Comments By Joseph L.

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

So after 5 days home I got a call. My new TNT driver Wayne. Got picked up at home, Pittsburgh causing lots of fun for a loaded flatbed and we are off for Ohio.

A short run for me that definitely helped get back into the swing of things.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

No promises lol. Thanks everyone.

Congratulations on the trifecta!

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Don't spend all that bonus money in one place!

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

Most of the last few days where spent in review. Woke up to a light snow in Pittson but wasn't tobad.

I passed my CDL test with a trifecta.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

Been a few more days. We picked up another trainee. This has changed the teaching dynamic alot and for the better. I've been able watch backing from outside the truck and inside the truck as well as going over pretrip together.

Learned to ally dock. Which honestly I thought of the hardest going into it. Now as long you set up and use your reference points correctly it relatively easy. Though I found it can go very badly if you mess up even a little bit.

I attempted to go through all four straightline back, offset, parallel parking and ally dock. I did great on the first three, messed up the setup for my ally dock and completely messed up the ally dock as well.

Was so angry with myself over that, as my last attempt was nearly perfect. (Almost made the entire dock without the need for a pull up. )

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

I cut the turn to tight , pulling the air hoses. My instructor said I'm not the first trainee to jackknife or sweep the deck. He thinks I was just the last straw for it.

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Apperently my you turn in the drop off parking lot was the last straw.

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What does that statement mean?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Equipment provided vs purchased for company driver?

I was wondering about the no chocks comment didn't realize the manuals where like that.

Does your trainee know you use if claw hammers lol

With automatics some companies want you to have chocks in order to do the brake test which we didnt need to chock in the manuals.

For me it is claw hammer, flashlight and jumper cables. I can kill someone with all of them.and get the truck rolling after I bury the body 😂

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

Sorry been busy. Wednesday was alot of sitting around waiting for everything to clear. Drug screen finally came through and I was cleared. I was told my trainer would not be there until the next day. So I spend my time on the pad pre tripping.

Thursday I met my trainer and we spent most of our time on the pad doing back up training, we did some driving turns with the flatbed. I was told to gather my stuff from the hotel and check out. Friday I'd be in the truck and we would go pick up a load.

Friday we went to pick up a load, learned the basics of securing a load and drove to Baltimore for gas and sit out our 10 hours.

Saturday got up at 3 on Saturday to get gas and get ready for the day. We made our 9am delivery, and went off for next load. It's a live pickup on Monday, so we are sitting about a 100 miles out, waiting a 34 hour reset.

Sunday. Obviously still waiting out the reset, but did need to get some repairs done. So got to watch a air hose get repaired. Apperently my you turn in the drop off parking lot was the last straw.

Any updates?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

Day two is over. We went out to the yard, and watched a pre trip inspection on tractor. To give us some context, then went back inside to sit for awhile. I spent my time studying me pretrip material, memorizing information, ext.

In the afternoon we went in to do our simulator tests. That was both nerve wracking and fun. I did near perfect on the clear and snowy highway sections. But managed to clip a bridge because I missed the height sign in the city.

Luckily that was apart of the practice runs. Sat down and passed my simulator test on the first try, now just got to wait to get my clearance, and I can move out to the training pad and hopefully meet my trainer.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Clearinghouse deadline, and new FMCSA guidance about yard moves

Maybe explains the issues we had with it. Had to do it several times before it finally registered

A Government run web site that crashes every time there is a high volume of users to register or log in??? Seems like we have heard this record before???? Hummm...

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Time Driving

Had a hard time sleeping. General nervousness before a new job. Standard day off orientation CBTs, filling out paperwork, asking questions. Ended up working through breakfast and lunch and just finished the CBT. So decided to go get my free meal.

I had not decided on division until I was asked at orientation and went Flatbed. Right now, just waiting around for a chance to use the simulator, not much to report as a first dau

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