CFI Company Sponsored Training Through Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

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Big Scott, how does CFI determine what students go to Crowther or Dynasty?

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Most go to Crowder. If Crowder fills up they will send you to Truck Dynasty. Either way you will get the training you need to pass the test. You will train and test on 10 speeds. Most likely your finisher at CFI will have an autoshift. I hope that helps.

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I may have missed it in your posts, but is the 3 meals a day included it the Dynasty school?

At Truck Dynasty they give you $15.00 per day 7 days a week for food. It's best to spend it wisely. I had some leftover to take with me to orientation. At Crowder, they feed you Monday through Friday. I believe the weekends are up to you. I hope that helps. PB& J and a loaf of bread goes a long way. I hope that helps. I'm about to make myself PB&J for my dinner tonight. Then I'm going to sleep.

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5-31-17 Wednesday: Driving, driving, driving. I drove close to 400 miles today. We delivered our load this morning. I got to go through rush hour traffic on the way there. After unloading there we dead headed about 80 miles to a drop/hook. Made that swap, adjusted the tandems , scaled it and hit the road. Now we are shut down in a J in southern Illinois. Our delivery is for 3pm tomorrow about 150 miles away. I am loving it.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Danielle's Comment
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This is a great diary. I love the detail and how you give insight on the company and the company sponsored training. Keep it up and be safe driver!!!!

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Big Scott's Comment
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6-3-17 Saturday: Thanks Danielle G. Thursday night we stopped in a place that I didn't data signal to give an update. Yesterday, I drove out my 11 hour clock. W went from Tennessee to Illinois and are now in Indiana at a J. My clock ran out about 20 minutes from here. My trainer had to drive the remaining 20 minutes to this spot. We are taking showers this morning and will be on the road shortly after 6am today for a 7am pickup close to here. We will take this load to Southern NJ on Monday morning. I'll probably drive about 500 miles today. I am loving the driving. Yesterday we got off the interstate to go around a jam. I think that cost us more time. We ended up going through a very small city, with nice tight turns, to get back on the highway. I didn't stress at all. My backing is slowly getting better as well. I have a good instructor. This is alot to get used to. However thanks to Trucking Truth and all I learned here I am better prepared than most. I knew what to expect in school and on the road. So, if you see a CFI at a truck stop, it could be me. That's about all for now.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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6-3-17 Saturday: Another long day of driving. Drove about 10 hrs today.We picked up this morning in Indiana and we are at a J outside of Pittsburgh PA. We have to deliver this load Monday morning at 8am Eastern time Monday, somewhere in Southern NJ. Today I drove some twisting, hilly roads. US30 East in Pennsylvania. Great learning experience. I loved it. My backing is slowly improving. The biggest problem I have right now is when we stop for the night, I'm so tired. I have much to do and talking with my wife comes first. I end up putting things off. I almost forgot to pay my water bill. While on my trainer's truck, I'm not allowed to use my phone while driving. That leaves very little time to do anything else. That's about all for now.

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6-4-17 Sunday: We started later than normal today because we only had about 300 miles to drive to get to our shut down point. I drove down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I76 East. I found out that kind of driving is called dragon flies. You drag it up a hill and fly down the other side. I'm getting great experience. To me this was a nice easy drive as we were not under a deadline. We hit the road around 1pm or so and got here around 6:30 or so. I did laundry here and just finished dinner. Tomorrow we have a delivery appointment of 8am about 15 miles from here. We're at a J in Southern NJ. I am loving trucking. I do miss my wife and dogs. We have mostly had great weather. I'm going to have to go to sleep soon as we have an early start tomorrow. That's about all for now.

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6-4-17 Sunday: We started later than normal today because we only had about 300 miles to drive to get to our shut down point. I drove down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I76 East. I found out that kind of driving is called dragon flies. You drag it up a hill and fly down the other side. I'm getting great experience. To me this was a nice easy drive as we were not under a deadline. We hit the road around 1pm or so and got here around 6:30 or so. I did laundry here and just finished dinner. Tomorrow we have a delivery appointment of 8am about 15 miles from here. We're at a J in Southern NJ. I am loving trucking. I do miss my wife and dogs. We have mostly had great weather. I'm going to have to go to sleep soon as we have an early start tomorrow. That's about all for now.

Paulsboro by any chance? Off I295?

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Yes Paulsboro is off 295 at exit 18.

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6-6-17 Tuesday: Yesterday was a long crazy day. We did our delivery and went back to the Pilot to wait for our next dispatch. About as soon as we got to the Pilot the dispatch came in. Back up into NJ for a live load. The first door they wanted us in had trailers parked across from it and there was not enough room for a 53' trailer and sleeper cab. They ended us moving us to a door with nothing in front fo it. They loaded us fairly quickly. It was a very light load, so no problem. That delivery was a drop hook. When we got there they told us they didn't have an empty for us. So, we bobtailed to the TA where we shut down for the night. To top that day off I found out I lost a family member. Today, we started around 6:30am first stop about 10 minutes away to get an empty. We then went back across PA to get to our pickup. A live load of soda aka pop. This was a very heavy load. We went about 40 miles to a scale only to find out we were to heavy. 40 miles back to the shipper. They rewoked it and we are shut down here for the night. In the morning it,s back to the scale. This load is due in Tampa on the 8th at noon. Our new eta is the 9th at 5am. We'll find out tomorrow what the planners have to say. I am still loving this, although I'm tired. That's about all for now.

Bobtail:

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

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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6-7-16 Wednesday: We hit the road this morning around 5am. Drive back to the scale. All was good. Next stop, fuel. After that We drove until 30 minute break. I had so much to do on my 30, that I didn't have time to eat lunch. We got back on the road. One quick scale stop and back on the road. Drove all the way to a rinky dink Pilot in Dunn NC. Are strating tomorrow between 5 and 6am and running hard to our stop in Wildwood Fl. We'll spend the night at the J down there. Today we drove through Gettysburg and some beautiful country roads. That's about all for now.

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