Marc, One Week Into Training?

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Tell us about your first week.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Sorry... I need to save it for later! It is almost 9PM here. Bus leaves at 6AM, whether or not everyone is on it. (5:45 comes real early!)

Let's just say my first day started with me being in the lobby at 6AM to board the bus. That was about the time the bus pulled out from another location! While I accepted responsibility for missing it, a couple of people offered to reimburse me for the cost of the cab fare! After they admitted that they need to change the instructions, I took them up on their offer! (Seems another student who had been here before knew where the bus really parked. It wont fit in the lobby drive or under the canopy)...


It's been a lot of intense days, lots of classroom, paperwork, CBT's... (8 hours on a computer Saturday). Very little driving.

Got an hour of driving today... lots of button-hooks, little highway. Then they showed us securement straps (everyone did one after climbing into a trailer), 5th wheel and tandem sliding (everyone did that too). Also did some backing and slow maneuvering on the lot. Supposed to drive all day (2 per truck) tomorrow.

Driving today was a blast! Starting to remember why I want to do this!


Night all!


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".


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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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5:45 comes early!

Oops! I mean 4:45!!! shocked.png

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