Introduction Followed By Millis Training Institute Diary.(Cartersville, GA)

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Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Home again, not really much to update unless I give the daily play-by-play on our runs. Drove the West Virginia Turnpike eastbound Sunday then westbound Monday. Was a neat drive also spent the night at the A&A truck stop in Jackson, Ohio. Enjoyed the food there and the service, not so happy about how people who showed up late chose to park, but that happens pretty much everywhere. On our load home we stopped at a place on I-57 called The Depot in Neoga, Illinois. Seems I am on a personal mission to find all of the non chain truck stops with restaurants, or places with truck parking, that aren't fast food chains.

Thanks again for following along. Will update again in a couple weeks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Army 's Comment
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Sounds like it’s going good. Keep at it and enjoy.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Again not really much to tell, made it up to Minnesota. Got to drive through that snow at the Illinois, Wisconsin border twice, whenever that hit. Went to a couple nice restaurants on I-55, exit 100a in Illinois, and Lamberts Cafe in Sikeston has truck parking and is next door to the original fried pie shop. Head to the DMV for my skills test May 9th hopefully. Talked to a fellow student who was supposed to test in Albany, GA also this last Friday and Millis didn't have a load going that way to get him down there so he had to reschedule. He also said his girlfriend, another student in my class was supposed to test earlier last week and she had to reschedule her test because there wasn't a load to get her there. Really worried about the backing tests, the rest I feel ok about, not overconfident but I believe I will do well as long as I focus on the task at hand.

Thanks for reading along once again, hopefully this gives someone some insight. Will post again Thursday after I test, or before then if I find out I need to reschedule.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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The place in Springfield, Illinois at exit 100a is the Star 66 cafe. It's attached the to the Road Ranger there.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Got a load to Atlanta to deliver, from st Elmo, tomorrow. Also got a preplan to run back up to cartersville and pick up a load to Albany to get me there for my test on Thursday. Things fell into place nicely, I really hope I get the same dispatcher my trainer has. He has been great, I really would love to work with someone like him.

Dispatcher:

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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Got a load to Atlanta to deliver, from st Elmo, tomorrow. Also got a preplan to run back up to cartersville and pick up a load to Albany to get me there for my test on Thursday. Things fell into place nicely, I really hope I get the same dispatcher my trainer has. He has been great, I really would love to work with someone like him.

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Keep us posted

Dispatcher:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Good luck to you. Remember your training, take your time, keep a close watch on your mirrors, and relax.good-luck.gif

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Now the holder of a CDL A license. Got driver door to back of vehicle on the pretrip. Forgot to test horns on the in cab, was my only mistake on PTI. Did straight back, blind side offset, and blind side parallel. Got 3 points on backing. Aced the road test, reading everything and bsing with the tester to keep myself relaxed. A very nice lady.

Thanks everyone for reading, step two complete. School finished, cdl test passed. Now to progressing my skills to be off my trainers truck and getting my own.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Army 's Comment
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Congrats!!

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