First Day Solo

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Chris L's Comment
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Well my first day solo is in the books! I'm currently shut down at the Pilot truck stop in Marengo, Ohio I'm about 150 miles from my delivery destination. The day went ok on a whole I did have a couple of hick ups. My first load was to pick up an empty trailer in Baldwinville NY, and take it to a beer distributor in Rochester NY do a drop and hook then head out to Evendale OH. So to make sure I was ready to go I headed from my home to the yard where I hooked up an empty 53' to take to Rochester I did a quick light check after I hooked up all was good. So I bedded down for the night. This morning I start my full Pre-Trip inspection find out the right directional light is in op. So I had to swap out trailers. Got on the road made it to Rochester to drop and hook. I found the trailer I was talking to Ohio as I stated to back up the trailer looked a little high.... It was! As my Tractor went under I stopped to check if the King pin was lined up with the 5th Wheel. The King pin was on top it missed the slot completely! Good thing for air bags!!! I pulled out the tractor and the lowered the trailer down. Finally got the trailer hooked up and I was on the road. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chris, good to hear about a successful first day! How was the anxiety level? Keep doing all the little things you learned and you should be fine in the upcoming days and weeks.good-luck-2.gif

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chris, good to hear about a successful first day! How was the anxiety level? Keep doing all the little things you learned and you should be fine in the upcoming days and weeks.good-luck-2.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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You'll certainly have some crazy days, but eventually it will begin to get easier. When I was brand new, by the end of the day I was so tired I could barely function. I'd be too tired to eat, shower, or anything. I'd immediately go to bed, then wake up early, get a shower and something to eat and do it again lol. I was grateful starting out regional because I really needed those weekends off.

Best of luck to you. Every day you don't hit anything is a good day.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Sounds like a win to me. Awesome Chris, continued success.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You'll certainly have some crazy days, but eventually it will begin to get easier. When I was brand new, by the end of the day I was so tired I could barely function. I'd be too tired to eat, shower, or anything. I'd immediately go to bed, then wake up early, get a shower and something to eat and do it again lol. I was grateful starting out regional because I really needed those weekends off.

Best of luck to you. Every day you don't hit anything is a good day.

Yeah, that is pretty much my life. LOL.

That is how I was trained, and how my trainer works. I kind of like it, actually. It keeps me busy, I sleep well, and I am slowly losing weight. And making pretty good money for a rookie.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Great to read of your continued success, Chris L. Keep it up, watch your wagon, don't hit anything, enjoy the ride!good-luck.gif

RealDiehl's Comment
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You'll certainly have some crazy days, but eventually it will begin to get easier. When I was brand new, by the end of the day I was so tired I could barely function. I'd be too tired to eat, shower, or anything. I'd immediately go to bed, then wake up early, get a shower and something to eat and do it again lol. I was grateful starting out regional because I really needed those weekends off.

Best of luck to you. Every day you don't hit anything is a good day.

Same here. I was so exhausted! I'd try to read for a little while and couldn't last 10 minutes before nodding off. The constant strain on my mind from a day of driving totally wore me out.

Nice catch, Chris! I'm sure recognizing and correcting things like that will help your confidence and level of alertness.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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That beer distributor in Rochester didnt happen to be an indoor ridiculously tight dock did it?

Chris L's Comment
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Noob Student wrote:

That beer distributor in Rochester didnt happen to be an indoor ridiculously tight dock did it?

Yes it's NAB luckily I did a drop and hook.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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