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Kim T.'s Comment
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Thanks Ernie. I keep tripping up on the in-cab and brake test. I’ll get it though. I’ve backed trailers in a couple of times, the last time with just two pull ups. 😁 The driving forward isn’t a problem. I’ll get there.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I keep tripping up on the in-cab and brake test.

A little advice with things like this. Try to understand the brake system thoroughly and understand exactly what you're testing for, and why. If you try to memorize the test itself as a series of steps and numbers without truly understanding the underlying brake system it will be far more difficult.

Break down each step of the test and understand exactly why that step is being done. Then you'll be well on your way.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you Brett. I will keep that in mind and try it. For me I think it’s a combination of this being something totally different than I have ever done and test anxiety. I will get this. It will not get me.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Some really helpful info here regarding Prime. Thanks. Heading that way in 2 weeks.

Donna M.'s Comment
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But Kim once u get up there it’s cozy. Even teaming there are times when u both sleep. It’s really hard to believe just a couple of months back we were both so undecided and now here we were. Seems every day I learn more stuff. Like Monday we had reefer problems had to stop and get it fixed on Labor Day ... so stuck out in no man’s land what do u do ? Call a Uber and go get some food. I’ve been to some awesome truckstops in Atlanta and LA . Speed limit in California is 55. California has a border to enter so get in the correct lane. States that have tolls don’t have truckstops they have travel centers. We leave California in the morning headed to New York wonder what I will learn there? Aren’t we having fun????

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Good luck Mike D! I really like Prime and the people...staff, drivers, students, instructors. You do have to learn how to be patient though. That’s a tough lesson for me to learn. lol

Donna, I wouldn’t say cozy but it’s not too bad once you get up there. I wish you could have all seen me get up there earlier...it was a work of art! LOL It is getting easier to do it. You certainly have been from one coast to the other, well almost, and you’re getting ready to take care of that tomorrow. We are getting ready to head out to NJ after a pick up about an hour away from here.

And yes, we are having fun!!

Be safe!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Guys...shes delivering near me.and im gonna try to hunt her down!!! lol

Kim T.'s Comment
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Yay!!! I will let you know around what time we will be there, and what day.

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Splitter's Comment
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Thank you Brett. I will keep that in mind and try it. For me I think it’s a combination of this being something totally different than I have ever done and test anxiety. I will get this. It will not get me.

Along with what Brett said, I had the understanding part down. It’s an air system. You want to listen for leaks & know which gauges can show leaks too.

That said, for me, it was about remembering the speeches. I had the same jitters. When it came to the different components, in any section of the truck, that was somewhat easy. Metal components were these acronyms, rubber components those acronyms.

In order for me to remember the speeches for the lights & in cab? I literally wrote them over & over again until I was able to write them completely without looking at the sheet. For me, this worked like a charm. I passed my pretrip with no deductions. If only I could’ve done that with my backing & road tests!! HAHAHA

Best of luck to you & continued success. Stay safe out there!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you Splitter. Writing things down really does help. Last night we were in an area with no signal so I started writing. I was tired though and it wasn’t helping much. After this delivery I think we are being routed to the terminal so maybe then I can kick it into high gear and learn this stuff. Maybe if I get to meet Rainy she can put the Jersey fear into me. lol

Be safe and have a great day!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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