Passed Second Road Test! Now I'm On My Own

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chris, felicitations!

You are not that far behind me with your schedule, I’ve been solo 4 months. When I look back at my first day alone it was a combination of excitement and fear. My thoughts on what I would stress to myself if I went back in time 4 months would be to take it as slow and easy as possible while still trying to be efficient and on time as possible. Remember that they tell us most accidents happen in parking lots of one sort or another. ALWAYS monitor the location of your tandems , or as G-Town advises, watch your wagon. That’s extremely important advice. And your danger of a mishap is high during your early solo time. I know because I had a few, fortunately they were not very costly. But just don’t get in a rush because you are not used to processing so much information in such a short period of time at first. The game does slow down as you gain experience, I can say that it has for me and in another 4 months I’ll say the same thing again. Don’t try to set any records for most deliveries by a rookie. The record that goes hand in hand with that is most accidents by a rookie. The most important gear you have on your truck is neutral. That means never hesitate to stop (safely, of course), GOAL, evaluate, and think before proceeding. Good luck and safety first!

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".

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Congratulations!

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Chris!

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