Backing Exams Are The Most Humbling Experience I’ve Had In A Long Time!!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Im guessing you are stalling at the light cause you are stopping in a higher gear, then trying to take off in that same gear. when you stop, automatically put it in the low gear. i start in 3. that way you are already set up for the light change.

Splitter's Comment
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Tonight I was relaxed, of course I am! I’m not being tested. Anyway, I was taking off in 4 & 5 with only one stall at the end cause my knee is killing me. I was going up & down those gears like a champ. When I was testing I donshifted to stop at the light & never dropped the splitter into low gears. I was trying to take off in 8th & never realized it. If I had not stalled it 2 more times? It may not hav been so catastrophic. Anyway, it’s done, it’s outta my system & just pick up where I left off tonight. Yout advice & support really help me focus on the prize! Thank you 🙏

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Starting in 4th or 5th??? Empty? Start no higher than 3rd until you get much more confident and skilled. There is no requirement for the gear you start in...

Take your time and think about what you are doing. Slow things down...everything I have read indicates you might be rushing just a bit.

Splitter's Comment
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G-Town, you’re spot on! The examiner wanted to make small talk to calm me down & all I wanted to do was focus on the task at hand. I downshifted into 6th & never dropped the splitter. Obviously my nerves got the best of me & it cost me huge. If I hadn’t read so many different diaries & all the struggles of the many others who were in my shoes at their time & how they kept at it? Yeah, I’m not out by any means. I’m going to get on my horse tomorrow & ride her like I did tonight. Thank you!

Splitter's Comment
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Sorry for updating y’all so late. I failed again. Yesterday I failed at my first traffic light, today I failed at my second light. No lie, I was still nervous. Not as crazy as yesterday but still there. I really thought I had it. I drove around an industrial park last night just going up & down the shifting & using the splitter. I sat in the truck all morning playing with the splitter to remind myself. Sure enough, I stalled at a light cause I forgot to drop the splitter.

Auto-fail I thought. Confidence leaves me & the light turns green, and I pull off into the intersection like I would my 4 wheeler & wait to make my turn. The examiner said I was turning the wheel & he thought I was turning into the on-coming traffic. Obviously I’m not in my 4 wheeler & I’m definitely not in NYC cause that’s how I’ve driven there all my life.

When he said I failed for that instead of stalling the truck. I felt horribly. Such an easy thing to sit behind the line & wait for the traffic to clear or the turning arrow to start flashing. No excuses! Really boneheaded mistake that I could’ve avoided doing.

I was evaluated by another trainer & he took me city driving for quite a few hours. We went on the highway which is easy peezy in terms of shifting & control. Tomorrow is make or break. I’m going to sleep early & show up for 06:30 roll call. Pray for me.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You can soooo do this!!!! i did it...so can you!!!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You did this all through PSD. The tester is not trying to fail you. Relax and drive the truck. When you stop say to yourself "splitter down". Good luck.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Splitter's Comment
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Passed!! At DMV right now!!

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hahhahaha! Now the fun begins. Congrats!!!

Rob T.'s Comment
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