Hit The Range Today

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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The truck is a piece of crap. The seat won’t lock into position so if I hit a bump at low speed it slides back and forth, causing me to push the fuel pedal and let off again as the seat slides.

I finally figured out to push against the floor to keep it forced back when I don’t need my foot on the clutch. Lol

I swear every training truck is a piece of crap especially on the Range. To go on the road you need a truck that at least passes a pre-trip supposedly. When I took my driving test to get my CDL the dot officer had to adjust the mirrors for me on his side how's the power mirrors wouldn't work and also the selector wasn't working correctly on the shifter... I was kind of surprised he allowed us to use the truck. When you get with a trainer you'll be so glad you don't have to deal with those issues that are distracting right now. Keep chugging and good luck grumpy.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks. It will be interesting driving the rental. I wonder if it will be an automatic?

The one range truck would never make it through a DOT inspection, I wouldn't think. In addition to everything else, the diesel smell inside makes me sick. I think all the road tests are done in the newer one.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks. It will be interesting driving the rental. I wonder if it will be an automatic?

The one range truck would never make it through a DOT inspection, I wouldn't think. In addition to everything else, the diesel smell inside makes me sick. I think all the road tests are done in the newer one.

Unfortunately, we lost an instructor Friday, so we won't get to drive, as the other two have road tests scheduled. We did get almost 4 hours in on the range today. I have shifting down, and straight backing. I'm fairly decent on the offset to left, which is all we need in NY, and parallel I finally got after 5 or 6 tries. I was scared of hitting the cones signifying the curb, until I found out they aren't an automatic fail, then I did better. I find it odd you don't have to do an alley dock in NY.

I love their range, as it is long enough to get up to 8th gear (starting in 5th) before you have to start shifting down. It has some nice tight turns, and a spot to practice starting on a hill without rolling back.

Unfortunately, w are done now until our practice driving starts in a couple of weeks. The good news is we found out we actually got more time than most, because we did our coursework at night and had all the tests done, and because we are doing well and are serious about it. Our instructor said they have people doing it just because there is grant money available, then they never follow through with the drives and/or road test

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'm going nuts sitting around waiting for my road test appointment to be scheduled. NY is scheduling now for January. The school asked today if I was OK with testing in PA. I told her I will test anywhere they are willing to take me, any day they want to schedule it. Hopefully in the next day or so I will get a date, but I'm not holding my breath.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I know about the waiting, it does suck. But before you know it you'll be driving for someone and it will be history.

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