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  • Location:
    Southwick, MA

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    In CDL School

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    3 years ago

RebelliousVamp 's Bio

I'm VĂ©ronique, that friendly French Canadian chick who moved to the good Ole' USA, 17 years or so ago. Considering taking a CDL course and would appreciate pointers! ;)

I'm a mother of two teenage girls, living in Western MA. I've been here and there trying to find my place in this world, pretty much like everyone else. I'm college educated, smart and sassy, bold and passionate in mostly everything I do. I would like to find myself in a place I am happy with, feeling like I am useful and making a difference, while making a decent living income. Since I love to drive and see new places, I have been thinking of how it would be to drive the big boys trucks since my younger years. I have always been impressed and fascinated by them.

I am hoping to gain more insight as to what it takes to achieve a rewarding career and discover for myself if this is really something for me. :)

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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United Tractor Trailer

G-town...my "emotional response", asides from the tears (that I hid well, didn't do that in front of anyone, and it wasn't full blown crying, just tears rolling down from my eyes tearing up), was not as bad as you think it might have been, and actually no different than some of the other guys who were effing up their maneuvers. It's not like I'd get angry and start slamming the truck door, or be rude to people, or have a mental breakdown.

However, I will give you that...I AM hard on myself. Probably more than most. It's aggravating. This comes from years of being told by some people in my life that I'm not good enough. And I guess I came to believing it. So at this point in my life, I have the unbearable feeling that I have to prove myself to these people, and well...myself included. I k ow I have to find a way to allow myself to make errors and agree that "it's ok". It's just really...really hard. Maybe the upside of this is that I will always strive to do my very best, and in trucking...I think it's important.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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United Tractor Trailer

Alright...so here goes. Sunday was the "test drive" at private school, to see where each one of us is at. We went in order of who got there first in the morning; I showed up at 7:30, there was two classmates who beat me to it, so I was third to test. It started bad for me. First maneuver was lane change, finished with straight backing. It all went perfectly fine, until the end...I did my first get out to go check behind my trailer to see how far I still had to back up to have my ICC bumper in the red box. 2 feet. Ok, I take mental note of markers on the ground to give me that two feet....I back up.....one ****ing inch too many. I get out again, my ICC number is barely touching the freakin white line...but it is touching it. FAIL. Being the perfectionist that I am...and not expecting to fail THAT one, it threw me off real hard, messing up my head. I was ****ed. Second maneuver....blindside parallel park. I got this. Yup. Except....I practice maybe once, weeks ago, with an instructor guiding me, how to correct it when you have MORE than two cones and half. I've done correcting of LESS than two cones and half plenty of times, but not the other way around. Here I am, stuck, with more than 3 friggin cones. I have no clue what to do. I sit there trying to think the logical way to correct this. I know I have to pull up....but I don't know where to steer after that. I'm ****ed. I get out of the truck, throw my arms up in the air, tell my instructor I never got the chance to practice correcting more than...he explains me how to do it. I'm so shaken up at that point, my eyes are tearing up, and I ask him if I can just do it over later....I'm THIS CLOSE to walking away from the truck. Then my pride takes over and I get back in that truck. I fix this effin maneuver....but then I got no space to do a pull up in my box, end up with mud flap on the line. **** my life. I'm in the truck and the tears are rolling down. I've done these maneuvers like a champ, and now I'm effin it up. Now I go set up for sight side parallel park. Aced it. Then alley dock, aced it. The two hardest maneuvers that I usually have a harder time with are the ones I passed. The two guys who went before me, they're good. They failed the ones I passed. Go figure??

Then I'm off to test on pre-trip. Aced it at 99%....only thing I kinda did wrong was in cab inspection with the initial timing of the oil pressure going up to 30 within 10 seconds...he said I wasn't looking down at my watch to time the 10 seconds at an appropriate time. Then came the air brakes test. I failed. Know why? Because I forgot to take the damn key in my pocket when I exited the truck!! My instructor was like "V!! Wtf?! You had everything pinned down to pass and you forgot the key!?" Ugh!!!!

Then came the road test.....again, same bull****. I failed because of ONE tiny little mistake.....I missed one gear while downshifting to stop at a red light. Wtf?! Everything else was great, speed limit, bridges, turns, upshift, downshift.... *shake my head*

Although my instructors were happy with me, and told me I did very good...I left to go home very frustrated at myself. I could have passed those maneuvers, if I could have avoided those tiny mistakes.

PS...for those who were wondering....I'm still alive and pursuing this new career change. Private message me if you want to know what I've been up to. :)

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Thank you everyone.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Ya, seems like it. I'll make the best of it. And my instructors are good. I shouldn't worry too much. Another of my faults....I worry a lot.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Private school was more convenient for me, as I needed to keep my job so I could keep paying my bills. Going to company sponsored training, I wasn't sure I'd get any money to pay my bills, and didn't like the idea of having to sign a long term contract. I can however see that this is a better option for many, mainly because not everyone can fork thousands of dollars right off the bat. So going to company sponsored CDL is a great option for many.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Hauling cars

What kind of physical work is required to haul cars/SUV's that are delivered to dealerships?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Ya...I couldn't find a community college offering it either.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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One of these days...

Old School; I am VERY interested to know how you manage your clock. Please share, if you have time. When I'll be driving, I want to make full use of the time I am supposed to WORK. Meaning, driving, on duty/not driving, etc. What I'd LOVE to learn how to do efficiently is to maximize the time I can haul a load for my employer, without sacrificing my very well needed 8 hours of sleep AND a shower, *hopefully* as close as possible to one shower a day. YES, showering to me is more important than making a few extra dollars. I just know how crabby I get otherwise. I will manage with an alternative whenever I cannot shower. For example, how do you go at it when you're just sitting at a shipper/receiver and they tell you that it may take a couple hours or more? Go off duty in your sleeper and take a few zzz's so you can be rested and keep going when they're done with you? It will greatly help when I can see an example on paper of how a "clock" works. :)

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

I'm still interested to hear about others experiences with private schools.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Ok :)

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

PS I also want to make sure you understand that I'm not trying to bash my school, my instructors, etc. I am learning with them. They've been good to me.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

I just want to be clear....I am not trying to mislead or confuse any other member on here with my post....I was merely asking the question, to see what others have as experience going to private school, and actually see if the way it's done, is the norm. I do understand that the real experience will come driving for a company....and I also understand it will take time, stressful situations, challenges, scares, errors, *try again*, keep going....breathe. I do have a perfectionist personality. Sometimes it plays against me, I'm well aware of that....because it plays with my patience. I just want to do everything right...

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

Yes....I am in there for 10 weeks, on the weekends, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.....half hour of driving per day seems very little.

Now don't get me wrong, I like my instructors. But my concern is that I will not be ready after 10 weekends to take my road test. My concern is getting all the road time I should be getting for the amount of money I put into it. The "recruiter" who got me to sign up for the classes even told me that even tho the course is 10 weeks on weekends, that most students need a couple weeks more. I wonder why....maybe that's because most of the students don't get the time they need on the road and not enough practice doing maneuvers.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

PS I forgot to add, we get about 30 minutes of driving time once a day, therefor twice in one weekend. 1 hour total approximate.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Passed my CDL, trucking school on Mon!!!

A "CDL" is the actual commercial driving license....which allows you to get a job, get paid and drive a truck.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Passed my CDL, trucking school on Mon!!!

You passed your PERMIT written exam, not your CDL. if you had "passed your CDL", you wouldn't be on your way to trucking school, you'd be on your way to orientation and training, to work for a specific company. :)

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Passed my CDL, trucking school on Mon!!!

I'm gathering that you passed your permit exams.. congratulations.

That's what I was thinking as well...lol

You passed your permit test at the DMV, you mean? if you're on your way to "tucking school", you can't have your CDL already..?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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CDL school, what's good, what's not

When you pay $5000 for CDL school, what do you consider acceptable as far as how many students per truck/per trainer, how many times you get to go out to drive on the road, often times short on trainers (therefor ending up with one or two trainers having to split themselves up), students from previous classes who show up to hog the trucks because "I'm testing out tomorrow and need practice", leaving you and the other two students standing there waiting to start practicing....I mean, we paid a lot of money to attend classes, the trucks and instructors should be available to our class, no?

Our group only goes on the weekends because we all have jobs or other obligations. Going 5 days in between is already enough time that went by, sometimes it makes it a bit difficult to remember what you've learned the weekend before. There's an average of 3-4 students per truck already. We take turns.

Just curious.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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SUCCESS! (Or How I Took On The Establishment And Won)

Glad it worked out for you Miss Myoshi

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Got my truck

Congrats! What will you haul?

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