I'm Finished With My Schooling 😏

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Spirit's Comment
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I'm finished with my schooling. Now I have to wait for my Driving test at the DPS......πŸ˜” may take a week. This is going to be one of the longest week of my life! I'm so afaird I my screw it by not having anything to drive till then! Have any of y'all felt that way? Today is my 1st day off from school. I'm doing the Hazmat here. I'm going to read over my 8 steps. But I'm thinking I could over study to. So maybe I will just give a few hours a day to this till my driving test.......πŸ˜” I hate the wait time 😠

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations on completing your schooling!

I understand your angst in having to wait a week, but if possible try and not let it bother you too much. I'll tell you that you don't have to be perfect on your driving test. I remember testing and thinking I was doing a terrible job of things. I started off with an almost perfect parallel parking maneuver, then I proceeded to take a wrong exit because I misunderstood what the examiner said. I kept on grinding gears, and was sweating bullets because every time my gears were growling back at me I was certain the examiner was thinking this guy does not know what he's doing. They are not looking for perfection, but rather that you are confident in your understanding of how to operate a commercial vehicle, and that you have a basic grasp of the skills involved. They know you are a total newbie at this, they just want you to show them that you have the confidence and the abilities to work at this and improve until you are a true professional.

If you think it might help you, I would ask the school you attended if you can come back up to the school and go out with their current group of students one day next week just so you can get a little drive time in just to keep your newly acquired skills in place before you test out. Most schools will be willing to do this for you. If you think it might help with your anxiety, I would give it a try.

Best of luck to ya!

Spirit's Comment
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Thanks 😘 Old School. Makes me feel better that it's ok to grind 4 the and 5th..... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ why I grind them....I have no ideal. But I will hold myself high like I know what I'm doing and maintaine my lane as I grind. Everything else is a tight close shift. But those are way out there. Funny thing is they are 9th and 10th as well and I don't grind them which is in the same spot! Lol ......thanks for the infoπŸ‘Š

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Colleen W.'s Comment
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Good job Spirit!

Deb R.'s Comment
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My instructors are constantly reminding us to not worry so much about grinding a few gears. The examiners are more concerned with your driving safety; traffic checks, lane changes, using mirrors, taking corners, signaling, etc.

Sly48's Comment
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Congrats!!! I remember being very nervous.....but the above comments are correct. BREATH!!!! It will be ok. I would recommend knowing your air brake test backwards and forwards. While I did fine, there were a few that failed it and that was it till the next trip to test.

My story, I had to take it twice for one simple and minor mistake the 1st time. I took a right turn and my trailer tires "rubbed" not hit or ran over, just barely rubbed the curb and that was an instant fail from the person that did the testing. But bet your bottom dollar, the 2nd time I did not touch a curb...haha!!

Grinding a few gears really wasn't a factor, I think they expect that to happen. Again, they are looking for safe driving, you're watching road signs, using your signals and let's not forget the parallel parking. As ugly as mine was, I did it and passed that part too, both times...haha!!!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matt S.'s Comment
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Nice work, Spirit! Let us know when you pass ;-)

Rhonda's Comment
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My instructors are constantly reminding us to not worry so much about grinding a few gears. The examiners are more concerned with your driving safety; traffic checks, lane changes, using mirrors, taking corners, signaling, etc.

That's right.

Rhonda's Comment
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And congrats sister! You'll kick butt on that driving test, I'm sure. Everyone gets nervous, it's normal to be feeling the way you are,

And you ain't gonna forget how to drive between now and your test... Lol.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Woo Hoo way to go Spirit!!!! dancing-dog.gif Another woman trucker about to spread her wings!!!! smile.gif

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