Prime CDL Training - Springfield, MO

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Michael S.'s Comment
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Day one was a very busy one! As you would expect.

As many have mentioned before these classes are crazy packed. With that said, the efficiency and speed of everyone involved in the process is amazing. Of course there was a bit of waiting but what do you expect, with that said, the flow was a pleasant experience. The better prepared you are, the more you do everything you are supposed to do, when you're supposed to do, the smoother everything will go. Bring all the documentation you need, or even thing you may need, get in line and get your stuff done! One person did NOTHING the first day, some excuse, but still, NOTHING.

Started the day with our roll call, paperwork, overview of the week, sim class schedules and CBT training, DMV visits, all that.

Went from there and got in line to start DOT physical--donated some fluids, nurse, and eye test, etc.--then headed off for Sim class at 1PM. Got done with the introduction, instructors were awesome. Got myself something to eat then headed over for the actual part of the physical with the Doc then over for file review. Got more food for later in the night and headed to the hotel.

I got on the computer at the hotel and started working on CBTs, which is awesome to be able to do. Stayed up kind of l ate, maybe 0100? I got everything done and went to sleep feeling accomplished.

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Today, had breakfast at the hotel (over in Oasis, lucky), went to roll call and had Pretrip class. That class was awesome. Everyone got into the presentation and really got the flow going for the day. I cannot explain how AWESOME this class was. Seriously made pretrip pretty exciting, hah.

After that, headed over and got some grub and I'm back at the hotel until 1545 for Health Awareness class and finally sim class at 2100.

Will do some more pretrip reading, maybe take a nap and head back over!

That was a really good pretrip class! I dont think I've run into you yet, I know were in different groups though.

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.

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.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Ah, I see by the sim schedule that you're in group A I'm group D

Britton's Comment
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Ah, I see by the sim schedule that you're in group A I'm group D

It's easy not to run into a specific person since there's so many of us!

Britton's Comment
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Another good day in the books. A very slow one for me.

Had roll call, benefits overview class then nothing until 1700 for sim class. We got to do some city driving situations, tighter curves, hazards and having to pay attention to all the signs and activity on the road. It was great! Tomorrow will be test day and I have no doubt I will be passing it.

Tomorrow is definitely the biggest day of the week. Along with the sim test we will be having our clearing meeting to get our badges as long as everything has come back in our favor. Drug test, background, work history, DOT physical...

I'm excited to get moving towards the next big step! I've had a lot of down time but I am making sure to take advantage of it and study pretrip. I know soon it will be very different!

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.

Jason P.'s Comment
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Don’t cram too much....minimum 2 weeks between permit and test attempt.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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He meant written test for permit. Or the SIM test.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Good luck tomorrow.

Maybe you guys are lucky as I was here in CA where it is only 3 answer multiple choice.

Britton's Comment
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Good luck tomorrow.

Maybe you guys are lucky as I was here in CA where it is only 3 answer multiple choice.

Sorry for being vague. I already have my permit. We have sim finals and I've been studying pretrip.

Jason P.'s Comment
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Enjoy the room while you can, space heater in the truck crapped out last night after we parked in our reserved spot. Woke up 2am with ice forming inside the cab...30F. Freightliners don't idle...ugh, so to use dash heater someone has to pump the accelerator every few min.

Starting to head south today, hopefully last of the negative temps... (-6 w/o wind atm)

G-Town's Comment
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Enjoy the room while you can, space heater in the truck crapped out last night after we parked in our reserved spot. Woke up 2am with ice forming inside the cab...30F. Freightliners don't idle...ugh, so to use dash heater someone has to pump the accelerator every few min.

Starting to head south today, hopefully last of the negative temps... (-6 w/o wind atm)

You don’t have a bunk heater? Or is that what you are calling a space heater?

And they will idle...

...while idling turn cruise control on push the set button, and babysit it for a couple of minutes to see it it attempts to shutdown. Use the override shutdown switch if it indicates it wants to shut down. Cycle through that once or twice and it will continue to idle.

If that doesn’t work, ask one of your mechanics to demonstrate how to maintain idling during subfreezing temps or repair whatever problem is preventing this.

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.

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