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DAY 10 and DAY 11

Practice All your Skills and Driving and Pre Trip and Air Brakes.

DAY 11 was Saturday I didnt count sundays as days...

tomorrow will be sunday so its not day 12...

Monday will be DAY 12 "The Swing Shift" is headed to the Swift Terminal for orientation... those who succeed the orientation situation will come back to the school on Thursday and test Friday.

the tests will be...

Pre-Trip (Air, In Cab, Outside) Skills (Straight Back, Offset and Allie Dock or Parallel) Driving (City and Freeway)

advice...

just because the first time you learn offset you use a half shoe... this doesnt mean everytime you do an offset its always going to be a half shoe...

after doing and offset with several different trucks and trailers... my advice is...

your going to do a straight back, then you are going to get an offset...

when you do your offset do it as a half shoe. Example...

if your offsetting to the right. use the half shoe method. once you straighten back out you will see where you are if your perfect then youll use a half shoe on your parallel...

BUT if your not perfect be careful to NOT use the half shoe method on your Offset your NOT going to be in the box if the half shoe didnt put you perfect on the offset...

if your too far to the left on an offset to the right. then when you do your parallel you will want to go more than a half shoe. its your judgment... learning what the trucks can do is what you should be doing on the yard... use the time to learn how the trucks work...

if your too far to the right on an offset to the right... youll want to go less than a half shoe when youre doing your parallel. lol.

use your offset to figure out what you will need for your parallel. im serious... its easier for us rookies to use a pull up on the offset than it is on the parallel.

also there are things like mudflaps (splash guards) that get in the way... so make sure you play with the trucks and figure them out figure out how they work understand the theory behind the methods so hopefully you can pass the skills the first time...

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Monica M.'s Comment
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I just wanted to tell you that your earlier advice on choking and holding the hard turns for a parallel maneuver really helped me. As did your advice to "see" what the instructor wants you to "see." I just listened and did what the instructor told me to do. I didn't question it, didn't analyze it - just made like a robot and did it. Your system works!

Mr. Smith's Comment
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I just wanted to tell you that your earlier advice on choking and holding the hard turns for a parallel maneuver really helped me. As did your advice to "see" what the instructor wants you to "see." I just listened and did what the instructor told me to do. I didn't question it, didn't analyze it - just made like a robot and did it. Your system works!

Hey thanks for reading. Im sure your instructors are thankful. I hope they noticed you did good.

Good luck.

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Day 12

Swing Shift is back on days. 7:00 is the start time. at the Swift Terminal in Jurupa Valley instead of the TDA School at the Fontana Yard. we will be in Jurupa Valley until the End of Wednesday.

What we did today was Drug Test, (Yes this is the second one) Paperwork and Safety.

we will be here doing this kind of stuff until Wednesday and then Thursday we head back to the yard in Fontana to brush up on our skills before we test on Friday.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Day 13 and 14 Videos, Safety, Paperwork, Log Books, Shop Guy Introduction...

Day 15 Brush up on Skills and one last drive with instructor. Tomorrow we test.

Day shift tested today a couple guys passed. I didnt get to see everyone and ask everyone if they passed.

Advice when doing your air brakes tests, dont be nervous. Act as if youare teaching the process. But only state the test, state the purpose and then perform it. Dont be nervous.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Day 16 I passed my air brakes, pre trip, skills and road test. I am officially a class a driver.

DMV was closed so I have to wait until monday to get my paperwork. Then i will go to the swift terminal and find out when i will meet my mentor

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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CONGRATS!

Mr. Smith's Comment
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CONGRATS!

Thank You

Bleemus's Comment
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Well done! Keep us posted!

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Well done! Keep us posted!

Thank You, i will. I need 200 hours driving which includes 40 various backs, and 88 points over about 27 skills that have a scale of 1-5 by 200 hours they should all be in the 4 and 5 range. Once thats complete, a writtten test, drive ttest with swift. 1 solo run and thqt completes the training.

Long story short ive got a couple months of million dollar lessons ahead of me.

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