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Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

This is the end of my CDL Training diary; however, I will continue the posting.

I'll give you a diary of my over the road training. Every week, I try to give you information about the training.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

This is a message to the instructors who know that I am posting here.

Thanks for all the patience and training.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

Let me give you an honest final evaluation of their programme and the instructors one by one. I really recommend the school. I haven't experienced any other school, but I liked their programme very much.

I enjoyed the classroom instruction, the backing in the range, and driving on the road.

The first three days with Claudia were the the most important. She did the ground work. After that was merely refining the skills and gaining confidence.

The training is good and organized. They seem to learn from the growing pains the school in Indianapolis has experienced.

Instructors:

Jorge was and is a good classroom teacher. The last too times in the range was good as well.

Claudia has been a great instructor. Her style of teaching has helped me a lot. If I were forced to choose my favorite instructor it would be her. 80% of my thanks goes to her when it comes to driving and learning how to drive.

Marco has been a great driving and backing teacher. He helped me refining my driving skills especially longevity driving and turns. His humor has been helping me to be more relaxed.

Mat was the major factor in improving my backing skills.

The new instructor seems to be good, too.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

Update 10/20/14

Today was a good day. My confidence increased although I touched the curb once.

Tomorrow will be my road test.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

Update Week # 6

Last Monday was a weird day. I did not feel well, but I decided to drive because when I am on the road there will be times when I am bothered by a cold etc. I had consumed too much soda and caffeine. In the beginning, I was out of tune. Later, I seemed to get more relaxed, but towards the end I made a heavy mistake. Thanks God that nothing severe happened. If I continued this stupidity while changing lanes, I would have crushed a car and caused a collision.

After this incident, I almost doubted if truck driving is the career for me.

If there were a Nobel Prize for patience, the instructor, Claudia, would deserve to win that.

The goal during the rest of the week was to gain back my confidence.

The same instructor who witnessed my blunder with me again. I am surprised that she did not wear a helmet this time.

The driving was not that bad. However before that incident I had been more secure in driving.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Jaywalkers are Annoying

Actually, I am surprised that this jaywalker did not walked against a pole. He was literally looking on his plate constantly. If there were a hole, he would probably fall into it.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Jaywalkers are Annoying

I am going through driving training now. I am preparing for the road test.

The driving and backing is going well. However, during driving I discovered that the four wheelers are not the most annoying but jaywalkers are. Almost everytime I drive I have to deal with jaywalkers crossing the streets at a slow tempo not caring about anything.

Two days ago, I saw a man busy eating tacos crossing the crosswalk on red light. A car needed to brake hard, but he was still busy eating.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

The school is good so far. There are some days when there is a lot of waiting. Next Monday they will have a new instructor who will be responsible for the backing range. This will improve a lot.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

This week was a success. According to the instructors, I am above average. I progressed very fast. I just need to get a little more security in driving. Next week will be the last before the roadtest.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

Monday 10/6/14 was not a driving day. Until lunch we only practiced the parallel parking. Today, it was a break through.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

Friday 10/3/2014 was a good day. I improved my skills significantly. Although skip shifting is not allowed during the test, the instructor liked that I chose this option when I needed to stop quickly.

My backing skills need to be better though. Oversteering and hasty movements were my main problem.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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El Paso TX Company Sponsored CDL training???were and no $$$ Money up front

There are none. I live in El Paso. I am at school in Laredo

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School in Laredo, TX

This week was great. I improved a lot. My driving is good so far. I did some driving in the traffic on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday they let me drive a secluded Frontage Road to refine my shifting. I also did some longevity driving on the I-35 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Can trucking companies revoke CDL?

I go with Celadon. That is the reason I attend this school in the first place.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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How many miles do team drive?

I know that solo drivers average 2500 miles. I assume that teams drive 2500 each.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Can trucking companies revoke CDL?

Breeching an agreement is cheating for me, especially if they pamper us the way they have been doing.

I will survive the growing pains of Celadon and myself.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Can trucking companies revoke CDL?

There are people in my class who want to leave although they signed an agreement. I don't agree with their approach.

However, today they were sitting with me in the lunch room. They talked to an experienced Celadon driver sitting in the same room.

He told that Celadon may have the power to ask the Dot to revoke the CDL because of fraud.

That's why I ask to verify the information.

My personal goal is to remain with Celadon even after the comitment is over.

After the team driving, I continue driving solo over the road and then go Regional.

I am keeping in contact with Knight Transportation though. In case they are not able to find me an adequate team partner I have another option.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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How many miles do team drive?

Have you ever had below 4000 miles in a week?

I am especially directing this question to Celadon drivers who are doing the commitment after school.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Can trucking companies revoke CDL?

Do companies have the power to get ex student's CDL revoked if they leave before the commitment ends?

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Question on the Training Material here

The 2014 manuals have updated information. The Texas tests are following the new manual.

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