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Big Scott's Comment
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5-4-17 Day 9: Happy Star Wars Day.

No rain today. WOOO HOOO. It was a beautiful day. Three of us went to test out this morning. The first guy passed the pre-trip and failed the yard maneuvers. The second guy, my classmate, passed everything and got his CDL. I had to do a full truck pre-trip. Well the second guy left all the lights on, so the batteries died. By the time they got the truck started, it was to late for me to continue with the test. I passed the pre-trip and don't have worry about that any more. Tomorrow morning I am going to be trying again. After we got back to the school I had the opportunity to practice my parallels and alley dock again. So now, I'm better prepared for tomorrow. With all that we were laughing and joking about it. I'm very happy for my classmate. I'm proud of his accomplishment. He really caught on quick. I keep telling him, he must have been a trucker in a past life.

That's all for now.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big Scott's Comment
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5-5-17 Day 10: Beautiful weather. ☺ Went to test this morning. Straight line, perfect. Offset perfect. Alley Dock ran out of time. 😢 Now, practice, practice, practice. Try again next week. This is no big deal. I had not had much practice on alley dock. I will be practicing all maneuvers and driving until then. If you are in or will be training, don't let things like this get you down. Next week I'll be even better prepared. That's all for now. Have a great weekend.

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5-6-17 Weekends are kind of boring. I'm basically stuck in my hotel as I have no car. I have a Dollar General across the street and a J about a 1/2 mile walk down the road. Since I passed my pre-trip, I have no studying for school, so I'm just chilling in the hotel room, watching TV and playing on my phone. Enjoy your weekend.

G-Town's Comment
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Good diary Big Scott. Hopefully there will be a delivery to DG you can watch,...those can be both educational and entertaining.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Good diary Big Scott. Hopefully there will be a delivery to DG you can watch,...those can be both educational and entertaining.

I would most likely be in school at that time. I did look at how much fun someone would have getting in there.capture_2017-05-06-20-33-30.png The way I see it. Truck enters from West Chestnut, turns in front of store and backs down the side to the door at the back.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Might not have enough room to setup though. Depends on where their door is. Look at all the rubber toward the lower part of the right side alley. I think they might actually nose in for unloading and then back out, blind side into the front lot to then exit. Sounds nuts...but I've seen worse.

DGs are such a crap-shoot. You couldn't pay me enough to work that gig...

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Might not have enough room to setup though. Depends on where their door is. Look at all the rubber toward the lower part of the right side alley. I think they might actually nose in for unloading and then back out, blind side into the front lot to then exit. Sounds nuts...but I've seen worse.

DGs are such a crap-shoot. You couldn't pay me enough to work that gig...

The door is at the back corner on the right side where all the tire tracks are. That is a main road. Speed limit 55. I would love to see a delivery there.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-8-17 Day 11: 3 or 4 new students started today. Haven't met any of them yet. I spent the morning working on all of the yard maneuvers. The practice helped boost my confidence. After lunch we went driving. I drove first. My shifting was much improved. I still have to remember to make my turns wider. Tomorrow morning I test again. I'm ready now. After two weeks it's all about practice. One other person will be testing with me tomorrow. That's about all for now.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-9-17 Day 12: I passed my CDL test. Wooooo Hoooooo. What a relief. The rest of today is R&R.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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5-9-17 Day 12: I passed my CDL test. Wooooo Hoooooo. What a relief. The rest of today is R&R.

What's next for you? I don't recall if you have an orientation set-up...looking forward to reading about your road training adventures. First time under a load, first time ascending/descending a mountain pass and first time tight-dock backing at O-dark-thirty in the pouring rain. So much fun is in your future.

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(I stole them from Rick's stash)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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