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Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

The best way I know to help you maintain a good flow while saying the pre trip is to pretend you are teaching it to someone who has never done a pre trip before. When I was in school we had new groups of students coming in each week. Whenever I had a new student watching me practice pre trip it was easier for me to say because I felt like I was teaching it instead of just saying the words. It had more meaning i guess.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Look what I brought home today...

Woohoo!

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Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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We are hired!! US Xpress here we come!!

I'm happy for you, Amber. I wish you much success at US Xpress.

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Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Linehaul pay stub

All that money probably gets pretty hefty. To ease your burden, I will be happy to take a little bit of it off you.

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Thanks for sharing.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

Thanks for adding a little something to the mix, Turtle.

*aside* Between you and me PackRat, I think they put a little somethin' in the water over there at Walmart. Just sayin'...

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Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Americold Caves

(Not trying to answer for Big T. here) This looks like the cave I was at most recently, Rob. They did provide a map at the gate showing you where the cave entrance is. There was parking just outside so I walked into the cave to check in. After i got a call with door assignment i drove in. After i got loaded I then asked "how the heck do i get out of here?"

Big T. may have had a different experience.

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Americold Caves

Is that snow blowing around in there?

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

That's great, Victor! Your positive attitude will help you get through difficult situations. I hope future students will be inspired by reading your training diary.

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

Excellent suggestions! I will add them to the list. Thank you.

Posted:  1 week ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

Oh, yeah...following distance of course.

Posted:  1 week ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

So I have incidentally come up with a student driver catch phrase of sorts. Not as snazzy as "Watch your wagon", but I think it works.

I keep telling my student to exaggerate things: Turns) make them wide - exaggerate the turn.

Stopping) begin braking before you think it's time to brake - exaggerate the braking distance.

Changing Lanes) Look at all your mirrors - exaggerate the time it takes to make sure you can safely switch lanes.

Pull-ups while backing) If you think you need 10 feet, take 20 (if space is available) - exaggerate the distance you pull up.

And of course when my student is talking to his wife - exaggerate how awesome your instructor is!

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So yes, exaggeration is the key to graduation. Can you think of any other lessons that fit the phrase?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Congratulations, Marc. I dont have to ask you if you are excited to get going...with all the unfortunate delays you've experienced, I'm sure you're climbing the walls with impatience. Good luck! And the Grateful Dead reference was a nice touch.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trucking Truth Driver Productivity Leaderboard

That does sound like a wonderful idea. There just may be too many variables involved when comparing drivers in different regions. Perhaps new drivers could use something like this to measure their own progress as they gain experience..? Then their progress can be compared with other drivers' progress. IDK

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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The Training Has Begun

I met my new student today. Luckily we get along great.

After cruising around the yard for a bit we hooked up to a trailer and hit the road for a couple hours. He performed phenomenally well! After that I had him practice some basic straight backing. He's a natural. He kept it in between the lines on his first try and several subsequent attempts. He is a couple years older than me but, it was great to see him smiling like a kid when we got out on the road. He said, with childlike exuberance , "I cant believe I'm actually doing this. This is so f**king awesome!"

Well, here's hoping things continue to go well. In about two weeks (hopefully) he should be testing for his CDL...

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Off to Prime 11/18...

Welcome to Prime, pirate. Congratulations and good luck with orientation.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Got a question about what I should do after training.....

I would suggest asking your fleet manager (your trainer's fleet manager) about that. There is a possibility they don't do securement classes (flatbed) for a couple days around Christmas anyway. The fleet mgr should be able to help you decide what is best.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Started training with Prime

I have some classes in the am. I'll keep an eye out for you.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Started training with Prime

Hi, Liz and congratulations of course. I've been here in Pittston taking trainers classes and relearning how to do the backing maneuvers on the pad and going over pretrip.

Tonight as I was getting ready to leave the terminal (I was standing outside with Richard's sidekick, John) another driver outside said he was here to pick up his student, Elizabeth. I asked if she is from NJ. He said she is. So I assume it is your TNT trainer I met.

He seems super nice. Good luck with TNT!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Walmart Private Fleet

It is always a pleasure to read whatever it is you have to say. You have provided great information here and - dare I say? - a little drama too.

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Brilliant!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trying to evaluate which company is best for us. Help!

Amber, are you and Don looking to run a dedicated route of some kind? If so then you might be able to narrow your search based upon what types of dedicated team routes/accounts are available from different companies. Just a thought to help in your decision making process. That is if running dedicated is something you are considering of course.

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