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    Augusta, KY

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    Company Driver In Training

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    6 years, 9 months ago

Perkdaddy's Bio

51 yo Man starting over in life. A lifelong musician, former janitor, delivery guy, 911 dispatcher, Jail guard and all around crazy person. Love traveling and living life, and looking forward to my next chapter in life.

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Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Please allow me to get something off my mind...

I can relate to this through my experience of buying a restaurant. I had a couple years of business in college, and am a well liked person in my area. The first few weeks I was ecstatic with the money I was bringing in, that is until my accountant went over the monthly report with me. Over 3 grand in the hole my first month. I owned that restaurant for exactly one year before I went bankrupt. So, it looks good on paper, (as the former owners books made it appear), but it t'aint always easy for sure.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation With Averitt Express

I myself went to Averitt orientation from 11/30-12/3. I thought it was a well planned process, and everyone seemed very nice and helpful. Unfortunately, I did not pass their physical. Good luck to you, and congratulations. Be safe.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Struggling

WOW. I feel ya Steve. This is almost completely parallel to my experience at school. A 4 week class wound up being 11 for me because I could not get onto the backing and my instructor must have been a twin to yours. I finally got my class A and had a prehire with Averitt, but their Dr. wouldn't pass me because of some heart issues. And now I have a torn rotator, so who knows when, if ever, I will get to use my license. And I will be 52 in February. Just hang in there pal, you will get it.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Diabetic Drivers

As a type 2 diabetic myself, I will tell you that a Low carb eating plan is one of the quickest, and most effective, ways to not only lose some weight, but to get your glucose levels into line. It is really amazing how quickly you will see the numbers come once you switch over to that style of eating. There is tons of information about the correlation of low carb and diabetes on the net. Good luck getting that A1C back in line.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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How "concrete" is a pre-hire?

I just went through the prehire and orientation with Averitt. Even though I have a 2 yr medical card here in KY, I did not pass the physical with their examiner, so I did not get the job. If you are relatively healthy, and do everything the companies ask, I think you should be golden. Good luck.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Ok, what will happen next.?

Last stress test I had was good. Last heart cath I had everything is clear. My Cardiologist said I am in the best shape I have been in since I been going to him, and sees no reason that I can't drive a truck.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Ok, what will happen next.?

Ok, here's what can happen next. Averitt called today to tell me they are rescinding my offer of employment because the Dr. won't approve me. Oh well, was nice going to the orientation. I now think of it as a mini vacation. lol

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Lake Cumberland CDL School and other questions

I graduated from Lake Cumberland in Mt. Sterling. I had some issues with the school myself. Too many students, not enough trucks, and some of the instructors there to me were only there for the paycheck. Took me 11 weeks to get my cdl, but that was a combination of me not catching on to backing quick enough, and the instructor at the time not wanting to be bothered to teach me since I had some trouble. The last 2 weeks, they got a new instructor there that genuinely wanted to teach, or I would not have passed when I did.

As far as Averitt hiring from there, yes they do. That is where I will be working once I get a medical hold issue straightened up.

Good Luck

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Ok, what will happen next.?

So, my story so far. I went to a private CDL school to get my license. Had trouble with the backing and a 4 week school turned into 11. I got my CDL on the second try. I get accepted to Averitt Express, and even though I got my 2 year card in KY, I am on medical hold from their Dr. because he doesn't like that I have stents. He has had my records from my cardiologist for almost a week, and when I called yesterday he still hasn't looked at them. I had an accident a couple weeks ago cutting down a fallen tree, and a rather large limb fell on my right shoulder. The pain continued to escalate and I went to my Dr. today, and he thinks I tore my rotator cuff....AGAIN. I doubt I could get even pull myself into the truck now.

So, after not being able to work for 5 1/2 years, and finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, life is dangling the carrot a little further out of reach again. Once I DO get on the road, I am not ever coming out of the damn truck. :)

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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New Medical Rules

I am running into a little obstacle right now with Averitt and their DOT Doctor. I have a 2 year Medical card here in KY, but Averitt requires you get another physical and another card with their Dr. The Dr. there doesn't like the fact that I have stents, and haven't had a treadmilll stress test for awhile. The reason I usually have to have a chemical stress test is that my hips aren't in the best shape, so they will fatigue before i can get my heart rate to the point they require. They don't interfere with my driving or anything like that though.

I went through orientation this week, and am on medical hold while he goes over my records from the cardiologist. Was supposed to meet the trainer Monday but that's not gonna happen now.

So, my question is this. If he won't approve me for Averitt, will my KY card I already have still be viable for work here locally? My cousin works for company here, and said they will hire me, but they don't have benefits and I would have to get my own insurance, and fund my own retirement.

Anybody that shed any light on this would be much appreciated.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

I was a heavy cigar smoker for 17 years....the BIG cigars, not the little cigarillo things you find at most convenience stores. I would smoke about 5-10 of those a day, more when I was doing delivery work in my cargo van. I switched over to vaping about a year and a half ago, and my cardiologist jumped for joy. I make my own juice, almost completely VG, and am down to zero nicotine. Now my vehicle occasional smells of cookies. And most of the studies you find posted online are funded and propagated by Big Tobacco companies, so read them, then make your own decisions about your individual preferences.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Got my Class A License yesterday!!!!!!

Took me 10 weeks, and 2 tries, but I passed my test yesterday and have my license. I leave to go to orientation for Averitt Express Sunday. Super psyched for this new adventure. :)

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

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Damn. I'm gonna be in the Cincinnati area tomorrow but not sure of my entire schedule. If I have the time, I'd gladly let you get in some practice time in my truck. The only down side is that it's not the truck you'll be testing in but the fundamentals are the same.

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Robert - your the first driver on here that I've seen who has been willing to help a Rookie out like that. Kudos to you.

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Thank you Scott. I had guys when I was younger as well as am instructor who went above and beyond in regards to his students. It doesn't bother me to pay it forward when I can and in this case, I had some time available and in the right place to offer up the help. Plus, the boss wouldn't mind so long as it was in a relatively controlled environment.

Again, Thanks Robert for the offer. I had to do a lot of things for my Uncle today or I would have definitely accepted your generous offer. This world needs more kind people like you. :)

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

Damn. I'm gonna be in the Cincinnati area tomorrow but not sure of my entire schedule. If I have the time, I'd gladly let you get in some practice time in my truck. The only down side is that it's not the truck you'll be testing in but the fundamentals are the same.

Thanks so much for the kind offer, but I won't be around today. I hope you have a great run today. And the truck I use at school is a Freightliner Century.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

If all you need is practice parallel parking why are they sending you out on the road? Camp out in the yard and sit in a truck that is backing.

Or, pick a corporate school to go to.

Or, find a relative that lives in a state that does NOT require parallel parking and get your license from there.

They are not sending me out on the road. The instructors take you out on the road as part of your training to get your CDL. The test route is in the town the school is in. And there is no chance to camp out in one of the 2 trucks they have, so that is out of the question. Only living relative I have is my Uncle who lives with me, so that option is gone. I guess my main thing I am trying to say is, that with this private school, it seems like a true CDL mill....get you in and out as fast as possible. I understand they are in business to make money, but they also tell you that if you need to take longer than 4 weeks, that is fine. They just failed to mention that after the 4 weeks don't expect much in the way of help from the instructors anymore, because they are completely focused on the newer students. I was kinda hoping someone in my area could recommend a way for me to rent someones truck or something so I can practice.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

Give Cindi or Don a call and see what they might be willing to do for you. They have earned their excellent reputation by training successful drivers for over 10 years.

I am also attending a special private cdl session of weekend only classes with Lake Cumberland CDL sponsored by my current employer. We had 4 canceled classes (2 weeks worth for us) due to Labor Day weekend and Cindi's mom's death. We also have a glut of students from the 1st class who aren't ready to test who are in our way and need to move on. I don't blame the school for that one... I have some very challenged coworkers who just might not be truck driver material and took forever to pass their permit tests and still couldn't find a waterpump or compressor under the hood if you slapped them with it. I'm NOT saying this about you. I'm just saying you might have had something similar come up with your classes.

Were any classes canceled by them? Did you attend each and every class and did you stay the full day? How many students, instructors, and trucks did they have for your class? Do you feel like you got all of the time that you paid for? See where I'm going with this?

All you can do is ask. Which instructor taught you offset backing and parallel parking? Some of their instructors are much better than others.

I had to miss a couple of days do to Illness, but was there for most everything. Now I am in my 8th week, and I have asked for more practice time, but they tell me that the new classes have priority now that I missed my 4 week window. Like one of the other guys said on here, it seems like the ones that don't need it as much get the practice time. Last week there were 14 of us and 2 instructors. 2 days of that week I got no truck time at all after driving 130 miles round trip. I just seem to be at the end of what they are willing to do for me now. Oh well, 4000 dollar lesson learned.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

Worst case, you have your permit so you could apply to a company sponsored school to get that additional instruction on your parallel and offset. Some companies will even pay you while you are in their school. I know you just attended school, but you're needing a bit more skills practice without more $ out of your pocket. What school did you attend? If you go the company school route, obviously you'd have a commitment to work for them for about a year.

I am attending Lake Cumberland school in Mt. Sterling KY. Just too many students to the amount of instructors and equipment.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

Thanks for the replies fellas. I will definitely go look for the toy truck. But still, if I am not gonna get time in the truck, it is almost impossible for me to get better. I am miles ahead of where I started, but 1/2 an hour a couple times a week not gonna cut it. So I feel like it is pointless for me to retest, until I can get some solid hands on in. Oh, and I have read just about every backing thread on here, and watched tons of the youtube content. Has helped, but still not there yet

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I need some opinions on what I can to get my backing where I need it to be.

Hey folks. First of all, let me say that I absolutely LOVE this forum. Very informative and entertaining. Now, a little background on what is going on with me. I started CDL school back around the middle of September. Typical format, 4 weeks/160 hours training. First week was preparing you for permit test, which I passed with a 95%. Second week started the skills and pre-trip. Pre-trip came easy for me, and I was helping my classmates with theirs a lot of the time. Now, the bane of my existence..SKILLS!!! I had never backed any kind of trailer before. I was an IC in my own cargo van for about 10 years, and also drove 28 foot box trucks fairly often and never had any trouble backing those, but this concept for the big rig is not coming easy to me.

So, long story short, i got my test dates moved back several times, and yesterday took the CDL test for the first time. Got a 95% on the pre-trip. Straight line back was really good, offset (blindside) was a little rough, but I got it with a couple extra pull-ups. Parallel parking screwed me and I pointed out. I can drive forward very well, took right to the double clutching, both up and down, and the instructors say I will have no problem passing that part.

Now, since I have went past my 4 week session, the school I am going to has kind of de-prioritized my training due to new classes coming through. The old problem of not enough instructors, not enough trucks or space. So, most days I drive 130 miles round trip, set for 8-10 hours, and most days I am lucky to get a 1/2 hour to an hour to practice, some days none. I definitely need more than this.

So, I am flat broke, need more truck time, and have no clue how to go about getting it. I live in a little town called Augusta, KY, which is about 40 miles from Cincinnati. Does anybody here on the forum have any ideas on what I could do to practice more without costing me money that I definitely don't have? Not saying that I couldn't spend some money for fuel for a truck, but definitely can't spend another 4000.

I already have pre-hires for 4 different companies, need to get this damn thing ASAP. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My first week of CDL school complete!!!!

How are you liking Lake Cumberland school? I live in Berea and am thinking about their school in Mt. Sterling or Dr. Bodens in Winchester. I am 52 and am making a career change to plan for those "later" years. Good luck and you finish up school and headed off down the road in your new career.

I am liking it really well. The only problem I see, and probably the bane of a lot of the schools, is sometimes there are too many students, not enough trucks. Instructors are very good and helpful. Good luck on choosing a school.

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