Community College CDL Training

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Spent lots of time during yesterday’s class practicing 90 degree and offset backing. Definitely not as easy as it look, but I am picking it up pretty quickly. Once I fully grasp that the idea is to drive/steer the back wheels of the trailer, better backing is just around the corner.

Spent an 1 1/2 hours today driving I40 and some of the country roads that branch off of it in the Mocksville area. Drove by quite a few “black ice” wrecks today. Sun finally warmed up and took care of that. We are also practicing the pre-trip and paper logs.

So far this has been a pretty thorough school. On “drive days” we usually have about 2 1/2 hour seat time each. Five more weeks to go.

RandyinNC's Comment
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Doing tons better with the driving. Went through two round-abouts without hitting the curbs. Down shifting is smoothing out as well. We went through a weight station on I40 in Mebane NC and visited a truck stop. Frankly, the truck stop was the best part of the day! I’ll have to retain some self control in those places as there is lots of cool stuff! We do our CDL pre-trip on Monday so in hindsight, if you think of anything regarding that, please let me know. Be safe!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RandyinNC's Comment
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At this point I have narrowed it down to: Dry Van: Ozark or CFI Flatbed: McElroy, Melton, or Maverick

I applied to tons of companies early on in the school process. I think this is a good thing to do because as you begin to get acquainted with the industry as a whole, you can start to ask the recruiters intelligent questions. I also stopped at Truck Stops and questioned drivers as well. What I have determined is this: All jobs have pros and cons, and the complainers on YouTube probably complain about everything. Maverick is visiting our school on Monday, so I am looking forward to hear what they have to say. Interestingly, Schneider was by on this past Thursday and described the on-road training with a driver to be only about 8 to 10 days with an initial week in their training yard, and a subsequent week in the training yard again after the on-road training.

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.
RandyinNC's Comment
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All right!

Passed the PreTrip and the Backing for the CDL. Road test s next week. This has been a great class thus far and the help from the instructors has been phenomenal.

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.
Misty M.'s Comment
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All right!

Passed the PreTrip and the Backing for the CDL. Road test s next week. This has been a great class thus far and the help from the instructors has been phenomenal.

Waaahoooo! Congrats! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Terrific! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

RandyinNC's Comment
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Thank you both for the congrats! I am looking forward to this Wednesday and the actual road test.

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