Calling All Rookies.....

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Old school mentioned in another thread that he feels like a teacher to us but wasn't sure if we were learning or using the info.

Soooo..... I thought we could all post a few ways this site and its veteran drivers have helped us. ;)

1. I never would have passed all 4 written exams without the high road.

2. Old school and others are always encouraging and willing to answer my questions.

3. Errol parking practices has really helped as I now analyze my backing situation before attempting

4. Brett has given me a little slap back to reality at times... in a sweet loving way.

Plus... as a rookie I haven't felt alone. Others are in the same boat here.

Mr. T's Comment
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This site definitely helped me a lot! The training on this site made it extremely easy for me to pass my CDL permit test as well as get my tanker & hazmat endorsements. This site also calmed my nerves greatly when it came to choosing a company because I as many others were just looking at reviews everywhere online that I could find them & man the freighting stories I remember reading. I also heard of all the horrible trainers out there but once I got with mine he was Awesome! I had no problems with him & he KNEW his stuff.

Errol & G-Town always have given me great advice & words of encouragement while I was in training with Swift. These are great guys & hopefully I can meet them one day.

Brett did a Great thing when he created this site & im very appreciative of the information found here.

I would reccommend this site to ANYONE looking into coming into trucking & looking for Great advice!

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  • 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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OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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There are too many reasons to list now but the number one reason for me is that when the going got tough for me and I wanted to quit, I got the tough love and kick in the pants I so desperately needed! Thanks to Old School and Brett, I toughed it out and now I'm out here loving it!

Rob S.'s Comment
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Sooooo many to choose from. Here's a specific I gleaned from Errol. When preparing to back, during the GOAL, when there are no painted lines for the dock look for joints in the pavement and tire marks of previous trailers to line up to the dock.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Pianoman's Comment
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Besides the gazillion things I've learned from this site, you guys always put a smile on my face. That's priceless.

Phoenix's Comment
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I'm on this site researching and reading almost every single day. I've learned little invaluable tips and v.i.p. things here. He's not the only one, but Old School's comments and opinions are among the most valuable and most respected by me. I ALWAYS pay attention to his posts. This site is also helping to teach me the bigger picture of truck driving.

I absolutely use the info I get here and when I read myself to sleep it's no longer with novels but TT. ... Oh dear that doesn't sound how it's meant lol

Old School's Comment
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Besides the gazillion things I've learned from this site, you guys always put a smile on my face. That's priceless.

I love this, and I think a lot of people here will agree with you on that comment. You see there is an educational value as well as an entertainment value to the forum. Brett has done a wonderful job of wedding the two features together so that one learns a lot while being entertained at the same time.

One of the things I love about this forum is the fact that whenever we have someone trolling or trying to ignite some controversial conversation they will generally get a straight up honest answer from the members, and they don't get the satisfaction of seeing the whole thing go up in flames, which is what they were looking to get.

Last Shadow's Comment
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I also want to say as a rookie driver, thank u guys for not being selfish, you actually share ur experience and make us a lot better and aware drivers quicker vs have to go through the scenerio and taking maybe months on learning what to do blind, still go through it but at least having an idea of how to handle it base on what I read has help immensely to me, thank you veteran drivers,.....out

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Besides the gazillion things I've learned from this site, you guys always put a smile on my face. That's priceless.

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I love this, and I think a lot of people here will agree with you on that comment. You see there is an educational value as well as an entertainment value to the forum. Brett has done a wonderful job of wedding the two features together so that one learns a lot while being entertained at the same time.

One of the things I love about this forum is the fact that whenever we have someone trolling or trying to ignite some controversial conversation they will generally get a straight up honest answer from the members, and they don't get the satisfaction of seeing the whole thing go up in flames, which is what they were looking to get.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Besides the gazillion things I've learned from this site, you guys always put a smile on my face. That's priceless.

Luke the night I exposed myself to the next driver after waking up thinking I was late.. then getting locked out of the truck? ??? Hahaha

Old School's Comment
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Old School's comments and opinions are among the most valuable and most respected by me.

Phoenix, you make me blush - thanks so much, that is a high compliment in a such stellar group of people as we have assembled here.

I enjoy sharing, with all of you, the things I have learned along my way.

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