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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Hello, a long over due update

Hello folks, I finally have time to write this, I have been a solo driver with Melton since November 29th, so far it has been pretty good. Some good days some bad, haha, but mostly good now. I will try to tell more later, I am on home time now so I can actually sit down and write stuff. I have to say, I am totally loving trucking. I could do this forever, it is awesome :D

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Hello from a Melton trainee

Well I did it, I am training with Melton, I have been on my trainer's truck for a little over two and half weeks and so far I am loving it. My trainer is a very eccentric slightly crazy guy that has been in the industry for twenty years, been a trainer since 04 and is an excellent teacher. I have learned a ton from him and I feel like at the end of next week I will be ready to take on the job. Thanks for all the help here folks, I am finally becoming a truck driver

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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What are my options

Thanks for the replies. I may try Prime again. I guess my main question has been answered, and that was: do I have to get a refresher? Like I said earlier I am still researching, and right now I am quite boggled by the sheer amount of options lol. I forgot to say this earlier, Wil-Trans does have flatbed. One thing that has me struggling is this: I need to start work as soon as I can, doc will clear me to drive in three to four weeks but not flatbed for six. At least that was his projection before the surgery. So if I go to dry van reefer or tanker I can start work sooner...

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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What are my options

Thanks for the detailed reply Old School. Yes that was George. It does make sense that he is sort of a gate keeper. I do not get flustered easily and didn't there, and I am willing to abide by rules. Since I am just out of surgery I am just researching companies at this point. I will admit I am not closed to pretty much anything at this point, I originally was only interested in flatbed but now I am looking at several different companies. I know Knight will take me, Prime, really anyone. I have a clean record so it is kinda wide open and at this point a little overwhelming lol. I am just looking for a job to get started in and probably stay in, I am a loyal person and will stick it out with anyone i start with. Hence my still considering TMC even after a bad experience. I figured that i hadn't seen the whole company so I wouldn't pass a judgment on them.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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What are my options

Well the surgery is done, no complications and I am recovering quickly. I am back to researching companies now. I am still looking at TMC they told me when I left that I was welcome back. I just have some questions about them for the drivers that ran with them. I am trying to set my expectations.

So I was told by one of their drivers that they would go over the interior of your truck with a black light and if they spotted any dust they would doc your pay and deny you loads. Is this true? How clean do they expect you to keep the truck? Also the first day of orientation I was told to meet the bus at 6:45 sharp and if I missed it I would have to find my own way to the terminal... The bus came at 7:15. We were introduced to the company by the very professional courteous bus driver. When we got to the training place it was very different. The guy who was our instructor was as unprofessional as one can get. He insulted and abused the whole class constantly, told all of us right off the bat that we were nothing and he enjoyed sending people home. Everything he said was laced with profanity and while we tried to take tests he constantly interrupted us and did everything he could to be annoying. Is this the norm for orientation? Are they just trying to get drivers to give up and leave, kind of a weeding process?

I am not complaining, I am just trying to set my expectations, after I met the recruiter in school i expected professionalism and courtesy, maybe my expectations were wrong.

Okay, the other company i am looking at is Jim Palmer/Wil-Trans, do they allow you to take the truck home on home time?

That is all I have for now

Have a great day

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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What are my options

Hi guys and gals,

On July 29th I graduated from truck driving school, 205 hours and 420 miles, I was already pre-hired for TMC and on August 14th headed to Iowa for orientation. I was sent home on the 15th cause during the physical they found a hernia. The school provided a physical but their doc didn't do a real physical and never checked for hernias else it would have been caught sooner. Anyway, I tried to get a dryvan/reefer job with Prime and Knight, both refused me on grounds of my having a hernia. I then turned to trying to find a doctor to fix it. I am scheduled for surgery this coming Monday. By the time I am fully recovered It will be end of October three months from school, what are my options? According to one recruiter from McElroy I will have to go back to school, and no one would take me till then. Will I need to go back to school? Are there companies that would just take me? I did graduate at the top of my class and my instructor said he and the other instructors would be references.

Thanks, I hope I can get out of this pickle, I want to start driving again.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fourth Time is a Charm

Congratulations, I was so glad when one of the instructors told me they were giving you another chance, and I am so glad you passed smile.gif

P.S. Did you happen to notice how Mr. Davis' class did on the tests? What about Amy?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Hey thanks, I tested it out today, this weekend I am going to be making some significant changes to it I will keep your suggestions mind. To find me it will be easy, I am a tall skinny blond guy with black jeans on, a brown student shirt and sometimes a floppy brimmed hat on. I am in Towner's class, ask him is you can't find me. I would love to meet you.

Problems I read don't use damaged as a description. Glass, not broken cracked or missing. Metal not bent broken or missing nuts and bolts. Rubber no abrasion bulges or cuts. Any items with air or liquid not leaking. I'll be on campus Thursday, try to find you.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Hey thanks guys. I wasn't sure what to call the front of the trailer to be honest, the pre-trip book I got from school called it a bulkhead or header board. I thought header boards went on flatbeds so I went with bulkhead. As for the air brakes test, I copied that word for word out of the school's manual. According to my instructor the no brakes applied leak test was no longer required in the air brakes test. Let's see, did I miss anything else...

Yes, the tandem release arm, the marker lights and the oil pressure gauge time. Thanks guys, this helps a lot. I will be tested by the school on the pre-trip next week, so I have one week to get this down.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

No problem, it is here to be critiqued and as a resource :)

Took me about six hours to put together LOL

Hey man i hope you don't mind if i saved this on a file for studying. I start trucking school on tuesday, so i'm trying to learn all i can.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Sorry guys, it completely destroyed my formatting... Thank you to anyone that actually reads this, i really appreciate all the help I can get smile.gif

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Air Brakes Test

1. Chock wheels 2. Build air pressure to 120 PSI 3. Release all brakes (Let air pressure build back up to 120 PSI) 4. Apply 90 pounds pressure with foot pedal (No more than 4 PSI loss in 1 minute) (hold for 65 seconds) 5. Then pump down pressure with foot pedal (low air warning should come on at or above 60 PSI) 6. Continue pumping down pressure (Red and Yellow buttons should pop out between 20 and 45 PSI) 7. Safe (transmission in neutral, clutch to floor) start engine and raise RPMS up to 1200 and rebuild pressure, watching for warning light to go off at 60 PSI 8. Continue building pressure to 85 PSI (Should build to 100 PSI in 45 seconds) 9. Remove chock block 10. Push in red button and gently tug in 1st gear to see if brakes will hold 11. Pull out red button and push in yellow button, gently tug in 1st gear to see if brakes will hold 12. Idle way in low gear (once truck is moving take hands off steering wheel, apply service brakes to see if it pulls to one side or the other) 13. Put truck in neutral and set brakes.

Temperature gauge I am checking that the temperature gauge is working, normal operating range is between 170 and 195 F

Oil pressure gauge I am now checking the oil pressure gauge, normal operating pressure is between 35 and 75PSI

Ammeter or voltmeter gauge I am checking the voltmeter, normal operating voltage range is 13 to 14.5 volts.

Dash lighting indicators I am now checking the operation of the left and right turn signal, 4-way flashers and high beam headlight indicators.

Air gauges I am checking the air brake gauges and insuring that they read at normal pressure of 120PSI

Horns I am checking the air horn and electric horn for proper functioning

Heater and defroster I am checking the heater does blow warm air and that the defroster is blowing warm air on the windshield.

Windshield and mirrors I am checking the windshield and mirrors are clean and clear, have no damage and no illegal stickers that would obstruct my view. I am checking the mirror for proper adjustment

Wipers and washer I am checking to make sure the wiper arms and blades are secure not damaged and operate smoothly. I am also checking to make sure that the washer is operating correctly and has sufficient fluid.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Trailer Suspension

Spring mounts are not cracked damaged or loose, all nuts, bolts and bushings are present and tight

Leaf springs are not cracked, damaged, loose or scissored and all hardware is present and tight.

U-bolts are not cracked, damaged, or loose. All nuts and hardware are present and tight, and there is no shiny metal which would indicate looseness.

Air bags are not cracked, damaged, bulged, or leaking and are properly inflated. All mounting hardware is present and tight.

Shock absorber is not cracked, damaged, loose or leaking and all nuts, bolts and bushings are present and securely attached to the frame. Torque arm is not cracked bent or broken, all nuts and bolts are present and tight.

Trailer Air Brakes

Air lines/Hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulged or loose, or coming in contact with any part that might rub or chafe them.

The type 30 brake chamber is not cracked, damaged or loose all nuts and bolts are present and tight and the lock ring is in place and tight.

Slack adjuster and push rod are not cracked or damaged, all hardware is in place and the push rod has no more than 1 inch of free play ideally.

Brake drums are not cracked or damaged, there are no illegal welds, and no oil or grease leaked down onto them.

Brake shoes/linings are not cracked or damaged, are not soaked in oil or grease and have at least ¼” of material on the friction surface.

Rear of trailer

Doors and hinges are not damaged, all bolts, nuts, pins and cotter keys are present and secure. The doors open, close and latch properly and the door seals are not cracked, damaged or missing. That the doors latch open properly and all latching hardware is present not damaged and is secure.

Running/tail lights are not cracked damaged or loose and are clean and of the proper color red

Brake lights are not cracked, damaged or loose, and are clean and of the proper color red

Clearance lights are not cracked or damaged, are clean and of the proper color red

Tag light not cracked, damaged or loose, is clean and of the proper color, white

Flashers are not cracked, damaged or loose, are clean and of the proper color, red

Reflectors are not cracked, damaged or loose, are clean and of the proper color, red

Reflective tape, is present and secure, covers at least half the distance of the width of the trailer

Splash guards are not damaged, are properly secured and are no more than six inches off the ground

DOT bumper is not cracked, damaged, and the reflective tape is present and secure.

In Cab Inspection

External lights check

Front Left turn signal Right turn signal 4-Way flasher High and low beam headlights Clearance lights Rear Left turn signal Right turn signal 4-way signal Tail lights Brake lights Clearance lights Tag lights

I am checking that the seat belt is not ripped, cut or frayed and that it is secured and adjusted properly and that it fastens and unfastens properly

Safe start Set brakes, push in clutch all the way, make sure transmission is in neutral, start engine.

The ABS light has come on and gone off

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Rear Tires

I would check that the tire is inflated to between 100 105 psi or manufacturer's recommendations with a tire gauge. I would check the tire for any uneven wear or cracks, or damage, and that the tread depth is at least 2/32 of an inch.

I would check that the rims are not cracked, bent or damaged, and have no illegal welds. I would check for rust streaks which might indicate a loose lug nut.

I would check the lug nuts with a lug wrench and be sure they are all present and tight, and that the rims are not cracked around the lug nuts which would indicate that one has been loose.

Axle nuts and seals are present, tight and not damaged or leaking.

I would check the budd wheels for even spacing, be sure there is no damage and no foreign objects stuck in between the duals.

Air and Electrical Lines

Air lines are not cracked, chaffed, bulged or damaged and that they are hanging so that they are touching nothing but the hanger spring.

Glad hands seals are not cracked, damaged, kinked, rolled, and that the hands are properly installed, sealed and latched.

Electrical line is not cracked, chaffed, frayed or damaged, that the ends are properly seated and latched and the pins are not bent corroded or damaged. That the line is not touching cat walk or the truck and is hung at the proper height.

Fifth wheel

Mounting bolts are not damaged or missing and they are all tight.

Platform base is not cracked or damaged and is securely mounted and all nuts bolts and mounting hardware is present and tight.

Locking jaws are secured around the shank of the king pin, and the release arm is in all the way, and is not damaged. The safety latch, if present is locked.

5th wheel skid plate is not cracked, damaged or loose, is securely mounted to platform and is properly greased, and that there is no space between the top of the 5th wheel and the apron.

Sliding 5th wheel pins are properly latched, and are not cracked or damaged.

King pin is not cracked damaged or bent.

Apron is not cracked, damaged or bent is secured to the trailer properly, and all the welds are not cracked or damaged.

Trailer

Bulkhead is not cracked, damaged, bulged or has holes, no missing rivets and strong enough to contain cargo.

Clearance lights are not cracked damaged or missing, are clean and of the proper color amber.

Landing gear are not cracked, damaged, bent, gear pads not are not cracked or damaged, all nuts, bolts and mounting hardware is present and secure. Landing gear is fully raised and the handle is stowed away in the hanger.

Frame and cross members are free from damage, are not cracked or bent and the mounting hardware is present and secure.

Tandem release pins are secure in the locked position and the tandem slide rails are not cracked or damaged, all welds are intact.

Reflective tape covers at least half the length of the trailer and is secure.

Reflectors are not cracked, damaged or loose and are clean and of the proper color.

Lights are not cracked, damaged or loose and are clean and of the proper color.

Trailer Tires

I would check that the tire is inflated to between 100 105 psi or manufacturer's recommendations with a tire gauge. I would check the tire for any uneven wear or cracks, or damage, and that the tread depth is at least 2/32 of an inch.

I would check that the rims are not cracked, bent or damaged, and have no illegal welds. I would check for rust streaks which might indicate a loose lug nut.

I would check the lug nuts with a lug wrench and be sure they are all present and tight, and that the rims are not cracked around the lug nuts which would indicate that one has been loose. Axle nuts and seals are present, tight and not damaged or leaking.

I would check the budd wheels for even spacing, be sure there is no damage and no foreign objects stuck in between the duals.

I would check the hub oil level through the site glass or by removing the cap and checking the level on my pinky. I would check for any oil on the hub which might indicate a leak.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Steering Axle Components

I would check that the tire is inflated to between 100 105 psi or manufacturer's recommendations with a tire gauge. I would check the tire for any uneven wear or cracks, or damage. And that the tire being a steer tire has at least 4/32nd of tread and is not a regrooved or recapped tire.

I would check that the rim is not cracked, bent or damaged, and has no illegal welds. I would check for rust streaks which might indicate a loose lug nut.

I would check the lug nuts with a lug wrench and be sure they are all present and tight, and that the rim is not cracked around the lug nuts which would indicate that one had been loose.

I would check the hub oil level through the site glass or by removing the cap and checking the level on my pinky. I would check for any oil on the hub which might indicate a leak.

Side of truck/Fuel Tank Area

Side Compartment/Safety/Emergency Equipment

The truck is equipped with three red reflective triangles and a properly charged fire extinguisher of the correct rating. This vehicle uses circuit breakers and not electrical fuses.

I would check that the door opens and closes properly and that the window is not damaged. I will check that the hinges are not cracked damaged or loose, and that the nuts and bolts are all present and tight. I will check that the weather stripping is not damaged.

I would check that the mirrors are not cracked, damaged or loose, and that all hardware is present and tight. That the glass is clean and no cracked or damaged.

Fuel tank is not dented, cracked or otherwise damaged and is not leaking. That the metal straps are not in direct contact with the tank and are tight and not damaged.

Fuel cap is not loose, leaking or damaged, that it is clean around the fill hole and that the rubber seal inside the cap is not cracked or damaged or missing.

Steps and catwalk are not loose, damaged or missing, and that they will support my weight and all hardware is present and tight.

Under Vehicle/Rear of Vehicle

Driveshaft is not cracked, bent or damaged and U joints are not loose and are properly greased. Splash guards are present and are not cracked or damaged, and are not more than 6 inches off the ground.

Lights and reflectors are not cracked damaged or loose are of the proper color and are clean.

Frame is not cracked or damaged, free of illegal welds and the crossmembers are not cracked or damaged and are free of illegal welds.

Exhaust system is properly secured, has no tape, illegal welds or repairs and has no black soot which would indicate a leak. Is free of cracks, holes or severe dents. The exhaust bracket is not cracked or damaged and is properly secured.

Rear Suspension

Spring mounts are not cracked damaged or loose, all nuts, bolts and bushings are present and tight Leaf springs are not cracked, damaged, loose or scissored and all hardware is present and tight.

U-bolts are not cracked, damaged, or loose. All nuts and hardware are present and tight, and there is no shiny metal which would indicate looseness.

Air bags are not cracked, damaged, bulged, or leaking and are properly inflated. All mounting hardware is present and tight.

Shock absorber is not cracked, damaged, loose or leaking and all nuts, bolts and bushings are present and securely attached to the frame.

Torque arm is not cracked bent or broken, all nuts and bolts are present and tight.

Rear Air Brakes

Air lines/Hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulged or loose, or coming in contact with any part that might rub or chafe them.

The type 30 brake chamber is not cracked, damaged or loose all nuts and bolts are present and tight and the lock ring is in place and tight.

Slack adjuster and push rod are not cracked or damaged, all hardware is in place and the push rod has no more than 1 inch of free play ideally.

Brake drums are not cracked or damaged, there are no illegal welds, and no oil or grease leaked down onto them.

Brake shoes/linings are not cracked or damaged, are not soaked in oil or grease and have at least ¼” of material on the friction surface.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Approaching front of truck

There are no puddles under the vehicle which would indicate a leak, the vehicle is not leaning to one side which could indicate a flat tire, damaged suspension or a shifted load.

The clearance lights are not cracked or damaged, they are clean and of the proper color, which is amber or white because they are at the front of the vehicle.

The high and low beam headlights are not cracked, damaged or loose, they are clean and of the proper color.

The left and right turn signal lights are not cracked damaged or loose, they are clean and of the proper color, which is white or amber because they are at the front or sides of vehicle.

The bumper is not cracked damaged or loose.

License plates are present, they are clean and securely mounted and no hardware is missing

Hood mounted mirrors are not cracked damaged or loose, the glass is clean and not cracked. All hardware is present and tight.

Windshield is not cracked or damaged. It is clean and is not obstructed.

Passenger side of engine compartment

Wires are not frayed, chaffed or damaged and are not rubbing on mechanical parts or where they can get damaged.

Alternator (belt) The alternator is mounted securely to the engine, is not cracked or broken, not missing any nuts or bolts, all nuts and bolts are tight, belt has no more than ¾ inch of deflection.

A/C (belt) The air conditioner compressor is mounted securely to the engine, is not cracked or broken, not missing any nuts or bolts, all nuts and bolts are tight, belt has no more than ¾ inch of deflection and is not cracked or frayed.

Water Pump (belt) The water pump is mounted securely to the engine, is not cracked or broken, not missing any nuts or bolts, all nuts and bolts are tight, belt has no more than ¾ inch of deflection and is not cracked or frayed.

There are no illegal welds or patches on the exhaust system and no black soot anywhere which would indicate a leak.

Driver's side of engine compartment

I would check the engine oil, being sure the level is between the full and add marks on the dipstick. I would make sure that the dipstick and tube are not damaged cracked or loose.

I would check that the coolant level is between the cold and hot marks and that the reservoir is not cracked, damaged, loose or leaking, and that its cap is on and not cracked or damaged and not leaking. I would check that the hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulging or loose, and not leaking.

I would check that the power steering fluid is at the proper level and that the reservoir is not cracked, damaged, loose or leaking, and that its cap is on and not cracked or damaged and not leaking. I would check that the hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulging or loose, and not leaking, and no patches or tape on them.

I would check the steering gearbox, that it is not cracked, damaged, leaking or loose, and that all bolts, nuts and cotter pins are in place and tight and that all hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulging or loose and not leaking and no patches or tape on them.

Steering Linkage

Steering column is not cracked damaged or loose.

Pitman arm is not cracked damaged or loose, and that the castle nuts and cotter pins are present and not damaged.

Drag link is not cracked damaged or loose, and that the castle nuts and cotter pins are present and not damaged.

Steering knuckle is not cracked damaged or loose, and that the castle nuts and cotter pins are present and not damaged.

Tie rod is not cracked damaged or loose, and that the castle nuts and cotter pins are present and not damaged.

Air Compressor which is gear driven, is not cracked damaged or loose, all bolts and nuts are in place and tight, it is not leaking. All hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulging or loose, and are not leaking, and there are no patches or tape on them.

Power steering pump which is gear driven, is not cracked damaged or loose, all bolts and nuts are in place and tight, it is not leaking. All hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulging or loose, and are not leaking, and there are no patches or tape on them.

Front Suspension

Spring mounts are not cracked damaged or loose, all nuts and bolts are present and tight.

Leaf springs are not cracked, damaged or loose, are not scissored, and all clamps, nuts and bolts are in place and tight.

U-bolts are not cracked, damaged or loose, all nuts are present and tight and there is no shiny metal which might indicate looseness.

Shock absorbers are not cracked, damaged or loose, all nuts, bolts and bushings are present and tight and there are not leaks.

Front Air Brakes

Air lines/Hoses are not cracked, damaged, bulged or loose, or coming in contact with any part that might rub or chafe them.

The type 20 brake chamber is not cracked, damaged or loose all nuts and bolts are present and tight and the lock ring is in place and tight.

Slack adjuster and push rod are not cracked or damaged, all hardware is in place and the push rod has no more than 1 inch of free play ideally.

Brake drums are not cracked or damaged, there are no illegal welds, and no oil or grease leaked down onto them.

Brake shoes/linings are not cracked or damaged, are not soaked in oil or grease and have at least ¼” of material on the friction surface.

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Pre-trip inspection checklist for DMV pre-trip exam (please proof read)

Hi guys, my instructor at CDL school suggested that I write up sort of a pre-trip inspection spiel for the DMV pre-trip exam, of course we can't bring our notes to the exam, he was just suggesting writing to help us remember what to say during the exam. I have done that, now would y'all mind proof reading it and telling me if I missed anything or worded something wrong? I was going off of the school provided book, but it has some things missing so I was a little concerned I might miss something. Thanks :)

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The FlyingTanker has Started School

I hit publish too soon, here is my diary smile.gif

On June 21st in the afternoon I drove the 160 or so miles to Drumwright Oklahoma to start my CDL training. My Training is beginning with the CDL permit prep class, which is two days long, then I will take the permit tests and drive home, and will come back Tuesday of next week to start the real truck driving course.

I got to my lodging at the Driller Inn at about 5:45 last night, unpacked, then drove to the school to kinda check it out. After that I ate dinner, hung out in the house for a while and went to bed. Not really much happened. My house mate did not get in until late so I didn't see him until this morning.

This morning, June 22nd, I headed over to the school at 6:45 as I had been instructed in the email, and found out that I was fifteen minutes early and the east entrance, which I had been instructed to use was still locked. My house mate found me wondering around and brought me over to the south entrance and I met my instructor Mr. Towner. My class is made up of four guys including myself, and two girls.

Initially we were introduced to the school, given some paper work to fill out then sent out to a tiny clinic in town to get the DOT physical done. That was pretty painless and easy. After that the instructor gave us a tour of the school building, he would have given us a tour of the course too, but the DOT was all over the place and he didn't want to be in the way. After the tour we came back to the classroom and started on the airbrakes portion of the CDL manual. We stopped for lunch around noon, and when we came back in at one o clock we played with the air brake simulator, finished up the air brakes chapter and moved on to the combination vehicles section. Each section of the course includes us reading the manual, then a video, then the instructor quizzing us on the section and expounding on it.

Class ended around four o clock and I headed back to the house. There really isn't much more to tell. I will probably get better at this blogging thing in time, I hope to include more pictures and maybe even videos in future posts. That is it for now folks, Lord willing I will post again tomorrow.

June 23rd

Class started at 7:00. It began with CDL test prep videos for General Knowledge and Combination Vehicles. Lunch was at noon. After lunch we watched a couple more videos, then we did practice tests for the rest of the day. I aced all the practice tests scoring 100% on all but General Knowledge which I scored 98% on. Class let out at 4:00. After I got back to my room I was bored so I decided to go ahead and study for the HAZMAT test. I studied until 8:45, then went to bed.

June 24th: Test Day

Class started at 7:00 again. We just focused on tests. I mainly focused on HAZMAT since I had all the others down. Our appointment for the real test was at 1:00, but around 11:00, everyone was ready to be done with practice tests and a few filtered out. At 11:30 our instructor let class out and told us we could go early but we would probably wait in line. We all decided to try and see if they would take us early and headed out. I rode with one of the other guys. We both arrived first and got in the regular line. At about 12:45 we got called and by 1:00 we were taking our tests. I opted to take all the tests for all the endorsments except Passenger, and I passed all of them. So I have, Tanker, Doubles/Triples, Air Brakes, Combinations and HAZMAT done. I really didn't think I would pass the HAZMAT, I did so little study on it, but I did. The guy I rode with and one other guy from our class passed, the other three failed. Those of us that passed got to come home Friday and we don't have to go back to class until Wednesday when the real course starts. Everyone else has to go back Monday and try to pass again. Anyway, after we got our paperwork from the DMV we headed back to Drumwright and got our CDL permits. We then went to the school and got our permits copied and after that I headed home. It was a good day. I studied so long for those tests, and it payed off.

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The FlyingTanker has Started School

Well folks I have started trucking school at Central Tech Truck Driver school in Drumwright Oklahoma. I am so excited. First a big thank you to Trucking Truth, I passed all of my endorsement tests, even HAZMAT on the first attempt. I aced all of them except General and I had an acceptable score on that one smile.gif So thanks, This site is awesome dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

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TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

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Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

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