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Tandem Suspension Pre-trip Inspection

Tandem Suspension Pre-trip Inspection

Today we focused on memorizing the suspension parts of the trailer tandem wheels. Repeatedly running through the verbiage for a pre-trip inspection is helping us to learn the names and locations of parts that are critical to the safe running of the vehicle. The...
Backing Boss Ben

Backing Boss Ben

Prime instructor Ben got us going on how to turn and use cone markers to complete straight-line, offset, and alley dock backing maneuvers. First he diagrammed them on a white board in one of the classrooms, then he took us out on the “pad” to practice the...
Pre-trip Inspection Jargon

Pre-trip Inspection Jargon

Yesterday a student from the class previous to mine gave us our first look at how a tractor/trailer pre-trip inspection is done. There are quite a bit of names and jargon to remember. The inspection is broken down into six areas: Engine compartment Driver’s door...
Simulator Practice

Simulator Practice

Today we got a chance to try out the driving simulator. With a driver’s seat and three large center and side monitors, it almost feels like one of those driving video games you’d see at a fun center. But this is programmed to accurately reproduce just...
Iron Reads a Book

Iron Reads a Book

This drawing is of my nephew, Iron Hills, done while he was quietly reading a book on Thanksgiving day 2017.

Fallen Cake

Fallen Cake

I often let my mind wander in search of something interesting when working in my journal.

And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

Bursting out the front door of a turn-of-the-century row house in Queens, a dog launches outward and airborne over the stoop with exuberance. A cat preceded him out of the house but got caught in a moment of hesitation. An ineffective and feckless unicycle robot jumps...