I Passed!

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Matthew K.'s Comment
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Success!

It was ugly, a lot uglier than I would have hoped, but as of this moment I am a CDL holder!

The examiner said I still need lots of practice on my clutchwork (I expected this, but it's still a lot better than when I started.) I also came about 6 inches of failing on the last turn back into the lot, I missed 5th gear and lost track of the trailer while trying to catch it, but the trailer stayed off the curb.

I know I'm not ready for 40 tons, but with the right training program at an employer, I'll be ready to hit the road.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats!! That's awesome!

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classA's Comment
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Congratulations! I have been working with Schneider National since graduating CDL Training over 2 years ago. And my shifting / clutching needed much improvement after I passed the CDL exam for the State. Schneider has a very reputable orientation where they not only hone your shifting skills, but they teach you how to skip-shift for maximum fuel mileage! Great program that I highly recommend for new drivers. What you do not know, they will focus on and teach you readily! Great Company. But be realistic about your expectations financially. Schneider will benefit from your driving for a little less money than many competitors at the first....while you learn.....but once you grow and understand the metrics that they use Company-wide, you can can earn a good wage. I earned about $30 k my first year and $50k my second. Currently I am going on $60 this year already. However, I am unlike most drivers as I stay out 6 - 8 weeks at a time. Although that gets me more miles (and I am paid by the mile) I get less home-time.

Dedicated accounts (I have run) make a little more, but they are micro-managed (for obvious reasons) and I like having the freedom to run when I want instead of when the Company wants. : )

Again, congratulations on your new skill. I recommend you find your "driving fit" quickly. And Schneider will allow you that option. I have experienced it personally.

ClassARod

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Phillyfan13's Comment
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Matthew,

Congratulations on passing!

Good luck on your next phase.

Scot

Big Scott's Comment
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