Prime Inc Week 2 Of CDL School, Day 1 Of 1 On 1 Instruction

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Thorpester's Comment
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Thanks Rainy! I'm not ashamed to say that your article made me tear up and also laugh. I appreciate you sharing it.

My day went solidly. I met Naomi this AM and did a full pre-trip and missed one thing. Next we went out on the pad. He told me to just keep doing straight backs. I did around 15 of them and only got 2 points total in 15 trys.

Finally we drove around Springfield for 90 minutes. I did commentary driving and as we came back into Prime she asked me how I felt about how today went. My reply was I felt like it went decently. She said, "Dude you did really, really well. Excellent throttle control, spatial awareness was wonderful. Braking was on point. Pre trip is mastered. She you at 830 on the pad. We start offset backing tomorrow."

A huge part of this is getting past the frustration and looking at it as a puzzle. I wrote this article awhile ago to encourage people. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy but if we can concentrate on only what we are doing and not everyone else, you can calm down and get it done. Problem solve the puzzle. And to this day, i sometimes say in my head "Which way do i want the back of trailer to go? Turn the opposite. Which way do i want the front of the trailer to go? Turn the same way."

Failed tge CDL Exam, Dont Sweat It!

I failed the backing once and the drive test twice. Yet here I am... nominated for trainer of the year...nominated for female driver of the year 2017, almost 4 years of on time delivery and safe driving.

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Outstanding!

Rainy 's Comment
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Whooo hooo!!!! Glad my articles make you laugh... wait until you read the one where I knocked my trailer axle off by hitting the fuel pump barrier!

Keep up the great work!

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Thorpester's Comment
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Wanted to update to my current situation. Backing is no longer the bane of my existence! I haven't had any alley dock work yet and that will come tomorrow. Straight, offsets, parallels are down well enough that they aren't stressful any longerand I actually look forward to doing those skills.

Whooo hooo!!!! Glad my articles make you laugh... wait until you read the one where I knocked my trailer axle off by hitting the fuel pump barrier!

Keep up the great work!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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That’s great to read. Keep practicing and you’ll get it.good-luck.gif

Turtle's Comment
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It just gets easier and easier pal. Keep at it!

Thorpester's Comment
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Tested out today and passed my Missouri CDL. 2 Points on pre trip. 0 on backing skills and 3 on driving. Thanks for the support!

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It just gets easier and easier pal. Keep at it!

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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PackRat's Comment
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That’s great news! Super job!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job Driver!

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