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Dart's Comment
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Not saying it's right or wrong, but doing it this way can potentially save the company money by acting as a filter (think of it like the military's basic training/boot camp).

Say there's a student that has a bad attitude, acts like they know it all, and won't listen. However, they meet the standards of the program. No real reason to let the student go, but they would prefer the student not make it beyond the CDL training because the instructors and their bosses feel that the student could cause issues in their OTR training or once solo (late loads, accidents, damaged goods, tickets, etc...). Additionally, the extra time for retraining and retesting can put other students behind in their training (due to limited assets on hand).

If this "problem student" fails their CDL test for some reason or another, the instructors may decide that he/she isn't worth the extra time to retrain and take away from other students. Failing the CDL test can give them a reason to terminate the "problem student" before they get out on the road and causes issues for themselves and the company.

On the other hand, if they have a student that drives well and is a generally good fit for the company who gets nervous with tests (not having many issues with nerves on the road) and chokes on the CDL test, they can retrain the student and take them to retest.

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.

ELJOE1980's Comment
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I'm sorry to hear that you have to take the CDL test a second time.I know that worked really hard to prepare for it, but now that you have experience how the actual test go it will be easier for the second time.

Don't worry you will pass the next test.

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.
Dart's Comment
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Tell tou what....these last few days went by agonizingly slow. Sitting at home with little to do. A lot of thoughts, both positive and negative, running through my mind.

Finally I'm back at the bus station waiting on the bus (which was scheduled to depart 2 hours ago, but as of last notification won't even be here for another hour and a half). I'm on my way back to Grand Prairie to get some additional training on backing tomorrow and a retest on Friday.

Had a couple of positive calls from Roehl this week from the training department ensuring I'd be there for training tomorrow as well as from the driver support specialist with a warm welcome to TeamRoehl and a few tidbits of information about where to find support/information when I need it.

Looking forward to completing this chapter of my CDL training and moving on to the next.

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.
ELJOE1980's Comment
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Good luck on your re-test tomorrow.

Dart's Comment
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Made it to Dallas late Wednesday night and ate a VERY late dinner at IHOP before turning in for the night.

On Thursday, I went for a bit of a drive and did straight line and offset backing before lunch. After lunch, I did more offsets and some parallel parks before calling it a day.

Today (Friday) I got up early so we could leave early enough to make my test appointment time. Fought a bit of traffic before making it all the way through Dallas. Got to the test site and breezed right through my backing skills tests and passed my road test with flying colors. I NOW HAVE MY LICENSE.

I'm now back at the terminal waiting to fill out my final paperwork before moving on to phase 2.

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.

Lucky Life's Comment
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ELJOE1980's Comment
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Congratulations!! And good luck with Roehl and keep us posted on how it goes.

Dart's Comment
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Thank you. Will do.

Tracy H.'s Comment
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I was there (in my first week) Dark ROCKED IT!!!! In all honestly everyone I talked to said that the cones were to narrow compared what they are suppose to be - he should have passed the first time. But all is good now!!! Nice meeting you Dart & glad for TT to we "kinda" knew each other before I got there.....

Dart's Comment
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Thanks guys.

Nice to meet you as well, Tracy. Best of luck to you with the rest of your training.

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