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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

:D good to hear that your family won the fight and all is well now. I know we (dirt haulers) are typically the most hated I would imagine, because other truckers & regular commuters get stuck in construction zones. And by stuck ofc I mean delayed oh noes! And I be like....but....but....you no like pretty new road and/or sidewalk when done? Look it - pot holes & ruts are no more : (. It's mostly road work I do anyway sometimes sidewalks. Whether that's putting a new one in, or repairing/repaving an old one or maybe they have to redo storm drains underneath them...it's just generally what jobs I end up hauling on. Sometimes it's schools, this year we did a school parking lot, a running track and a playground area. (all different public schools). I get a real sense of accomplishment getting to enjoy something I took part in. I look at the pretty, smooth new road with fresh paint lines and think to myself with a smile...yeah....I helped with that. I mean I didn't make it smooth and pretty, but I hauled out the old road and am part of the process in making the new road pretty /gasp.

Honestly if the truck still going by your place is an owner operator or his company allows riders and friendly, he might let u ride with him into the pit and drop you back off on his way back out. OFC there are such thing as weirdos and stranger danger out there!! so not like I am recommending it per say, but if you did I'd have a family member or friend stand right there to watch you get in and be there for you to get back out. I have people stop me all the time to ask me questions, most of the time I'm pretty sure it happens to me more often because I am a woman. They see this, and generally figure I am more likely to be friendly and non threatening. Sigh, isn't it great how if this we're a conversation between men, we wouldn't bring up stranger danger? Meh it is what it is...not that guys can't get hurt from stranger danger too buttttttt... you know.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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From Teaching to Trucking - My Journey So Far

Very entertaining and suspenseful read :D I know I look forward to your next entry.

You will find that truckers come from all walks of life. There's even a thread in general forum for it like, "what did you do before", something like that.

Next weeks entry: "The Teacher Prepares...to become the student."

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Lyght's Journey To Become A Truck Driver

O.o! your taking your permit test today :D. You had to make an appointment to take your permit test?

Relax, review, relax.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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(Driving question) what would you do if...?

Ever hear a semi go "duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh" hahaha it is literally the only way I can think of to put it in text! Thats a semi using it's jake brake. It releases air from the cylinders to make the engine slow down which helps you slow down. Not sure when you will get to use one for the first time might be after school.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

Well ofc, the company I worked for at the time was a dirt haul company. So depending on how busy it is, one driver will be in the truck in the day and the other at night and if the truck does have a sleeper, it is typically not used unless the company gets a job that is far enough out of town where a driver will consider staying in the vehicle instead of commuting (it happens but most dirt jobs are local). Or one driver could be assigned to a truck for the majority of the season due to only day shifts running and then a night shift will pop up or vice versa and then a different driver would jump in that truck for the opposing shift. I think in this particular instance the driver who was letting their dog poo in the truck had some sort of fall out with the company. I think he quit. So when the next guy took over his rig that's when that story started.

More often then not, we really don't use our sleepers but they are good to have in case we need them. Some drivers even if their assigned truck has a sleeper will bring up campers, rvs or travel trailers to out of town jobs to stay in. Odds are if a dirt job is far enough out to consider it, either there is a "man camp" or there are no showers, bathrooms or hotels/motels/inns available. Most of the time even if there are hotels available drivers wont stay in them, it's an extra $75 bucks (typically) a day in the drivers pockets if they don't for per dium.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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(Driving question) what would you do if...?

Revision: if you are in traffic that is moving fairly constant but is still snail speed, of course leave room for "oh ****" situations, but if jakes are allowed and the truck you are in you can use the jakes in the lower gears you can just be in probably 2nd gear and play with the jakes on and off to control speed. Saying this now I'm thinking of our KW T800s. Jakes only activate if you press the brake pedal. Which is convenient in some cases but in a case like this would not be. Ofc this goes under, know your truck.There are going to be a lot of situations that you won't really learn until they happen. Like most jobs, school and training prepares you but it can't teach you everything.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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(Driving question) what would you do if...?

If your thinking about bumper to bumper traffic as I think you are (stop and go traffic or snail speed traffic <5mph) you more than likely won't even be able to use an engine retarder (aka jakebrake) even on a fairly steep grade. Most trucks jakes will shut off under a certain rpm and some do not activate in your lower gears. Older trucks will but if they aren't shut off before the rpms drop to low it is not good for the engine and it can stall the engine.

Typically in the scenario I am imagining in your question you won't have to worry about jaking, what you'll really need to worry about are your knees and leg muscles because there is going to be a lot of clutch work! Let the vehicle in front of you gain some distance, how to take off on hills up or down you will learn later. I wouldn't bother shifting I would just let the vehicle crawl, controlling speed with service (foot) brake as needed. And stop again. rinse repeat. This is still primarily relying on the engine stopping power of the truck (no jakes). Picking the correct gear to be in is the first thing to do, can you use jakes or are they are prohibited for the area you are in needs to be considered. Know the truck you are in, what gears do the jakes work in, what rpm do they kick out. I would never assume that my jakes are going to work, they can malfunction (rare but true). It's like this, in any vehicle when you get off the accelerator, whether you brake or not they slow down. This is what engine stopping power is.

This is reminding me of rotor milling. It's like being stuck in stop and go traffic, except it's just you and the grinder. Uphill/downhill they do both (uphill is worst). All I know is at the end of the day my clutch leg hates me.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Two questions I got confused on...

I've always loathed the triangle placement questions ha ha. Honestly in my opinion it doesn't really matter which one you choose for the undivided 2 lane road w/ traffic both directions, so long as you are on the right side of the road I would put my 10' triangle on the rear corner unless for some reason like maybe some lighting or some sort of obstruction blocked oncoming traffics view from seeing me there like, a large sign or maybe the lighting behind me is better like if I was facing away from a sunset or sunrise? Then I'd say front. Really for now just remember it's either or not both and the 100' in front and behind.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Two questions I got confused on...

Your actual commercial written exams may vary per state. While the training materials here are the most useful I have found, there can potentially and probably will be questions on the actual state exams that were not covered here. I took the gen knowledge, airbrakes, combination and passenger written exams yesterday (in Alaska) and you can bet each test had questions that weren't in the pretests available here on TT. They are a great tool to gauge where you are at and help to fine tune your knowledge. But of course always reference/read your states CDL Manual. I would advise leafing through the state cdl manual one more time prior to taking your tests and reciting to yourself a couple of things you may have had trouble remembering.

Lag distance = reaction distance for sues description. same thing :D

I'm not sure where the 290ft is coming from, I'm honestly trying to find it :( From the CDL Manual: Perception distance. The distance your vehicle travels, in ideal conditions; from the time your eyes see a hazard until your brain recognizes it. Keep in mind certain mental and physical conditions can affect your perception distance. It can be affected greatly depending on visibility and the hazard itself. The average perception time for an alert driver is 1¾ seconds. At 55 mph this accounts for 142 feet traveled.

Reaction distance. The distance you will continue to travel, in ideal conditions; before you physically hit the brakes, in response to a hazard seen ahead. The average driver has a reaction time of ¾ second to 1 second. At 55 mph this accounts for 61 feet traveled.

Braking distance. The distance your vehicle will travel, in ideal conditions; while you are braking. At 55 mph on dry pavement with good brakes, it can take about 216 feet.

Total stopping distance. The total minimum distance your vehicle has traveled, in ideal conditions; with everything considered, including perception distance, reaction distance and braking distance, until you can bring your vehicle to a complete stop. At 55 mph, your vehicle will travel a minimum of 419 feet. (142+61+216)

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I just quit trucking after giving it everything over a 5 month period.

I'm thinking maybe, leave the door cracked instead of throwing in the towel on trucking. There are many different types of jobs that require a CDL. Generally speaking they aren't going to be a "9-5" but I can more than see why you've thrown in the hazmat towel. I would have too!

Thank you for sharing your experience! Better to have tried it, than to have been left with always wondering "what if". : )

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Road Test Failed : (. Bloggish.

Update: Passed the written exams. Thanks TruckingTruth :D the testing materials here helped me brush up for sure. Other DMV drama goin' down now. CDL Services VS main office DMV manager /gasp!

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Took state exam today

Good job on passing the pre-trip and backing! Good luck on the next one, while keeping the things that got you the first time, still remember the other stuff you did well on!

Some folks focus too much on what failed them the first time that the next time they don't get dinged for those but they miss other stuff! My guy and myself both have done it :D I'm trying hard to not dwell on what failed me my first go at the Class A, but it's still tormenting me. The wound is pretty fresh still :P

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Road Test Failed : (. Bloggish.

Wow so I just called DMV to confirm what I need to do and this time I was assured (via dmv paper info and supervisor) by the CDL end of DMV that there is no 1 year waiting period if your CDL permit expires/lapses you just retake the writtens and that you do not need to go to a passenger endorsement to renew a permit for the second time..........now I'm confused, why was I told this by the other DMV ppl confused.gif guess it's time to brush up on the usual written exams (gen knowledge, airbrakes, combination vehicles). Go down there, and see what happens wtf-2.gif wish me luck!

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Road Test Failed : (. Bloggish.

Thanks for the support Parrot Head 66. Just wondering. How did that nickname come about? I'm having fun trying to think of how.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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A Good Attitude Is Key!

He he. So true Sue. (that's basically your slogan now). There is definitely something to be said about having a better outlook/attitude in general on making your own life more satisfying and easy. Not to say that there is nothing wrong with sometimes having an issue/problem, but you definitely need to know who you need to talk to in order to fix an issue and honestly, not to really complain but rather be constructive about getting what you want/need. Sometimes people also need to look inward for the solutions as well.

Thanks for sharing :D

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

Ugh now that's REAL nasty....worst than the dog poop one because, bird poop is not only harder to clean but can carry some SERIOUS diseases/illnesses. Wheres the hazmat clean up crew! I probably would have looked at it....and just said no.......or company gonna have to buy me a respirator and some industrial long gloves before I clean it up :P

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Road Test Failed : (. Bloggish.

Welp went to my road test yesterday. Ofc by title you've figured out by now, I did not pass : ( . The good news is that I was finally formally instructed on how to do the back up maneuvers, how to properly downshift double clutch and updated on the pre-trip inspection.

Passed the pre-trip with 2 dings. (somehow I forgot to check the city/country horn in cab and missed U-bolt on trailer suspension components) I did initially completely skip the drive-line on the first pass but after the rear of the trailer went back and got it. Passed the straight back, off-set right and alley dock with only 2 points for touching a cone once. Made it through the "city", onto highway / off of highway with 1 point for a moment of terribad downshifting. Where I failed, "knik bridge turn around". I had heard that this is where most test takers fail but I did not know why nor did I ask (too focused on everything else I had learned). Unfortunately in my 1 day training we did not visit that area nor was it mentioned.

Apparently in order to make the turn since it is so tight you MUST "jug handle" turn through what little intersection space is available (use all of it) to not hit either left or right curb. Darn hindsight 20/20 ness. I can't help but keep asking myself questions about "what if I had done this or that or" etc etc etc and semi beating myself up on it. I got down there and looked at this tiny turn like.........oooookayyyyyy. Guess I will just hug my "lane" the best I can without going into the other lanes of traffic. Nope, still off tracked over the curb by 2 feet, I watched seemingly in slow motion (since I was only doing 5mph or less lol) and in horror as the trailer tires made their way towards the inside curb. I did nothing to stop it and just watched the tires run over the curb. I said out loud "annnnnd there's the curb....." knowing that this would automatically fail me. I honestly figuratively froze, not knowing if I had any options nor the thought to try anything other than watch the slowly impending doom. I think everyone honestly at the school was kind of bummed I didn't pass. The road test guy, the other students and I'm assuming my instructor too. Especially considering, I was a couple steps away from completing!

What was left to do after the knik bridge turn around - emergency road side stop. name a posted bridge height, bridge weight or other road sign. return to staging yard (test complete).

Honestly I cried, trying to hold back any tears and swallowing the lump in my throat. (Darn lady hormones :D) The road tester on the way back telling me that I am a really good driver and that he would hire me if he were someone looking for drivers. Also that he is sure that I will pass next time and to call the office immediately for a reschedule. Not necessarily but it's a fancy thought. The other four students also heading back to their cars also somewhat consoled me by sharing their experiences, said they were all rooting for me and that they had watched me do the backing course. Told me I smoked it and that they had watched 9 week guys still fail to complete that portion of the test. They all kind of expressed an "awww man! that sucks you failed right there!!!" I am pretty proud of all of the major improvements and skills I obtained during my 1 day. So now it's back to the drawing board which is -

Getting back on the waiting list for a road test/calling everyone and anyone today that is certified to do road tests. My Class IA Permit expires the 19th so I doubt I will be able to find anyone to test between the 15th and the 18th but it's worth looking into. If I can't find any certified third parties available, it's time to study the passenger's endorsement written exam (dmv loop hole) in order to renew my permit a second time. Then I will need to wait 15 days after the renewal to test again, but at least I am already on one waiting list (same school I tested with yesterday) for now. And practicing where I can with the new found knowledge I gained until the next road test.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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New Found Respect For Truckers

All true and good points :D

Ha ha when I end up slipping a diss out on my ride whether it be the car (mostly my car) or the truck I rub the dash and whisper "don't worry baby I still love you"

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

Well I found it.

Best States To Be A Truck Driver

Not sure if this helps at all but there is links above to help look for job opportunities and companies that sponsor your training up there.

Hope you can find a decent company to start on with that lets you bring along the pup :D Good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

Writing never hurts. I have heard some horror stories from people bringing pets in the trucks before (and not even OTR). It's the inconsiderate ones that ruin it for everyone else.

Worst story. Driver complains that Truck #XXX makes him feel sick and nauseous when he drives it. Thought maybe there was something wrong with himself until he realized that it was that particular truck after driving a different one and feeling fine, then switching back to truck that made him sick. He gets sick again, Company shop guys goes to investigate. After lifting the sleeper bed up, discovers weeks worth of dog crap. The other driver was letting his dog crap underneath the sleeper and left it there. Either that or whenever his dog crapped where ever in the truck the driver intentionally put the crap underneath the sleeper. Either way it's full round disgusting.

This was actually at a company I worked for. The whole company was grossed out, and since....has not allowed pets to ride anymore. It's possible in the past that company had some bad experiences like landlords do with pets. That's what I would imagine anyway. Good luck to you out there. I think in the general forum I remember reading something about another person interested in trucking out of Florida and there weren't many options. If I think of the thread I'll let you know but it was one that I posted on I believe. I don't think I've posted on too many threads to find it O.o

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