Jim Palmer Trucking In-House Training in Montana

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OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Update PS:

Stuck the onion dumpster door 90 in the dark....!!......

G-Town's Comment
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Update PS:

Stuck the onion dumpster door 90 in the dark....!!......

I find that following my nose in the dark yields a successful outcome.

Good job adjusting to the unexpected and maintaining that positive attitude; never letting the highs getting you too high,...and the lows, etc. You got this.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Thanks G-Town!..

Paying dues hurts and feels good all at the same time...like watching kids grow. I'm fortunate to be where I am.

Professional reinvention is entertaining, at very least to the drivers at fuel island watching me and trainer set cones. ;)

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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2,592.08 miles driven in 8 days. Training day #14 (day 8 of driving OTR)

My trainer: 751.4 miles..

City driving: Seattle, Salt Lake, Dallas, Austin, Houston.

Mountain passes: a few..lol..

Night: 90% of time

Rain: 2 days

Rural highway the majority...

All going well.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Update: Got lucky, didn't expect it, with a couple days home as my trainer had obligations in his neck of the woods.. We live fairly close to each other.

Don't feel as if we lost momentum and back to it tomorrow. Looking forward to miles, practise and a bit of sensory overload...lol...

Scheduled for my drive test back up north in a little under 2 weeks time.

Training has been fast paced and challenging. Great to get the old juices flowing learning a new trade craft... Feeling honored to be given this unique opportunity no doubt.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bb23's Comment
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Thanks for taking the time to do your blog. I will be heading to JPT in July and you have done a great job in giving an idea of what to expect.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Hey, congrats!! Great group of folks.. Its a challenging process, as I'm currently in the fray, but defiantly doable and the support systems are built in. Study up!

Update: On the road. Trainer pushing hard (HOS, driving, admin, customer service, professionalism etc etc)

Just what I wanted / need... Here to learn a trade craft!...I came in already knowing full well How to " hold a steering wheel"...lol...

Keep in touch Jimmie D....

Thanks for taking the time to do your blog. I will be heading to JPT in July and you have done a great job in giving an idea of what to expect.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Barry L.'s Comment
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OtrEscapeArtist, I'm really enjoying your training diary. I have a tentative start date of 31 July with JPT, and your posts have helped to shed a lot of light on what I can expect. I'm really looking forward to starting a new career, and JPT sounds like a great place to do that. Good luck to you!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Hey Barry,

Thanks.... Training is really geared as on the job training. No real hand holding, but again, responsive support and feedback from HQ.

The way this is structured the student is also encouraged to be proactive with the process, take initiative, be proactive and stay engaged.

I believe all trainers have their own style. Of course there are markers, goals and defined milestones. That being said its real time " live truck" training so as an apprentice we must be flexible and adaptive...

I had a rough day today preparing to return to Montana for my drive test. Seems I could back this rig into an airplane hanger if I tried!! Its an intensive process but that makes the small daily victories and setbacks worth the effort.

Time to get a few hours rest. Up at 2am to hit the road...

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Ok, back to biz...

Slam dunked the CDL A drive test...Thanks ALL who made possible.

Now driving team with my same "D Seat" coach... I'm learning from a true "HOS Ninja"...

Tid bit: With the right company a reefer can be utilized as a dry van.I would say that's added value coupled with resource utilization....lol...

Be safe!!

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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