Starting Truck Driving Training September 27th

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Gabe M.'s Comment
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Well, Everything seems to be in order for the above start date in Missoula MT. for Wilson Logistics. Not only have the posts and articles submitted on Trucking Truth been very helpful, I've enjoyed the stories, helpful hints, motivational messages, and everything in between. Pieces covering what tandems are and how they are adjusted, what items are important on the road, and the importance of gumption and stick-to-itiveness' when it comes to skills like backing or other part and parcel items of the job which are known to provide challenges, definitely help with the jitters that "sometimes" ( ; accompany a life change. There have been so many situations mentioned that I'd never have considered, if not for this forum. One that sticks out is clearance issues when taking different routes. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to a new adventure. With a good work ethic, motivation, and a little luck, I'll pass the training, be an asset to the company/field, and who knows? Maybe throw down some decent advice to a curious reader, as so many of you old salts graciously have.

V/r GM

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Gabe, and best of luck to you!

We are always here, and would love to have you make a diary about your training experiences in our diaries section. If you have questions along your way we will be glad to help if we can.

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