Halvor Lines Said OKAY!

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James Daniel's Comment
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Put an application in at Halvor and they said 'Looks good, we'll take you but you have to do a drug and driving test'.

Ugh, another driving test, hate that T word.

They have three terminals, Superior, WI - Rosemount and Inver Heights, MN (main terminal is in Superior)

So was sent to the Rosemount terminal, recruiter asked me about preferences for driver trainer (animals okay, smoker y or n type stuff), and oddly (to me at least) asked me if I had a truck model preference (volvo, kenworth, etc.) but told her 'what the heck do I know? I'm just out of school, I'm just happy to be here' :-) but she said that some people have definite preferences.

Took the building tour, it has 8 mechanics bays, a drivers lounge, showers, ect., all brand new.

Did a two page test, went on the road test, and then was sent to do the drug screen.

The two page test was simple.

Road test was about 10 miles around curves and highway, it involved hooking up, then parking the trailer (53') then parking the bobtail.

Also, Halvor has driver facing and outward facing cameras but that doesn't bother me (my city bus had the same thing). But what was interesting was the sophistication of the camera. Examiner said it knows your following distance, speed, lane, and alot of other things, and I did make a mistake while driving...

I exited the highway with my right turn signal but forgot to cancel it, got into the left turn lane, stopped at the stop sign and the camera started beeping.

Examiner said 'Oh, you're in the left turn lane but your right turn signal is on'. I thought, wow, has it come that far that it knows what turn lane your in...

Afterwards I asked the examiner 'Well, did I scare ya'?' and he said 'no'. So I had that going for me, which was nice.

The only critique was he said I was too fast in the yard (and had corrected me at the time) but other than that was good.

Back to the recruiter who then said orientation was in Duluth next week and they would send me an email with all the info.

So am waiting for the confirmation email for next week.

Nervous but excited to finally get to this point, its been a long road...

Hope this isn't too long winded, I didn't notice any other Halvor Lines diary

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations James!

You always want to go real slow when in a company yard. I usually move real slow and have my headlights and flashers on. You'd be surprised at how many accidents happen in drop yards and parking lots. Most of them are caused by drivers getting in too big of a hurry.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Congratulations James!

You always want to go real slow when in a company yard. I usually move real slow and have my headlights and flashers on. You'd be surprised at how many accidents happen in drop yards and parking lots. Most of them are caused by drivers getting in too big of a hurry.

Its a CRST Company Policy for us to have our 4 Ways on whenever backin at any time, movin in any direction on a customer's yard/facility, our dropyards or any of our company terminals.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations James!

You'd be surprised at how many accidents happen in drop yards and parking lots.

Indeed. At a Prime company safety meeting we were told that something like 75% of all accidents involving Prime trucks occurred in parking lots.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Congratulations James I hope it is everything you want it to be.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Congrats, I spent many years in the twin ports (Duluth Mn/Superior Wi) prior to moving to Florida. Halver is a good company and one of the two biggest in the area, Jeff Foster is the other which I drove for several years

James Daniel's Comment
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Congratulations James I hope it is everything you want it to be.

Thanks Pete and that got me thinking, what exactly do I want it to be...?

Just a job, a career, or a way of life?

I don't have enough information to decide that final outcome, so for now, I want it to be a job where I'm just responsible for my truck, cargo and me.

Someone here said after one year the learning curve starts leveling out, so after a year I'll know for sure, or at least have a clearer picture.

James Daniel's Comment
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Congrats, I spent many years in the twin ports (Duluth Mn/Superior Wi) prior to moving to Florida. Halver is a good company and one of the two biggest in the area, Jeff Foster is the other which I drove for several years

Thanks Michael

I was raised in GA, but military dropped me off in San Diego, CA so I stayed and raised my kids there but wife wanted to go home to Minnesota...

Right now Florida sounds alot better than 5 f here in MN.

James Daniel's Comment
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Congratulations James!

You always want to go real slow when in a company yard. I usually move real slow and have my headlights and flashers on. You'd be surprised at how many accidents happen in drop yards and parking lots. Most of them are caused by drivers getting in too big of a hurry.

Thanks Old School, alot of activity in the yard thats for sure!

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