Millis Transfer Training Diary

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tripletdad's Comment
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With that epic thread title, I begin...

Today was day 1 of CDL school in Trenton. I guess we started out with five, but one didn't show up, so we've got 4 in the class. Day 1 was pretty simple, drug test first thing, and then paperwork. It seems like a pretty good company, and all four of us seem pretty excited about it. Went to Frisch's for lunch, and now I'm back at the hotel. Hotel is pretty decent, too. No roommate because of COVID. I'll post more tomorrow.

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.
tripletdad's Comment
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Day 2-- Today was another 7:30 start. Went out to the yard and checked out one of the training trucks since none of us have ever been in one before. We spent the day learning some HOS stuff, practiced doing logs, and started on trip planning. I'm feeling good about my decision to choose Millis. Tomorrow will be the often written about Millis 500.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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So happy for you, man!

I'm following~!

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tortuga 's Comment
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Keep the updates coming tripletdad! I'm following your journey at Millis...

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Operating While Intoxicated

tripletdad's Comment
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Day 3--

Today was the Millis 500. All day long, the four of us drove 3 bobtails around the terminal perimeter. The 2006 T2000 and the 2013 T700 are both manual transmission, which presented a whole new level of learning. It's NOT like driving a manual car, but within the first hour, we all had it down pretty well, but still probably enough rocking to make someone get motion sickness. The third truck is a 2016 T680 with automatic. That one was only driven about 3 or 4 laps by each of us, just so we could get the basics of what we will be driving when we get out.

Broke for lunch around 11:30 and went for some chicken, then came back in the afternoon and repeated the morning. The day went pretty quickly, and tomorrow, we will be back in at 7:30am for classroom day.

At 42 years old though, I can now say I've driven a semi truck. :)

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tortuga 's Comment
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Great! I'm hoping that by the time I go to my CDL training the standards are a thing of the past. I can drive a stick but like auto shift best.

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.
Old School's Comment
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It's all very exciting! I'm glad to see you are underway. This will be an exciting time. It's going to be stressful at times, it's going to be exhilarating at times. It's a Roller Coaster Of Emotions.

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.
tripletdad's Comment
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Day 4–

Today we spent the entire day in the classroom. Pretrips, coupling and uncoupling, and backing basics. Then tomorrow, we will spend the day doing pretrip and straight line backing. I’m excited to see how I do on the first day of backing. I will say that the way Bill has explained it to us, it seems a lot more straightforward than the way I expected so I’m feeling good. Pretrip is a lot to memorize, but seems like it is pretty easy if you break it down into the different sections. Not to mention, there’s a whole dang semi right in front of you to jog your memory and remind you of the various parts.

Almost done with the first week. 👍

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Awesome man!!!! Totally following good-luck.gif

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Operating While Intoxicated

Papa Pig's Comment
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Keep’em coming. You will get the hang of it in no time

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