOW I would fail for sure. I think I have at least a 1% chance of passing with this guy. 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfAlmost there...

Still working with the second truck…. it has made all the difference in the world!!! I am still not 100% with my shifting, some work yet to do there… but MUCH improved. My backing maneuvers have also improved immensely!
Tonight I do my night drive session, tomorrow I only have about 2 hours practice time with backing maneuvers… then I test.
I have been talking with the recruiter at Werner Trucking… I am scheduled fro orientation this Wednesday in Denver! If I pass THEIR tests I am in. I will be trucking all over the lower 48 states OTR! I will be everywhere!!! I am told I need to get my passport too, because I WILL be trucking up into Canada to! It PAYS to have a clean driving AND criminal background! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfDriving...

I have had 3 driving days now. One whole day, and two half days. The first day out I got to put the truck through the gears a few times without a trailer, then with a trailer, then drive around a bit in the outskirts of town. I didn’t really like the shift pattern of that truck (it is a super 10, for those of you who know what that is). After I drove it back to the school (without wrecking or killing anyone… YAY!), we did backing maneuvers the rest of the day. I felt pretty good about the day as a whole.
Yesterday I drove the same truck again. Backing maneuvers only. I started the day ok, but I seemed to be getting WORSE as the day went on. Ended on a fairly frustrated note yesterday.
Today though, I got to drive a different truck… this one is a regular 10 speed with a high and low range. I did MUCH better with that truck. One of my teachers is concerned about me starting over with a different truck, because backing will be a little different with that one because it has a tighter turning radius. I am sure I can do it though.
I have a full driving day again tomorrow, morning AND afternoon, then Thursday I do a night drive (but it will only BARELY be night 5:30-9:30). Then Friday I get a couple more hours training… then it is TEST TIME!
Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it! That’s a LOT to learn in a very short amount of time! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfClassroom part is DONE!!!

Tomorrow I start driving! YAY! 19 months ago

Karl SteinkopfStarted School on Monday...

Got my permit yesterday… I am on my way to making this happen! 20 months ago

senji1101No in between

Its a life that you either love or hate. There is NO middle ground. Me, I absolutely loved every minute I spent on the road. If you dont love the life, I would not recommend it it to anyone.

Driving a truck is hell on a marriage and most fail. I know of some that have survived, but not many.

Its not a job, its not a career, it IS a lifestyle. If you dont love it, find something else to do. Simple as that. 20 months ago

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