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Milion, if you still need any docs converted to PDF, let me know. I have a conversion tool and would be happy to email them to you. Just tell me which docs and leave your email address and I'll get them to you ASAP.

In an earlier reply on here, G-Town posted links for Daniels pre trip. I still need that checklist converted to pdf.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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Hey Brett, how do I PM someone on here? Also did you get my email?

G-Town's Comment
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Hey Brett, how do I PM someone on here? Also did you get my email?

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Ok. Thanks. Much appreciated. smile.gif

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06/19/2017:

Today was my 2nd day over at NADTA. I woke up at 04:30 (I didn't have to be there til 0800 today) had breakfast, and borded that first shuttle there. When I arrived, I studied some more PTI until the class began at 0800. The entire morning was a lot more Smith System stuff. I believe we will be test on the Smith System on Friday. That test is a CRST company requirement, NOT a CDL/DOT requirement. Then an hour before lunch, we had one of the lead instructors come in and give us a class on backing. Now in my mind, I consider myself smarts wise anyway to be above average. In other words SOME but NOT ALL technical stuff I can understand. I am probably the most technosavvy one in my class there at NADTA and the way the lead instructor explained the 90 was WAY TOO TECHNICAL, EVEN FOR ME! shocked.pngwtf.gifwtf-2.gif Anyway, when he explained it, it seems like its going to be a NIGHTMARE to get through, but maybe once I get out there tomorrow on the backing range, I will apply what he taught us, see if I can understand it and if I can, maybe (I sure hope and pray it does) it will come all together in the end and not seem so technical. He explained the offset back (I know that one as a 45. Correct me if I am wrong there) in the same manner. Anyway, after lunch, we were split up into 2 groups. One did a first drive in an autoshift truck on the roads and the rest stayed on the yard to start backing practice. That autoshift truck was a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution with the DD15 Detroit Engine and Detroit D12 Automated Manual 12 speed transmission. That transmission in that truck is the SMOOTHEST SHIFTING transmission I have ever tried, even MORE SMOOTHER than the KENWORTH T700 I drove at Trans AM. I was hoping I could go to work on backing, however I was sent on the road. No biggie. At least tomorrow, I will have a fresh mind and hopefully room in the ol' databanks to learn the 90 and relearn 45s or offset backs. I said at the start of this that PTI and then backing would be what I am most NERVOUS about. Now FLIP those. That 90 back is the most NERVEWRACKING thing their is in ALL OF TRUCKING! When I get through that and have that CDL in hand, I will be so RELIEVED, yall have NO IDEA! I have 2.5yrs combined OTR Experience in the last 5 years and believe you me when I say this: I AM SO SCARED OF THAT 90 BACK, ITS UNBELIEVABLE! I NEED tips on that 90. Please anything you can help me with and tell me to help me SUCCEED on the FIRST TRY on that 90 back, I am SURE OPEN to reading it on here. Thanks. I appreciate it. In the meantime I am getting much better at PTI. ESPECIALLY if I get Form A for my test! If they were to let me do Form A, I could probably pass that part of my skills exam within the next 48 hrs. Thanks, Daniel! Your pretrip guide is a LEGENDARY, BIG HELP to me! I REALLY appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to put that together for us. Listen to me carefully, if you CAN'T pass the PTI the FIRST time using Daniel's guide, then you NEED to change the way you study. Thanks again. I really appreciate it. Now I need to close out this update. I am EXHAUSTED. Til' tomorrow, stay safe out there at ALL TIMES!

P.S.:

Hey Brett, did you get that e-mail I sent you last night? If so, when you get a chance to, please let me know. Thanks.

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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.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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Milion, if you still need any docs converted to PDF, let me know. I have a conversion tool and would be happy to email them to you. Just tell me which docs and leave your email address and I'll get them to you ASAP.

PM function is no longer available on here, Han Solo Cup (cool name btw. smile.gif ) Anyway, do you have a way I can leave you the file and my e-mail WITHOUT it becoming public on here?

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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No problem, just email me, idc if my address is on here: hansolocup71@gmail.com. I'll go convert the checklist now so it's ready for you.

Paul

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5. Pre Trip Inspection guidelines_ YOU WILL NOT NEED TO STUDY THIS TO GET YOUR PERMIT, BUT IT IS SOMETHING YOU WILL HAVE TO MEMORIZE WORD FOR WORD - ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO BEGIN

Is it possible to email a copy of the pre trip inspection guide. I have studied the manual from cover to cover and the pretrip is the only thing I am worried about. seeing as I have never been inside a truck and I am planning on starting school 09/2017. If it Is not a problem I would like to get a copy of the pre-trip or information on where I can find pre-trip inspection list/guide to study before school comes around I want to memorize it completely before going to cdl school. I loving reading these journal entries it gets me super pumped knowing that Ill be there in the very seat that you're sitting in. I look forward to reading your diary be safe pay attention and make us (your trucking truth family) proud! Godspeed!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Anyone can email me (hansolocup71@gmail.com); just tell me in the email what you want.

millionmiler24's Comment
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No problem, just email me, idc if my address is on here: hansolocup71@gmail.com. I'll go convert the checklist now so it's ready for you.

Paul

I just now sent you an email.

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