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Jimmy P. 's Comment
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Well they put me behind the today !!! My first time ever in a big rig they took us out in the country , small narrow roads and we did some shifting up and down a few left then a few right turns only about 5 miles but what a rush !! I need to learn to watch my tach and work on throttle control but overall the instructor was pleased with both of us ! Tomorrow the adventure continues !! smile.gif

David's Comment
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Way to go...

Remember every truck is different. You'll get the hang of the tach, its a matter of listening to the engine. The Volvo Im driving with Salvation Army at the moment, shifts out of gear at 1800 and shifts in at 1500... My last truck with swift, was out at 1500 and in at 1300.

It takes practice.

Jimmy P. 's Comment
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Well shifting was a little better today smoother up and down learned to skip gears down shifting but then we got into a little in town driving and I missed my shift and got flustered I had to come to a stop in the turn lane when I should have been able to make the turn without stopping . Overall a better day and hey its only my second day with a whopping 15 miles under my belt . I will get better everyday . Pre trip is going good a lot to remember but I keep going over it when I get a break or on my lunch . I have 2 pre hires so far should be seeing a few more in the next couple days . Tomorrow the adventure continues !! shocked.png

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre Hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

David's Comment
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Shifting gets easier... I still have issues with down Shifting.

Jimmy P. 's Comment
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We are driving a 1999 International 10 spd. and she's a little used . One of my biggest problems is remembering which gear I'm looking for on the downshift but it's getting better after I missed my shift today I took a couple deep breaths and got right back into it . We are only pulling a 48ft weighing in at 54,000 lbs. Tomorrow we switch trucks I think it's a 2004 Freightliner Columbia also a 10 spd. !

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