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Amanda .'s Comment
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I'm going to be heading to az for school with swift academy. ...

1- how many students are usually in one class? 2- the email I got for what to bring says 3 pairs of gloves doesn't say what kind just says 3 pairs of gloves any one be able to tell me what kind of gloves those might be?

There's a few more questions I'm debating on asking any advice for now would be nicely apperiacted.

Thanks for your time.

Mandy

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
studpuppy28's Comment
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hey Mandy, you might wanna take a variety of gloves one thick leather pair for handling truck and trailer parts and one comfortable light duty pair I like to wear the brown cotton gloves they r comfortable but when driving you wanna use just your hands to help feel the gears and steering wheel characteristics etc oh and if you have a set of two way radios take them and/or a voice headset the other students can talk 2 you on them when you r practicing your back ups on the yard usually its a cluster of students together with a teacher like between 3 and 5 students while standing around watch and learn from the others mistakes. have the students call out how far you have left to go when backing up have a student on each side and the teacher will be there as well. also get familiar with the degrees of turn in the steering wheel and look down and see how your steer tires are responding look at where you are and do good setups on the range when backing aim your trailer tandems toward where you wanna be so when u get close to the space front, all you need to do is adjust your angle and go in the space also find a remote stretch of road and practice your gear shifting also when you do your road driving while you are in the passenger seat, take a small pocket voice recorder and hold it and ask your teacher lots of questions while they are there and speak what they said into it then play it back when u need it on the road test if you remember the 8 or 9 no-nos and avoid them, then you will make few errors if any and have plenty of points to pass the test you can have like 28 errors and pass so if you ace the pre-trip and the backing up, you can lose points on the road test and still pass easily the hardest part of the pre-trip is the air brakes part its not hard really just important and you can use a memory aid strategy to remember the parts of the truck n trailer you need to call off etc

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Philip F.'s Comment
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Are gloves suggested? I'm here at Prime and I never heard anything about bringing gloves, plus my earlier work we were offered gloves and I just turned them down.

Zach's Comment
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I can't speak for the trainers only from practical experience .Chances are you will be cranking landing gear up/down ,the crank can be dirty/greasy at times .I all but guarentee the fifth wheel lever will be as well.And then there is the potential for pinch points on the glad hands,better to let gloves absorb them ,rather than skin, but.....its your hands .recommend 1 pr of the brown jersey type and 1 pr dotted palm/grip gloves ,leathers are nice but bulky,and usually un-necessary unless you'll be throwing chains and using binders (flatbeds)

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Zach's Comment
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Are gloves suggested? I'm here at Prime and I never heard anything about bringing gloves, plus my earlier work we were offered gloves and I just turned them down.

Zach's unwritten rule #3= never turn down something given freely ,unless you know for a fact its illegal or dangerous.Whatever it is , ...better to have and not need ,than need and not have.smile.gif

RedGator's Comment
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You will need at least 2 pairs one for fueling and one for working (opening trailer doors, rolling landing gear and pulling your fifth wheel) I use the ones coated in polyurethane for fueling in summer and a heavier insulated pair in winter and a pair of suede gloves for working. And of coarse they are all pink:)

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Call me crazy but I've had nothing but one pair of gloves for everything this entire time. I use football gloves. They are very grippy and your skin can breathe through them. They've worked extremely well so far. That's the only kind I have and ever had.

Amanda .'s Comment
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Thank you all for the advice

RedGator's Comment
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Call me crazy but I've had nothing but one pair of gloves for everything this entire time. I use football gloves. They are very grippy and your skin can breathe through them. They've worked extremely well so far. That's the only kind I have and ever had.

Daniel you must not know what a germaphob I am or how anal I am about everything! But seriously your getting diesel EVERYWHERE!

Amanda .'s Comment
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I'm definitely not a girlie girl... I don't mind getting my hands dirty but I hear you on using gloves while getting gas.

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