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Big Holli's Comment
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So I was riding in the back while another student was driving. He was slamming the gears, popping the clutch. Hammering on the breaks. All while the instructor is calmly trying to talk the kid through it all. We get to an intersection, and he hits the breaks hard, truck stalls, won't start back up! And then to make it all better we just happened to be blocking a lane of HWY 190. And we broke down 30 yards behind a DOT officer. Who was fast asleep. Luckily a fellow trucker came with a beautiful Peterbilt, and pulled us off the HWY. I don't know if the rough driving is what caused it but we are waiting at a gas station for a ride back to the school. We are thinking maybe the altenator. Fun day.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Welcome to trucking LOL. Unfortunately my luck is when I have a week start off like that it usually carries over for the rest of it. Hopefully your luck isn't as bad as mine.

As an instructor myself sometimes those days feel like another day at the office. I do have to say though my most valuable education days are on days that were just lick yours. Onward and upward

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John M.'s Comment
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Truck driving schools is where good trucks go to die. Lol

Garth M.'s Comment
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Truck driving schools is where good trucks go to die. Lol

I'll say, I'm driving a 2004 Freightliner at my school. I'd only ever been in a Tractor once before about 40 years ago and it was a cab over White so I can't compare the sound and vibrations but there seems to be a lot going on. It's our second week driving so the clutch popping a gear slamming has settled down quite abit. When I first came to the school one of the trucks was sitting with the drive shafts hanging on the ground, I'd heard that a foot had slipped off the clutch while hitched to a loaded trailer and the brakes set. Probably no sense in using new equipment for breaking in us rookies.

Garth M.'s Comment
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Oops make that a Columbia 😊

Diver Driver's Comment
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Hey Big Holli, you're in my neck of the woods. We're you oilfield as well ?

Big Holli's Comment
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Hey Big Holli, you're in my neck of the woods. We're you oilfield as well ?

No sir. Not oil field. Just decided Truck Driving is what I want to do. worked for Terminix killing bugs for the last year and that got old.

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