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  • Location:
    Greenville, SC

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 months, 1 week ago

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I'm just starting out, learning all I can.

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Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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I DONE DID IT!!!!!

I was so dang nervous, y'all! I got my nerves so twisted up I actually cried from relief when we pulled back in!

I am sooooo relieved. Thanks to all y'all for your help through it all.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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I have forgotten to post!

I've been driving and doing really well. A different instructor showed me a different method and I haven't stalled since. He actually said I'm doing awesome. He used that word :)

I test today at 2. I'm a little nervous, but 2 different instructors told me I'll do fine.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I forgot to post last night. I made a 98 on my pretrip. I forgot the dang horns! My buddy took her backing test and failed on the 90 degree. Otherwise, it was a scorcher out in the sun. I practiced my backing some when I could.

Today, I took my backing at about 820am. I got 7 out of 12 allowable points. All of them were on that dang 90 degree. But hey, I passed. I started driving with a trainer at 3 and went to about 830. We had to come in early because an air line started leaking. Trainer said I was doing really good, but I started stalling when starting from a dead stop. Especially on hills. I had some pretty rough starts :(

I drive with another trainer tomorrow at 1. So.... I get to sleep in! And I'm really like the guy I'll be going out with. I'm having a lot of fun!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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She tested and failed 3 times. She refused to practice anything but the 90 degree, even though she couldn't get past the offset on her tests. And she hardly practiced.

Yesterday was another long day in the sun, but I practiced all 3 backing maneuvers and did really well. My friend took her pretrip test and got a 98. Overall, a good day!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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At this point, I'm just practicing when I can and waiting when I can't. I test Monday for my pretrip and backing on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, my roommate failed out today and I spent the whole evening helping her find a way home. *sigh* drama!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Not a lot to report today. I spent more time in the sun waiting. I did some pretrip studying and found out I need to go over it a bit more. I finally practiced backing right before we all left. Tried twice. First time I had 2 pull ups and the 2nd time I had one. I'll call that a success.

The examiner told me and my girls that he wants us to wipe the floor with the guys in our class. He expects us to excel. So, that's pretty cool.

After school, I went to my friend's room and typed up my own guide to the pretrip. I think its pretty good :)

My roommate is watching the game and yelling very loudly. It's after 10 and I have to wake up at 530. Yay

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Week 3 started off pretty good. I was 3rd in line to do my backing. I nailed it my first time. Then the next 2 tries throughout the day, I got progressively worse. I was all over the dang pad that last time I tried the 90 degree turn.

Other than waiting for the truck and going over the pretrip, it was pretty uneventful. I will test early Monday. So, it's possible I'll get out in 4 after all.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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So I jumped in that truck this morning ready to roll and effed up that 90 degree backup. I just couldn't get it without guidance. Later on, when I finally had some time with the instructor, I did fine. I just can't figure out the reference points. I definitely need more practice. I did finish my observation hours today.

I found out today I'm probably going to be here a 5th week - all because the people before my class keep failing, so they keep filling up the test schedule with retests. I am not happy about that at all. I'm actually quite upset. I am not sure how my bills will get paid next month. I just gotta keep pounding on and have faith.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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I made it on time again... I spent the day in the sun waiting for the truck to practice. The guy who tests us told me and the girls to stay on that truck since it's the test truck and we'll be testing soon. There were at least 10 of us switching out. There were a few guys who just didn't grasp the concept of waiting in line and kept jumping in front of people. That crap made me mad. I got in the truck 3 times total. The first time, I tried and failed to do an offset. The owner/instructor saw me struggling and came over to share his method. I did what he said and nailed that junk. The next time I got in, I was going to practice offsets, but another instructor saw me and started showing me the alley dock. So, I went with it. I listened and backed in 3 times in a row nearly perfectly. Only 1 pull up the whole time. I don't know how I'll do without him there guiding me, but we'll see. Later on, I jumped back in for more offsets. BAM! Nailed it.

After school, my roomie, my friend/teammate, and I went to Costco, then Aldi, then Lidl, which is another grocery store around here. We had so dang many groceries. It took us 3 trips with all of our arms full. The vegetarian made dinner again and it was delicious. Dude can cook, yo! Then we all had some watermelon. Now it's time for bed!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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So the day started off with more observation. The guy I rode with was actually the same one I rode with that first time and he has improved drastically. It really gave me more hope for myself, lol. At 12, we had lunch at that church we ate at last week. After lunch, I hit the pad for offsets. Holy Heck, Batman! I didn't do too bad, but I'm a perfectionist, so I got really mad at myself for having to use those pullups. Came back to the hotel a bit early and then went to a fellow student's room for dinner. He is a vegetarian and found out I'm trying to eat healthier, so he invited me and my girls over. He made a veggie rice bowl with a side of kiwi. It was amazing! Then I came back to the room and watched some videos about backing. I think I see where I was going wrong. I am anxious to try it out tomorrow! I only have 1.5 hours left of observations, so that should be knocked out tomorrow, too. I really am enjoying myself and having a good time. The instructors are all really cool and helpful and the other students are great. Thanks for reading!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Offset backing is no joke!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I forgot to post last night. Got to school on time :) Then we went out for observations. I spent all day in the sleeper berth of a Volvo watching newbies drive. The first one was a woman who did excellent. And it was her first time! The next guy did ok, but not great. Then it was time to head back to the hotel. I hit the sack early because I was so tired.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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My girlfriend made me a practice pad, y'all.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Let's put some faces to names

Me on the left. My future teammate on the right.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Thursday started with another roll call. After that, instructor Wes came in and had us sign a sheet about coupling and uncoupling. Then he took us outside and showed us how to do it with one of the trucks. After that, we went in for a bit more instruction and then a test. I was the only one to make a 100. After the test, they released us. It was noon and we were able to stay and pretrip, stay and practice backing, go on a ride and get in some observation hours, or just leave. My teammate and I chose to start observation. We rode with a 4th weeker who was driving for his first time. He did ok, but it was a bit nerve wracking. Part of the reason was because it made me super nervous for when I get to do it. We rode for 3 hours, then we hit the off-set truck and started that. I did really good 2 of 3 tries. During the 2nd one, I had the truck and trailer at a 90 degree angle before I even realized it. I pulled up and backed it in with no problems. He said I did good for a girl. Finally, we left at about 4:30. We went back to the hotel, then to pick up a rotisserie chicken. She made a salad, deviled eggs, and some corn to go with it. It was dang good eats. After dinner, I packed up and drove home for the weekend. I'll follow up Monday...

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Nighthawk, I'm not trying to be mean or nitpick but you really need to work on being on time.

Not offended at all. You are so right!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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I forgot to write last night about yesterday.

We got there right at 7:06am, just in time for roll call. After roll call, we went out to do pre-trips with a 4th week student. My friend, who will be my teammate for the first 6 months, and I stayed a bit longer to get more familiar with the components.

Then we went in for some more classroom instruction. We talked about hazardous materials and then learned map reading and a bit of trip planning.

After lunch, a state trooper came and talked to us about safety. Then we went out for straight-line backing. We were in line for off-sets when some other dudes jumped in the truck before us. So, the girls and I went and started going over pretrip.

Then I grabbed a pizza and headed back to the hotel. My teammate and my roomie and I all studied pretrip while stuffing our faces.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I got to drive today!!

The day started out with going over the pre-trip inspection outside in the rain. Then we watched a guy test out on his. He got a perfect score. After that, we went in for classroom instruction about the pre-trip and logbooks. We went to lunch at a local church that feeds people in the community on Tuesdays. It was a good lunch with classmates.

More classroom instruction, and then they released us an hour early. I asked our instructor if I could use the extra time to jump into a truck and try it out. He grabbed another woman in class and I grabbed my friend. The 3 of us (the only girls in the class) followed him outside and he showed us how to straight-line back the truck. Then we all took turns at the wheel. I skimmed one of the cones my first time, but did good otherwise. The guy who does testing, Eric, was out there guiding us and said we're already doing better than some of those in their 3rd week, and we're only on day 2! He offered to stay after with us for the rest of the week and said after we can all back 3 times in a row in good form, he'll move us to the next step. So, we will definitely be ahead of the game. It was super exciting and I can't wait to drive again.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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