My Millis Transfer Training In Burleson, Texas.

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Photogirl 's Comment
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I'm a little late posting but the days have been long, fun, but long. I arrived at The Comfort Inn in Alvarado, tx and its really nice. Free breakfast every morning, (eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, waffles muffins, fruit, yogurt etc).. The staff is super nice and the motel itself is very modern, think goose down comforter. YAY!

Week one- Starts out like the rest, lots of paperwork on day one. Day 2 we were already in the yard doing the Millis 500, lol which means following each other in a circle getting used to the truck. After lunch we went out on the road to bobtail around. There's only 2 of us here so needless to say we are getting tons of drive time. For the rest of the week we practice coupling/uncoupling, air breaks, pre-trip, (even though I don't test on it the guy here is from Ohio and he has too), we continue to drive in the yard and road driving in the afternoons. We also do about 1 hour or so of classroom in the morning. No driving with the trailer yet. Day 4- we started straight line backing. I pretty much had that one down. Next up is parallel parking. Day 5- same thing. Backing all day. Straight line and parallel. I can do the blindside no problem but when I switch to do the drivers side I can't do it to save my life. Its all good though Michael can't get the blindside so we are evening each other out lol.. Our instructor still hasn't lost is cool with us and seems to think we our doing so well we might graduate early. YAY!!

Its a lot of fun here. Harold our instructor is great. He's really calm and supportive and he wants nothing more then for you to succeed and pass your CDL road test. I've meet a few Millis drivers and they all have great things to say. I'm really liking my decision to train with Millis.

Week 2- Days 6-8 Backing, backing and then more backing. UGH, we had to learn off-set and alley dock.. Frustrating to say the least. Alley dock is ok, I have that one down but the darn off set is annoying as all get out. He has the course set up so you have to do a blindside then a drivers side off set. HATE IT lol.

We tested out on backing and now we get to hook up the trailer and get on the road.I didn’t master the off set but hey I still have plenty of time when I get out with my trainer which I met today. She’s really nice, been with Millis for 18 years. That seems to be a trend around here. Most drivers I have met have been with the company for over 3 years. When you test out on backing you have to do all backing maneuvers in a row. Um, yeah, my leg was a little tired afterwards. But, boy did it feel great when Harold told us we passed.

Days 9-10 I drove for 250 for both days and it was so much fun. I also got to do a pull through at a truck stop dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif We are both doing so well we are testing out early. Training at Millis is 3 1/2 weeks, we are finishing in 2. I never had a problem with shifting so the time out on the road was great! I think I’m a natural when it comes to trucking. I can’t wait to get out with my trainer. Oh, and we did drug tests before going to the motel on Friday.

Week 3-

Day 1- Orientation day! Paper work! BORING!!! Nuff said!! lol

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.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Photogirl 's Comment
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female truck driver standing in front of a Millis truck

Sean S.'s Comment
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Sounds like everything is going pretty good for you. Good luck on passing you driving test and keep us updated with your progress at Millis.

Sean

Photogirl 's Comment
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Sounds like everything is going pretty good for you. Good luck on passing you driving test and keep us updated with your progress at Millis.

Sean

Thanks Sean! It was really great meeting you and talking with you through out training. I can't wait for us to meet again out on the road. Good luck in Arkansas my friend!!

Don The Kiwi's Comment
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Wow that's amazing there only two of you on the course, I think you may have made History( I haven't seen a truck school course with a small class - in the year I've been looking at schools) but for sure the best way to learn - Congrats on passing and getting out on the Road.

Photogirl 's Comment
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Wow that's amazing there only two of you on the course, I think you may have made History( I haven't seen a truck school course with a small class - in the year I've been looking at schools) but for sure the best way to learn - Congrats on passing and getting out on the Road.

Hey thanks Don. Yeah, it was a great experience for sure. We had tons of one on one training. My friend was at the training school for USA truck at the same time in another part of Texas and he called me Harvard and I called him GED.. lol

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