My 5 Months Of New Driver Training.

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Tony W.'s Comment
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Good evening everyone. I’ve enjoyed this site for several months and wanted to get thru my training before my first post. I began my company sponsored driving school in mid December of last year. Reason for this, is I’m from Florida and have never seen snow. I wanted to run the full winter season with my trainer for all the input and experience I could receive.

Going thru the school portion was nearly tolerable. But I soaked in as much info as I could handle.

I got on my Trainer’s truck the day after Christmas. We spent a couple hours on the training pad and then headed to Kansas City for our first run.

Over the next ten days, I absorbed as much as I could, logs, freight lanes, good and bad truck stops, and dealing with being treated like a sub human at most shippers and receivers.

I was lucky enough to travel all the major mountain passes both ways during my training. I was shown how to run all passes without a Jake, in case it ever failed. Most of them were in inclement weather and we even got stuck on I80 twice while they shut it down. Wyoming and Pennsylvania.

As far as driving went, my key words to myself were “SLOW DOWN”! When it’s raining, slow down. When it’s windy, slow down. Traffic, slow down. Snow, ice, sleet, SLOW DOWN. I’m proud to say, we never received a safety notice or a late appointment in my five months of training. Not only is it important to physically slow down, mentally it is just as important. After an eight hour shift at 65mph, it’s important to slow your mind down when coming to your stop. I even taught myself to go thru the fuel island even if I didn’t get fuel at the truck stop. This will give you time to catch a breath, scan for a good spot, and mentally prepare your next move while you’re waiting for the rig in front of you to fuel.

I’m sure this has been said many times, but if I can help one new driver from making one mistake, it’s worth it.

Thanks for the platform trucking truth provides. I will be adding to my post as the days go by, but for know, my thumbs and body are tired. Good nite to all. 👍

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Mike's Comment
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Hi Tony who are you driving for?

Good evening everyone. I’ve enjoyed this site for several months and wanted to get thru my training before my first post. I began my company sponsored driving school in mid December of last year. Reason for this, is I’m from Florida and have never seen snow. I wanted to run the full winter season with my trainer for all the input and experience I could receive.

Going thru the school portion was nearly tolerable. But I soaked in as much info as I could handle.

I got on my Trainer’s truck the day after Christmas. We spent a couple hours on the training pad and then headed to Kansas City for our first run.

Over the next ten days, I absorbed as much as I could, logs, freight lanes, good and bad truck stops, and dealing with being treated like a sub human at most shippers and receivers.

I was lucky enough to travel all the major mountain passes both ways during my training. I was shown how to run all passes without a Jake, in case it ever failed. Most of them were in inclement weather and we even got stuck on I80 twice while they shut it down. Wyoming and Pennsylvania.

As far as driving went, my key words to myself were “SLOW DOWN”! When it’s raining, slow down. When it’s windy, slow down. Traffic, slow down. Snow, ice, sleet, SLOW DOWN. I’m proud to say, we never received a safety notice or a late appointment in my five months of training. Not only is it important to physically slow down, mentally it is just as important. After an eight hour shift at 65mph, it’s important to slow your mind down when coming to your stop. I even taught myself to go thru the fuel island even if I didn’t get fuel at the truck stop. This will give you time to catch a breath, scan for a good spot, and mentally prepare your next move while you’re waiting for the rig in front of you to fuel.

I’m sure this has been said many times, but if I can help one new driver from making one mistake, it’s worth it.

Thanks for the platform trucking truth provides. I will be adding to my post as the days go by, but for know, my thumbs and body are tired. Good nite to all. 👍

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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