My Swift Adventure- Columbus Academy

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918Girl's Comment
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Congrats on passing your road evaluation and thanks for sharing your days with us! Swift @ Corsicana is on my shortlist, so I'm thankful for your posts!

Phillyfan13's Comment
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Roadpilot

Congratulations on passing your road test! Enjoy your day off.

Scot

Roadpilot's Comment
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Congrats on passing your road evaluation and thanks for sharing your days with us! Swift @ Corsicana is on my shortlist, so I'm thankful for your posts!

Roadpilot

Congratulations on passing your road test! Enjoy your day off.

Scot

Thanks guys, it's most appreciated.

Mon 8/7 Day 18

Not much to report today. As usual it was a screwy Monday. One instructor didn't come in this morning and another had to take people to retest so that only left on instructor for the range and road people. So they sent half to students home for the morning while a few of us stayed and did pretrips and worked on backing until lunch then we got released for the day and the folks that went home this morning went in for the PM. This issue is the only pet peeve I have about the program, 3 range/road instructors is streaching things pretty slim, they really need at least one more maybe two. I would have liked to get some road time in today but I'll have to wait for tomorrow.

Test day is fast approaching!

Have a great day guys!

Roadpilot's Comment
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Well I tested today and I PASSED!

Today was a super early start as the testing sight is about 2 hours away so we left the yard at 430am.

4 of us tested, 2 passed.....the guys that failed did so on the skills portion. I cannot stress this enough, you have 2 Get Out And Looks per maneuver (except for the straight back, only 1 there).....use them wisely, both guys exhausted them early and got screwed in the later stages of their backs.

How the skills test works in OH is that you have to do the straight back, an offset back and then either a parallel (sightside or blindside) or the 90. I got the 90. I took no points on the straight back and offset and 8 points on the 90 so I was clear to head out on the road. Did about 45 miles on rural, city and some highway time as well, as well as multiple left and rights. Only picked up 5 points on the driving side.

Right now I'm so happy I passed the first time, I put alot off pressure on myself during the test, literally to the point that my back is killing me from being so tense.

So now what happens you ask?

Well I go home probably tomorrow for a couple days and come back Sunday afternoon for orientation Monday. Then I should be out with a mentor either Wednesday afternoon or sometime Thursday. I will definitely do a diary of my time in orientation and with my mentor.

Hope you enjoyed this diary as much as I enjoyed the training lol. If anybody as any questions feel free to ask and if I don't know the answer I'll try and find someone who know.

Have a great day folks

Phillyfan13's Comment
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Roadpilot

Congratulations on passing! I have enjoyed your postings regarding your schooling.

Look forward to your next step.

Enjoy a few days off

Scot

Michael B.'s Comment
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Roadpilot, congratulations on passing and hoping you have fun on your next step, hope you keep the diary going and can't wait to start mine in the future, are you allowed to take like tablets or computers with you on the road ? hope to hear from you soon, michael

Roadpilot's Comment
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Roadpilot, congratulations on passing and hoping you have fun on your next step, hope you keep the diary going and can't wait to start mine in the future, are you allowed to take like tablets or computers with you on the road ? hope to hear from you soon, michael

Michael, I would recommended your tablet, just for space reasons. Not sure if you're gonna be coming to Columbus but the hotel here has free WiFi......most hotels at least offer that so it's been a godsend for my tablet. I also have a hotspot enabled phone so I'm hoping that will work well on the road. I have a laptop at home that I'll bring out once I get my own truck but for now the tablet works and can slip into my backpack

Michael B.'s Comment
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Roadpilot, ok thanks for the information, and as far as what been told to me will be the columbus ohio terminal , told i could drive it and they said would reimburse me for the gas up to the price of a bus ticket, so no biggie to me since save everything for taxes.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Roadpilot's Comment
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Roadpilot, ok thanks for the information, and as far as what been told to me will be the columbus ohio terminal , told i could drive it and they said would reimburse me for the gas up to the price of a bus ticket, so no biggie to me since save everything for taxes.

Having your car here will make you one of the "cool" kids as most of your classmates will have come by bus. One of our classmates has been helpful with running guys over to Walmart or Meijer's and we kick him a couple of dollars a piece to help him with gas.

Just a piece of advice, from what I heard you don't get the reimbursement until you go through orientation so plan accordingly

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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