Orientation Sucess/ Waiting On A Trainer

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Heather C.'s Comment
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Hi ladies, student driver here, I made it through 2 days of orientation and been waiting for a trainer...no worries yet, still enjoying my relaxation time, which will be short lived, I meet my trainer tomarrow at the terminal. Any advice for newbies? PLEASE?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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BREATHE! Take your time in everything and don't let ANYONE pressure you into doing something you aren't comfortable with. Also, get your trainer to let you do ALL the backing. Always GOAL and go slowly when backing!

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself!

Heather C.'s Comment
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Thankyou "Chickie Monster" (cute handle) I'm still enjoying my relaxation period, I think my trainer will be taking a 34 hour reset before we start over with fresh hours for the week, so I'm still just soaking it all in, and the anticipation is building, but I don't mind waiting, I have plenty of patience. thank-you-2.gif

Trish's Comment
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Hey! I'm from da burgh too! I'm getting sent to harrisburg for training this coming sunday. Who did you go through to get your CDL?

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.
Heather C.'s Comment
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Hi Trish, I went to All State Careers for my CDL I graduated in March. I am now with a trainer for Western Express, seriously thinking of going otr instead of north east regional , New York metropolitan area is extremely tough for student drivers. My trainer is awesome, he teaching me everything I need to know, from staying organized to being one of the safest drivers on the road. Be sure not to take constructive criticism personally, it is all part of the training process. I gave us both quite a scare the other day making a right turn not wide enough, * mind your trailer* mistakes are gonna happen, that is part of learning too, just don't dwell on them, let it kinda roll of your back and keep pushing forward. Goodluck in Harrisburg and stay safe! Godbless good-luck.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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TruckaChiq's Comment
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Thanks for the advice. Im nervous sitting at HOME 😂 but im going to go forward.

BREATHE! Take your time in everything and don't let ANYONE pressure you into doing something you aren't comfortable with. Also, get your trainer to let you do ALL the backing. Always GOAL and go slowly when backing!

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself!

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