Wilson Logistics Training: Start Date: 12/13/21. A Librarian Learns Trucking!

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Just 'G''s Comment
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Thanks, Vicki!

Going well so far. We are taking a load of frozen ravioli from Springfield to Bethlehem, PA. A fitting town for near Christmas!

I drove for several hours today and did pretty well. My trainer is experienced, fair, and a good teacher. It is tough living in close quarters and spending the whole day every day with a stranger, but this learning process is just what I need.

Have a belated wave from me. I'm pretty sure we passed on I-70 at some point. I spent my day going from Indy to Columbus, then back to Indy to relay a load from another driver (I'll save that tale for my own thread) and are now booking it to NJ for a 0700 Wed delivery.

I've got to say the Indy to Columbus stretch of I-70 is fairly nice, but I'm looking forward to some other roads.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Yes, we probably did pass each other! It was a good stretch of road for me to start out on. Today I drove much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was hiller and thus an additional challenge. I definitely feel like I'm getting better at lane and speed control. I also did a 90 degree back at the receiver...in the world's largest parking lot, lol.

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Yes, we probably did pass each other! It was a good stretch of road for me to start out on. Today I drove much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was hiller and thus an additional challenge. I definitely feel like I'm getting better at lane and speed control. I also did a 90 degree back at the receiver...in the world's largest parking lot, lol.

So you drove through the tunnels entering western PA? Those hills in the western part are no joke. I had the privilege of driving them at night which scared me half to death.

Seems like your having fun. Keep up the good work. Stay focused like you have been and enjoy this new journey. Your right about the tight quarters in the truck. It's tight in there with 2 ppl. I can't see how anyone can do team driving. I like my space lol

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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Yes, I drove through those tunnels and hills, but it was daytime for me at least. Today I got some experience driving at night on windy/hilly county roads in Pennsylvania. Also, those tight construction zones and Jersey barriers are a lot more exciting at night.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! Yeah, I can see why people might team with a spouse or girlfriend, but otherwise that's a lot of closeness. It does have some advantages...in many ways, I enjoy my trainer just as a person.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TwoSides11's Comment
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Yes, I drove through those tunnels and hills, but it was daytime for me at least. Today I got some experience driving at night on windy/hilly county roads in Pennsylvania. Also, those tight construction zones and Jersey barriers are a lot more exciting at night.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! Yeah, I can see why people might team with a spouse or girlfriend, but otherwise that's a lot of closeness. It does have some advantages...in many ways, I enjoy my trainer just as a person.

Dude, you are at the Petro down the street from me right now lmao. The Knight terminal is a half a block away.

Yes it was very very windy today!! Jersey huh? Your in me and G-towns area for sure lol.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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Yeah, pretty cool to be in this area again! It's been a while for me. I just looked it up...we are close!

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Mountain Matt's Comment
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Figured I'd upload a pic of "my" truck. As the days and miles go by, it feels more like mine, haha!

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Thanks for your kindness, as always, Anne! Merry Christmas!

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Well, I've driven about 1,800 miles through 8 states so far. I'm enjoying the driving and learning a lot! My trainer has been patient and helpful, which makes this "living in a closet with a stranger" thing easier. We managed to get a good Christmas dinner at a truck stop, so that was a bonus. We're in Michigan now but have a run down to Atlanta next.

I struggle with the backing maneuvers--even when I'm bobtailing and getting under a new trailer. It takes me a few times to get in the right spot left to right and lined up ar the correct angle. My trainer has been patient, but I'm wondering if I'm progressing fast enough? I guess it has only been a week out here, but sometimes I feel frustrated with myself.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Well, I've driven about 1,800 miles through 8 states so far. I'm enjoying the driving and learning a lot! My trainer has been patient and helpful, which makes this "living in a closet with a stranger" thing easier. We managed to get a good Christmas dinner at a truck stop, so that was a bonus. We're in Michigan now but have a run down to Atlanta next.

I struggle with the backing maneuvers--even when I'm bobtailing and getting under a new trailer. It takes me a few times to get in the right spot left to right and lined up at the correct angle. My trainer has been patient, but I'm wondering if I'm progressing fast enough? I guess it has only been a week out here, but sometimes I feel frustrated with myself.

Mr. Matt;

As you know ... I'm NOT a driver, but having Tom home this weekend, I'm making him (asking?him?) some questions 'up in here.'

One week is peanuts (his words) in the PARADE. Actually, bobtailing to get UNDER a trailer is a skillset, too. That's why the 5th wheel plate is so big, because nobody hits it 'deadpeanuts' on. (Almost his words, haha!)

The pro's on here will share accordingly, but .. a week? Sheesh! Cut yourself some slack, man!!!

I'm just happy that you are blessed with a decent trainer. Totally. There's a shortage of those, it seems.

Chin up, mi mano!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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