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

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Noob_Driver's Comment
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Congrats pete

Rob T.'s Comment
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Way to go! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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So yesterday my trainer looks over at me from the passenger's seat and says I've got your cb handle , while driving northbound through Indiana on I-65. I said ok great what is it? Pothole was the answer, it seems that I have a great proficiency at finding them no matter what lane I choose, so I'm going with it. From here out I will be Pete E Pothole, but you my friends can still call me Pete.

CB Handle:

This is the nickname people use on the CB


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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Hard to not hit any bumps on any interstate in Indiana. My least favorite roads in the US.


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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Pete E. Pothole is also “PEP”!

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Hard to not hit any bumps on any interstate in Indiana. My least favorite roads in the US.

Yea I know 65 and 70 really suck, but I find them everywhere.


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Stay out of Shreveport, i dont know if you'd make it out alive.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Short update on the dining with truck parking adventure.

Sagebrush steakhouse Wytheville, VA. That is all.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Well here it is folks, Official Training is over. Time for the real learning curve to begin. Got my truck assignment today Millis unit 8018 is mine. Brought it home to get it just the way I want it set up, then head out Wednesday morning solo.

My training was a little longer than some get, the minimum requirement for Millis is 15000 miles driven by the student. I've been paid for all miles traveled by the truck since I got on it, the total is a touch over 39000 miles. I estimate I drove roughly two-thirds of those miles, really happy I got the trainer I did, we got along well. He welcomed me into his home and was quite gracious, was helpful in answering any questions I had and wasn't one of those "rage" guys we have all read horror stories about. The bright side of being on the truck so long for me was the extra OJT I got, being able to see several different customers, and how they do things. Another great part is while you are a student on a training truck you pay back your school note @ $100 per week. Once you go solo you pay back your note at $30 per week. So with the extra time I was out with my trainer I paid back a great portion of the note.

Really want to thank several people here. Brett, for setting up this site to make it available for people who want a realistic view of what it takes and what to expect in this industry. This resource has proved, and I am sure will continue to prove to be, very valuable in my future.

Old School, for The can of Whoop-Ass. I am ready for it preparing everyday waiting to need that can opener, just hope its big enough when the time comes. I aspire to be great and meet any challenge head-on, the example you set here is inspiring to me.

Rainy for the tip about commentary driving, I used it in school, used it again during CDL test and then once again today when testing out. By staying focused on everything I was supposed to be doing and talking about it out loud, helped to relax me and the person riding along.

G-town for "Watch your wagon" words that I plan to live by, in the short time I've been out on the road I've seen so many mistakes that could have been avoided if the driver had simply thought a little more about off-tracking. My best effort will go into not being one of those people.

Bruce while I'm not sure about any wisdom you may have passed along, some days those jokes were the only thing that gave me a laugh. Some when they were needed horribly, I can't thank you enough for that. You can't know how greatly you impacted a couple dark days for me with hearty laugh.

I'm sure there are several others I am forgetting to mention, but these are a few of the ones who stood out most for me. I not be continuing this thread as the "Official Training" is now over. Now to get rolling and not hit anything. Thanks anyone who took the time to read, I hope it has helped or will help someone in the future.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Pete!


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