Day 2 Of Driving Skills With Central

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Your new to driving so the truck will feel very fast. But the more you drive you will get more comfortable and it will start to feel like you are creeping down the road. There really is a name for that condition but can't of it right now. That is why you are taught with Smith System training to look at you dash every 8 seconds. It allows you to keep a fresh look at your speed compared to how fast the truck is really moving. It allows you to actively monitor your speed.

Bucs/Clips-Nation (aka Ne's Comment
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That is why you are taught with Smith System training to look at you dash every 8 seconds. It allows you to keep a fresh look at your speed compared to how fast the truck is really moving. It allows you to actively monitor your speed.

I hear you, yeah my trainer made sure to ask me throughout the drive how fast I thought I was going. Your mind is constantly going, looking at the mirrors, dash and ahead . It was a rush man

Bucs/Clips-Nation (aka Ne's Comment
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Next step is orientation, I got my CDL today!

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.
Geo W.'s Comment
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Next step is orientation, I got my CDL today!

Congratz!!

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Next step is orientation, I got my CDL today!

Congrats! Prepare yourself for the orientation. They will feed you stories of why you should lease.

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.
Starcar's Comment
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I will have to admit this....so I might as well do it here.... I had been driving with TSB for about 6 months...feelin' pretty ****y, thought I'd seen it all, and could handle it all...UNTIL...we got our first load to LA. TSB took over driving at the CA line, I took a nap. I woke up, hopped into the jump seat, and took a look out the windshield.....at 12 lanes of traffic, 6 goin' each way !!! I got a BAD case of brain overload...I tried to sit there and just take it all in, but I couldn't handle it...I headed for the sleeper, and told TSB to hollar at me when he got parked somewhere..I still put that experience at the top of my list of OH S***T Moments. That was also the day that I finally admitted that I most likely was a hick..... So for all of you newbies learning to drive big truck in CA.....GOOD ON YA !!!

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.
Bucs/Clips-Nation (aka Ne's Comment
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Congrats! Prepare yourself for the orientation. They will feed you stories of why you should lease.

Yeah man, I've already been hearing it. I made a choice to not even think about leasing a truck before I started. A lot of the guys in my class are all hyped about it, thinking "money money money". Going to be challenged enough learning all there is in the 1st year

Bucs/Clips-Nation (aka Ne's Comment
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I will have to admit this....so I might as well do it here.... I had been driving with TSB for about 6 months...feelin' pretty ****y, thought I'd seen it all, and could handle it all...UNTIL...we got our first load to LA. TSB took over driving at the CA line, I took a nap. I woke up, hopped into the jump seat, and took a look out the windshield.....at 12 lanes of traffic, 6 goin' each way !!! I got a BAD case of brain overload...I tried to sit there and just take it all in, but I couldn't handle it...I headed for the sleeper, and told TSB to hollar at me when he got parked somewhere..I still put that experience at the top of my list of OH S***T Moments. That was also the day that I finally admitted that I most likely was a hick..... So for all of you newbies learning to drive big truck in CA.....GOOD ON YA !!!

Hahaha, is CA really all that bad compared to other states?

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Its not really much worse...its just all the traffic, and the slow speed limit, while the cages can zoom by you at 75, the lack of, and the lack of cleanliness of truck stops,and of course theres the DOT , who think that truckers are their very own retirement income...I've driven in CA alot since that incident...but it has always stuck in my head... And since CA has given a due date of 1-2014 ( I think) for all trucks that come instate to have the fancy low emissions stuff on them,,,there may be an interesting raise in freight prices...But they can't raise the rates high enough for me to cross their border...I hate that state..

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Bucs/Clips-Nation (aka Ne's Comment
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Haha tell us how u really feel. Na but I'm 29, I was born and raised in CA (San Diego county) and it never really has felt like the right fit for me. I want to check out northern CA before I decide anything about a move out of state. The weather out here is a good deal though. What's this about low emissions in 2014?

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