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Driver_engineer 's Comment
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My program is coming close to a end and soon I will be driving long routes with a experienced truck driver. I have learned a lot and have made some mistakes along the way. Like I actually forgot to push in air supply once a without shock it wouldn't move just reve up. Done all my training in a 2022 Freightliner Cascadia and it is a really cool truck. Can't wait to be on the road and am quite nervous about the test but confident. Any tips for when I start riding along with a experienced driver?

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Yes. Be extra polite and respectful. Ask lots of questions unless he gets irritated by too many questions, then cut back. When it’s time for pretrip/post trip, jump out and show him your know-how. Same at fuel stops. Jump out, pop the hood, inspect, check fluid levels. Lock down the hood and clean the windshield, mirrors and side windows. Clean the headlight lenses. Do a visual check of your airline and electrical connection and king pin lock handle. Don’t make him ask you to do this stuff, just do it on your own unless he wants to tag along. Be friendly but not too familiar. Ask him easy questions about his family, children, general background to show him you are not all about yourself. Don’t pass gas. Don’t ask to borrow money or his toothbrush. Keep clean and smell good. Ask him at the very start what his rules are for inside the truck stuff. It’s his turf, so be a good guest. Just use common sense during your time with a trainer.

Driver_engineer 's Comment
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A lot of good advise thanks!

Yes. Be extra polite and respectful. Ask lots of questions unless he gets irritated by too many questions, then cut back. When it’s time for pretrip/post trip, jump out and show him your know-how. Same at fuel stops. Jump out, pop the hood, inspect, check fluid levels. Lock down the hood and clean the windshield, mirrors and side windows. Clean the headlight lenses. Do a visual check of your airline and electrical connection and king pin lock handle. Don’t make him ask you to do this stuff, just do it on your own unless he wants to tag along. Be friendly but not too familiar. Ask him easy questions about his family, children, general background to show him you are not all about yourself. Don’t pass gas. Don’t ask to borrow money or his toothbrush. Keep clean and smell good. Ask him at the very start what his rules are for inside the truck stuff. It’s his turf, so be a good guest. Just use common sense during your time with a trainer.

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