Profile For DC

DC 's Info

  • Location:
    Springfield, MO

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

  • Social Link:
    DC On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 months ago

DC 's Bio

55 year old, divorced father of two. Starting a new career in trucking. Would like to find a teammate to truck through life with.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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High hooked another trailer today...... Had to do the Crank of Shame

During training, I was advised to look at the gap between the drive tires and trailer apron. Every time I backed under a trailer, i looked at that space between the drives and apron, then as I got close, I got out and looked. Took me 30 seconds to stop and look, and I've caught every high trailer, and low.. (it happens)

Will I ever high hook one? Maybe, but the odds are in my favor, because of doing the hard work early

All this to say, every good habit results from a firm foundation when beginning.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

Heading into SLC

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime CDL School, Tanker Endorsement?

I am a new Prime Driver..

Old School gave you the proper answer..

I have tanker and hazmat endorsement, but drive reefer.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I'm new in trucking, still in TNT training.

That being said, I really hope I never become so jaded that I fail to show another person common decency, whether I'm training them or otherwise.

But it appears trucking is a different industry, where that isn't really important; perhaps that is why there are some who only thrive in the cab of a tractor. It's unfortunate, but it's the brutal truth, and thick skin is required.

So for the other newbies, just know there are others who are feeling your pain. LOL

I'm glad I have the God-given ability to choose how I will be on any given day!

Cheers all!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Orientation with Prime.

Week three now, had to negotiate a 180 degree jack-knife dock.. what the heck?!!!

My Trainer told me, when you’re on your own, there may be times you will see something you’ve never seen

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Orientation with Prime.

Update on Training:

So my first week included plenty of driving, getting stuck behind a rollover on a snowy steep hill downgrade mountain road outside Salt Lake City, a lengthy deadhead in the early morning hours to Kuna ID, cray.... A beautiful day of driving through the Tetons with lots of snow, until a the snow gave way to a wonderful drive through to Billings. An overnight into next day road closure through North Dakota I94 east of Bismark near ****inson, and Icy road driving at night going east past Fargo through Minnesota. So, I'm guessing I got my winter cherry broke a little bit! LOL My trainer told me he's been able to sleep a lot better than he has in many months, I guess that's a really good thing, as he trusts this greenhorn behind the wheel apparently. Shippers, receivers, lots of yard work docking, qualcom, fueling, etc.. All in all, a good week. I logged 400+ miles/day avg. with the exception of the 2 rotations of mountains and ice. Now at main terminal Springfield, I should even get a 34 reset as I was off today. Plus I get a holiday drive bonus! Tomorrow looks to be 40 bound for CA and then hopefully headed NE for another long haul. What a first week it's been!

DC

Posted:  5 months ago

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Orientation with Prime.

I've been at the terminal each day, ready for work. Monday I had to do a sleep study, yesterday got results and picked up a CPAP machine, just as soon as I finished that, my license showed up on MVR, so I met my fleet mrg. and on-boarded. Heading off on first run in a few hours. What a whirlwind day yesterday was. Incredible how things can absolutely turn on a dime.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Orientation with Prime.

Yes, I'm supposed to get the 70 per diem pay, but told only during orientation, which was three days, though, technically I am still in orientation, so I have no idea. It's just really unfortunate. I was told by the driving school, they are 45 days behind in license updates. That is very poor in my opinion. I sent an email in to MVR, but not expecting a reply, because; it's Christmas, and it's Missouri.

I'll keep everyone posted on this new journey, which has fought me every step of the way so far.

Merry Christmas everyone!

DC

Posted:  5 months ago

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Orientation with Prime.

I went through orientation with Prime last week, but still am not cleared to drive, since my license isn't showing in the MVR records in Jefferson City, MO.

It's been 12 days since I passed my test and went to the DMV to get my paper license. I've been told it could be up to 45 days before it shows up in MVR because Missouri is behind in processing.

I'm a bit frustrated, I cannot believe it takes this long for a drivers license to show up in the MVR.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Internet on the road.

That's good info, thank you. I'm not a gamer. But I do stream/record soccer matches from europe, and I trade currency, so I need a good bit of reliable internet. LOL

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Alley dock by sight during CDL test.

Well, today is Wednesday, I have my trainer and we've spoken, he will be in town on Friday, and we will chat about getting on the road.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Internet on the road.

Are there any techies that know the best way to get internet while on the road? I've looked briefly at BPL modems, but not sure if that is the way to go, other than using cell phone as a through-way.

Curious what some of you may have out there.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Alley dock by sight during CDL test.

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I have no clue what to expect, but I'm ready for this new adventure.

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It's great that you're ready, but not so great that you "have no clue what to expect." DC, we've got a whole section of our website devoted to newbies telling of their orientation and training experiences. We put a lot of information together to help you guys know what you're getting into. We can't spoon feed you though. You've got to put in some effort to educate yourself. Going into something complex like trucking requires a high level of preparation.

I forgot, when writing, one must explain themselves explicitly, or they won't be understood properly. I've been through the website from top to bottom, thank you for reminding me. I was just referring to details, LOL interesting how we all communicate differently.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Alley dock by sight during CDL test.

I start orientation with Prime in about 50 minutes.

I have no clue what to expect, but I'm ready for this new adventure.

I will update as I go along.

DC

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Alley dock by sight during CDL test.

My issue quickly became a non-issue as I drew blind side parallel on the next test. I passed that with no points. The previous day I did about a dozen alley docks with no issues either, only using a couple pull ups on each dock.

So, I've passed my CDL A, now on to locate employment.

Thank you for the responses.

DC

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Alley dock by sight during CDL test.

I'm in CDL school, and was taught backing maneuvers, and went to test for my CDL. During the test, I got past the Pre-Trip, AirBrake, Backing, Offset, and drew Alley Dock.

When I pulled up to set my truck up to begin, I attempted to walk to the back of my trailer to eyeball to see if I had pulled too far forward, I thought I had, but was told that I could not walk to the back of the trailer. After I started my maneuver and used a get out, to check my position, I was whistled for walking to the rear of the trailer. Why on earth would a person not be allowed to check all around the trailer to make sure no obstructions or people in the way? I was definitely not stepping anything off, or measuring, because that is not allowed. Flustered, I got back in the cab and attempted to sight back into the dock, albeit not very well, as I got timed out on the exercise, just as I got my tandems in position to clear the front cone and back into the dock.

My instructors told me that it is perfectly legal in the state of Missouri to walk around the truck and trailer during a backing maneuver, and I believe I read that in the state CDL manual. Has anyone else experienced anything like this during a CDL test?

I go back to retest in a couple of days and I just have a feeling I'm gonna draw alley dock again, and I'm assuming as a permit holder with not a lot of experience, I'm gonna have to sight back into the dock, which I haven't practiced at all.

Does anyone have any tips for negotiating this, that might aid me in successfully completing the exercise without getting timed out again?

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