Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC Trainging Diary

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Jonathan C.'s Comment
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See also: Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center Review

So, I have 2 days in the books. The whole staff is very experienced and friendly. The first day was some minimal paperwork, and a trip to the Pardee Hospital clinic for the DOT physical. Like an idiot, I drank 2 Mtn Dew Kickstart energy drink that morning, forgetting about my physical, so I had to chill in a dark room for 15 minute to let my blood pressure drop. I finally got it where it needed to be. (whew) Once I get driving, a nice brisk walk at the end of each day and more fruits and veggies, and I'll be good to go.

My Instructor for the last few days, and perhaps, for the rest of the school is Mr. Beason. He is smart, experienced, and has great style. He keeps it interesting! I am a private student versus the CR England student that share the school with us. I only have 2 classmates! so we will get lots of good training!

I am really enjoying everything, knowing that every soon, I'll be on my way to making money, and becoming a professional trucker.

time for bed!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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Ok, I miss spelled Training in the title, I'm tired. spellcheck has killed my spelling.

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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Day 3 finished lectures on Air brakes, combinations, coupling. Me and my 2 classmates will be taking our exam for our CDL Permit tomorrow! I'm going to crank out some practice tests on CDL Study buddy!

Really psyched! talk to ya later !

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Jonathan C.'s Comment
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3rd day of 2nd week. st week was classroom and passing permit test. This week. 1st day, backing up every way all day, same 2nd day. today, drove on the highway for 1 1/2 hours. then backing up and uncoupled and coupled trailer. I am exhausted. instructors are great and I am having fun and learning. at 49 yrs old I am exhausted. I am typing this lying down with laptop on my belly prior to slipping into coma.

Maybey its just me, but the instructors at Alliance in Fletcher are GREAT! friendly and really walk you through everything. ya get off track "ok, pull up, try it again." "chase the trailer" "follow it around" "IDLE!" LOL! any way, im fading

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Jonathan C.'s Comment
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1st day of my 3rd week. drove and observed all day. Drove through lots of small towns on mountain roads. Lots of down shifting, 90 degree turns. getting the shift pattern and hi/lo switch down pat. feels good. 2 more days before Christmas break. filled out some aps. need to find time to call recruiters back. got my Hard copy of my CDL learners permit today. looks cool! everything moving fast now. So much to do. need to cram in some pre trip inspection study in too. Everything is "Properly mounted and secured" !!!!

Happy Holidays everyone! seasonsgreetingstractortrailer-1.gif

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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1st day of my 3rd week. drove and observed all day. Drove through lots of small towns on mountain roads. Lots of down shifting, 90 degree turns. getting the shift pattern and hi/lo switch down pat. feels good. 2 more days before Christmas break. filled out some aps. need to find time to call recruiters back. got my Hard copy of my CDL learners permit today. looks cool! everything moving fast now. So much to do. need to cram in some pre trip inspection study in too. Everything is "Properly mounted and secured" !!!!

Happy Holidays everyone! seasonsgreetingstractortrailer-1.gif

Love that picture. Glad you are doing well!

Happy Holidays to you too. Stay safe

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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