Wilson Logistics Training For A New Driver

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Boy do I have a lot to update!

Spent 2 weeks with my trainer. Great guy. Fellow Texan. Great golfer! Taught me quite a bit then rerouted to MO for a few days to practice backing before my test. After much stress, worry and prayers I passed! My trainer and I are headed back to TN to the dmv to get my new cdl then two months or 30,000 miles otr 👍👍

Major KUDOS, man!!

Getting a great trainer is sometimes like winning the lottery. Happy as HECKA for ya!

Great diary, as well. . . many of us are following!!!

Best wishes, onward!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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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.

OTR:

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JT 's Comment
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Did they make you retest for your permit when you first get there?

Texas Tim's Comment
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Did they make you retest for your permit when you first get there?

No I could use the TN permit I already had

PackRat's Comment
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Did they make you retest for your permit when you first get there?

You were starting at Wilson six months ago. What happened with that, JT?

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Did they make you retest for your permit when you first get there?

I believe that, if you're sent to the Missoula terminal , then you have to retest for a Montana permit (that's Montana rules), but if you go to Springfield you use the permit from your home state.

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.

Texas Tim's Comment
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Did they make you retest for your permit when you first get there?

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I believe that, if you're sent to the Missoula terminal , then you have to retest for a Montana permit (that's Montana rules), but if you go to Springfield you use the permit from your home state.

Yeah I was in Springfield so I used my home state permit

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.

Texas Tim's Comment
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So we've started teaming this week as I embark on 30,000 miles I have to make before I can go solo. So far so good. He doesn't run very hard usually so every couple days he plays a round of golf and I either play with him or get caught up on rest or get a run in. Will try to update when we drop this load off in Cali in a couple days.

So far the only thing I don't like is the cramped quarters. These trucks are barely big enough for one person. Two is pushing it... especially since he has an electronic cooler that's in-between the bucket seats. I'm tired of being on the top bunk!! 🤣🤣

Texas Tim's Comment
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Well not sure if anybody is following this but I'll give a quick update. Been teaming with my trainer Jimmy Goodwin for a couple of weeks. He's slowly letting the leash out so to speak. Has me driving a lot of evenings and nights, around 400 miles a day or so. Getting some backing practice in. Getting better at bumping docks. Backed into a reserved spot between two trucks for the first time while Jimmy was "asleep" (he was watching out the hatch window 🤣) but NO HELP! Nailed it!

Thanks and kudos to Brett and the rest of this site for being such a good resource. Will update again further down the road.

Cheers!

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Hey Tim! Yes, I'm following along with interest, and I'm others are too. I'm on track to start with Wilson in December. Good to hear an update, and interesting to get some of the details of how your training has progressed. I'm glad the backing has been coming along. How many miles towards the 30K are you now?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Still following here, too. Lots of folks are reading your entries even if they don't comment, so keep 'em coming.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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