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TxCoach's Comment
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Wanted to jump on board here and thank everyone for posting all their experiences! It is been a tremendous help in guiding some of my decisions.

I'll be coming to the game later than many but earlier than some; LOL, as a 56 year old moving into my 4th career. Started in radio broadcasting for 10 years, ran my own electronics company, and been working as a teacher and coach for the last 12 years...which I am leaving as of December. I am very familiar with the travel schedule and time on the road away from home having traveled 9 - 10 months per year when operating my business; which I loved, so trucking fits me perfectly and I'm excited to get started!

After considering; and over analyzing, I applied with and was accepted by Millis Transfer. Gave lots of consideration to Wilson and Prime with all 3 companies appearing to be places I could see staying at for the forseeable future but chose Millis because of the convenience of the training being 15 minutes from my home here in Texas. So until the January training class begins I will bide my time counting down the days until I leave education, enjoy a short break and vacation, learn all I can here about pre-trip inspections, and be ready to hit the road running in 2022!

Thanks again for the information here! Hopefully I can pay forward something moving forward.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Wanted to jump on board here and thank everyone for posting all their experiences! It is been a tremendous help in guiding some of my decisions.

I'll be coming to the game later than many but earlier than some; LOL, as a 56 year old moving into my 4th career. Started in radio broadcasting for 10 years, ran my own electronics company, and been working as a teacher and coach for the last 12 years...which I am leaving as of December. I am very familiar with the travel schedule and time on the road away from home having traveled 9 - 10 months per year when operating my business; which I loved, so trucking fits me perfectly and I'm excited to get started!

After considering; and over analyzing, I applied with and was accepted by Millis Transfer. Gave lots of consideration to Wilson and Prime with all 3 companies appearing to be places I could see staying at for the forseeable future but chose Millis because of the convenience of the training being 15 minutes from my home here in Texas. So until the January training class begins I will bide my time counting down the days until I leave education, enjoy a short break and vacation, learn all I can here about pre-trip inspections, and be ready to hit the road running in 2022!

Thanks again for the information here! Hopefully I can pay forward something moving forward.

Howdy, TxCoach .... awesome back story, and THANKS for trusting usn's at Trucking Truth!!! The vets & mods will steer you right, Pun & Non!

Millis is a GREAT start; I'd suggest reading diaries from PeteE Pothole and Noob ... LoL! Many OTHERS did Millis as well; search the tabs!

In addition, read Daniel B.'s Pretrip information; omigosh... yes! Did you see /read our starter pack?

If you read the above, and utilize the HRTP (High Road Training Program) it will KEEP and reset your scores, and show you where you went wrong and what you lack. NO other 'study' sites have this feature, to my knowledge. It's awesome!

Then, here's this:

This is really the most complete PreTrip guide there is, good sir.

Hope to see you back around, soon! Mingle in the General Discussion forum, as well. Don't be shy, LoL! We are EXACTLY here for .. people like you!

Best wishes forward!!!!! (Even tho' atm, I'm a driver's wife . . . I've been 'in' the industry as long as he has; and DID some driving... in the past. Read my info, you'll see! I'm aspiring, also.. at this point in time; youngest aging UP!)

~ Anne (and Tom, the driver guy in my avi!) ~

ps: If you REPOST this in the 'General' section, or a summary thereof, you'll get more replies. Now, once you start DRIVING for Millis, we will FOLLOW YOU ALL TO HECK, up in here, haha!!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TxCoach's Comment
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Thank you Anne for all the reading suggestions! A few of the links I have stumbled in to but several of them I have not.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Good to read more of your story! I am intrigued by other career changers, like myself. I've been preparing to start school in December. Now these final weeks are very busy with wrapping up my old job, preparing to move, and yet still trying to stay fresh on my CLP/pre-trip studying. It's good you're working ahead between now and January. Good luck to you!

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Chris K.'s Comment
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Keep us posted on Millis. The feedback I have heard is 85% positive and the other 15% is the normal whining lack of a better term.

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