NTTS Week 3

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Hey all,

I figured Id summarize all of week 3 into 1 post. The bulk of the week was DOT regulations and defensive driving. Necessary but definitely not exciting to talk about lol! The excting thing is we are now done with phase 1 training here which was all classroom. Monday morning we finally head out to the field for some real work and I cannot wait!!

All in all its been a good 3 weeks. My GPA is currently a 97 which I'm very happy about, and I know some trucking companies check grades of those coming from trucking schools so I'm definitely glad I did so well.

We also had 5 different companies come and give some great presentations about what they have to offer: Gypsum Express, Werner Enterprises, TMC Trucking, H.O. Wolding, and U.S. Express.

Each company had some great things to offer but currently my favorite is H.O. Wolding. I've been prehired by them and several others, so now I just have to knuckle down and do well on all my practical learning and of course pass my DOT road test.

A word of advice to anyone going this route. Be on time and don't miss classes! UnlIke normal college, if you miss material here you HAVE to make it up. The more time you miss the more you have to make up while still learning other stuff. Eventually it will catch up with you and you'll be sunk so, unless your truly so sick you can't make it or have a legitimate emergency (not getting your oil changed like one lady) be there! And at my school at least, tardys effect your grade and are also seen by potential employers. Trucking employers DO NOT like people who show up late. Remember the old adage in this biz, early is on time!

Next week we begin learning straight line backing, drop and hook , and pre-trip. Should be fun, I'll tell you all about it as I can!

Until then,



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.


What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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