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2-1-18 Day 9 of school We had a little change of plans today. Instead of our midterms and preinspection test, we worked on lane change backing in the morning. And we spent the afternoon on tested road drives. As we do more road drives, the testing gets a little more difficult because we are becoming better drivers. One thing to note, backing practice is something we will work on throughout the program. In addition, we also practice the same maneuvers while learning new ones so we stay sharp on all of the backing skills. Tomorrow marks the halfway point of the program. The time goes fast!

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2-2-18 Day 10 of school Today we had midterm written test. And then we were also tested on a pre-trip inspection. It is important to be knowledgeable on the entire pre trip inspection since you will be tested when you take your CDL test. In addition, you MUST perform the air brake test correctly as part of your in-cab inspection or it is an auto fail. We spent the afternoon practicing our lane-change backing and parallel parking.

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.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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Still here, keeping up with your progress! Glad your progressing & wish you all the best when testing time gets underway. Keep the updates coming please.

Jmart's Comment
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Still here, keeping up with your progress! Glad your progressing & wish you all the best when testing time gets underway. Keep the updates coming please.

Thanks! Sure will!

Chuck 's Comment
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Jmart, thank you so much for all of your progress updates they are very helpful. I am also looking into CFI along with some other companies and I like the things you are saying about CFI. I have to yet speak with anyone about them recruiter wise but it is nice to get the lowdown from someone currently going through the program and what it expected of students. I know that Big Scott went through the program as well and he has been a good proponent of their program as well. I look forward to reading more of your updates. Good luck

Whitewolf's Comment
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The information you have provided has been very helpful. Thank you. Hope you are doing well on your journey. I to am looking to start my training through CFI and currently reviewing the study guides on this site. As soon as i receive my exemption from the FMCSA I can start orientation. Driving otr has been something I have wanted to do for awhile. Good luck with your ventures.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott's Comment
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The information you have provided has been very helpful. Thank you. Hope you are doing well on your journey. I to am looking to start my training through CFI and currently reviewing the study guides on this site. As soon as i receive my exemption from the FMCSA I can start orientation. Driving otr has been something I have wanted to do for awhile. Good luck with your ventures.

What exemption do you need? Have you spoken with CFI yet?

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jmart's Comment
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2-2-18 Day 11 of school We only had 1/2 day of school today due to weather. So, no driving, just classroom time. We covered trip planning and cargo securement (dry van). We didn't go real far in depth with either of these two subjects. I am expecting CFI will cover these in more depth.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Big Scott's Comment
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You will be issued 4 straps with your truck. Only rarely will you need one.

Jmart's Comment
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2-6-18 Day 12 of school Today we spent the morning practicing our lane change packing maneuver as well as parallel parking. After lunch, we were graded on the blind side parallel parking. Some of us got tested on the drivers side parallel parking. We had to finish about an hour early due to freezing drizzle. Depending on weather, we may not have school tomorrow. If needed, we will come in Saturday. We have lane change backing as well as 3 graded drives that need done this week. As you can see, backing is practiced a lot.

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