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    Las Vegas, NV

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    In CDL School

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    3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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What to bring with your trainer and after you get your own tractor?

I got my CDL this week. I was going to go with Schneider or Werner on one of those Dollar Store accounts, but things didn't work out. I signed up with a local company instead. They have a 600 hour training program that only pays $500 per week, but I'll be getting $.68+ CPM after training because I have all my endorsements and a TWIC card. They don't offer reimbursement for CDL school though and I paid out of pocket, oh well.

I was just wondering what to bring with my trainer and then what else should I add once I get my own tractor? I'll be out with my trainer 2-3 weeks at a time until I get 600 hours. I was planning on bringing a duffle bag with clothes and a backpack with everything else. Is there typically enough room to fit food for two people? We'll probably be in a KW T680.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Does anyone work for Werner on the Family Dollar account in Las Vegas?

My predicament is that I can't be gone from my house longer than 2-3 weeks, so I'd like to have a trainer that works in Las Vegas so I can take my off time at my house. If my trainer lives in Salt Lake City, for example, I'd have to take my time off there and I don't know how I could get to Las Vegas then back to Salt Lake City in time...

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

It's a legitimate fear. I work with a guy that failed his road test because he hit the curb going back to the DMV. The tester told him he would have passed if not for that. He thought she was joking because it was the the of the exam.... She wasn't.

There's also side streets with stop signs that are 50+ feet away from the curb / intersection which turn onto the road the school is on. A student could fail their test less than a block away from the school just because of those. It's really easy to go by them because there's tractors and/or trailers parked right in front of the stop signs all the time and you don't see them until the last second.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

Brian, is this particular parking lot truck friendly? Do you see other 70 ft trucks in that lot? If not, you don’t want to be the first to try. Maybe you have the street address of this lot so we could take a look at the satellite view.

Also, there are instructional videos on YouTube that teach how to properly execute both right and left turns.

I tried to upload a picture, but it wouldn't go through. I'll try again.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

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This is what the parking lot entrance looks like:

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Didn't see the picture; perhaps BK can pay it forward how to post?

Brett has a Vimeo at the bottom of page, as well. There's always this:

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For a rule of thumb!!

Best wishes;

~ Anne & Tom ~

I was asking about making a right turn into a parking lot. The entrance is 35 feet wide and there's often cars parked on the right side of the entrance in front of the sidewalk. It doesn't seem like my 53' trailer would clear a car parked on the right side if I made a button hook turn...

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

This is what the parking lot entrance looks like:

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

I finished my last four weeks of school today and I go into test on Tuesday. I'll only get a couple hours of practice before the test. They covered pretty much everything besides taking a right into a parking lot entrance. We would always turn left on an undivided street into the school's parking lot entrance. They likely won't take me on an route that will have me take a right to get back into the school, but I want to make sure I know how to approach such a maneuver in case I have to do it.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

Brian,

Have you thought about starting off with flatbed?

The only company that has entry level flatbed jobs in my area is Western Express. I would have to go OTR and I don't want that.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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The stupidity of some drivers

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Not enough data on the server to list them all.

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Hehe, true enough.

Talking about motorcyclists, I find most of them to be safe and courteous. What scares me are the “crotch rocket” jockeys who pass me either on the right or left at high speed. If I don’t see them coming, it startles the heck out of me. Even if a driver properly monitors the mirrors, these speed jockeys will go by like human dive bombers before they can be noticed.

I hate things on the road that startle me.

I can speak from experience on them being dive bombers. One of them was going over 100MPH down a street in front of my house, they rear ended a parked car and were decapitated by a light pole after they were sent flying down the street.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

Cones won’t help. You won’t have time for them and 4 wheelers would just run them over anyways Just go slow and if there is not enough room to get straight in the parking lot do NOT nose in. That’s when you back in off the highway. Managers won’t help and the ones that do have no idea how to back a truck. More than likely they will give you the wrong corrections if they do help.

I did all of my training with Werner on the dollar general account and I had a very good and thorough trainer so that helped a lot.

Good luck if you decide to go that route . As others have said there are easier options out there. It was a great job for me but it is not for everyone. The unload gets easy after awhile but at first it is a bit harder than you think it will be

Larry . That’s a great unload time for your trailers. I told you when you started that you would get faster. Keep it up!

I was watching Hussle.Motivate like someone suggested on here and they got out of DG because of shipments consistently being late or being loaded very sloppy. Have you experienced any of that? And do you think you could make more with Sysco or U.S. Foods getting paid hourly?

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

6 weeks until my 1st year anniversary with Schneider on the DG account. I came out of the Schneider Academy in August of last year. It is my first Class A job. I was at Roehl's GYCDL program spring of 2021 but parted ways because I made no improvement with backing. Which makes me chuckle considering what I'm doing currently.

Take your time. GOAL. Take your time. GOAL! The morons who back into the building, light posts, dumpsters, cars, etc are drivers who are careless, don't take the time to GOAL or get effected by cars coming, beeping, drivers getting mad and they rush the back. You're the one with the HUGE tractor trailer, Most are terrified and will stop or get out of your way. The others you control by getting out to GOAL and taking your time slowly backing watching your surroundings like a hawk. First few weeks were rough, A lot of thoughts of who needs this crap, can't wait until 3 month's is up so I can transfer. Then by the end of month two I loved it.

I would venture it's the actual job of unloading is why people quit. You have to be a hard worker busting your butt to earn the wages I feel is deserved doing DG.

I had about a 6 week learning curve before I was making decent money. My first 12 month's I'm on pace for 90k. Year to date is 57k, so I'm looking at breaking 100k this calendar year. Not bad for a rookie Trucker? lol.

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I just finished my 3rd week at CDL school. I currently have a conditional job offer from Schneider for a Dollar General dedicated account. I decided to do some more research on this job position and found that it's not exactly friendly to new drivers. I have 10 years in warehousing, so I can handle moving freight. I guess it's because of the parking lots you have to navigate? The only navigation training I've been given is reading an atlas to go from one major city to another. I want to get down to brass tacks here and learn how to navigate these parking lots, which apparently can be the most perilous part of a truck driver's journey.

I will give examples of stores in my area and it would be great if experienced drivers could give feedback on how they would navigate them and avoid getting into an accident.

1. 5155 E Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89156 -This is a Dollar General location. This store two entrances and this one seems one of the easiest to navigate in my area. I think the best way to get into unloading area (south of the store) would be to take a right from Meikle Ln going Westbound and alley dock. The unloading area is long enough so you wouldn't be blocking traffic. Exiting the unloading area looks very easy too.

2. 3325 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 -This is a Dollar General location. This store only has one entrance. When I looked at Google Street View, I saw two tractor-trailers in the parking lot near the unloading area pointing towards the street entrance. I'm guessing the drivers took a right from Las Vegas Blvd, turned left going along the South side of the store and alley docked along the West side. My question is how you avoid backing into traffic during that alley dock? Do you get the store manager to come out and help you?

3. 6371 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130 -This is a Target in a very busy parking lot. I saw a tractor-trailer going southbound on Decatur Blvd today trying to get into the entrance directly South of El Pollo Loco. They blocked the right lane and waited to turn. It looks like you can pull forward through the parking lot and get turned around behind the store (North side).

4. 6455 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89131 -This is a Best Buy in another very busy parking lot. I think the easiest way to get to the dock would be to go down Thom Blvd and take a left, but that way is blocked with a locked metal gate... Can the store manager open up something like that or would you have to go through the parking out? You would apparently have to pull into the dock area from the West side, because I don't see how you could turn around.

More examples of pain-in-the-*ss parking lots and how to safely navigate them would be much appreciated.

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What's your schedule and in what areas do you deliver? I get that you GOAL to check your clearances and etc, but you could have a car right on your azz the second after you get back in the cab. Have you ever use traffic cones on your blind side?

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

I wouldn't even think about doing family dollar or dollar tree with the roller system. I would lose my crap so fast relying on slow workers.

That's the great thing about the DG account. You do 100% of the unload yourself. Product are in Rolltainers, and the toppers you put on u-boats. I average about 3.5- 4 hours to unload a full trailer of 3-4 stops.

Check out Hussle.Motivate on youtube. He did tons of videos of unloading/backing/ and training new DG drivers.

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I did Dollar Tree for two weeks right after mentoring. Made 2k a week but worked 12 to 15 hours a day 7 days a week. You have to be off duty or in the sleeper while unloading, even then having enough time to get a shower at the end of the day is a struggle.

15 hours in a 110 degree trailer isn't fun, throwing 20 tons of boxes on rollers gets old, quarter will fall off. You can bust ass but the bottle neck is minimum wage employees working in their air conditioned stock room.

Getting into the stores was challenging and fun but risky, almost rolled the trailer once. I miss it but don't regret quitting, especially with the temps we're having now.

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I watched some of his videos and I can see how those rolltainers can be full of water bottle cases. It would be impossible for a 5', 100lb person to lug those around. Luckily I've got enough height and weight so that won't be an issue for me. I'll be going to Las Vegas, LA, Phoenix and Salt Lake City so I'm most worried about backing in heavily congested areas. Does anyone bring traffic cones with them and put them on their blind side?

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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What should be your speed in a construction zone during a driving test?

I'm going to be doing my CDL driving test in North Las Vegas, NV by next week. The instructors said you should drive the speed limit in an area with traffic cones if there's no other speed limit signs posted. When I took my last regular DMV Class C driving test, I got everything right except not driving 10 MPH slower in a "construction zone". I saw no signs or workers, just cones. I looked at the Nevada DMV Rules of the Road, but didn't see anything on there about how fast you should drive besides follow the the posted speed limit signs.

They don't want us to drive 5 MPH under the speed limit, because they consider that impeding traffic. Driving too fast will cost you points and 15 MPH or over will be an automatic fail. There's construction everywhere around where my driving school is at too so I don't want to be driving around racking up points because of all the stupid traffic cones everywhere. They really love to put traffic cones EVERYWHERE in the Las Vegas Metro.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

Is going OTR, dry van an option for you with Schneider? If so, that would be the best way for you to get your feet wet.

I want to try to be home at least weekly. The only other two jobs available right now are a Western 11 regional van and ****'s Sporting Goods. J.B. Hunt also called me and said they had a local position available that pays hourly ($27.60 / hr) and requires no experience. It's for final mile deliveries and the recruiter said I would likely be driving in a Class B truck with another guy. Although, I saw a Class A tractor-trailer with "JB Hunt Final Mile" on it and only one person driving earlier this week...

The J.B. Hunt recruiter said the minimum pay is $73K a year. The entry level dry van with Schneider only pays up to $75K per year. What would be the ideal position to take so I can get the better paying local or regional jobs? My school was telling me that if I was driving Class B trucks for a year, companies wouldn't consider me for positions that require driving Class A.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Hello! I'm starting school Monday!

My school went over the DMV CDL handbook for my state during the 1st week. They sent us to the DMV to get tested for the permit on Friday. I got my permit on Thursday after school so I could come in at 10AM instead of 5:30AM. I finished all my ELDT training before I started class, though. My ELDT training was all online and had to be finished by the end of the 2nd week, which is before you go onto the driving range.

The pre-trip inspection is definitely the most memory intensive part. Make sure to learn your pre-trip inspection the way your school wants you to, because that's exactly how you're going to be tested. In my school you have to get 74 out of 91 right to pass. Each part has to be described and you have to get the entire description right. One example would be Lug Nuts: Properly mounted and secure, all are present, no signs or metal shaving, discoloration, rust trails or distortion which may indicate they’re loose. No distortion or cracks around holes. I will have to point to where the lug nuts are and say that entire description out loud in its entirety or I will be docked a point. That's 1 out of 91 parts to identify, locate and describe.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

I just finished my 3rd week at CDL school. I currently have a conditional job offer from Schneider for a Dollar General dedicated account. I decided to do some more research on this job position and found that it's not exactly friendly to new drivers. I have 10 years in warehousing, so I can handle moving freight. I guess it's because of the parking lots you have to navigate? The only navigation training I've been given is reading an atlas to go from one major city to another. I want to get down to brass tacks here and learn how to navigate these parking lots, which apparently can be the most perilous part of a truck driver's journey.

I will give examples of stores in my area and it would be great if experienced drivers could give feedback on how they would navigate them and avoid getting into an accident.

1. 5155 E Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89156 -This is a Dollar General location. This store two entrances and this one seems one of the easiest to navigate in my area. I think the best way to get into unloading area (south of the store) would be to take a right from Meikle Ln going Westbound and alley dock. The unloading area is long enough so you wouldn't be blocking traffic. Exiting the unloading area looks very easy too.

2. 3325 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 -This is a Dollar General location. This store only has one entrance. When I looked at Google Street View, I saw two tractor-trailers in the parking lot near the unloading area pointing towards the street entrance. I'm guessing the drivers took a right from Las Vegas Blvd, turned left going along the South side of the store and alley docked along the West side. My question is how you avoid backing into traffic during that alley dock? Do you get the store manager to come out and help you?

3. 6371 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130 -This is a Target in a very busy parking lot. I saw a tractor-trailer going southbound on Decatur Blvd today trying to get into the entrance directly South of El Pollo Loco. They blocked the right lane and waited to turn. It looks like you can pull forward through the parking lot and get turned around behind the store (North side).

4. 6455 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89131 -This is a Best Buy in another very busy parking lot. I think the easiest way to get to the dock would be to go down Thom Blvd and take a left, but that way is blocked with a locked metal gate... Can the store manager open up something like that or would you have to go through the parking out? You would apparently have to pull into the dock area from the West side, because I don't see how you could turn around.

More examples of pain-in-the-*ss parking lots and how to safely navigate them would be much appreciated.

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