Off To Melton For Orientation!!!

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Jolie R.'s Comment
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Glad to hear you are off to a good start! It does amaze me sometimes how some people don't take seriously what ought to be.

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mountain girl's Comment
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This is good stuff. I like your detailed description of the driving on your first day. Glad you passed everything.

-mountain girl

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Today I was introduced to floating gears.


Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

GreyWolf's Comment
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Well it has been a long road to this point and I have "pulled the trigger" and selected Melton. It was a close race with Schneider but as far as the things that interested me, Melton edged them out. One of the things that I wanted that perhaps others might not want was Melton's 21 day stint with a trainer/engineer. Schneider could only offer me a dry van position at this time and the trainer time would have been 5-7 days. I just felt on this point I was getting short changed. I want as much training as I can soak up. I have never done any of this before and I would be a fool to pretend that I know everything. I read a complaint on another forum from someone that ridiculed Melton's approach to training as catering to the newest of novices. To me, that is a strong point. I don't want them to assume I know anything outside of what little I learned in school.

So I get to ride the Greyhound bus for 27 hours to Tulsa, OK in the morning. Orientation begins on Monday morning. 8 days in Tulsa and then 21 days with a trainer in his truck. I think this will be intense but at least I will get to pick my trainer's brain for 21 days! At the end of the 3 weeks, I will be getting assigned my own truck and it will look something like this:


I just got a call from my Melton Recruiter, I road test thursday; and ship out to Ohio Friday. With all the research I have done over the last few months; Melton seems like the best choice for my road preferences and needs. They have been in constant contact since I first reached out to them. Looking forward to a prosperous career with them.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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