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Stevo Reno's Comment
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1st week soon be done ! woop ! Videos upon videos first 3 days Took schools test, they say is harder than DMV's.....it's all repetitive, like in here, to sink in your head 1st time thru tests today (all, including tanker/haz-mat/doubles/triples) missed a few questions in each, was shocked in the tanker test I did pretty good.....Retook the main 3, since I really wanna concentrate on gen knowledge/air brakes/combo's Have no inclination to try any the other 3 types, period. So I scored 95% in 2, and 93% in combo's stupid me, let wording screw me up on a couple, but good enough....

Wednesday the 5 of us went for pee the test, and DOT physical... Well, I got to the eye test and failed sheeesh I barely could read line 4 ! the chart seemed kinda far away...Ok, so I got by for nearly 60 years, without eye problems ! So I looked all over town today after testing, went to 4 places, none can get me glasses in 1 day, go figure. Plus my cash flow is really low , 1 suggested go to wal-greens or rite-aid for some, so I did, bought what I thought would work. Drive 1 block over to retake the eye test, still cant see good enough ! examiner tells me in low tone, "Hey a little tip, borrow someone you know' glasses and try again, I don't care, as long as you can pass" Well, I don't know anyone, so off to the eye glass store And after 2 hours I leave with glasses to pass ($115, so I got $11 to my name hahahaha, Now I could read smallest banner print in office lol BIG difference whewwwww !

So back to DOT place finish up, then off to DMV for permit testing ! Was told we even have to retake our class C license test again! Yikes took that 2 years ago, oh well, 1 more hurdle to clear.....So next week will be out in yard with the trucks and pup trailers...

Only thing I wasn't too keen on, is they are using day cabs and 35 foot trailers....Doing backing practice, and road driving. I asked and was told YES these, WILL be what we use for DMV too??? hmmmm Kinda defeats purpose to learn with a 53 footer, but, it is, what it is. Will just make best of it, as long as I get my CDL who cares how lol....Asked the yard guy who's been there 5 months, "So, when do any company recruiters show up around here?? in what 2nd or 3rd week?" he said he hasn't seen any since he's been there....

May trucking recruiter is processing me as of now, doing background check etc for a pre-hire. I told her when she asked what type driving I'd want, I said at least OTR the 1st year, for the experience. w/ cpm=39 cents $12 per hour while in orientation, which is in their Oregon Main office, 2 weeks out with trainer, then assigned a truck, to go home a few days to load my stuff, then be On The Road ! Can see after that if I'd want the 11 western run....lower 48 is refridgerated.....Also told her, when home time was mentioned, I kinda plan to stay out as long as possible, until I feel a need for any home time....Grabbed a brochure/card for Schneider at school today also.

CDL:

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Great update Stevo.

NOW GO TO BED!

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Passed eye test finally !! lol BUT when he tested my BP "a lil high" pffft really? 142/88, barely. Get home took my own BP with machine I have, 100/78, then 100/62 HB 105...... My heart beats fast/strong, always has, beats per minute usually in the 90's most of the time anyways, always has.

So only got 1 year med card oh well....fix that by next time then......Eat better and drop 30-40 pounds to ideal weight for my frame @ 220 lbs.. Relax weekend, DMV tests first thing Monday

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Those auto machines always read high, so I always make them perform it manually.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Cool beans!

You know those eyeglass places that offer free exams?

Maybe that is something newbies should consider before heading off to school.

Just a thought!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Stevo, one technique you can use to help on the bp test is to do "autogenic" or combat breathing. As they are hooking up the cuff, begin with an inhale thru the nose over 4 seconds, hold 4 seconds, exhale four seconds through your mouth, hold 4 seconds, then do the cycle at least two more times while they are testing. This stuff works, it's also good to help overcome the effects of an adrenaline dump. I do that every time I have my bp taken (I take meds for hypertension and have for 15 years. The breathing thing brings the bp down significantly.

Day cabs and 35' may be what they use to avoid crunches in the "small graveled lot". As long as you take the DOT in the unit youre training in, you'll do ok once you master the skillset. As you are no doubt aware, the 35' / daycab combo turns and backs all different than a 53' with a sleeper. Not insurmountable, but you're going to have a learning curve when you get to the real world.

Sounds like you're making progress, keep that good attitude and recognize that these are the beginning steps of a long rewarding journey!

Good luck

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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For those interested in my sourcing and the science - refer to this link:

LtC Dave Grossman (Ret) Killology Research Group

This man has made a study of the physical and psychological effects of combat and deadly force use in the military and law enforcement sectors. I have seen it work for a guy immediately post shoot. The real deal. It works.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Steve, really good stuff about your training experience. Keep posting about what you are learning.

The eyeglass issue is no joke. You need, at some point, to get prescription glasses of your own because glasses will now be required on your license. Don't get caught without them.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yep Bruce, once I am actually making $$ will upgrade to better pair or 2 lol Amazing how much clearer chart was Yet I can spot stuff 1/4+ mile down the road.....

Mr Curmudgeon, yeah I was doing a bit of deep breathing prior to him slapping the cuff on my arm...... I have my moms Home-medic tester and use it all the time just for heck of it. Never has it shown above normal range,even when I use it on any of 3 levels (pressure is tighter)

Eh, I could stand to drop 30 pounds, those 2 leg injuries, I gained because I was living off quick food, sandwiches, frozen burritos pizza etc, too much white bread and carbs. Couldn't stand long on crutches/cast to cook, so I'd toss something together and eat it.....Nap after was very boring being housebound 24/7 for 7+ months

As far as shorty trailers, I used to move em around in 1990's @ Pepsi etc, using cab overs then, from docks-to-shop- back to 3 downhill docks....Actually kinda liked that part of job, parking em 28/35's to 48's

And I AM the oldest of my small 6 man group, 2 of em look barely 21, and of course we have this 1 with a bit of "Tude....Said he drove 14 years, he's 36/38, already trying to make school schedule more in his favor....Thursday he wanted leave early go to DMV while tests fresh in his head. Well, admin girl asked owner, who said he couldn't go that early (11 am) He needs his 40 hours per week in school. He got lil pizzy about it, so she said ok you can go ask yourself, which he did, and soon he was off. I "already" got a feel for his personality/attitude.......He said he let his CDL expire, because he is n has been heavy pot smoker 24 years I'm thinking already he is a blow hard, self centered type hahahaha.....

So I am getting a 1st hand experience seeing what I have read here so many times of this type in trucking...

CDL:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Turns out the 1 "kid" actually is hahaha 19 years old, he's getting a CDL to work for electric company driving big trucks as lineman. the 1 guy I know he will be headache like we see here with dispatch etc. Thinks the world should change to fit his needs! This guy, has a bad attitude. I asked him this morning "Hey where you been the past week??, said he was in the yard, uh no you wasn't because I have been, and never seen you! He was sent home his FIRST DAY in the yard, because of his bad attitude! hahaha He was upset today about 2 pm said *@&@^&%# this I'm goin' home, and did......Whatever!

I've been doing 90 alley docks, some paralells, offsets, and straight backs last 2 days. They had few of us stay home Wednesday, some who finished had appointments for drive tests in Fontana today, so they came to get in last minute practice. 8 went to test 4 failed, ALL on Air Brakes! Air Brake is the MOST Important part I need to remember/memorize, all the outside inspection stuff is probably the easiest to me, just using the right Verbage to the examiner...... lol

To few trucks for the gang, that showed up Tuesday, figured rest of us would be cut loose early.... 1 truck has a stiff clutch, wears my left leg/thigh out in 4-5 maneuvers, as it does everyone elses even them young bucks!

1 guy from class I aint seen in a week, heard he too failed eye test and needs glasses. Hell I ran all over town and spent my last $$ to get mine same day! not waste another week! Another guy from Egypt having hard time so I try n calm his nerves he did better, as did the 19 year old LOL my 1st 90 alley dock I made in 1 shot, actually got a few fist bumps lol then 4th or 5th clutch killing my knee so got bit twisted needing reset, told the kid "See don't pay to get over confident over a couple good "puttin it in the box" then kid did his better, then told me stay in cab with him he did better with me sitting there lol

Egyptian guy was having problems, because when he was in the truck with the 2 young guys they were hogging up all the seat time, he got 2 tries only in couple hours. He told main trainer bout this, which did no good. So today, with me he was trying to hurry his 2 turns, and not take up my turns/time. I told him, look take your time,relax, don't worry 'bout me, I'll get my turns too! (he didnt wanna be like other 2 were with him) Seemed to help him relax, and he did way better than he had been. I told him dude, we got ALL day, don't feel like you have to rush!

As yesterday I told him he has to be more aggressive, speak up and not let whoever keep him from his turns at the wheel, and that he was there for HIS CDL, NOT theirs, don't be scared to tell em he wants HIS turn just as well, it's teamwork in a way for now.

So, week 2 in the books 2 to go , BUT I heard possible drive appointments not until July 20-ish.......So am kinda seeing 1st hand what a pain a private school can be like !! Was my ONLY choice at the time, will just make best of it all in the end!

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CDL:

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OOS:

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.

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