Dean Of Mack's CDL Training Diary

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Dean R.'s Comment
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Sounds like things are going great! I was down by you this morning, those roads sucked! It was terrible until I got into Macomb, then trash again until I got up by the quad cities for my backhaul.

That's quite a coincidence Rob T. I live in Macomb and travel to Quincy for truck driver training. Route 336 from Macomb to Carthage (going West) wasn't bad at 5 am, but 336 from Carthage to Quincy (going South) was terrible. I got a call at 5:45 am that class was canceled so I turned around and went back to Macomb.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Sounds like things are going great! I was down by you this morning, those roads sucked! It was terrible until I got into Macomb, then trash again until I got up by the quad cities for my backhaul.

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That's quite a coincidence Rob T. I live in Macomb and travel to Quincy for truck driver training. Route 336 from Macomb to Carthage (going West) wasn't bad at 5 am, but 336 from Carthage to Quincy (going South) was terrible. I got a call at 5:45 am that class was canceled so I turned around and went back to Macomb.

It seems like a decent place to live I like how isolated it is. I don't make it down that way too often but I just so happened to today. I drive for PDI, a division of Hy-Vee. I believe I've only been to Quincy once and Macomb 3 times in the last year. I try to avoid stores that take me down alot of 2 lane I'm all about the interstate.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dean R.'s Comment
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Sounds like things are going great! I was down by you this morning, those roads sucked! It was terrible until I got into Macomb, then trash again until I got up by the quad cities for my backhaul.

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That's quite a coincidence Rob T. I live in Macomb and travel to Quincy for truck driver training. Route 336 from Macomb to Carthage (going West) wasn't bad at 5 am, but 336 from Carthage to Quincy (going South) was terrible. I got a call at 5:45 am that class was canceled so I turned around and went back to Macomb.

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It seems like a decent place to live I like how isolated it is. I don't make it down that way too often but I just so happened to today. I drive for PDI, a division of Hy-Vee. I believe I've only been to Quincy once and Macomb 3 times in the last year. I try to avoid stores that take me down alot of 2 lane I'm all about the interstate.

Yeah, it's a nice small town. Big enough for necessities - small enough to feel like home. I like our Hy-Vee. Always friendly people - the "helpful smile in every aisle." The two lanes can be a pain - it takes me at least 1.5 hours to browse my favorite places - Bass Pro, Cabela's, and Red Wing Shoes.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dean R.'s Comment
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Week #6 of 8 complete! Almost to the finish line. If I get over my frustration with offset backing. It looks so simple, but to me it's difficult.

This week was the last week with classroom. Three recruiters came in and gave their spiel. Gully Transportation, Dot Foods, and LSSD were here. LSSD is a hauler in Pittsfield, IL who has transfer contracts with Dot Foods and hauls cattle to Kansas City. I didn't form an opinion of any of them yet, as I was dealing with stress caused by losing what gear I'm in if a conversation pops up while driving and dealing with offsets. I am doing better with downshifting. I just have to remember what high gear I'm in.

Next Monday is a range day for me. Half the class will be on the road and half will be on the range. I need to brush upon offsets and spend a good portion of the day on parallel parking. Tuesday is a road day. I'm supposed to test for my CDL Wednesday, but I might put it off until Friday. I'm having a very hard time spotting the middle cone in the convex mirror on the right side (passenger) offset. Other than that I think I'm ready.

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.

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.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Hey, Dean..... it'll be my turn to walk in these moccasins before too long so I'm glad for the benefit of your journal. This process does seem a bit intense at points. My two cents is to remind you of what you already know ..... that practice is part of the process that works to build automatic responses into motor memory and this can be trusted.

Lol, I expect to be reminding myself of that quite a lot based on what I'm learning here.

Week #6 of 8 complete! Almost to the finish line. If I get over my frustration with offset backing. It looks so simple, but to me it's difficult.

..... I was dealing with stress caused by losing what gear I'm in if a conversation pops up while driving and dealing with offsets. I am doing better with downshifting.....

..... I need to brush upon offsets and spend a good portion of the day on parallel parking..... I'm having a very hard time spotting the middle cone in the convex mirror on the right side (passenger) offset. Other than that I think I'm ready.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Week #6 of 8 complete! Almost to the finish line. If I get over my frustration with offset backing. It looks so simple, but to me it's difficult.

This week was the last week with classroom. Three recruiters came in and gave their spiel. Gully Transportation, Dot Foods, and LSSD were here. LSSD is a hauler in Pittsfield, IL who has transfer contracts with Dot Foods and hauls cattle to Kansas City. I didn't form an opinion of any of them yet, as I was dealing with stress caused by losing what gear I'm in if a conversation pops up while driving and dealing with offsets. I am doing better with downshifting. I just have to remember what high gear I'm in.

Next Monday is a range day for me. Half the class will be on the road and half will be on the range. I need to brush upon offsets and spend a good portion of the day on parallel parking. Tuesday is a road day. I'm supposed to test for my CDL Wednesday, but I might put it off until Friday. I'm having a very hard time spotting the middle cone in the convex mirror on the right side (passenger) offset. Other than that I think I'm ready.

Seems like you are coming along nicely, Dean. Personally, I'd fill out apps on here before going with smaller companies like LSSD, even though they are nearby. Not really bull haulers per se, but they pull the grain and such for same. Might be something to look at with some experience under your belt, however! (53 power units / 40 drivers, be careful with the smaller guys just starting out!)

Kudos all the same; still following!good-luck.gif

Best wishes,

Anne :)

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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