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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I need major help (In CDL School)

Well guys I pointed out on the 90 degree alley dock.

I was in the box but at an angle kept freaking backing.

I was told I should of hard turn right then pulled up to get straight..... Only reason I didn't think to do that was I forgot how many get outs I had left smh.

Now I have to do all of them again Straight Line,Right Offset,Blind Side Parellel and Alley Dock!

My problem is I oversteer,when I over compensate I dont correct it so I be even more screwed smh

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I need major help (In CDL School)

Guys I did all the maneuvers this morning I'm starting to understand how the tractor and trailer moves I'm starting to feel comfort confidence is still shot but I'm ok the more I do it I know I will get it.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I need major help (In CDL School)

Going thru that right now my left leg is freaking numb!

We've ALL been there. I couldn't get straight line backing either. There is a reason why they start you with that, before moving on to other manuvers. They will all give you trouble in the beginning.

Just take a deep breath and relax. (Easier said than done, I know)

As it was stated, keep your eyes moving back and forth. Make small corrections, (1/4 to 1/2 a wheel turn at a time) before you need to make big corrections. (As soon as you think you see the trailer drift, make a small correction) It is just a matter of practice practice practice. My CDL instructor had a WONDERFUL habit of waiting until you pressed in the clutch before engaging you in a conversation, while you held in the clutch.... Talk about your calf feeling like it was going to explode....

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I need major help (In CDL School)

Well specifics what one instructor who just started said I'm thinking too much,oversteering,my reaction time is too slow,I have to unlearn driving a truck as if its a four wheeler amongst other things but I keep asking can you show me the points I need to be hitting I kinda already knew if I couldn't SLB the hell with the other maneuvers.

They keep saying 12 o clock,3 o clock,9 0 clock. The way they teach is just not clicking with me they just yell on the cb radio when it looks like u gonna crash the damn truck.

When I turn the steering wheel left the trailer swings right, when I turn it right the trailer swings left ,I keep drifting to a side,my steering wheel is never straight 12 0 clock is not actually 12... Etc

And now my left leg has the absolute worst charlie horse ever

First breathe. Relax. We all have problems. School equipment sucks. It gets beat up by all the newbies and they only fix what is 100% needed.

What are your specific problems?

When backing you are driving the trailer. Your head should be moving back and forth looking at your trailer wheels in both mirrors. Don't linger to long in any one mirror. Go slow and keep moving. Watch what other people are doing. Make small maneuvers.

Some people get a toy truck and practice with that to see how the trailer reacts to truck inputs.

I hope that helps.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I need major help (In CDL School)

I need help I can't do any manuevers (Straight Line,Offset,Alley,Parellel etc) It is so frustrating.

The trucks my school using has way more than 10-20 degrees of steering wheel play (they equipment is beat down and we training on gravel/dirt not pavement)

I'm almost at that tipping point I am so mad at myself and not getting the help I need my instructors pretty much SET IT AND FORGET whether u making mistakes or doing good they too busy on their phones not giving us any pointers,tips,tricks.

Any help on this would be appreciated

Posted:  4 years ago

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Mc Lane Percentage Pay

Hey guys thanks for the response.

I have to take a strength test tommorow morning I start on may 16th on something called an extra board until they bid which is next month.

Chris, that's a good idea but since I'm only local 5 bucks is all I will bring with bagged lunch...lol.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Mc Lane Percentage Pay

Thank you for the response.

Its not so much the company but I was trying to get an understanding of percentage pay because I was under the impression I wouldn't get a definite amount because I don't know what the driver makes in miles,weight, etc

On the other side thru my research I've learned they trucks are auto and they regional.... So how much would that hurt if I wanted to go otr but then I have seasoned guys saying your getting an opportunity to be local or regional once you obtain your cdl and can easily make 60k or more.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Mc Lane Percentage Pay

Hello Guys

Well I've been searching everywhere trying to understand exactly how much I can be bringing home as a driver helper basically I was told I would be a driver helper for 6 months then they gonna send me to a nearby school to obtain my class a cdl. HR also said (its in writing 😎) I will receive 35% of the load the driver gets 65% since I'm not licensed we will only be local 4 days a week (depending on business needs) also paid per a case all I can come up with is since its local I know we gonna be doing a lot of hrs way more than 10 or 12 if we local I was also told driver helpers make between 32k-45k can any current or former drivers chime in?

I'm not too much worried about the fingerprint freight because I come from actually selecting cases and loading trucks and a few other jobs in the pass I went on runs with the drivers my concern wasn't the work but more so getting robbed or hurt in some crazy neighborhood late at night.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Really Great Detailed Informative Thread...

I also signed up for Roehl and I'm also in ATL (Cobb County) hoping to train for reefer or dry van here in GA.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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DDS in Georgia

Hey if u don't mind what school you attend? I ask because that's exactly how we were taught in my class like VERBATIM!!!

I'm currently in school and I have to retake backing tests I failed on Friday, and the road test I couldn't take because the school doesn't let you even attempt the road test until you pass all of your backing test. I did get perfect scores on my pre-trip and in cab tests. The advice I have to give others on passing those tests like I did is to get into a routine and try to name the parts off in the same order every time so you don't forget one. Touch every part that you talk about, and explain what those parts should or shouldn't be.

For example, we are taught that all parts need to be properly mounted and secured, not cracked, bent, or broken, have all bolts present and tight, and are not leaking. All belts should have 1/2 - 3/4 an inch play and shouldn't be worn or frayed. All rubber had no abrasions, bubbles, or cuts (ABC). All glass and lights should be clean and clear and free of illegal tape or stickers. Remember to say the lights are the proper color. (Amber, red, clear, etc. depending on the lights). Remember to name your emergency equipment. You would also do well to treat your mirrors like glass (clean and clear, no illegal tape or stickers) but also add that they are adjusted to you (the driver).

I was told by the instructors that regardless of what part of the truck we test on, we still have to do the coupling and fifth wheel and name all the parts and describe how they should be in working order. Unless you physically remove the glad hands, the rubber grommets on the inside are easy to miss and depending on the tester you may lose credit for missing them. In this way you can also accidentally miss the metal prongs on the electric lines.

If you can't touch a part because it is out of reach, the instructor will likely give you credit if you just point to it and describe what part it is and what you are looking for. In my test, there was no way I could reach the front and rear spring mounts, not the springs, without physically getting underneath the tractor (I had front of truck and the engine compartment). So I pointed to those parts (don't forget the u-bolts!) told the tester what parts they were and what I was looking for, and I was given credit for those parts.

On the in cab, the easiest part to miss is the emergency equipment because it is often out of sight. Name it first and get it out of the way. For the brake tests, you DO need to apply the correct amount of pressure for the applied pressure brake test, hold that pressure for one minute, and tell the instructor that the psi didn't drop more than 4 psi in that minute that you observed. Before even thinking of doing the brake tests, make sure that you have enough air pressure to do them. I complete my brake tests in the following order:

1. Tug tests - tractor then trailer, trailer then tractor, doesn't matter just do them together and remember to do both.

2. Service brake tests - Low gear, pull forward at 5mph and then apply service brakes. Vehicle stopped and shouldn't lurch to the left or right.

3. Governor cut out test - should cut out at 125 psi. By doing this now you will have enough pressure to do the next tests.

4. Turn the engine off. DO NOT TAKE YOUR HAND OFF THE KEY! Flip the battery on but don't start the engine.

5. Static Test - Sit like a lemon, watch the air tanks and count for 1 minute. Do nothing else. Vehicle should lose no more than 3psi in that 1 minute.

6. Applied pressure test - Apply 90 lbs of pressure to the service brakes. Hold the pressure for 1 minute. Tanks shouldn't leak more than 4psi in that one minute.

7. Low pressure alarm - Lights and alarms should come on before 60 psi or half the governor cut out. Fan the brakes to make the pressure drop.

8. Buttons - The tractor and trailer brakes should apply (buttons will "pop out") between 40 and 20 psi. Fan the brakes and wait for them both to pop out. Do NOT touch the buttons while performing this test, or you may fail.

I would also say the name of the test and describe what you are going to do to the truck for each test and what you are looking for while conducting the tests before actually conducting the tests. For example, if you are fanning the brakes and the buttons pop out before you tell the examiner that they should pop out between 20 and 40 psi, you may fail the test.

Hope this helps!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Failed

Yea man don't give in I too failed out of school but not the skills test the written permit test I failed each test twice I studied more and passed Gen,Airbrake n working on combinations now so come Feb I will enroll back into school to began driving on the range then regular road.

My setbacks were Job,Preggo Girlfriend, n some personal things it really bummed me out I felt sorry,mad,stupid etc but I told myself I'm not gonna give up just a minor setback I mean I did want to start driving or at least have my cdl by the new year but hey things happen so now I probably won't have them until April as Class starts Feb 29th

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Quit otr after 7 months

This is believable to me and I say that because I'm currently in school and a few companies have come to my class one of them was AVERITTT and the lady stated you would make 4-500 a week GROSS so after healthcare,uncle sam,401k it's possible. I threw her card n pamplet in the trash immediately.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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2nd Day Of CDL School (Chattahoochee Tech Program)

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Thanks brett also ive been halted 4 times but my answers were correct .

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You're 2 for 4 on one of the questions and you're 2 for 5 on another. You're missing the same questions several times, that's why you're being halted. Make sure when you finish a set of questions you review the answers and find out what the correct answer was.

And make sure you read the questions carefully. A lot of them are tricky, like they end with the word "except".......

Yessir that i am finding out between your program and my school curriculum its almost as if im taking a law class WORDING is everything!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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2nd Day Of CDL School (Chattahoochee Tech Program)

UpNorthTrip, I highly recommend you pretty much ignore everything he says about the companies and the industry. This industry is rife with crabby old timers that hate pretty much everything about trucking. They hate all the big companies, they hate the DOT, they hate how the industry has changed, they hate this "new breed of driver" - it never ends.

Do not look to him for advice on choosing a company. Choose a company based on what you're looking for - home time, types of freight, pay & benefits, etc. Ignore his opinions about it. He's just another crabby old timer. Whatever advice he gives about choosing a company just smile, say "thanks", and then pretend you never heard it.

Swift is a great company with a ton of different opportunities and they handle new drivers really well. That goes for any of the major companies that hire new drivers. Most of them have been doing this for decades.

Just ignore all of that baloney and focus on learning your trade. Once you've been out there for a little while and you understand how the industry works you'll see what I mean about the crabby old timers.

Thanks brett also ive been halted 4 times but my answers were correct .

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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2nd Day Of CDL School (Chattahoochee Tech Program)

Wow soooo much information to be bombarded with at a time and try to retain it smh

In only 2 days of school i have a new respect for professional truck drivers their is so much more to it than getting in the truck in driving .

i dont see how anyone who is unstable can even attempt to operate such a vehicle the correct way and do it safely.

My instructor awesome guy over 40 years exp we also have about 4 or 5 others who will be on the driving range who also have between 16-35 yrs exp.

i was getting into this for a reason i have now changed the MONEY!!! and kinda change my thought of going OTR lol although i know i would learn so much more and master this craft

paper logs are giving me a hard time i will make sure i go with an elog company but as my instructor said thats good but computers always breakdown so its something you need to know.

NOW the part that has been stumped is i have not heard this man talk of any mega carriers he recommends except Old Dominion and ConWay only because they dont have any training and they always pick the top students out his class that he recommends because its tells them that student knows n operate the vehicle as if he has 2 yr exp.

he talked very very very bad about Swift lol (and this is who i got a prehire with) absolutely nothing about them positive he also talked about CDL MILLS and how in his program you will EARN your CDL hes not gonna just pass you he has a reputation to upheld lol.

he talked about something called Black Mountain and some others in Knoxville & North carolina.

he also has recent grads who came out of his class Owner Operators,Lease Purchase (he said honestly dont do a Lease Purchase unless you making 1.10 or higher making 75,80, cents isnt worth it)

sorry for the long read but honestly its short we covered so much in 2 days.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Finally....earned my license

Congrats man be safe out there!

The beginning of my journey starts monday first day of cdl class im ready but nervous and anxious

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Is trucking worth it anymore?

Wow i love this post and forum i can relate to quite a few of you guys i am also an introvert ,anti social,free spirited person pretty much enjoy being alone just me and my music and some food.

I also been a factory worker for well over 10 yrs Always been the best and gotten overlooked ,underpaid,taking advantage of because im a hard worker and i believe in completing every task im given in an 8-12 hr shift whereas co workers would tell me i need to slow down ,im making them look bad, i need to take extra breaks to stretch the work out etc etc

I start school this monday and im so ready im ready for that independence despite some companies with cameras and just only being worried about myself no lazy asses or ppl to claim the hard work i put into completing the task

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Worst city to drive a truck in?

I agree Atlanta traffic is terrible not so much the navigation but the commute is ridiculous people constantly jumping in front of trucks and hitting the brakes purposely, refusing to move out the passing lane etc etc and as of right now im a 4 wheeler i can only imagine how it is in a big rig btw im a Native NewYorker.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking And Medical?

Thanks guys i will jot all this down.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking And Medical?

So i just was wondering how does one schedule Vision,Medical,Dentist Appts if your OTR or do you guys go to Urgent care places? Do you not go at all unless something happens? Or you schedule all those appts on your hometime?

Im thinking bout time i get out of school which is around dec then get with a company i was just gonna schedule those appts before i will go off to Job training just to have all that out the way ahead of time.

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