DCS School Of Driving

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Amish country's Comment
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Hello everyone. I start school next week, the 19th of February, at DCS in York, PA and thought I would share my experiences along the way. It is a 5 week, 200 hour monday- friday course that will focus more on backroad and city driving. They also have docks to practice bumping and backing to which I don't think I have seen anywhere else having. A big plus for me is that they have a in-house payment plan. If you qualify it is 1,500 down and starting about 3 weeks after graduation the payments start at 250 a month for 14 months.

I am 28 with a wife and young daughter looking for a career change. I was a manager for a sporting goods retail company for a little over 11 years and with the issues in the retail world lately they downsized and I found myself without any advancement opportunity. I enjoy driving and used to ride with my step father when he drove flat bed many years ago. With the changes the timing worked out perfectly to pursue this career that I had looked into years ago.

I already have a conditional offer with Schneider and plan to take a regional job with them to get my experience and not lose out on to much family time by being home weekly. It is already going to be hard enough being away when I was home every night before but this will be a temporary setback to a much bigger picture. The opportunity and investment in my CDL will guarantee work as long as I keep my records clean.

I looks like week 1 is preparing for permit tests and all endorsements. We will also get in the trucks a bit as well. I will try to update this every week to give some insight into a private CDL school.

Thanks for reading

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Misty M.'s Comment
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I looks like week 1 is preparing for permit tests and all endorsements. We will also get in the trucks a bit as well. I will try to update this every week to give some insight into a private CDL school.

Hey there! Congrats on getting started on a new career! Have you checked out the High Road CDL Training Program? It's super helpful and jam-packed with info. Brett did a GREAT job on it. Good luck and keep us posted!

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.
Amish country's Comment
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The high road is a tremendous program. I have worked through about 3/4 of it over the last few months and have already learned more than i ever thought I would. That and the other posts on here have been invaluable tools to getting started.

Amish country's Comment
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Man, what a week. Don't think I've read/studied that much in a LONG time. We went through the drivers manual section by section highlighting important sentences and then reading them out loud. Followed by a test the following day and going over the answers to each question. A very dry week or reading but very informative and it stuck well. We went today to the DMV and took the general knowledge, air brake and combination tests. Also, all of the endorsements (doubles/triples, tanker, hazmat , passenger).

Glad to say that I passed them all the first time around!

We have also been out to cover pretrip and coupling/uncoupling in the yard and each had a go at straight backing. The yard truck is an auto to let you focus on backing. We learn to straight back 300 feet here as well.

Now that I officially have a permit we will start going out Monday and working on clutch and shifting in the yard.

4 more weeks to go...

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Misty M.'s Comment
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Glad to say that I passed them all the first time around!

NICE!! dancing.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gif

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