A New Adventure

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Eric H.'s Comment
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As those who were reading my Roehl diary, I'm no longer there. After things were taken care of I am now with a different company. I considered returning to Roehl, but this company got me up here to Indiana yesterday.

So... this new adventure starts. I'll put Day One later this evening on here.... so join me on this journey. It's gonna be a wild ride, I'm sure....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eric H.'s Comment
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Day One:

Well, day one is your typical boring day here in Indianapolis. I got up around 6:30. Didn't go down to the cafeteria till around 7:40. Class began at 8.

Today consisted mainly of paperwork, contract signing and a drug test. That was it. So as anyone who reads this can see, a typical boring first day.

But so far I like it here and the group I'm in are some pretty cool people. Tomorrow will be much of the same so I may not post again till Wednesday.

So until next time folks!!

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So, before I get into day 2 and 3, let me tell you, I've learned a lot, and I mean A LOT, in my 3 days here. I can already tell that the instructors here want you to be successful and give you tips and such to make sure you will be.

After 3 days I know I will succeed, where in other places I would have certainly failed. It wasn't an easy decision to leave the previous company (I will no longer be naming the company I am with or was with), but I can tell that it was the correct and right decision for me.

So... here we go.....

Day 2: Tuesday was a day filled with presentations on various subjects, watching some videos on double clutching and shifting, plus we did a little work in the SIM room here. These sims are freaking awesome!!! We did work on the straight line. And other than the machine I was on being messed up, I did pretty well.

That was pretty much Day 2. Boring. But I did some learning today.

Day 3: Today was equally as awesome. We started off with roll call, had a brief presentation, then we were split into groups. One group went outside (Brrrrr!!) and was show the pre-trip. My group headed into the Sim room to work on shifting.

A few of us either have experience in driving or already have some training, so for some of us this Sim was pretty simple. These machines aren't perfect. But they can help you with the gear pattern and getting that muscle memory for DC. After lunch we switched.

The way the instructor did the pre-trip made everything easier. If you do it as he showed you and study on it, you should pass easily.

That was all for today.

Tomorrow it's more SIM time for one group while the others go to a range to do some straight line backing. Then of course we switch. Should be a good day!!!

Well, I'm in my room studying on the pre-trip. I know the parts and where they are, just gotta make sure I have the words right.

So I hope everyone is having a good day and I look forward to posting for you folks!! I finally feel I'm on the correct path to get those L's!!!

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eric H.'s Comment
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Day 4:

Another day gone. But it was a pretty damn awesome day!! As usual we started out on the sims. Did suburban driving today. Well until the instructor wanted to throw me and a few others who are doing well for a loop. I ended up getting some steep hills and my mind went blank on what to do. I knew to go in a low gear but it wasn't translating in my head. But it was a great learning experience.

After lunch we headed out to a into rangee and did some straight line backing. The trainer on that said I did a good job. You can tell if you're doing well here or not.

If you're doing things right, not much is said to you.

So although it seems like a boring day it was awesome. And I'm getting to know the other trainees better as well. Everyone in my training class is awesome. They're good peoples.

But that was my day. Day 5 tomorrow is the end of the week until Monday. So I'm about to hit this pre-trip up all weekend.

Until tomorrow!!

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