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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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New Here - definitely interested in a career in trucking

As far as the double clutching and shifting, you said you've watched videos. Get a baseball bat and a stuffed animal and practice what you've watched on video. Use the bat as the shifter and step on the stuffed animal for the clutch. It will help with the foot hand coordination. When I was in school (last week) I saw someone using a "slim Jim" to practice shifting. Yes the meat stick. Since you have not driven a stick before,that will make teaching you easier. I am a seasoned manual transmission driver. I had to unlearn stuff in order to shift the truck properly. So don't get yourself down about never driving a manual transmission before. That makes you more teachable and more receptive to what they tell you to do.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Starting School Tomorrow

I just graduated out of school friday. They don't do a lot of log book stuff. I think we did maybe 3 hours. Their first goal is to get you to pass the cdl road test and log books are not part of that. Only advice I can give you is pay attention and do what they teach you. I struggled a little with the shifting because I have driven 5 speeds all my life. Shifting a truck is very different. I actually had to Un learn stuff that I had done for over 30 years to get the truck in gear. If you have driven manual transmission cars, listen to what they teach you and practice all you can. My room mate at the motel bought a slim jim, yes the meat stick, to use as a shifter so he could practice going through the gears. Good luck to you.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Heading to McElroy on the 31st for orientation. Hopefully all will go well and I will be able to update my status soon.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Well I've missed a few days, so let me catch up.

Day 9

Pretty uneventful. Same ol range and road driving. Nothing exciting happened.

Day 10

Same as day 9 except we had a pretrip evaluation. We all failed miserably. Instructor said we really didn't do too bad for a first time though.

Day 11

Road driving in the test truck. Man is this truck so different from the others. In this case, different was better. Downshifting was easier. Not grinding as much.

Day 12

More of the same as day 11. Nothing exciting.

Day 13

Road test. Failed the 3 point brake check. Bam, autofail. Done for the day as far as testing. More range and road driving and a lot of in cab practice.

Day 14

2nd attempt at the road test. PASSED! Kicked back the rest of the day and just absorbed the feeling of making this happen.

Day 15

Graduation!! Got our papers, certificates and road atlases and went home. Got to town early enough to get my license issued and am now the proud holder of a class A cdl..

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 8

Not much happened today. More road and range driving. Didn't break anything today, that was good. Can't believe how difficult down shifting can be in these things. At least I know what I'm doing wrong, but it's still a task to fix. Now I know why it's easier to train someone that has never driving a standard shift vehicle before. I gotta stop pushing the clutch in so far. Like I said, at least I know.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

As of today, we had a TMC recruiter come to the school. He told us that they pee only, they will not cut any hair.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Wanting a new career!

I am at TDI right now in Indiana.it's a good school and very fast paced. There are plenty of jobs that can get you home weekly, just talk to all of the recruiters when they come to the school. If your wondering about how the classes are, I have a thread in the diaries category that will give you a little bit of insight of how my days go.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 7

Started the day driving around town again. Broke the cardinal rule of not impeding traffic. Wasn't my fault though. Tie rod fell of the truck while I was driving. Not an everyday experience for people learning to drive these big monsters, but it was an experience. After the other truck got there and connected to the trailer, we were off again. Tow truck showed up same time as replacement truck.. good timing there. Back at the yard my backing is getting a lot better. Doing offsets a lot better and almost got the parallel down now too. Straight backing is good. Thunder storms cut the day short. They won't let us on the range when there's lightning. All in all a good day. Even the tie bar thing..... haha

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 6

Today started in the truck at the industrial park. Apparently we did ok because we hit the town right away. There is only 2 of us left in my class, so we got a good bit of seat time. After lunch we hit the range for backing. We both did well at straight backing and moved on to offset and parallel. I didn't get to the parallel, but will be doing it tomorrow. The instructor said he doesn't usually get to that til Wednesdays. So I guess we're doing good. Then we spent the last bit of the day going over the pretrip, then left for the day. Oh got frustrated a couple time with the offset, but I just got out of the truck for a few minutes, then went right back at it. More tomorrow.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

I miss yesterday so here it is

Day 5

Did maps and HOS all day. Watched a couple videos on pre trips. Only 2 of us advancing to the range on Monday. I have 4 prehires now and am pretty happ with that. That's about it for day 5. On to the range and industrial park Monday. Later!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 4

Another bites the dust. The older dude with the heart problems has to go for the stress test tomorrow at 8 a.m. If he gets past that I guess he'll be back next week. Now we're down to 3 n.a. The youngest e r failed his p e emit exam again today, so only 2 of us has passed out of this class. Sounds like more seat.time to me Haha. We did logbook today. That's about it all day. Different exercises and quizzes. Watched a terrorism movie, that was hard to stay awake for. Got another orientation letter wanting me to set a date with them. Not too crazy about their training though. 5000 miles with a trainer, then 40,000 miles with another rookie. How smart is that? Put 2 brand new drivers in a truck together then watch them on satellite and get a good laugh. Hey, hey , watch what they do now. They'll n we ever figure this one out. Damon, the phones ringing, I'll bet ill bet it's them...lol well aback again tomorrow to finish the first week.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 3

Started out with an "old timer" telling us stories from the road. He was funny as hell. Then the Smith system. After that was a open book test from the safety regulations handbook. Then went to take my permit test. PASSED on the first go. Had a recruiter from H.O.Wolding come in. And Boyd Brothers. I was testing when Boyd Brothers came in so I didn't get to hear their stuff I already have a prehire from them anyways though. That's about all for today. Looking forward to getting into the trucks now. See you tomorrow.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 2

Lost another one today. Now we're down to 4 in class. Another one has to take a stress test tomorrow, if he fails that he fails his physical.

So, today was all about the book. Learning the manual. Very long day to say the least. I did get another prehire today from Boyd Brothers. That was awesome. That's about all that happened today. So far I have the only prehire letters and I have 2. Kinda jazzed about that. Clp test tomorrow. See ya'll then

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TDI Driving School

Day 1

It went a lot like I have read about all other schools. A lot of paperwork at first. Then we went and took our physicals. After lunch we started going over the cdl manual. They gave us about 8 apps to fill out. I turned in two. Did some follow up phone calls to companies that I had already applied with from here. Already got an invitation to McElroy orientation for the Monday after graduation. That's freaking awesome, to me anyways. An orientation invite on the first day of school! I am so stoked about that. Does anyone even say stoked anymore? Lol

Just goes to show that applying early does pay off. Thanks for the tip guys. Started the day with 7 students. One walked out early, before we did anything.. Another went to the clinic. He was in the waiting room when I came out. He never came back to the school. I wonder if he failed the physical. Oh well, we got 5 now in the class. More tomorrow. Later folks.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Starting school today

Thanks guys

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Starting school today

Well I'm here getting ready to go in. I will post in the diary category to let everyone know how it goes.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Just a few questions

Roehl will pay you while you train to get your cdl. Look into the get your cdl program. I think it's 500 a week gross. Then you will train with a trainer for x many miles. Then you get cpm when you go solo.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Banning Semi Trucks Is The Solution To The Parking Shortage

So if we just stop going there, they will shrivel up and go away. Then they might see the importance of the need for truck parking.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Private driving schools

Can't seen to get a good answer from my recruiter. And, haven't gotten any written itinerary for school. So, I was wondering what I need to take to a private school. All I am aware of is clothing for the climate, drivers license, ss card, and diploma or ged. Paper and pens, And food money. Should I take anything else? Gloves? Work shoes? Anything? Leaving next weekend to start the following Monday. .... SUGGESTIONS?

Posted:  3 years ago

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Schneider and may questions

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I'm also going to TDI but in Indiana. Start May 2.

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hi can you pm I got some questions like how hard was it to get in etc

I'll just put it out here so if anyone wants to know they can see it too. It wasn't hard to get in. They told me that 80% of the people that apply will need a co signer. I needed one too. You can use your wife if married, no problem there. I opted to get a loan from the credit union and it got me a $1000.00 scholarship for paying up front. As long as you have a clean driving record, and anything from your past is far enough back you can get in. I had a DUI but it was 30 years ago so no big deal there. I also have only had one, that seemed to be huge. Just talk to a recruiter from the school and they will set you up. I go May 2 and am looking forward to it.

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