To Roadmaster In Millington,TN,I Go!!!!!!!!!

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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Day 8 09/02/20 (also yesterday) Did some driving and wow was I really nervous. Not for the driving part but how my instructor was making feel. For example, I would go 10 miles below the speed limit on wet roads/bad weather. It we had light to a medium pour down and he wanted me to still countiue to do a 45 in a 45 even through there was plenty of others going way below that. I felt extremely uncomfortable doing that so I told him and he told me to keep at the posted speed limit. He kept repeating it even through he can clearly see how bad it is outside. Thankfully it was around lunch time and we headed back to school. After lunch I practice more backing. Let me tell straight line, piece of cake. Offset is the very bane of my existence. Praying for better days.

Papa Pig's Comment
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You will get the offset. Just takes time. Remember to stop the truck at each step before you cut your wheels. Imagine being outside looking at the rear of the trailer thinking about where you want it to go. Once it clicks it will seem like a piece of cake I’m assuming they are teaching you to use the v in the landing gear as a visual reference as when to turn/stop turning etc?

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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You will get the offset. Just takes time. Remember to stop the truck at each step before you cut your wheels. Imagine being outside looking at the rear of the trailer thinking about where you want it to go. Once it clicks it will seem like a piece of cake I’m assuming they are teaching you to use the v in the landing gear as a visual reference as when to turn/stop turning etc?

Gotcha and I totally didn't know about the V in the landing gear trick. I'm kinda getting it,it just I turn my wheels to late. I turn them as soon as I get my tires inside than start making my right turn and boom I get out of bounds. But I would definitely would like to know more about the V in the landing gear. Thanks so much for your info. Definitely appreciate it!!

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Papa Pig's Comment
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Turn you wheels all the way in the direction you want the trailer to go. Then back up until you see the center v in your landing gear through your big mirror Stop Turn steering wheel all the way in the other direction, back up until you see the box and cone. Adjust from there

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Turn you wheels all the way in the direction you want the trailer to go. Then back up until you see the center v in your landing gear through your big mirror Stop Turn steering wheel all the way in the other direction, back up until you see the box and cone. Adjust from there

THANKS PAPA PIGπŸ™!!

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Sorry for the ghosting y'all, school has really tired my butt out. Heres the short & kinda sweet updates as of 09/12/20 @ 2:57PM.

Day 9; 09/04/20: In the morning hours between 7am-11am,I started working on my backing skills. After nearly 10 days of struggling with my offset,I FINALLY got it 3 times on my own and has moved on to my 90. This manuver was beyond a pain. But I was getting it. But still need more work. After lunch,my instructor took me and over student out to drive. My instructor (who is SUPER cool) had the student and I drive 2hrs each. I can now say I drove an semi haha. Anyyywhooo,loving how things are going so far so good.

Days 10 & 11: Were all about backing manuvers and driving. Just got word on yesterday after doing my last drive (we get 10 drives at Roadmaster) I made an 88 aka a "B" on my driving evaluation. YAY!! My instructor told me that the only problem I had was looking left and right 3 times Before I cross an intersection,when I'm crossing and after I cross it to make sure my trailer made it also. So definitely working on that.

My test day is on Wednesday at 7AM. I'm beyond nervous but excited. Praying that I walk out with a CDL.πŸ™.

Wish me the best. Will update everyone on that very day!!

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.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Always wishing you the best, m'lady !!!!

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Wednesday is gonna roll up quick; glad you are getting your stuff DOWN, for sure~!!!

So, your school isn't the 'ACADEMY' after all, LoL~! (<<<< Hay, you said it first, IIRC, lololol~!) rofl-3.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gif0701089001599951955.jpg

Keep us posted; I'm stoked for you...and hoping your husband still is, also!

ps: Wish Rick a Happy B'day if you get a moment. He's been an instrumental part of TT for many years; and he hit a 'zero' digit today, but I'm not telling, LoL~!!!!!

Best to ya;

Anne ~ :)

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Tortuga 's Comment
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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks Anne,PackRat & Tortuga!!!!!! Omg Anne believe it or not I just wish him a happy birthday before I read your comment haha. And right I saw reviews saying the school was just a CDL mill,some even said that they are just scammers out just for the money,if you fail you would still have thousands of dollars over your head to pay off. BUT in my case,the instructors really want to you to get the skills down pack to pass you on,onto another skill to be learned. I'm really glad they were tough (but proper with no cursing used) on me when it came to my backing skills or I'll still be having lots of trouble with it. And yes Wednesday will be here so quick. I still can't believe it's been 3 weeks already!!!! Well grill my ribs,time passes extremely quick when you're doing alot. HaHa.

Will definitely keep you guys & gals updated on Wednesday for sureπŸ€—πŸ€—.

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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.
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