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Nighthawk's Comment
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Oh.... I forgot to say, when we got to the pickup location, the load had already been picked up! So, we drove all that way and barely had time to get out of the yard for no reason. Trainer is mad. I think it's kinda funny... But I see his viewpoint, too.

Army (not yet retired)'s Comment
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Congrats on your first trip. I honestly would be upset too. All those miles with no load on the back end. Rest up, I am sure another fun filled day of adventures await you tomorroow.

Safe travels

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Cool shot of the sideview mirror and foreground. I was excited to read about your first drive and I think I can relate to the mix of emotions you felt. Keep having fun and keep learning.

Nighthawk's Comment
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Started out at around 730 this morning in Ohio. I drove through Indiana and Chicago to Bellwood, IL. So far my impression of Illinois is that it is nothing but traffic jams and tolls. It was crazy getting through all of that in a manual truck. Y'all, it's so hard double clutching is in that ****!

After dropping that load, we're heading to our yard in Indianapolis to pickup another one. We got to see the windmills in Indiana. That was super cool. I hate I didn't get a picture of it. I ran out of hours, so my trainer is driving now. I'm still digging it out here. I just can't freaking wait to have Carol join me.

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.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Y'all, it's so hard double clutching is in that ****!

No worries nighthawk. I am sure your trainer is just trying to not throw too much at you at once, but eventually I'm sure he will teach you to float gears. I rarely drive a manual as I slipseat and only 1 of our 4 are manuals, but when I do drive a stick I only use the clutch when starting from a stop or coming to a stop. A majority of drivers float gears after they have their CDL , although I recall a few members in here have said they still double clutch after years of driving.

I'm glad you're enjoying it there. Is Carol able to join you right after training or do you need to wait 6 months?

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.

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

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.

Nighthawk's Comment
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I have to team for 6 months before I can go solo, so it will be after that :(

Nighthawk's Comment
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We started at the yard in Indianapolis and stopped at the yard in Little Rock. I am exhausted, but I have time for a full 8 hours of sleep! Plus a shower in the am! Lots of beautiful scenery today. But, I'm pretty sure my trainer hates me. He's very short with me and seems really annoyed that I'm struggling with backing. I'm not sure why I suck, or how to get better. Other than just listening and trying my best to not take it personally. It's just hard for me to figure out which way to turn the damn wheel. I'm a bit discouraged by it. But I'm not ready to quit. Ima keep at it!

Army (not yet retired)'s Comment
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Well I don't drive yet, but stay positive and do your best. As long as you give it 100% that is all you can ask of yourself.

If I were your trainer, which I dont even drive, I would offer extra backing practice in the evening at a truck stop if possible.

Safe travels

Rob T.'s Comment
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Nighthawk it's just going to take time to master backing. I've been driving 9 months and there's still days I struggle. Don't worry about your trainer, just keep reminding yourself that you're new and trying to master the skill. With my original trainer he would get frustrated and begin telling me when, and which way to turn the wheel. It helped me get in the hole but it didn't help me figure it out. Eventually I asked him to keep his mouth shut and let me do it. It just takes time, don't be so hard on yourself. I think it was Rainy who said she avoided truck stops for the first year because she was afraid of backing up.

Nighthawk's Comment
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Today I drove from little rock to new braunfels, tx. I drove about 10 hours total, and we just called it quits. It went smoothly for the most part. He helped me back into our spot here. Aside from that, it was all me, the whole time. There was one time that I dragged the trailer in the ditch... That was scary. And then in heavy Dallas traffic, going up a hill curved to the left and trying to merge into traffic, I couldnt get it into 4th and had to start over in 1st. BUT... I corrected the problem on my own. He even told me I'm doing better!

All in all, I'd call it a good day. AND I get a full 12 hours to rest!! I already ate and pottied. I'm gonna watch The Handmaid's Tale and then pass out.

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.
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