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Patricia R.'s Comment
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Are you in a hotel or a CRE facility?

I am at the CR England facility

Patricia R.'s Comment
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Are you in a hotel or a CRE facility?

Cr england facility

Big Scott's Comment
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Sounds like it's nice? Looking forward to your updates.

Patricia R.'s Comment
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I would also like to point out that I read every review I could get my hands on about their school and company. There were a lot of negative comments about various things related to the facility. I have found most of those comments to be untrue.

I have spoken to 4 other females here and it looks like I will most likely have to go out with a male trainer. They are very short on trainers. If I wait for a female I will probably be stuck here for awhile which means I'm not getting paid. I don't care who I go out to train with so it's not an issue for me, but if your female and are not comfortable with a male trainer you might want to look at other options.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patricia R.'s Comment
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School starts tomorrow at 6am. Today I took the shuttle to walmart to get food and stuff to do laundry. There is a laundry room on site. The shuttle goes to walmart every hour on the hour. Not much to report other than a walmart trip and waiting to start school :)

Big Scott's Comment
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Sounds cool. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to more.

Patricia R.'s Comment
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We started this morning at 6am...ish. We filled out a million forms, got drug tested, watched a sexual harassment video and took a quiz about federal regulations that was about 30 questions long. They allow you to use the book for the test and let u retake it if u didn't pass.

I was told by my recruiter there would be a hair folicle test, but apparently that is only if your urine sample is suspicous. I hope no one was dumb enough to take drugs before they came to school and then try to mask it....SMH.

There are about 30 people in my class which seems pretty big. We were told that they are taking volunteers to train in automatic trucks as they have switched their fleet to 90% automatic and will be 100% there by april.... I am torn about this. I imagine it's way easier to learn to drive on an automatic however I feel like it's a waste of my time to be here if I have that restriction on my license. I will update more after lunch time. So far everything is great!!

Big Scott's Comment
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Given the option, I would train and test on a manual transmission.

Patricia R.'s Comment
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Ok day 1 is over. We had classroom time for the rest of the day. I know I'm going to get a lot of crap for stating this on here but I went with the automatic transmission training. Let me explain why....

I will be doing my otr 180 hours of training in an automatic. They have ppl training that have only been driving 4 to 6 months. I'm not saying anything negative about it, but I would rather train on what I'm going to be driving everyday just in case...

I talked over the pros and cons with my step dad. He owns a couple semi trucks and he said the whole industry will be switched over to automatic within the next 5 years. I will be with this company for at least a year. He said he would teach me and let me test with a stick if I needed to after my year is up.

Lastly... this is day 1 of school (which is a tuesday) we are expected to be ready for our actual cdl test by Monday or Tuesday which is 5 or 6 days away. I don't feel like that's enough time to learn how to drive a stick shift semi truck, pre trip and backing.

Tomorrow we spend time driving the trucks. I will update when I get time.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Big Scott's Comment
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That was your decision for you. Don't worry about what others may say. They are not the ones living your life. Plus you have that easy way to learn stick if needed. Good luck to you. When do you start getting training pay?

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