Millis Transfer Training Diary

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tripletdad's Comment
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Good Tuesday morning! I feel like in update this diary too often, but it’s my diary, so.. here I am.. Alright. It’s week 3. The final week. Yesterday morning at 3:00am, we left Trenton on our way to Black River Falls. About 11 hours later, we arrived and got the trailer unloaded. One thing I want to say. Truck driving is great. Truck passengering is not so great. I feel I could have driven the whole trip and been fine. But sitting in the back seat got boring. Luckily, I’m not getting trained to be a truck passenger lol. Anyway, I’m sitting in bed in the comfort Inn in BRF now, at 4am, which is actually 5am Trenton time. Slept well, and we will be leaving about 6:30 am to go back. Nothing else to report. My driving is getting better, I’ve now parked and backed in truck parking areas, and I’m ready to start getting the miles with my trainer once I get done with this week and then orientation next week.

tripletdad's Comment
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Well, our class of four is now a class of three. One of the guys just wasn’t getting it. It got scary a couple of times. So that was that.

Otherwise, yesterday was a pretty good day of driving back from Wisconsin. Today I drove first. Mix of city, state route and interstate. Finished up with parking between two trucks at the TA, which we’ve never done before. I nailed it, but was nervous as hell. Big difference between orange barrels and two trucks, lol.


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

PackRat's Comment
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Good job and good updates!

tripletdad's Comment
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I did it! This will be my last update on my training. My 3 weeks of classroom, range, and road with Millis transfer in Trenton are over. Tomorrow is a very short day, just paperwork. Then next week I have a couple of days of orientation, and then I go out on the road with my trainer on the 14th for 5-8 weeks. Idk, but I think at this point, I can call myself a trainee, rather than a student, right? By end of October, I’m hoping to have my full cdl , and my own assigned truck. Thanks again to this door for all the helpful tidbits and encouragement. I’ll still post here and will look forward to some dancing bananas when I get my purty new Kenworth next month. :)


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.
Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Excellent diary, thanks for sharing. Enjoy the journey, that's the fun part of the job.

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