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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Thank you!

Will you have opportunity to do more practice before then?

Yeah, I am scheduled to do a couple of hours in the truck the day before the retest. Hopefully, that will be enough.

The news just keeps getting better. As if the wait wasn’t bad enough, I was told that Indiana is changing the backing manuevers in 2018. They are supposedly dropping the parallel and adding a 90 degree alley dock. This concerns me a bit, as I don’t know yet if I will be required to do the alley dock or if when I retest, I will be allowed to do the parallel. Hopefully, I can do the parallel because if I have to do the alley dock, I will need more time in the truck in order to learn it.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Need help down shifting

Not every truck shifts the same, but the ProStar I have been training in seems to like about 1500 rpm for the downshifts....use the quick speedometer formula that Planb gave you above.....45mph 4+5=9th, 35mph 3+5=8th, etc...shift to neutral, rev to 1500, shift to gear.

Make sure you are slowing down enough before you try to downshift. You should be below 1200 rpm.....

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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This is why we have a bad reputation

At the intersection a mile from my home there sits on the ground three sports drink bottles full of yellow liquid......I can guarantee you that it is not anything you would want to touch.......

I can’t fathom the type of sorry individual who would discard there pee bottles in such a manner. I can only hope that I never witness it first hand as I am likely to retrieve said bottles and return them to their users by air and opened........

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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DOT Physical question

That’s great news Curt! A lot of us “older” guys are on the 12 month schedule for physicals because of existing medical conditions and the meds were on to treat them. That’s not a big deal at all.....

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Local job possible?

I don’t understand why you think you screwed up....because you didn’t find your dream job right out of driving school??

You have your class A license which will allow you to drive any class A or B vehicle (not passenger). So if you want a straight truck job, you can do that.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Question about medical Cpap machine for sleep apnea

I would take the safety directors advice. Wait until you get a truck, see what you need, if anything, then work out how to make that happen. Small inverters are not that expensive. They might be able to advance you some money to purchase one if you find you need it.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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DOT Physical question

I would recommend that you get your DOT physical and study for the permit test using the High Road Training materials here on TT. Once you are prepared, go take your permit test and get that before you go to CDL school. This way you can be reasonably sure that your financial investment for school will not be in vain....

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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I am poison to most trucking companies

Looks like he just posted around week ago......

Which companies accept accidents if there is only property damage

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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DOT Physical question

You will need to get your dot physical before you can test for your cdl permit.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

School just called me. The earliest the testing site can get me in is Jan 23rd.....☹️ My mistake is becoming even more painful......

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

Hi Reyn, no I really wasn’t able to watch anyone else. I have a game plan for the next time if I get that route. I will need to essentially slide left as soon as I can once the curb on the drivers side is cleared. I think I held my lane too long.....If I get the same route this next time I may even finish my turn in the center lane instead of the right....I might lose a couple points for that, but it’s better than the automatic fail of hitting a curb.....

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

Yes G-town, it was a right at a busy intersection with a traffic median and curb on the left hand side that forced you into the turn earlier than you would want. I went as high in the turn as I dared, for fear of curbing on the drivers side and I caught the passenger side curb with the trailer......it is an intersection/turn that definitely wasn’t designed with trucks in mind....lol

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Solo OTR work hours vs personal time

I like the clock Errol.....😂

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Parrothead, do you do any training out of Cuba?

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

Thanks PackRat, yeah, I was pretty bummed to say the least. It was a pretty nasty little turn. Guy before me failed at the same spot for the same thing. No excuses though, I screwed up.......I’m eager to try again.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

Well, disappointed to report that I failed my drive. Pre-trip was good, backing was good, but I hit a curb on my drive. Automatic fail.......it was going good right up until the point it didn’t.

I am waiting for the school to set up my re-test. Hopefully I will get it done before Christmas.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Thank you!

Hello all, just a quick update on my progress, but more a big thank you to this site and all of the folks here that are so committed to helping us newbies!!

I have two drives left at school and I test next Friday. I haven’t posted really anything about my experience at school to this point because it has been exactly what I had expected from reading all of the previous training threads. If you put forth the effort, study and listen to the instructors, you will get through it.

I will check back in next Friday to let you all know the results....

I am scheduled to attend orientation with McElroy starting Jan 8th. So if anyone else is headed to Cuba for that class, let me know!!!

But again, just a huge thank you to ALL of you guys and gals for sharing such a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise....It has all been hugely beneficial and incredibly accurate!!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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HOS - mindset and practicality

Thanks for that example Turtle. Helps us new guys to see the numbers! At least for this new guy.....the split sleeper rule still makes my head hurt.....lol. Good thing it looks like I will be running for a company that has weekends off.....haha

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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TruckingTruth Article: Self Driving Vehicles Are Coming Soon You Say? I Say Please Stop Clowning Us

As long as these autonomous vehicles have a chance of having a malfunction or of being hacked and used as weapons targeting schools, hospitals, government buildings, etc....there will have to be humans able to disengage the "autopilot" and take control of the vehicle.

Could you imagine the chaos if a hostile entity "commandeered" 20-30 tanker trucks and directed them at soft targets???

Then there is the point made previously that people just don't trust technology. Now this may eventually change, but it will take quite some time. I spent over a decade in the aviation industry. The technology has existed for over 30 years that could take off, fly enroute, and land an aircraft without human intervention, but you still have two pilots sitting up front. Why? Because machines break and nobody wants it to be them in the back of the plane when the computer goes dark.....

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Doing my own thing

I don't know why people ask for advice if they have no intention of at least considering it in their decisions.....unless of course, that person is just trolling.....but seriously, in my short time here I am somewhat amazed by the number of folks that post with these pie in the sky dreams and not a clue about running a business. They think they are just going to go out and buy a truck and make a bunch of money. My sole purpose in my endeavor of pursuing this career is to help the financial STABILITY of my family as my daughters go off to school.

I actually have more than enough resources at this point in my life to buy a truck, but why would anyone want to take on all that risk for only a CHANCE at a slightly higher income than a company driver.....and from the failure rate of new drivers, that chance of a higher income is minuscule.

If after my daughters graduate college and I decide then that I want to play with my own truck, then I might just give it a try. But certainly not now when I NEED the income......

So Cookie, I guess if you don't need to make money, then by all means, ignore the years and years of experience of those that have done this and are telling you it's a bad idea and just go out and buy yourself a truck.

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