Profile For Jessie G.

Jessie G.'s Info

  • Location:
    Graysville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    6 years ago

Jessie G.'s Bio

I'm 42 years old. Happily married for 20 years to a very wonderful women. 4 kids, 3 grand kids. I became unable to work last year in Feb. Tried the disability thing but was turned down with them saying I was "Unable" to do the work I had done in the past but was not unable to work, so I decided to give truck driving a go. Maybe this will be what they were talking about...?

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Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Backing and Shifting

So, today I got some time in a truck. I just so happen to have family that drive. My nephew offered to show me a few things with his truck. I got to do alot of backing, straight line into a wide parking spot and in between the fuel pumps at an abandoned truck stop, not all straight line. Also did some 90° backing. I think I did good, only had to do one pull up to get in between the pumps. My arms and legs are tired...instead of letting the truck do what it does, I fought it and it beat me...my nephew pointed out what I was doing, I changed up and I beat the truck.

Shifting...that was a chore. First, he had me pull out in 2nd and go from there to 5th. I grinded a few, he explained that I needed to watch my tach, at around 1500-1600 RPM, with pressure on the stick, release the gas, truck comes out of gear, if truck is below the correct RPM, rev go into next gear. I did this til I could go from 2nd to 5th easily. He then had me go from 2nd to 8th, I missed 8th because of a curve but the others were there, easily. I think I have a good feel for doing both of these with a little more practice.

Down Shifting...sucks.

To be continued...

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Swift: Nothing, CRST: Hmm...

Well, some of the companies on this site say I'm not qualified. Swift, CRST, Melton and one other I think were the only ones that accepted my app. Main reason I'm looking to get into trucking "Fast" is because I'm not making any money now and I need to be to help out here at home. I'm not looking to get a few days of training, get my CDL and get on the road (Not stupid lol ). I should have put more info on that post than I did but it's done now lol

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Swift: Nothing, CRST: Hmm...

I'm just trying to find the fastest way into trucking whether it be Swift, CRST or whoever. I just dont like the idea of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in Iowa...

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Swift: Nothing, CRST: Hmm...

I got another call from Swift and they had no idea that someone else from there had talked to me. I have been trying to get in touch with them and told this new guy about it, he said he would see what was up, another waiting game. CRST called me yesterday, on phone app, background/MVR check went good with the exception of a Misdemeanor from 2007 that she said "Shouldn't" be a problem. Only thing about CRST is that I will be sent to Iowa for training...anyone from here with CRST? Maybe you can give me some info on them. I got their packet and read through it, sounds like a good company but you never know.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Seat Time!

So my wifes cousin just so happens to be an O/O and is currently running only 2 of his four trucks. He agreed to let me "Ride Along" with him on a few of his short trips. Little did I know I was gonna be behind the wheel. As of yesterday, I have about 200 miles under my belt. Not alot I know but it's a whole lot to me since I have never even been inside of a truck til now. He doesn't really have time to Teach me everything I need to know other than going forward, gear changes, making turns, etc. So far, I love being behind the wheel, seeing places I haven't seen before, believe it or not, I even kinda enjoyed sleeping in the truck. I'm currently waiting/looking forward to the next trip. He has to be in West Virginia Monday morning then Ohio and back to Alabama then home. Not sure I'm going with him for this one though, I have a few things I need to take care of here at home then I'll be free to go on the next one.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Truth or die?

So, I received the Swift Transport link to fill out a complete app. I told the truth on every question that was asked including: Have you ever smoked marijuana and if so when, has your license ever been suspended and if so when & have you ever been convicted of any crime, if so when, why, outcome, etc. I answered all of these truthfully and they were all a big yes along with an estimated date and explanation...did I just lose my chance with this company or will they see that I'm trying to be truthful and notice that these all happened awhile back and not recent and still accept me? Guess it could go either way. I put in an app for Roadmaster Trucking School but never heard anything from them...

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Advice?

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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

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Heck yeah!

Listen, give them about two days and then call them yourself. For anyone applying to trucking companies - be persistent and proactive! Call them if you don't hear back within two days and keep calling until you get someone on the phone to begin processing your application. It's not uncommon for trucking companies to let piles of applications sit around collecting dust. The more persistent you are the more attention you'll get. They don't look at it as being a pest. Quite the opposite in fact. They want people who seem genuinely interested in coming to work for the company so show you're interested and they'll take care of you.

Will do! Thanks for the advice. The recruiter I talked to when they first called was Rick Johnson. I'm gonna give them til Friday and if I haven't heard from them, they will hear from me.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Advice?

So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Advice?

Any advice for someone who has been denied a grant to go to school and no way to pay for schooling? Maybe I should move on and find a different job?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Failed my CDL road test. Stalled! :(

So, if I read some of these right, you can be sitting dead still say at a light, put the truck in a lower gear, let the clutch out and it will only move when you release the brakes and press the gas?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Chatt state school

Looks like Chatt State is a no go for me. My financial aid was turned down after I was approved? One thing after another, almost as if I wasn't supposed to become a trucker...I'm almost ready to stop trying and just go back to the old grind of something else.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Schooling with a Permit?

Cool. I wasn't sure if I would still have to do what the others without a permit were doing or not. I really don't want to take those tests again (Which I'm sure I can pass), that would make my time and money spent getting my permit a waste of time. I'm sure we will be studying anyway, pre trip and such.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Schooling with a Permit?

Just wondering what to expect when I start school having my CDL Permit? I go tomorrow to turn all of my paper work in and get my start date. I had to get 2 MMR's before they would let me start school but they told me to get one now and I could go ahead and start and they would "waive" the 2nd for 4 weeks.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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CDL Permit

Yep, got mine today! Missed 1 question on Air Brakes, 2 on Combination Vehicles and 5 on General Knowledge. 8 out of 90 is not bad though. Thanks to this site for the Tests, it helped alot, most of the questions I had were from right here. Now to get the rest of it going and get my CDL License! Thanks again for the help.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Permit and Test Cost?

Anyone know how much it costs to get the CDL permit? Does it cost anything to take the test?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Cheating?

Ah, I see. Well, I was just wondering. No need to check it out. I'm home here.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Cheating?

What is "TR"?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Knowledge & Skills Test

General knowledge is part of the written test. It's usually the sections of Rules & Regulations, Driving Safely and Transporting Cargo Safely lumped together. Combination Vehicles, if I remember correctly, is a separate section on the standardized test. Some material will overlap. Most folks get the Air Brakes part of the written test too, in order to have the air brake restriction lifted on their CDL. Air Brakes is actually an endorsement test. Also, there is some material from pre-trip that overlaps with sections like Driving Safely that you will cover in your written test. Not trying to confuse you. Here's another way of looking at it:

Written Test(s):

General Knowledge - Rules & Regulations, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely,

Combi Vehicles section

+ whatever endorsements you'd like to test for ( only exception is that Transporting Passengers also requires a separate skills test in a vehicle that is a bus)

Skills Test:

Pre-Trip information - whether you're attending a private school or company school, learn the pre-trip the way they teach you. Usually they work closely with who they know will be testing you for your skills test, and will teach you what the examiner will be looking for. Plus, each company or private school has their own unique way of teaching the pre-trip to their students or potential employees

Air Brake Leak Test - usually included with the Pre-Trip, as is an in-cab version of the Pre-Trip

Driving - the actual road test, will vary for each school / company and even for each examiner

Maneuvers - certain backing techniques and other miscellaneous skills

Hope this helps. If you're using the High Road to basically just study for any written tests needed to be able to obtain a Class A CDL and drive a tractor trailer, you'll need to focus on:

Rules & Regs

Driving Safely

Transporting Cargo Safely

Air Brakes (endorsement)

Combination Vehicles

Anything else is peripheral material or info you'd need for additional endorsements. All of the High Road material is valuable, but the above listed is what you'll really need to focus on to be a basic "vanilla" truck driver. smile.gif

That's what I was looking for. I saw in the manual that there were certain areas I needed and didn't need. It was the "Skills" test that was confusing me. I'm going to try for my permit and thought if it was a skills test that I would need to Show that I knew how to do it instead of answering a question on it. I'm hoping I pass the permit and I will be doing "Hands on" work at school such as pre trip, driving, etc. Thanks for your response.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Knowledge & Skills Test

I should probably wait til tomorrow to go over these but just to make sure I'm clear on these...Knowledge is what I know from the CDL Book, Skills is the Pre-Trip, Driving, etc. correct?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Question on the Training Material here

Which state is it from? I have seen a few posts about it and some that have said to consult my States book for other details. What are the other details I need to be looking for? Should I read/study my book here from cover to cover (Which is probably going to be a Yes) or is it safe to just use the material here?

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