Meet Schneider’s 2018 Featured Female Truck Drivers

– Hey folks, you got Drew
here, I’m here with two amazing team drivers, Patrice and Lisa. We’re gonna just do a little interview with them right now. We’re gonna wait a couple minutes to have more people
come on, I know it takes a little while for people to be here. But let’s start off,
we’re at the CBC right now in our entrance and they came
by for a little photoshoot, now we’re gonna ask
them a couple questions. First of all, why’d you guys
decide to be truck drivers? – Well we actually started out being truck drivers in the military together. I started in 1989, five
days out of high school and I retired in 2014. And the whole time I was
in, I was a truck driver. – I decided to become a truck
driver as well in high school. I’ve always wanted to join the military, it was a long tradition in my family. Truck driving was
basically the first thing that I went to because I love to travel. – What branches of the
military were you in? – Army. – Both army, oh cool. How’d you guys find each
other and become a team then? – We actually were deployed together, we went to Iraq, so we were
in Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan. – Our units combined,
I was in a flatbed unit and Lisa was in a tanker
unit and our units combined to the 630 Transportation and
we went to Iraq for 15 months. – That’s neat, so what did
you guys do for truck driver training, how did that transfer over from the Army to civilian life. – We were brought in
with a military waiver. So we actually had the
opportunity to transfer all of our experience and
credits towards our CDL. So it was a nice, smooth
transition coming into Schneider we had a lot of similar training. Schneider has a lot of similar makeup when it comes to operation. – We actually drove freight liners. – Yeah, the equipment was
similar as well so it was very seamless coming over to
civilian side of truck driving. – They made it really
easy, thank goodness. – That’s good to hear. So transfer over to civilian
life, and we discussed what you did before Schneider,
so how long were you in the army then. – I was in for 13 years
and I got out in 2011 and I went into transportation management and I worked for a
healthcare organization, it was healthcare for senior citizens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
and that’s where Patrice also came in too. – Yeah, I was in the military
for a little over 24 years. Like I said, driving
trucks the whole time. I did some other logistics,
when I did retire, I started working with
Lisa in the transportation department for the company where we actually helped develop that floor, to make it a smoother
transition for the elderly, they were very appreciative. And then in the midst of
that, we got to talking and decided we wanted to
go back out on the road. – Where our passion was. (laughs) – So what was the reason
that made you decide to go back on your own and truck driving. – It really was just the service. The one thing we discussed
before was just being in the military, we were able
to service our great nation. The United States is the
best country in the world. Schneider allows us to do that now, just service to our fellow citizens, it’s just being able to move the supplies and everything everyone
needs from day to day is just an important thing,
to I know, both of us. – Just kind of another way to help America in civilian life, keep America moving. – Exactly.
– Exactly. Especially with the
hurricanes and everything else that happens from time to time, trucking is that industry
that always there to give back and just
being able to do that from day to day is just such
an important thing for us. – We really wasn’t made
to sit behind a desk. – No, we weren’t. (laughter) – So it was definitely a
really easy decision to make. – Yeah of course. So, I may have asked this but how long have you two been a team together? – We’ve actually been
teaming with Schneider for the past year, so we’re pretty new but we definitely know the ropes. Schneider makes sure in the
beginning that you’re ready to go after you get out of that training, you’re ready to go on that road. – Yeah, soon as we hit
ground, they was training us and it hasn’t stopped since. We just came out of training. – You’re liking the miles as team drivers? – Yes, it’s definitely
something that we didn’t expect to do, we’ve been to all the
48 continental states but two. – But two.
– So we’ve been around. That’s actually in the
first couple months, pretty much almost all of them. (laughs) – What would you say
your biggest challenge starting out as a truck driver was or challenges that you still have? – I think when we first started,
to explain a little bit, with military, you’re normally following someone else in a truck or a
group of people in a truck, where being a professional driver in the civilian world,
it’s a lot different because you have different roles that you’re actually filling. You’re actually in the
squad, you’re a squad leader, you’re a platoon sergeant,
you’re the maintenance coordinator, you’re the
dispatcher, the truck master, because you’re doing your whole trip plan, you’re making sure that
you get your breaks in, you’re sleeping and ensuring
you’re fueling your vehicle and getting from point a to point b especially being 100% safe. So it’s a lot of things that go into it, I think that’s has been
not so much of a challenge, but it’s definitely
something that makes you feel good about what you do each day. – And you guys went through Schneider’s orientation program,
what were some highlights from that, that you can remember? – Our bootcamp. (laughter) – The battle buddy in bootcamp. – The battle buddy in bootcamp. – That first week, was very informational, you just got so much information, you didn’t necessarily know
that you took it all in, but you really did
– You really did. – You first work on all
the policy, procedures of Schneider, make sure
that you’re comfortable with all that, then you move on to safety. – Then you move on to
working with the trucks, and like Lisa said, the first week, the first day, was a lot. We walked in with maybe a tablet and walked out with all kinds of manuals. – Made sure they had all
that reference materials. – Training cards and
everything, so when you get home you was slumped over ’cause
you had so much weight on ya, but the thing was,
it was all informational and it just helped so
much once you actually got out there and got hands-on. So to go from the classroom training with everything they
give you, out to the yard to start with the backing and the coupling and going out the gate and everything, they really do prepare you for that. And so for us, even though
driving for the military, it was still such a big difference. So it was actually a really
– Smooth transition. It really was and even though people were like, ‘You don’t need this’, we did and thank goodness they
were also understanding and so easy to deal with, so it was really an easy transition for us. – That’s awesome to hear. So if you give one tip to
someone going to orientation, like a new driver that just got accepted and scheduled orientation,
what would that be? – Keep an open mind,
understand that they’re not there to just seem like
they’re trying to be mean or just push so much on you. But just-
– Or fail you. Or fail you, it’s not that, they don’t try to fail you, they give
you everything you need as long as you come in with an open mind and understand what it is that they’re actually giving you, it
makes it so much easier. So don’t think that they’re doing it just because, but
they’re actually doing it to help you and make you better. And continue to do what
you’re trying to do which is be a Schneider driver. – And stay positive,
that’s the main thing. Sometimes, you will hear some critique and you might get down about it, don’t, it’s not personal. You need that critique
just to be safe out there. You can see it throughout
all the instructors, they all really care about what they do. – They’re passionate about what they do. – And they care about your
safety so it’s definitely a benefit and coming to training, we call it bootcamp but
it’s really just to get you in that Schneider way and in the mindset. – And as they started saying now, it’s to Schneider-ize you. (laughter) – They really prepare you for what you’re gonna deal with out there on that road. So we appreciated the training. I say it was way above the standards that I was expecting. Not because you-
– You hear stories. Or you think about the military, they have really good training and we’ve been to different
civilian companies and they’re not like Schneider. Schneider is the way to go. – Is the way to go. – That’s great to hear. Another question, so you
guys are team drivers, so what kind of tips
could you offer to others about choosing a team
driver, ’cause it’s one of our highest paid careers
that we have going on here so in case someone wants
to become a team driver with Schneider, what tips
would you have for them? – I would say, especially
if you’re possibly a new driver coming into the
industry, it’s the way to go. When you come in with someone else, even though they’re not
on with the same shift you are, normally they’re
in the back of the truck, it’s somebody that’s there.
– You still have that support. And it’s somebody that
is going to be driving, that you can learn from their experiences, so it’s double the amount of information and experinence that you’re getting. So choosing a team
driver, you wanna choose somebody that compliments you. Maybe you know about some
of strengths and weaknesses, kind of compliment each other. – Because you’re gonna learn to build off of each other out there,
and when selecting your shifts and everything,
you’re gonna know who’s stronger driving days or nights or if you share the
shift, you’re gonna know if you get in a situation,
one of the things you always wanna do is the
trust with your partner. You wanna know that if you
get into a tight squeeze, regardless if they’re in the bunk or not, you can always say hey, I
need this extra set of eyes and you know that they’re there to help. – As long as it’s not
within their break time you know that you can go to them. And also when it comes to the sleeping or having that trust, that
you know if they start to get tired, they are going to pull over and they’re gonna take a break. So it’s just being able
to trust that person. That’s what you get with that open mind. – Excellent and I guess,
to wrap things up, I’ll give you guys one last question, so for those looking to
come into this industry and especially for females,
what advice can you give them, becoming a truck driver? – Especially for women, don’t
think that you can’t do it. Do the research, learn
about the trucking industry because there are women in this industry doing it just like the men
are and they’re so many opportunities to improve for your family, for yourself and it’s
a great accomplishment so don’t sell yourself out
until you actually try. – Exactly, you gotta
always remain positive and we’ve always talked
about how there’s always that stigma of this being
a male dominated field and if you’re a female, you
might not be able to do it. Yes we can, we can do anything
– Just as much as they can. we put our minds to. So that’s the main thing,
you can go out there and make that money. So go and make it. – Go and make it. – Don’t use any stigma
to sway you either way. This field does seem like it’s a challenge but it’s a good challenge, you
have to challenge yourself. You have to do that to
continue to move forward and to be successful in this world. – And if you come to
Schneider, they’re gonna give you everything you need to
succeed so come to Schneider. – And when it comes to,
when we first started, with recruitment, to going to the DBL to all of our instructors and training. Everything that they
said from the beginning is exactly what we got
and there was no haggling, there wasn’t anything that we thought we were getting shorted at all. There was trust from the beginning and I think that’s what made it easy for us to continue to stay here and to continue to want
to be something more. – One last question for ya. I wanna say congrats on becoming TEs – Thank you so much.
– Thank you. – What was your decision process on that, why did you two want to become
TEs, training engineers. – We decided to become training engineers because we wanted to
help new drivers coming in like we were helped coming in. We wanted to be able
to pass that knowledge to new drivers so that they can see that it’s not as bad as people make it. And we wanted to give all the knowledge that we received here to the new drivers, so that we can keep our numbers, and keep our drivers and
making sure that they’re always being safe and meeting the goals of delivering the cargo and everything, and being courteous with the customers and we just want to pass all
of that on to the new drivers, so we decided the best way
to do that is to be TEs. – Being out there in
the trucking community at different companies, you
talk to different drivers out at all the truck
stops and everything else and there are negative
things that go around, about the industry and the
lifestyle and everything else. Sometimes you get the truckers that have been in the
industry for a long time that may be a little bit negative. So it’s good to just
have that fresh outlook and be positive about it
because it is a really cool lifestyle, sometimes
they say stuff like that you try to get people not to go into it. But especially being females out there, it’s a lot better than what
people have said and think. The community is so close
and it’s such a teamwork even people that aren’t within Schneider, even though you can go out to anyplace out there in public and if
you see another Schneider driver it’s like family,
you see family out there. You feel like family is
out there and it’s close. And you know if you needed help from them, they would come up to you and help you. And the same thing with other truckers that are out there,
it’s just anybody that’s out there, they just want to help. They wanna help and it’s not about, “Oh you do it yourself.” They really care about you. – That’s great to hear. Well, it was wonderful talking to you, I don’t wanna keep you up, I know you guys have a busy day going on, so thank you and congrats on becoming
TEs, Lisa and Patrice. So I guess we’ll be
signing off with our female team drivers, we’re here at corporate. And if you have any questions,
drop ’em in the comments. If you have any questions
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3 thoughts on “Meet Schneider’s 2018 Featured Female Truck Drivers

  1. I'm a Schneider truck driver, also an army vet deployed to Iraq. Love Schneider. Not the absolute highest pay, but the culture is friendly, safe, and professional. Made 60k my first year as a team driver in 2015. Great to see these ladies continuing to serve.

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