Big T Checking In From Memphis

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Big T's Comment
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Hope everyone is doing well. I got a friendly reminder from a student today that maybe I should check in on here. I apologize for the absence but have been going a little crazy down here.

I started at the Swift Driving Academy March 2nd and have been going almost non-stop since. I have maintained a 100% pass rate so far and I enjoy the position. It was a bit challenging to change from a mentor over the road mind set to an instructor for the CDL mind set but it is coming together.

Besides the day to day instructing of students they have me training new instructors, moving equipment between schools, and I’m a go to when students are struggling. Provided Tennessee accepts my application I will be heading to class to become a state CDL examiner as well.

I went home for the first time a few weeks ago and will be heading home again as soon as we find out about the examiner’s class.

I am not going to lie though. I miss the road, but I think I am in the right place right now. I enjoy moving the trucks between schools on the weekend because I get to play trucker lol.

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Big T, that is an awesome thing! My favorite part of driving (well, one of them anyway) was being tapped by my DM to help with the guys or gals that need a bit of extra coaching. It's a great thing to see the light bulb come on and the performance improve.

I was an anomaly in the way I trained - I used a technique taught by Coach Bruce Sokolove at Field Training Associates (ya, that kind of field training) "what did you do correctly or approximately correctly" after each significant portion of the work day. It was a throw off for some that were used to being chewed on for mistakes. They usually knew the mistakes, and if not, the follow up question was "what, if anything, would you do differently next time?" They get to self identify error, and then I could come in and prompt recollection of anything else. I got a couple of "thanks and good luck" text messages from some of my formers when I left the outfit in April. That was reward in and of itself.

Good luck on DOT Examiner training. You'll never be out of work!!!

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.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hope everyone is doing well. I got a friendly reminder from a student today that maybe I should check in on here. I apologize for the absence but have been going a little crazy down here.

I started at the Swift Driving Academy March 2nd and have been going almost non-stop since. I have maintained a 100% pass rate so far and I enjoy the position. It was a bit challenging to change from a mentor over the road mind set to an instructor for the CDL mind set but it is coming together.

Besides the day to day instructing of students they have me training new instructors, moving equipment between schools, and I’m a go to when students are struggling. Provided Tennessee accepts my application I will be heading to class to become a state CDL examiner as well.

I went home for the first time a few weeks and will be heading home again as soon as we find out about the examiner’s class.

I am not going to lie though. I miss the road, but I think I am in the right place right now. I enjoy moving the trucks between schools on the weekend because I get to play trucker lol.

Howdy, Big T !!!

...and I bet that student's name is Josh Bennett ~!! (...or BoshJennett, as he prefers, hahahahaha!!)

So glad it's all going well for ya, man. What an EXEMPLAR you are, for Swift. It's awesome. 100% pass rate, omiwow. I'm proud to 'know' you!!!!!

How long until you may be working for TDOT ??? Swift will miss you ... so, no rush, haha!!

What is 'living' at work like for you, anyway???? Do you have an apartment? Hotel? T/T??? I'm intrigued, and thrilled...how cool!

Best wishes; stop BACK more often...you're missed, and a 'celebrity' as the man said in his diary, LoL!!

~ 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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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