One of the biggest issues Randy and I have had during the truck driving school process has been the anxiety caused by the ongoing uncertainty about what's going to happen next. A lot of that is unavoidable and, no matter how much you plan and prepare, unexpected things will pop up, each school is different, and each person's experience is unique. I think that's why we all enjoy reading other people's blogs and posts about it.
Truck Driving School has been stressful. Hopefully hitting the highway will be a nice change from the pressures of the first few weeks of CDL training.
I'll keep sharing information that I feel may help people who are considering or planning truck driving school for themselves:
- For anyone going to the same school: Randy spoke with the payroll department and found out that the daily wage of $61.43 during the first phase of training is paid 7 days/week. That's nice, we thought it would only be 5 or 6 days/week. It's still not much, but at least we know what it will be so we can try to budget for the first month or so. After that, it's all up-in-the-air again.
- During the first phase of training, Randy has to study 10 booklets (75 pages each) and take tests over the Qualcomm.
- Also, he said the entire time he's been there has been hot, smoggy and smelly.
- Yet another person is miserable because they lied or "left out" info on their application. This one neglected to mention a driver's license suspension for failure to pay child support.
- Someone recently arrived at the school from New Hampshire (LONG bus ride), so the closer schools must have been full.
- For couples: We've also been discussing, in spite of how difficult it's been at times, how healthy this experience has been for our relationship. Our phone conversations have become nearly all "quality time", and we have each become more adept at existing independently. Who knew truck driving school could double as marriage therapy? ;) One big thing that's missing is "quiet time", where you just hang out and don't talk, but you can't do that over the phone. We've also talked about how important it is, for couples, that both people are totally "on board" with the decision to do this, because it can be very stressful.
- Randy is feeling very positive about the trainer he was assigned to. After enjoying some last-minute cookies and McDonald's following another 9 mile walk in the extreme heat, he is actually looking forward to some military-style, disciplined living conditions on the road. I've been joking about some of this stuff but in reality, Randy is truly embracing the change in his lifestyle :)
- I'm happy to report that he has become 500% more relaxed over the past couple of days, and "o.k., o.k., see ya" has been replaced by "talk to you later, bye". I can't wait to see if it will turn into "bye honey, luv ya"...it could happen. ;)
To everyone I know who is getting ready to begin school or training soon: Goodluck and you know I'm thinking about you!
So, I'm sorry if this is getting old, and I don't mean to harp on it, but seriously - don't lie on your application! I just got yet another story of someone prematurely kicked out of the school because of this:
This guy is older (60's?) and he should have known better, but he must be desperate. He already has his CDL , he completed the training, he was all ready to sign a lease and sign on with the company. But then they find out he lied on his application (claims he "forgot"). He had some kind of traffic infraction/license suspension back in 2003, but he never paid the fine or cleared it up. He just moved to another state, got a different license, and never looked back. And now he just wasted a whole bunch of time and money, and he's looking forward to a long bus ride home. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
I just had to let that out. ;) Now...
Thanks to everyone on TruckingTruth for all your help! Randy is really beginning to appreciate the advice I pass on to him, and it has given him comfort to know that I've got intelligent, experienced people helping me as well. :) It IS helpful here, and usually positive and friendly.
I have to admit there have been times, during the first 3 weeks of this experience, where I began to feel that the entire trucking industry might be orchestrated by a bunch of mad scientists conducting some kind of evil psychological experiment. And we (the students, drivers and their families) are their human guinea pigs. ;) Seriously though, it's been a wild little ride so far, and I'm sure that will continue.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
Operating While Intoxicated
Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.
We're into the second week of trucking school and things are still moving along very quickly! They are getting ready for their driving test very soon.
As hard as you think becoming a truck driver will be, it's even harder. I've lost ten pounds from the stress of CDL training in the past few weeks.
Ten days into CDL training and the fast pace continues. They are driving more, but the quizzes and the pressure of their CDL training continues.
The pre-trip inspection test is today, and the road test is tomorrow. It's day 11 of CDL training and things are getting more stressful for everyone.
Randy took his driving test at CDL school today and called me with the results. I was up all night emailing unemployment records for his company.
Truck driving school is filled with anxiety and tension. Passing his road test has Randy feeling quite relieved and anxious to begin road training.
Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.
This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.
Becoming a truck driver is a stressful, difficult process - especially for couples. Here's some advice for couples considering getting into trucking.
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