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Phillyfan13's Comment
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Danielle,

I'm glad to see your off to a good start. Just seems odd to me that your instructor is letting you out so early. I would want to be getting the most out of the money I spent.

Hope your day goes well.

Scot

Danielle's Comment
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I said the same thing. I also have to factor in that our instructor has a day class from 7:00am-5:00 pm and then we come in @5:30pm to 8:30pm. Not only that but the day class is 6 weeks the evening class is 12 weeks. So we get an extra 6 weeks to learn the material. I am grateful for that!!! bigtime.

Danielle,

I'm glad to see your off to a good start. Just seems odd to me that your instructor is letting you out so early. I would want to be getting the most out of the money I spent.

Hope your day goes well.

Scot

Dash of all Trades's Comment
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Congrats on your journey and I will be following as soon as you start posting!! What school are you attending if you don't mind me asking? Lonestar? Steven's Transport? 12 months is not so bad. Have you ever driven a commercial vehicle before? manual shift vehicle? I wanna know details:)

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I don't mind at all! I was considering Lonestar, since I live within a few miles of the CyFair location, but I decided it would be best to go the sponsored route, instead. I'm going to do training up in Iowa with TMC at their own training facility. They only do flatbed, which I hear is harder than dry van , but I figure that if I take a more difficult path my first year, I can make it with more confidence moving forward!

I've never driven a commercial vehicle but I have driven many manual shift vehicles and actually prefer them to automatics. It's been awhile, so I'm sure that I'm a bit rusty but I'll shake that rust off in no time. Heck, my car now doesn't even have gears to switch to! It's a single-gear eCTV transmission.

What about you? Have you ever driven a commercial vehicle or a manual transmission?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dash of all Trades's Comment
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I guess you can tell I am extremely sleepy by the grammar of my last post lol I just reread it and I apologize I don't know how to edit a post I have already submitted. Tomorrow I will be better thanks goodnight

I'll bet you're tired! That's quite the dedication taking evening classes after work. Good on you, I know it'll be worth it in the end, once you're on the road going solo (or team, if that's what you prefer). I'm taking time after work doing some of the Highroad Training until I head out for my own training and even that is tiring!

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Danielle's Comment
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I have never driven a manual shift anything. I have driven a commercial van but it wasn't nearly as big as rig. It was more like a van really.Thats a good point starting in flatbed in the first year to build your confidence. I am sure you can do anything you put your mind too! Good Luck and Godspeed.

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Congrats on your journey and I will be following as soon as you start posting!! What school are you attending if you don't mind me asking? Lonestar? Steven's Transport? 12 months is not so bad. Have you ever driven a commercial vehicle before? manual shift vehicle? I wanna know details:)

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I don't mind at all! I was considering Lonestar, since I live within a few miles of the CyFair location, but I decided it would be best to go the sponsored route, instead. I'm going to do training up in Iowa with TMC at their own training facility. They only do flatbed, which I hear is harder than dry van , but I figure that if I take a more difficult path my first year, I can make it with more confidence moving forward!

I've never driven a commercial vehicle but I have driven many manual shift vehicles and actually prefer them to automatics. It's been awhile, so I'm sure that I'm a bit rusty but I'll shake that rust off in no time. Heck, my car now doesn't even have gears to switch to! It's a single-gear eCTV transmission.

What about you? Have you ever driven a commercial vehicle or a manual transmission?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Danielle's Comment
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You're right Trucking Truth is awesome I really mean it when I save I love this site. Yes I am fully dedicated to this and anything I set my mind on I put my heart into it. No half stepping on this end. I just feel like getting my CDL will really change my life mentally physically and financially. Keep studying and quizzing and testing yourself to make sure you have everything down packed. I have a an app called dmv genie and cdl studybuddy which is awesome also. Good Luck!

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I guess you can tell I am extremely sleepy by the grammar of my last post lol I just reread it and I apologize I don't know how to edit a post I have already submitted. Tomorrow I will be better thanks goodnight

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I'll bet you're tired! That's quite the dedication taking evening classes after work. Good on you, I know it'll be worth it in the end, once you're on the road going solo (or team, if that's what you prefer). I'm taking time after work doing some of the Highroad Training until I head out for my own training and even that is tiring!

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Danielle's Comment
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Day 3 8/3/17. Today was kind of a slow day but a lot of Knowledge was given on trip planning, reading road maps and learning how to get from point a to b when using a road atlas. When I arrived in class the first question the group asked me is would I like to have class on Fridays. My response was it is up to the class. I didn't know that out of the 7 students the majority had already voted to skip classes on Friday. However the instructor stated that If we wanted to still show up we could. I found this kind of odd but at then again we do have a total of 12 weeks to learn the material, shifting, backing, and basic control of the vehicle. I just want to make sure that I focus while I'm there and learn as much as possible. Anyway after the trip planning we watched a video on railroad safety(train vs truck). The video was very interesting. After that, we reviewed our study guide which is 300 questions on just Chapter 1 & 2 of the dps manual. I answered the first 50 questions and I will complete the rest tonight since there is no classes on Friday. Any who just a quick update. Thank you for taking the time to read this. And I would love to continue to hear your feedback and your experiences during your training. Have a great day.

Dash of all Trades's Comment
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When I arrived in class the first question the group asked me is would I like to have class on Fridays. My response was it is up to the class. I didn't know that out of the 7 students the majority had already voted to skip classes on Friday. However the instructor stated that If we wanted to still show up we could. I found this kind of odd but at then again we do have a total of 12 weeks to learn the material, shifting, backing, and basic control of the vehicle. I just want to make sure that I focus while I'm there and learn as much as possible.

That is odd. Was class originally scheduled on Fridays, or was that going to be added on as an extra day? Sure, you have plenty of time to learn the material but I still wouldn't take it too lightly when they start taking away precious learning time. That's just my two cents.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Day 3 8/3/17. Today was kind of a slow day but a lot of Knowledge was given on trip planning, reading road maps and learning how to get from point a to b when using a road atlas. When I arrived in class the first question the group asked me is would I like to have class on Fridays. My response was it is up to the class. I didn't know that out of the 7 students the majority had already voted to skip classes on Friday. However the instructor stated that If we wanted to still show up we could. I found this kind of odd but at then again we do have a total of 12 weeks to learn the material, shifting, backing, and basic control of the vehicle. I just want to make sure that I focus while I'm there and learn as much as possible. Anyway after the trip planning we watched a video on railroad safety(train vs truck). The video was very interesting. After that, we reviewed our study guide which is 300 questions on just Chapter 1 & 2 of the dps manual. I answered the first 50 questions and I will complete the rest tonight since there is no classes on Friday. Any who just a quick update. Thank you for taking the time to read this. And I would love to continue to hear your feedback and your experiences during your training. Have a great day.

Hows it goin out there? You should also read my trainin diary.

CRST Expedited Trucking School and training program Cedar Rapids, IA. A (re) training diary by millionmiler24

I look forward to your opinion on my experiences and also for the continuation of your journey.

Danielle's Comment
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Class is scheduled Monday thru Friday 5:30pm -10:30PM. So I cant understand why we leave at 8:30pm and also No classes are on Friday now thanks to the class. Like I said the Instructor said if we would like to come on Friday we can but I just don't think she will even be there once she finishes her day class. Today after class I am going to ask her if she thinks we should resume classes on Friday because all of our labs are online now and it is part of our grade they no longer use books as of this past September but a lot of guys have not even logged in to the website are quizzes are on I have studied 3 chapters of out 35 myself. But I will complete at least 20 this weekend for sure. I just don't know if its her or the students but we are all new to this Only 1 guy in my class has his class a cdl so I really cant understand why the students would decide this.

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When I arrived in class the first question the group asked me is would I like to have class on Fridays. My response was it is up to the class. I didn't know that out of the 7 students the majority had already voted to skip classes on Friday. However the instructor stated that If we wanted to still show up we could. I found this kind of odd but at then again we do have a total of 12 weeks to learn the material, shifting, backing, and basic control of the vehicle. I just want to make sure that I focus while I'm there and learn as much as possible.

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That is odd. Was class originally scheduled on Fridays, or was that going to be added on as an extra day? Sure, you have plenty of time to learn the material but I still wouldn't take it too lightly when they start taking away precious learning time. That's just my two cents.

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.
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