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This is a continuation of my earlier posts. I decided to wait until I made it through the 1st half of training to post another update. Half way point of 18 weeks was last week so here is what we've been up to.

(Note: each phase consists of 3 weeks)

Phase 1 was classroom only and was relatively boring to report about but went well and I finished with the top grade. We covered DOT regs, map reading, log books, and a lot about air brakes, drop and hook procedures and backing maneuvers.

Phase 2 we practiced pre-trip inspections, drop & hook, and straight line backing in the field. At the end of the 3rd week we tested for each of these as well as a written test for some other lab work we had been doing. I finished this phase successfully and was quite pleased with my grade.

Phase 3 we moved on to see-side and blind-side backing maneuvers and also covered cargo securement and driver health and wellness in lab. This was considerably harder for me but I was able to maintain a good grade. I needed a 3rd pull up for my see side at a cost of 10 points but did well on everything else.

Today we begin phase 4. Finally after 9 weeks of field only maneuvers we begin taking road rides and really learning how to drive! Super excited!!

Stat tuned for more to come!

Troy

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

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