Profile For Grumpy Army Veteran

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  • Location:
    Shipshewana, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 months ago

Grumpy Army Veteran's Bio

Keller Trucking Driver in training

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Thanks!

Awesome and congrats! Woohoo, another step closer!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Thanks!

Awesome !!!!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Thanks!

Congratulations on a Trifecta!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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CDL skills test day!

Test day has come and gone. As I’m sure everyone that has been through. This is aware, we started out with the pre-trip. Once I got past the mandatory brake test, it was all downhill. Went around the truck to inspect all the parts, of course this was driver side, only except for the few items you only find on the passenger side, and was told that I passed.

For the skills portion I had to do the driver side offset back, the straight line back, And my nemesis driver side parallel park. I aced all of them unbelievably. Nothing went wrong which shocked me.

The drive was uneventful, thankfully, and I passed that as well. I’m now back home and waiting for Ohio and Indiana to get their paperwork together so I can get my CDL.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Thank you. I’ll be happy to tell you more about Keller when I have first-hand experience with them. I have been hired in as a semi regional driver. Keller’s semi regional is five days a week and home every weekend. You can find more information at www.driveforkeller.com.

At this point all I can tell you for certain is that I have found no one with negative feedback about the company. Obviously that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but I have not found any yet . As far as driving equipment, they have a very good record of maintenance and their equipment is no more than three years old from what I understand. I look forward to learning more about them so I can fill you in.

Welcome to our forum.

Please tell us more about Keller Trucking. I do t think we have any information on that outfit.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Day 12

Last day is history. Tomorrow is the test. I’m looking forward to finishing up and being done with this so I can get started with the new career. It’s been fun, but it’s time to get down to business.

Today I was able to practice an actual full pre-trip inspection, and I got to do both sides of parallel parking and several alley dock maneuvers. Everything seems pretty polished up and I’m ready for whatever tomorrow brings. I know it could always happen that something goes wrong, but I’m hoping and praying for the best. I feel like the school has done a pretty good job of preparing me, and if anything goes sideways, I’ll just roll with it.

As I said, I really enjoyed this. The school does a great job of preparing you for the tests, but what they can’t control is what happens when you actually go in front of an examiner and nerves begin to do what they do. If I could change one thing about the school it is that their range equipment is not the nicest, nor is it the same type of equipment that we have to test on so it can be difficult to actually feel like we’re being prepared properly when we are in equipment that does not look or act the same as the equipment that we will test on . All in all the equipment was adequate, and once I learned to look past the shortcomings of the equipment, I was able to just practice the maneuvers for what they are.

Whether the results are good or not tomorrow I will share them with you, and hopefully we can celebrate together!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Day 11

today was a good day. Practiced the pre-trip inspection first, then we went out for a drive. There were four of us in the truck, and I believe we all finished our required drive time today. First thing this afternoon we went out to the range and practiced alley dock which was the one item that I was not signed off on yet. I was feeling good after practicing that a few times. The second part of the afternoon we got familiarized with doing the maneuvers in the actual truck that we will test in. I was very relieved to find out that the trucks that we will test in are actually much easier to maneuver than the trucks on the range. Right now I’m feeling pretty good about the test, even though I know anything could happen.

I only have one more day to practice, and then I will test on Wednesday. No pressure, but I’m the last of my group to test. What could happen?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Day 9-

Another day down, one to go this week! Today started out with a drive or if you will a ride along for a couple hours and then a drive. I enjoyed getting out and driving a longer distance today. That was fun. And it was my entire morning.

After lunch I went out to the range. I decided to hit the alley back first to see how good I could do… Or how bad. I ended up doing pretty well with that, but I had 2 1/2 hours of practice today. After a short break, I came back and the driver side parallel park. I had a little bit of a hard time with it today, but I was able to decide when it was time to get out and look before I did any damage, or hit any cones. I only technically hit the wall once. Of course, that was one too many times if it was real world backing.

this day came to an end as quickly as it started, hoping tomorrow goes just as fast because I’m looking forward to going back home to be with my family. Not sure what I’ll do tomorrow but I’m ready. I did learn today that I’ll be testing on the 23rd of this month right around 1 PM, so keep me in mind and pray for me. Thanks!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Day 8-

another day in the books today I started out by doing the in cab pre-trip as well as one of the axles. The instructor did not have time today to get through the entire pre-trip or I’m sure he would’ve been happy to have me do the entire thing. I got the in cab out of sequence but I got everything and I would’ve passed if it was a real test.

After a break, it was back to the range. I brushed up on reverse lane changes (that’s what they call offset backing here ) and did a few blind side parallel parking maneuvers. And it was time for lunch.

After lunch, I was scheduled to drive. After going through a quick pre-trip, I was headed to get some fuel. I was about an hour up on the other person that went out with me, so I only drove to, and from the truckstop to get fuel. a new instructor was going through an evaluation, so we had the instructor trainer with us too. Had some interesting conversations related to trucking and his experience. Learned there is much diversity in this field and a lot of money to be made. Really I just want a small piece of it, not trying to be greedy.

One more break and back to the range it was. I got started out on Alley backing, which was the last maneuver I hadn’t done yet. I did it four times and it went really well even though I was using big green, which seems to be the hardest truck to maneuver here. Honestly, I’m not sure which truck is harder, the big blue one or the big green one, but I’ve used both for some of the hardest maneuvers so I’m confident that I’ll be at least prepared to go through the test.

i’m not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I’m pretty sure I’ll end up driving and on the range since I still need hours on both. I’ve driven a little over five hours now and it seems to get a little easier every time. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. And now I must get some rest.

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Thank you, and thank you for your story. That looks like it was pretty challenging. Be safe out there!

Enjoying your diary.

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