New CFI School Attendee

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Chuck 's Comment
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So coming next month I will be attending school in Missouri for CFI trucking and beginning my career as a OTR trucker. I am so excited for this new opportunity to be able to learn a new skill and gain some much needed experience in the trucking world. Persistence and constant research and asking questions have helped get me to this point. My recruiter Cortney was extremely helpful in providing me with information on CFI as far as benefits and pay, training and time with the trainer. Big Scott has been a huge help as well since he has first hand experience with CFI as a driver. I wanted to share my good news with everyone and anyone else that is also looking to go into trucking. Once school begins the updates will start.

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.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Good luck with the school, Chuck. I know you’ll do great. As you’ve been on this site for a while, I am sure you know about the High Road Training Program; work through it, and you’ll have no problems ace-ing your written tests. While you won’t be tested on the hours of service, make sure you understand that section completely, it will really benefit you as a driver. Looking forward to your joining us on the road!

Chuck 's Comment
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Good luck with the school, Chuck. I know you’ll do great. As you’ve been on this site for a while, I am sure you know about the High Road Training Program; work through it, and you’ll have no problems ace-ing your written tests. While you won’t be tested on the hours of service, make sure you understand that section completely, it will really benefit you as a driver. Looking forward to your joining us on the road!

Thanks Pete. I have been studying the high road testing questions, they have been very helpful. I am looking forward to it.

Chuck 's Comment
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So I am 2 weeks away from finally being done at my current job and will be starting school hopefully the week of the 14th. I have already had my DOT physical done and will be taking the Permit test this Saturday so I have been studying everything possible to make sure that I pass it first time out. Everything I am trying to accomplish is riding on this and for the first time ever I am nervous about the CDL permit test. Is it really that hard or am I just freaking out for nothing???

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Are you using our High Road CDL Training Program? If you are doing well with that training program you are going to do well on the actual tests.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Thanks Pete. I have been studying the high road testing questions, they have been very helpful.

We have several different things that people can use to study with. Are you using the program that I provided the link to?

PJ's Comment
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Congrats Chuck. This will be your nervous point, was for most of us. We don’t like change. Your going through a huge change right now. You have done your homework, made your decision. Take a deep breath and try to relax. You seem to have the desire to do this and I’m sure you will do fine. At this point you can become your own worst enemey through second guessing and nerves. I know its much easier said than done, but relax. As said if you are doing well with the high road program your permit test will be a breeze. Just read each wuestion carefully before you answer.

Best of luck and again congrats

Jmart's Comment
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Chuck, I just finished my orientation with CFI. I went through the training at Crowder College to get my CDL. The instructors are very helpful. And with your help, you will be ready for your CDL test. I do have a diary of my experience in the diary section.

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.
Chuck 's Comment
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Chuck, I just finished my orientation with CFI. I went through the training at Crowder College to get my CDL. The instructors are very helpful. And with your help, you will be ready for your CDL test. I do have a diary of my experience in the diary section.

Thanks for the tip and I too cannot wait to get started. I take the permit test tomorrow.

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.
Reyn R.'s Comment
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Congratulations Chuck! I’ll be starting Prime around the same time you’ll be at CFI. I thought I’d keep a diary of how it goes but there are so many good diaries already that I’m just going to focus on my day to day tasks & keep a personal journal to instill all the days lessons in my mental hard drive. I have a better time remembering things when I write them down. Good luck & as they say, “break a leg”.

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