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    WA

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    Company Driver In Training

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    5 years, 12 months ago

Little Carolina's Bio

After much sweat and tears I finally was able to take my CDL test and Pass I am now waiting to apply to jobs and will update when that happens.

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Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

That is one reason why I took my training in my home state. The laws are so confusing that even those enforcing it probably don't know the truth, when it comes to the law. Heck, I thought, if anything, they would just make you take the test (driving, pre-trip, skills box) all over again.

Me suspects, this is a way for CDL schools to keep potential drivers from going out of state to get their training.

Dave

I did take the test and I did PASS I just am on hold finding a job for the time being as we are moving back west. Some personal issues came up with my daughter so as soon as we get moved I will be pursuing a company but until then I am focusing on getting us out of here and cleaning this place before we go. The companies I will be looking at as I have pre hires from them are Werner, US Xpress and Schneider that was through TDI.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

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That doesn't sound right to me at all. In fact, it doesn't even make sense. What if I'm from North Carolina, drove truck for 15 years, and moved to South Carolina? I would have to go to truck driving school in South Carolina? Certainly not. And it doesn't say anything in the regulations about attending a truck driving school in South Carolina.

I know that Illinois, which is the toughest state in the country for getting your CDL, does not accept transfers from out of state. So you have to re-take the CDL exam - driving test and all. But you don't have to go to school again.

I think the lady either misunderstood you or doesn't know what she's talking about.

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Well at any rate I am testing tomorrow!! I got this!! I also got a pre hire from US Xpress.. the unemployment office has been super helpful and what I was told is that for those of us that are already residents of SC we are required to train within our state if we train outside of the state we have to obtain residency elsewhere The people at the unemployment office verified this. I am not letting it stop me I got this!!

I did mention to the WIA folks that they need to make the law more clear for those that are trying to obtain CDL's its still kind of sketchy to me but I chose to just test out..

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

That doesn't sound right to me at all. In fact, it doesn't even make sense. What if I'm from North Carolina, drove truck for 15 years, and moved to South Carolina? I would have to go to truck driving school in South Carolina? Certainly not. And it doesn't say anything in the regulations about attending a truck driving school in South Carolina.

I know that Illinois, which is the toughest state in the country for getting your CDL, does not accept transfers from out of state. So you have to re-take the CDL exam - driving test and all. But you don't have to go to school again.

I think the lady either misunderstood you or doesn't know what she's talking about.

Well at any rate I am testing tomorrow!! I got this!! I also got a pre hire from US Xpress.. the unemployment office has been super helpful and what I was told is that for those of us that are already residents of SC we are required to train within our state if we train outside of the state we have to obtain residency elsewhere The people at the unemployment office verified this. I am not letting it stop me I got this!!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

Just got back from the DMV.. and yes I have to do school here. I got signed up for TDI in Richburg and WIA and unemployment is paying for it. I really enjoyed my time in INDY however maybe this might be better suited for me.. I have to do what is required of me.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

Little Carolina -

Here is what I found. Hope it helps.

http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx?n=commercial_driver_licenses

After establishing residency in South Carolina, you must apply to transfer your CDL license within 30 days.

When you apply for a commercial driver's license, SCDMV will run automatic checks against the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) and the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) databases to check your prior driving history in other states. The checks are performed when a customer applies for an original credential, renews a credential, is reexamined or moves from a beginner permit to a license. They are designed to insure drivers have only one valid license at a time.

You will be required to surrender your out-of-state license before a South Carolina commercial driver's license can be issued.

To transfer a CDL from another state to South Carolina, the following are required: 1.You must be 21 years of age for interstate driving.

2.Certify that you have read and understand, and meet the qualification requirements under 49 CFR, Part 391 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

3.Complete Form DL-405A to self-certify the type of commerce for which you intend to operate. You must also provide a valid medical certification for any type of commerce that requires it. (See Frequently Asked Questions regarding form DL-405A.) SCDMV will collect the driver’s certification information and add it to the national Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) record. All commercial driver’s license and beginner permit holders must self-certify by January 30, 2014 or risk losing his or her driving privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Commercial driver’s license and beginner permit holders must comply each time they apply for a new credential, renew or upgrade their credential

4.If required, show your valid DOT long form or valid DOT medical pocket card to meet the requirement of providing proof that you are medically qualified pursuant to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 49 CFR, part 391. South Carolina requires that you maintain a valid medical Examiner's Certificate to obtain and/or retain a commercial driver instruction permit or commercial driver's license. DMV will not accept a medical certificate if it expires within 30 days from the date it is presented.

5.Provide proof of identity using Accepted Forms of Identification.

6.Complete Form 447-CDL, Application for a Commercial Driver's License or Beginner's Permit (there is a $15.00 application fee).

7.Complete Form DL-402 Affidavit of Previous Driver's License and provide information regarding any previous out-of-state drivers' licenses and disqualifying offenses. 8.Pass a vision test.

9.Surrender the actual commercial driver's license you have in your possession at the time you apply.

10.Applicants with hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement must also pass the hazardous materials knowledge test to maintain the endorsement (each knowledge test is $2.00) and complete TSA fingerprinting and background check ($75.50 fee)..

11.Pay the $12.50 license fee.

12.Provide Automobile liability insurance information (SC Code Section 56-1-80(C). Insurance company must be licensed to do business in the state of South Carolina.

Note that Section 23-3-460 of the SC Code of Laws states that a person who has been convicted anywhere of an offense listed in 23-3-430 must register with the county sheriff within 10 days of establishing residency in South Carolina. A copy of the Sex Offender Registry Law is available upon request.

BTW - if your situation is unique; after working through the issues it would be nice to hear that and the remedy in case someone else falls into the same situation.

Regards

yes I found that as well and when I asked the lady about it she informed me that I was a previous resident so therefore different rules apply.. I am just wondering if there are any SC people who had to deal with this.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Question about South Carolina CDL

I am looking for some information as I am home now. I called the SC DMV to see about what would happen if I went back and tested for my CDL and they informed me that I cannot transfer a CDL from out of state unless I attended a SC school. I wondered about this because at the beginning of my research I had phoned Central and Stevens and was turned down due to SC law they said I would have to obtain a SC CDL first. anyone know if there is any truth to this? did I just waste 6 weeks?

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

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So take advantage of the time and resources you have available. Keep practicing, keep learning, and stay positive. You'll be out there before you know it.

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Well said Brett!

Little Carolina,

Attitude, attitude, and did I say attitude? Everything else; how people respond to you, how you react to them, and the results are always influenced by your own attitude. Stay positive, stay focused, take advantage of the fact you have some time on your hands to learn before being confronted with it out on the road.

Hang in there and good luck.

Fire-Man

Apologies I was frustrated .. I went home for a little while to take care of some things and regroup I have a better attitude now.. I guess seeing my friends pass me by got to me..

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

Yeah, it's totally understandable that you're getting impatient and would like to get out there but try like crazy to stay relaxed and positive. Old School is right, you're going to be facing situations like this constantly on the road. They'll give you a load with a schedule so tight you can barely get a moment of rest, and then you'll finally arrive at the destination just to sit for 10 hours waiting to get unloaded. So use this time to practice being positive, patient, and just live in the moment. Try to let things just slide off your back without a concern. It's about the most important ability a truck driver can have.

Also, don't try to understand the what's, why's, and how's about these trucking companies. Large corporations are very hard to figure out and because you're new to trucking that's going to make it that much more difficult to understand. A lot of what they do will not make any sense. Sometimes it's because it doesn't make sense, sometimes it's because they have an agenda you're unaware of. So just try to focus on doing whatever you're being asked to do and just roll with it. You'll be out there before you know it and things will be great for ya.

I was looking over your progress in the High Road Training Program and I noticed you did very little of the logbook section and none of the Weight & Balance section. I think working on those would be time very well spent because that information is critical to your everyday life out there.

Do you know how to calculate fuel burnoff?

Do you know how to implement the split sleeper berth rule?

If you're stuck in heavy traffic in a snowstorm and you're about to run out of hours on your logbook, can you use the two hour safe haven rule to continue on legally? Are you familiar with the two hour safe haven rule?

If you have 34,680 pounds on your trailer tandems and 33,200 on your tractor drives, are you legal? If not, which direction do you slide the tandems and how many holes should you move them?

If you have 12,600 pounds on your steer axle, you're in the state of Illinois, and your steer tires are rated at 6,500 pounds, are you legal?

Those two sections will teach you that kind of stuff and a whole lot more. Before you know it you're going to be running solo and there isn't going to be anyone around to give you the answers - you'll be on your own. There's a ton of information to learn yet - keep at it. smile.gif

It is very frustrating for all of us women left here.. we watch as our friends are leaving and out on the road very sad and disheartening.. and as far as any of the that tandem stuff they dont teach us that here.. we are taught to pass the CDL test that is it!! Pre trip we had to learn on our own... I had a conversation with a female trainer the other day at lunch and she seemed very upset about the lack of backing experience or map reading that we have when we get to her truck so you see why this makes life all that much harder..

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

Update!! I am now going into my 6th week and still havent tested. I am getting frustrated but again I will smile and go on with my day. I am basically just on the backing range and practicing and praying to the truckig GODS that I dont lose my ability to drive as its been over a week since I had any drive time. A new class has come in and another coming on Monday HOLY CRAP guys slow it down.. Its a bit disorganized at the moment and a few other choice words but as of the last I heard women are being held back at this point but yet they just recruited 31 coming in on Monday (do not understand how these people think) There are no trainers for another 8 weeks from what I was told.. I am not trying to give up however am about to go to another school I would be done by now!! As far as my ability I can drive a truck I had the highest scores I could get for the last eight days I drove so of course they pulled me from the truck then my backing is down pat without any pullups and only one get out I have my pre trip memorized and perfected and my in cab and 4 point I can say in my sleep so I guess I am just left overs that will live at Celadon for the next however long.. sorry just frustrated and disapointed in this school

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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UPDATE:

We are now approaching week 3. We got a 3 day weekend which in my book was nice but I would prefer to be on the range practicing. This past week was a good one! I have finally been double clutching with out errors and even down shifting properly my instructor gave me an "atta girl" and that felt good. I really picked it up fast with him .. we are now heading back on Tuesday to start practicing more and those that scored the highest this week will be testing. I am not sure if I am ready or not I still have some backing issues but will keep at it. I have my 4 point down and my in cab I haven't missed any all week. now to work more on my Pre Trip and backing especially the parallel

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

When you say "double shift" are you talking about double clutching or is there something else you're talking about??? Just wondering if there is some new pieced of lingo I need to start scouring the interweb for?? smile.gif

I was tired. I meant double clutching..

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Truck Training Day 2

As some of you may know I am at Celadon CDL school in Indy. We got out on the trucks yesterday and well for my first time I thought I did ok but the instructors werent that pleased. Today however I did the offset on my own and amazed myself. I also got the hang of double clutching and that is a great feeling!!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Sorry been busy.

I have been out now for 2 weeks. I am loving it. I am back in Indianapolis for my first test. I have to come in every 2 weeks so they can see how much I have progressed. I know how to float now, set my tandoms all that good stuff. I left out and drove a load to Larado, TX. droped and hooked up to a High Risk load and took it to Shelby Montana. After that I had to go to Manahatten, Montana have them shoot 43000lbs of loose potatoes in my trailer. and took them to Minnasota to a farm had to drive dirt roads to get there. then I ran empty to Iowa to P&G picked up and relayed a load here then passed it on to another driver. I will probably test tomorrow.

Sorry we missed each other but the advice you gave me last night was right on!!! I did it today!!!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

Hey, be confident!!! Do not ever doubt yourself. Millions and millions of people have learned how to drive trucks over the years and so will you. Just keep a great attitude, be confident, and learn from everything you do. The fact that you were able to do anything right the first day is a huge success. It will certainly get easier and begin falling into place.

And don't worry about what the instructors or other drivers think. That just adds unneeded pressure. Just focus on yourself and what you're trying to accomplish. As long as they see you're giving it everything you have and you're learning as you go they'll keep working with you and you'll get it just fine. It's the people with horrible attitudes that won't listen and won't learn because they think they know everything - those are the types that get booted to the curb. But if you're giving it your best effort and show them you really, really want to do this, they'll certainly do anything they can to help you.

When you're really good at something - good enough to teach it - you enjoy teaching others if they have the right attitude about learning it. If they're trying their best and listening to your advice, as a teacher you're hoping they'll succeed at it. So just keep smiling, keep working hard, keep asking questions, and make progress each day. You'll have some good days and some bad days - that's just the nature of driving a rig. But don't sweat it. Before you know it things will start falling into place and you'll have it.

Go get em! smile.gif

Today was definately a NEW DAY!! I did a offset back all on my own and got to drive quite a ways by the Indy speedway so that was cool as hell. I learned a lot and I was able to double shift and do it correctly still need to work on breaking in time, but I feel a lot better that I am improving every time I try.. I just had a bad day yesterday and I am back on my game!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

Hey Girl, I will be out there sometime tomorrow If time allows. There is a chance they will have a load waiting as soon as I am done. If I have plenty of time I will swing by to say hi to everyone. I see your in backing now. Tell Paul I said Hi.

I have Paul for driving and Jim for backing. OMG what a long day! I had quite a frustrating time today as I have never done this! I am hoping to do better tomorrow, The group I have is that 3 guys have lots of experience and I have none so I think he may have gotten frustrated with me I am going over the shifting pattern and trying hard to remember that double shift! Also need some help with backing I did ok on straight line first two tries and then my leg was throbbing so bad.. but I will keep at this!!! This was day 1...

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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The day has finally arrived!

Well guess what Peeps!! I passed all 4 tests today and only missed one question total on the combinations.. Thank you so much Brett all that studying paid off We start on the trucks Monday and I cant wait.. some of the students are really struggling but they seem to be struggling over the Indiana operators which I did at first too all I can say is when you test take your time and read each question carefully.. One and Done!!!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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The day has finally arrived!

So today was a good day.. Got up early and waited for the shuttle to take us to Celadon for breakfast Got to class about 8am and started with paperwork and going through the Indiana CDL manual learned quite a bit today Looks like I have to take the Operators test along with my General Knowledge, Combinations and Airbrake tests on Wed.. Tonight we will be doing a study group Tomorrow we do physicals

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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The day has finally arrived!

Go shawty..it's ya leaving day..gonna party like it's ya birthday..gonna ACE this like it's ya birthday!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifsmile.gif

Funny you say that because I will spend my 40th birthday here!!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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The day has finally arrived!

You know I built an app for Android with the High Road training program questions in it. You can find it here:

CDL Practice Questions Android App

I would but I have an iphone. I found another one that was free when I just did a search it seems to do the job, but am waiting patiently for the iphone app to be created..

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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The day has finally arrived!

Well I finally arrived today!! Such an exhausting 2 days on the bus.. but I made her... I am in a nice Quality inn room with a great gal. We get breakfast bright and early and then we have a meeting to get introduced to everyone. At first I wasnt sure if it was going to be a big class or not but now I see load after load of people so I guess we will see in the morning. Well here I go.. will update as I can..

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