Millis Transfer Training, Richfield Wisonsin

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Noob_Student's Comment
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Thanks guys. Ill be heading out with my trainer next week saturday. I have orientation Mon thru wed then a few days off.

Noob_Student's Comment
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Alright orientation is finished! lots of discussion on policies, procedures, insurance and benefits. I checked out of the hotel and headed home yesterday and just picked up my class a cdl 10 minutes ago! My trainer is going to try to get me picked up saturday at our Richfield terminal but depending on his loads who knows. Either way im excited to get out there and learn the job and soak up as much info from my trainer as possible.

Any tips for a noob on the 15k OTR training would be appreciated.

Once again thanks for following along, special thanks to Pete whos on the same journey as I am with Millis.

Big thanks to the moderators here and especially to Brett who put together this site which is such an amazing tool for new drivers and candidates. The other forums might be great message boards to whine about companies and everything else under the sun but this site is a learning tool first and foremost to me. Any fellow noobs who might read this or are silently lurking in the shadows, do the high road training, read the articles, ask any questions and you will do well.

Oh and be leery of Rainy. Shes a moderator who seems to be a super nice person full of great advice. But rumor has it she has a false compartment in her trailer nicknamed her dungeon..... Be careful.

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.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pete's Comment
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Let me be, what about, the eighth person to welcome you to Millis. Currently doing a ten hour break in Black River Falls.

Noob_Student's Comment
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Day 1 and 2 of my training portion out on the road with a trainer.

Started Sunday at our Richfield terminal at 9am after a quick meet and greet we headed out with our first load. It was a John Deere load with three stops. 2 in eastern Ohio and 1 in Western Pennsylvania. We parked for the night about 10 minutes from our first stop. Damn i was exhausted. I loved all the driving but need to build my stamina up which im looking forward too.

Day 2 was all country backroads and winding hills. And constant reminders about my tandems crossing the white lines. My lane control is terrible need to work on that too. Also i need to build up my ass bone calus. I have a very bony rear end and lower body, i swear i have some undiscovered "fat valve" somewhere in my waist that stops it from collecting below it. Let me tell you it sucks for sitting all day. We dropped off at our three stops and picked up another load heading for edwardsville ill tomorrow. Parked at a loves in Burbank Ohio off I71 for the night.

I dont know how much ill post moving forward bit ill try to keep it up. I see a new member is heading for Millis in May and hopefully this can help. That layabout Pete cant seem to be bothered to update so i guess I will. Lol

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Pete's Comment
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Day 1 and 2 of my training portion out on the road with a trainer.

Started Sunday at our Richfield terminal at 9am after a quick meet and greet we headed out with our first load. It was a John Deere load with three stops. 2 in eastern Ohio and 1 in Western Pennsylvania. We parked for the night about 10 minutes from our first stop. Damn i was exhausted. I loved all the driving but need to build my stamina up which im looking forward too.

Day 2 was all country backroads and winding hills. And constant reminders about my tandems crossing the white lines. My lane control is terrible need to work on that too. Also i need to build up my ass bone calus. I have a very bony rear end and lower body, i swear i have some undiscovered "fat valve" somewhere in my waist that stops it from collecting below it. Let me tell you it sucks for sitting all day. We dropped off at our three stops and picked up another load heading for edwardsville ill tomorrow. Parked at a loves in Burbank Ohio off I71 for the night.

I dont know how much ill post moving forward bit ill try to keep it up. I see a new member is heading for Millis in May and hopefully this can help. That layabout Pete cant seem to be bothered to update so i guess I will. Lol

;) I planned on covering my time out once I was back home, was glad to see you posted. My trainer goes home every other weekend. We did 3373 miles from Tuesday to today 2200 of those are miles I drove. On the way to Richfield from Calhoun Ga, and see where it goes from there. Stopped in Calvert City KY tonight.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Noob_Student's Comment
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Day 3 was straight down I70 for the most part to Edwardsville illinois for a drop and hook. Our empty trailer had about 5 inches of space between it and its neighbor so my trainer pulled it out. Then we got another load that was impossible because we wohld have run out of our clock by the 9pm pickup time and we couldn't park at the shipper. So we stayed at a loves in granite city illinois loaded with beggars. I did finally back at a truck stop which was terrifying people are insane at those. Now we were rescheduled at a kraft foods for a live load at 7am this morning and have been sitting here for over 4 hours and they havent started yet. Running this up to carol stream illinois then park for the night and see if we can have a better day tomorrow.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Noob_Student's Comment
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Well that was a bust. We sat for over six hours past our appointment time with them having no clue when they would get us loaded. Our diapatcher had enough and sent us a few miles down the road to Budweiser in St. louis. So right now we're fully loaded and heading to Athens Georgia. Should hit Mont Eagle heading south tomorrow mid morning. Not gonna lie I'm a little worried, its my first mountain driving. Wish me luck.

PackRat's Comment
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Take your time up and down. That auto and the Jake Brakes should be all you need. Don’t sweat it too much. It’s never a race to get to the top or bottom of the big hills first.

Noob_Student's Comment
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Will do sir, hope your feeling better.

Take your time up and down. That auto and the Jake Brakes should be all you need. Don’t sweat it too much. It’s never a race to get to the top or bottom of the big hills first.

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