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Progress report and a personal thank you to Daniel B.

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Rob ( A.K.A. CASE)'s Comment
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Well just a little update for you all on my progress so far.

Hmmm let's see not sure where to start. Oh yeah I GOT MY CDL!!!

Can't tell you how good that feels to say!! I have been documenting my progress in the CDL TRAINING DIARIES section of the forum for anyone that is interested.

But I wantedc to take a minute to thank everyone for all the encouragement they have given me. This website has been an absolute blessing and I really doubt I would be here holding my CDL without this site and without the support I have been blessed with by so many of you.

One person in particular is Daniel B!! Daniel had gone through Centrals training and worked for them and was kind enough to call me and tell me exactly what to expect before I even got to school! I can't tell you how important that was to me because once I didn't get to school I got a different story with every person I talked to, but the reality was exactly like Daniel described it!!

To add icing to the cake as luck or fate would have it, I had the honor of meeting Daniel the day before my final road test this week as he was in town waiting to pick up a load. Daniel went out of his way to come out and meet me and show me his awesome PURPLE truck...yes guys its PURPLE NOT PINK!! And it is awesome. What an awesome human being!

Daniel, you were there with words of encouragement when I needed to hear them and just the right doses of reality when I needed it as well. You have been so generous with your time I just can't tell you how much that means to me. I could not have done this without you and ill never forget it - thank you my friend!!

As for me I am almost done with orientation and will be keeping you all updated so if you want to follow along, once again that thread is in the Truck driving school diaries section. Just a couple more days and I will be able to change my status to "Driver in Training"

Thanks again everyone from the bottom of my heart!!

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.
Scott B.'s Comment
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Congratulations Rob. Seems like praise Daniel B week around here. He must be a real special guy. Keep up the good work and see you on the long grey line.

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

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Cynthia L.'s Comment
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That's so funny. PURPLE truck. I have got to tell you when looking for a trucking company to work for I went with PAM trucking because I remembered that they had purple trucks. Had is the appropiate word here. I get to Indiana for school and look at the PAM trucks and don't see one purple truck only white. Talk about being let down. LOL I get back home and am looking online at trucking companies and what do I see? Prime has a purple truck on their website and I don't have to give up my FL CDL Class A permit to go to their school. Only thing is it's a very long bus ride to get there. I drove my car to Indiana.

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.
Lucky Life's Comment
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So I have been reading a bunch of Training Diaries just to get a bunch of different perspectives of the process. Well I came across Rob (aka Case), WOW that Dude really wanted a Trucking career and did all the heavy lifting to get to his dream. Rob started a new post about sharing his training after successfully getting his CDL and from what I can tell the last post from him the day Daniel B made the special effort to leave the terminal and take him to dinner. I have always hated reading a book or watching a movie that just ends and leaves you hanging and craving the real story. So question to Daniel B, any ideal what ever happened to Rob?

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Its been years since I spoke with him. If I remember right, he just got solo but wasn't happy that he had to leave his truck at the terminal yard and drive home 60 miles. Apparently he lived just barely close enough to a drop yard so that he couldn't take his truck home. He was furious about that.

Thats the last I have heard. He disappeared since then just like all the others hehe.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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