Cape Fear Community College Truck Driver Training Log

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Travis's Comment
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Today was day 1. It's now an 8 week program(Class starting April 21 2022). I had heard previously it was 6 weeks so this is updated info if someone else has reported in previously.

The first day was just handing out a few extra materials on arrival, meeting a couple of the instructors and other staff from the trucking program. All the staff seems professional. Our coursebook is a JJ Keller ELDT Obtaining A CDL Book (ISBN-13: 978-1-68008-493-1) along with several other Keller books and 2 log books. We will be covering through Chapter 30 at basically 1 chapter a day with daily online, open book, at home on PC/mobile. There is an additional weekly test we get Friday online that is due by Sunday 2359.

In the afternoon we went to part of the practice area and looked at a truck, an instructor went over a quick rundown of a pre-trip(we will work this more in depth tomorrow) and sliding the fifth wheel and tandems while were out there. We'll start shifting and getting ready to do first driving early next week.

I was actually surprised while doing some stuff on what to look for during a pre-trip they pulled up some pages from truckingtruth dot com showing ABCs!

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.

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".

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

George B.'s Comment
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The fun begins. I had a couple of friends go thru their course and they spoke highly of it. If you change up friends of mine teach culinary there also. smile.gif

Travis's Comment
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A neighbor of my parents teaches at the lineman school there.

I grew up here so I'd always heard pretty good things about the school. Given the price and reviews it was hard not to decide to take a chance to visit family and do the training at the same time. Two birds, one stone.

The fun begins. I had a couple of friends go thru their course and they spoke highly of it. If you change up friends of mine teach culinary there also. smile.gif

PackRat's Comment
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Long flight to Idaho?

Travis's Comment
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Idaho? While I wouldn't mind some land up there one day I don't think I've ever mentioned that here...

Now I'm wondering if me talking sh about the government and Ruby Ridge memes have caught up with me 不不不

Long flight to Idaho?

PackRat's Comment
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Idaho? While I wouldn't mind some land up there one day I don't think I've ever mentioned that here...

Now I'm wondering if me talking sh about the government and Ruby Ridge memes have caught up with me 不不不

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Long flight to Idaho?

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There's a "Travis" showing at the very northern top of Idaho.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

George B.'s Comment
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I lived in Wilmington from 1995-2001. My brother and family still live there. He and his wife are corporate jerks whoops I meant attorneys.

Travis's Comment
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Day 2

Started at 0800. Went to the diesel mechanic shop and looked at an engine and DEF unit outside of a truck and then the frame of a tractor with nothing but axles and wheels on it.

Did pre trip inspection practices til lunch time after that, to include in cab. We broke for lunch and came back to different groups and instructors. After lunch I only had 2 of us with an instructor(it was 4:1 in the AM). Did more pre trip - we each did a full pre trip once and then worked on the gear pattern qnd getting a feel for where the clutch engages.

Monday we'll move around the pad and maybe some of the better shifters will get to drive around the campus.

G-Town's Comment
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PackRat wrote:

There's a "Travis" showing at the very northern top of Idaho.

Interesting. Indeed there is. Updated recently too.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Travis's Comment
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Wait, is this forum logins? If so it's because I use fakegps and vpn on my phone to avoid Spanish/Mexican ads and domain name hikacking(i type google dot com but get google dot com dot mx) wgen I'm in Mexico.

If it is logins then this login should show me as in the far north of Nunavut 不 as I moved the fakegps pin

PackRat wrote:

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There's a "Travis" showing at the very northern top of Idaho.

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Interesting. Indeed there is. Updated recently too.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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