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Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Millis Transfer - Eden, NC - Start Date: 5/31/2016

Evan - Ypour instructor LOVES Tilted Kilt more than the students...

Week 3

My third week at Millis's CDL school was all about driving... learning/practicing smooth take-offs, shifting, down-shifting, braking, turning... and, of course, using the Qualcomm. The truck seating arrangement was student driver, instructor in the shotgun and the other 2 students in the sleeper area, which is outfitted with seats for road-training. Millis runs Kenworth 10 speeds... we drove a T700 all this week.

All three of us, in my class, drove everyday... Mon-Fri... typically a little over 100 miles each, each day. Plenty of time to feel good, and bad, at various points throughout the week about one's performance. Four of the days this week, we headed out in morning and drove country roads, city roads, State highways and Interstates. One day this week, we timed our departure so as to complete our "night-driving" requirement. We drove in no traffic, lots of traffic, long stretches at a time and in stop-and-go/traffic light after traffic light situations. We drove on flat straight roads and on roads with lots of curves and hills.

I think all of us, students, would agree that the most challenging situations faced this week was driving at dusk (and after dark) in/through a very heavy thunderstorm. With the rain coming down in buckets... and the wind blowing us about a bit... driving/navigating in stop-and-go traffic was a bit nerve-racking. Luckily... our instructor had a good plan. Just about the time we all needed a break, an opportunity to get out the truck for a bit and collect our thoughts... he had just happened to have navigated us to nice little "distraction" for dinner, the Tilted Kilt in Raleigh :-).

Bottom line, another great week at Millis. After three weeks of instruction, I am still impressed with the program here in Eden, NC. Next week, Monday and Tuesday, will be our "orientation" days. After that, we will coordinate/meet up with our trainers/mentors and join them, in their trucks, for our 15,000 miles of OTR training.

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Truck driving for the ex-IT pro

I also was a deal bound professional. I owned a business finance consulting firm for many years.

Trucking truth website started me on my carrer change.

Choose Millis Transfer as my career path. Have been in my truck for over a month now and I am living my dream.

As a prior efficiency expert for small business owners, it is trying to ignore the huge inefficiencies in the trucking industry. I just have to keep in mind that a lot of folks are not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Heck, some of them are not even in the drawer .

I am always meeting great people.

Unlike the preconceived misconceptions, 90% of truck drivers are cool, friendly and intelligent) or so I have found.

OTR driving can be a great career change, if you are ready for it.

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