Veriha Rookie Training Dec 2021

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Week 3 Day 2

More road practice in the morning and alley docks in the afternoon. I had 1 good one and 1 that fell out of the the ugly tree and hit every branch. I'm sure I'll get it eventually, but time is running out.

They gave out test times today. Mine is 1300 Thursday. So I guess I get one more day of practice.

Not really much more to say at this point.

Best wishes tomorrow, good sir. I'll say a prayer 4 ya, man.

Don't 'overstress' about the weather, so that everything 'else' you've learned becomes 2nd fiddle.

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~ Anne ~

Just 'G''s Comment
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Week 3 Day 3

Last day before testing. They let us pretty much set the curriculum for today. We did some quick drives in the morning, just to stay on point with that. Then in the afternoon we went to the actual test range they use and practiced backing there.

That was actually pretty nice because it's nice paved lot, not the icy, slushy gravel we've been using. It's also got these nice lines painted all over it for parking spaces, which means you can tell exactly where the whole rig is at all times. I'm a little glad they don't have that on the practice range, just so you have to learn how to do everything right and can't cheat, but knowing it's going to be available on the test is nice.

Anyway, I'm feeling good at this point. I just had a nice dinner. Gonna get a good nights sleep, have a nice breakfast, screw around for a bit, and then take the test at 1300.

I'll report back afterwards.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Best of luck to you tomorrow!

Just 'G''s Comment
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Week 3, Day 4

Success! Passed the CDL exam. Just have to go back to Illinois and make it official. Veriha also gives a 2 cpm bonus for passing the test on the first try, so the good news will keep coming.

Thanks for all the support from everyone here. And thanks to everyone that's been a contributor, even if you didn't pay any attention to me. The wisdom and advice collected here has been (and I expect, will continue to be) invaluable.

I didn't have anything to do today until the test at 1300, so I loafed around and stayed away from anything truck or CDL related. Apparently that was the right choice. They cancelled the morning test because of the wind, but it died down enough in the afternoon to go ahead. They gave me a break on highway speed, but I think I still got up to 55-60 and it wasn't as bad as I had feared.

I feel a little sorry for the morning guy. I'm pretty sure they put him first because he was the most likely to get his head screwed on sideways waiting and now he has to stew for an extra day.

Heading back to Peoria tomorrow, and they'll get in touch on Monday about a trainer. And presumably then the real learning will commence.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Just 'G''s Comment
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Best of luck to you tomorrow!

Thank you, I've been keeping track of your thread a little, but obviously had my own knitting to tend to, and didn't want to distract myself from that.

Good luck on your own progress and I'll be keeping a closer eye on it going forward.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Congrats, G !!!

Awesome news, good sir.

Enjoy the weekend & get ready for the 'real fun!' I remember going thru this w/MY guy in '03 . . . I dunno who was more excited, him or me!!

Best going forward, great diary!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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Mountain Matt's Comment
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Congrats! So glad to hear it! Much respect to you getting this done up there in the cold weather.

Just 'G''s Comment
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Week 1 of OTR training

So I drove back to Peoria from Marinette on Friday. Got back a little before 4, ran around to check mail, and check in with a few people, went to see Spiderman (pretty good), and then hit the sack. Saturday I got up and hit the DMV early to officially upgrade to a full CDL (Illinois sucks again/still/more, take your pick), ran a few more errands and then came home to sort through the mail. A little after 12 I got a call from my training driver (I'll leave him anonymous for now) and we had a nice chat and started figuring out the best way to meet him in Indy before he leaves for Columbus.

Today, I'm doing laundry and last minute errands, still sorting and tidying the mail, and repacking for next week. I'm planning to head to Indy about 4 and then we'll head to Columbus in the morning.

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.

Just 'G''s Comment
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Addendum to the CDL testing:

The other 2 guys who made it through the course both passed too. I'm not entirely sure how Veriha's rookie co-drive phase will go with 3 of us and the next class a month behind due to Christmas, but I guess we'll worry about that when it happens.

Anyway, Merry Christmases all around at this point.

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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