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Warlock's Bio

Name's Chris, I'm 24 years old, and starting a new career in the trucking industry. I went to a trucking school on June 20th, graduated July 14th and obtained my Class A CDL.

I am excited for new adventures in the trucking industry and I'm ready to learn new things in a life long career.

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Got my CDL!

Well, I went to the C1 Trucking school on June 20th, and graduated July 14th, passing my CDL Class A skills exam, and I now officially hold a class A CDL License! I start orientation on the 25th. I will be working for PAM.

Is there anything I should be expecting during orientation and during training? Do I get to select if I want a non smoking trainer or if I get matched up with someone with similar interests in life? Just a few questions I've had for those pros out there for a newbie like myself.

I appreciate any recommendations or advice!

Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My CDL Training Experience

I apologize, I'm not sure if you are sir or madam, but I wanted to correct myself. Nevertheless, yes, that quote is very true.

In the past 3 days (since we had the 4th off), I have been behind the wheel of the rig and excelled on the road. Next up is backing maneuvers tomorrow.

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I like that quote Warlock. It's just so true, right?

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Yes sir, Buckeye. I'm just now in my 3rd week. Its been pretty slow week for 2nd week. Finally passed my pretrip 2nd try, in-cab and 4-point brake check 1st try on week 2. We had a 3 day weekend - most went home to relax, but I had the pleasure being cooped up in my hotel alone since I took the bus. Really didn't have much of a choice as my minivan lost brakes and got molested by the front porch. Oh well lol.

Today I got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the rig and took it out on the road to get the feel of how it handles and how to double clutch and up/downshift. I believe I did a pretty good job for first time driving a big rig. Since it was an older model rig, you know how the people love to torture the poor thing by messing with the shifter, so it felt a bit loose and it was kinda not so easy but not so difficult to find the gears. But all in all, I'm having a good experience here.

Heres my tip: Just remember, you and only you can control your motivation, actions, and attitude. If you go to school with no motivation and act like you don't care and you're disrespectful to the instructors, it ain't going to end too well. Most likely you will be shipped to wherever you came from and its over.

However, if you're the opposite (which I sure hope so, otherwise you're wasting your and their time) and you come to school all motivated and ready to learn, you study hard and pass your written tests and all going good, and you're respectful and upbeat with your instructors - hats off to you! The key to success is to work hard and great things can and will be achieved. Listen to your instructors. If you do that, they might not yell and freak out as much. Proven fact. Study hard, practice a lot. Getting through the school program and getting your license is only just the beginning. The true starting point is just on the other side of the fence of beginning your career as a truck driver.

You can not and will never claim that title of being a real truck driver if you can't jump over those obstacles in your schooling. Whatever you do, no matter how long its taking or how frustrating it gets, do not ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing forward and keep holding on and you will be able to cross that fence with a license in your hand and a truck you can drive to the bright future ahead of you with new memorable events to write in your book - best of all, you will have the title as a real truck driver.

Catch up later on, gonna catch some z's.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My CDL Training Experience

I like that quote Warlock. It's just so true, right?

Yes sir, Buckeye. I'm just now in my 3rd week. Its been pretty slow week for 2nd week. Finally passed my pretrip 2nd try, in-cab and 4-point brake check 1st try on week 2. We had a 3 day weekend - most went home to relax, but I had the pleasure being cooped up in my hotel alone since I took the bus. Really didn't have much of a choice as my minivan lost brakes and got molested by the front porch. Oh well lol.

Today I got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the rig and took it out on the road to get the feel of how it handles and how to double clutch and up/downshift. I believe I did a pretty good job for first time driving a big rig. Since it was an older model rig, you know how the people love to torture the poor thing by messing with the shifter, so it felt a bit loose and it was kinda not so easy but not so difficult to find the gears. But all in all, I'm having a good experience here.

Heres my tip: Just remember, you and only you can control your motivation, actions, and attitude. If you go to school with no motivation and act like you don't care and you're disrespectful to the instructors, it ain't going to end too well. Most likely you will be shipped to wherever you came from and its over.

However, if you're the opposite (which I sure hope so, otherwise you're wasting your and their time) and you come to school all motivated and ready to learn, you study hard and pass your written tests and all going good, and you're respectful and upbeat with your instructors - hats off to you! The key to success is to work hard and great things can and will be achieved. Listen to your instructors. If you do that, they might not yell and freak out as much. Proven fact. Study hard, practice a lot. Getting through the school program and getting your license is only just the beginning. The true starting point is just on the other side of the fence of beginning your career as a truck driver.

You can not and will never claim that title of being a real truck driver if you can't jump over those obstacles in your schooling. Whatever you do, no matter how long its taking or how frustrating it gets, do not ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing forward and keep holding on and you will be able to cross that fence with a license in your hand and a truck you can drive to the bright future ahead of you with new memorable events to write in your book - best of all, you will have the title as a real truck driver.

Catch up later on, gonna catch some z's.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My CDL Training Experience

What company are you training with?

The school is C1.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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My CDL Training Experience

Hello, my name is Chris, out you can call me CJ or Warlock. You can get details about me in my profile as I really don't like to have to type it all again on my phone and just don't have time.

I'm currently in school right now in Indianapolis, IN to obtain my Class A CDL. I'm almost done with my first week. Tomorrow is basically retaking any failed tests and starting to learn about Pre-Trip and I will get to that here in a few. As of right now I only have to retake my Log Book test because I only got 82.5% and padding score is 85%. It's OK, at least i know where I messed up on and can learn from the mistake and do it right the next time.

Basically week 1 is like this: Mon: Orientation, paperwork, drug test, DOT physical, paperwork, orientation and lot of hurry up and wait. However, for those who (like myself) took their drug test, and got their permit, are already a step ahead of the game and the only thing you have to worry about is a drug test, or what I like to call it, a **** in the cup test. Then if they were within schedule, class would have started with a few modules and take a few tests (General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination) that us permit already holders have would or may skip out on, but also has the choice to stick around and learn but wouldn't need to take the tests. However, since we were falling a bit behind schedule on Monday, they were only able to get through the General Knowledge part.

Tues: Pretty much a rundown on what to expect to learn throughout the school program - General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination, Log Book, Map/Atlas reading, Entry-Level, On Range, On Road, etc. (Keep in mind different schools vary.) Started learning about Air Brakes, Combination, a hint of pretrip and a couple of other things. Had homework. So be prepared, it ain't too bad.

Wed: Bad weather hit, so our pretrip day was delayed to Friday. So basically it was a rundown on map/Atlas reading, pretrip video, DOT regulations, a hint of Logbook, and a few tests, no brainier.

Thurs: Studied the Logbook and took a couple of tests. Studied pretrip (pretrip here is the main focus), practiced on our own of pretrip out on the range with a truck that wasn't in use. Of course we weren't allowed to actually start the vehicle, so we just pretended to start it and kinda do a rundown on the checkpoints of what to look for.

Fri: Would be a retest in the morning for those who failed their test(s). ((Notice how I put an (s) there? There's people that have failed more than one test.)) After doing that, we would (weather permitting - please don't let it rain, please don't let it rain....) we would all go out to the range with our instructor and get on practicing for the pretrip.

Weeks 2&3 are out on the range and road, mainly focusing on pretrip, backing, shifting, parking, driving on the road, etc.

Well, today, of all the tests I took, I only failed one portion this week. Like I said earlier, it was Log Book. It was a little tricky at first, but I couldn't really focus as I had a couple of students pestering and asking questions about the logbook and here I am trying to mind my own damn business and get this test done.. well instead of flipping the bird out of the tree, I have the kind of mentality that likes to help people. So, when I did that, I screwed myself over and missed a few. No big deal, I'll be sure to pass it tomorrow!

The lesson is this.. Take your time with your testing. There is absolutely no reason to rush through it. Read the questions carefully and thoroughly and answer the best to your knowledge. Even though someone asks for help, sure go ahead n help if you want, but always double check, even triple check your answers to make sure you feel comfortable turning it in. Thats just my two cents, take it or leave it.

My next recommendation to those who are considering getting into the trucking industry and go to school. Before you do decide to jump the ship and climb on board to the next, study the manual on this website. Take the High Road on here and study, study, and study. When you take the practice tests and feel like you're ready to get your permit, go get it! When you take your permit test... Take your time! If you think you know the answer and not sure, go with your gut! If you're thinking of changing the answer, DON'T! Chances are you're more than likely to succeed than you are to fail. If you happen to fail, then you really weren't ready and you need to study some more.

When you get into class, just keep in mind it is a fast paced process and they want to graduate you and kick you out in 3 weeks if both parties can. But, if the student is having a hard time passing or getting pretrip or backing or road tests, they can give you more time, but depending on the school, they can allot up to 5 weeks, some may be less or more. But study hard and pay attention and listen to your instructor! Positive attitude is a key to success.

This is my favorite quote of all time and I will pass it on to you.

"Success doesn't come to find you. You have to go out and get it." - Unknown

Take it easy guys and gals. I'll update later on! Until then, I gotta get me some noodles, study, and listen to my recording of the pretrip items.

Goodnight

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

I will post my experience in the CDL training forum.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

Surprised you had to pay for your bus and cab. Prime paid my bus ticket and sent a shuttle van to pick me up from bus station. Anyway good luck on your adventure.

Well, unfortunately Prime wouldn't hire me due to a big gap in my work history. So I didn't have any other choice aside from PAM...

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

Congratulations Chris! That does have to have you floating off the ground. You are ahead of me, I haven't started school yet, so I hope you do post going thru this. It helps folks like me.

Well, I can give you one good advice I learned today... make sure you have enough money for your food and if you have to take a taxi from like a bus station like myself. I thought I had enough after buying the bus ticket ($170 good golly..) and a couple of other things. I shot myself in the damn foot earlier this afternoon, I made a mistake of giving some guy asking for $20 for his taxi fare without realizing how much I really had at the last second, and luckily I had enough money for my taxi fare... at least I'll get my reimbursement on Tues for my DOT, and then paid again Friday. Lol man what a close call.. and I'll never do it again. Don't do what I did. If someone at the bus station or whatever asks for money for a cab, just keep your money cause you'll definitely need it. Plan ahead!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

I always say it ONLY Becomes a Mistake if you FAIL to learn from it...Everything else is a learning and growing opportunity ...

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The best piece of advice I can give is to RELAX! The more frustrated you get at yourself, the more you will struggle.

School will be incredibly hard. Then you go to training. And that's even harder. Then they send you out solo. And that's the hardest of all.

But it's all a learning experience. If you make a mistake, learn from it! And don't make that mistake again...

But most importantly, HAVE FUN! This is by far the coolest thing I have ever done. And honestly, I can't imagine ever doing anything else!

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Fire medic, I've seen a post somewhere on the web.. F.A.I.L. = First Attempt In Learning. But I will agree with you, it will definitely be a big mistake to fail from learning what's been taught. That's why I've been studying pretty hard these past few months, so that way I'm a bit more knowledgeable. Does that make me smarter than most? Not necessarily.. but at least i know more than what I did to start out with, and I want to continue to learn so I can better myself to become a safe and reliable driver.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

Good luck. Which company are you starting with?

Thanks, Sam! PAM Transport is who I decided to start out and pull through with it the first year or two. If I like it I'll stick with them longer, but I may switch to another after I get a year or two under my belt. As I've been told when I've read the book on here, stick with your first company for 1 year.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

Now on the greyhound bus heading to Indianapolis as I type this. Already halfway there, will arrive to my destination probably around 9-930. This is it. My future us upon me! I'll try to do as much updating as I can throughout my experience here.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

The best piece of advice I can give is to RELAX! The more frustrated you get at yourself, the more you will struggle.

School will be incredibly hard. Then you go to training. And that's even harder. Then they send you out solo. And that's the hardest of all.

But it's all a learning experience. If you make a mistake, learn from it! And don't make that mistake again...

But most importantly, HAVE FUN! This is by far the coolest thing I have ever done. And honestly, I can't imagine ever doing anything else!

Thank you, ChickieMonster! I do appreciate your advice and will surely will put 'em to good use! I do agree all of what you said.

I don't have high expectations, which I think is a good thing. I usually go with the flow and what happens, happens, and learn from the mistakes I make. I know for sure that after training, I have to drive team for approximately 6 months, and then I have a choice to continue team or go solo. I'd rather go solo after 6 months of team so I have my own space and privacy... Hopefully save some troubles along the way if the other driver decides to do a flip. lol I'll be sure to make it worthwhile during the team driving.

I will surely do my best to have fun in my new adventures in the trucking industry. I know there will be good times, hard times, and ugly times. However, I will do my best to make the best out of those days.

Congrats and good luck on the next part!

Thank you, Devan! I greatly appreciate it!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my CDL Permit n' Ready to Roll!

Well I took my first CDL A Permit test and passed with flying colors! I am anxious and excited at the same time for going to school.. I'm planning to go to school in the earliest slot which is in mid-June.

I just wanted to say thank you to Brett and all the others for the useful and helpful information in the website and newsletter e-mails, the tools to study, and the courage. I know I don't talk a whole lot on here much and haven't been around much to be recognized, but I plan to hopefully stay in touch more in the future, talk about my adventures, and hopefully provide helpful information when I gain more experience. I have plans to write out my adventure throughout my time at school and on the road.

Overall, it's just one of the greatest feelings I have when I passed my permit test, and this is just a new beginning for me! If anyone has any helpful advice or insights, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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New guy getting into trucking

Well it's been quite some time since I've updated here... I finally got through the DOT Physical gates and passed it a month later when I first started it. The doctor's office I did it at took forever and it was just a PITA. Now that I have my DOT Physical card, I'm on to getting my CDL A Permit hopefully soon!

About two weeks ago I started working for a pharmacy, about 20 minutes from where I live, delivering medications to patients so I can make a little bit of cash before I head out for school. My recruiter was very understanding and helpful and stuck it out with me this long, so I am pretty pleased with that. PAM Trucking was pretty much my only option as I've tried to apply for others and they wouldn't accept me due to my work history (Termination on file in the last year) or never heard back from them.

I'll try to update y'all when I pass and go to school. I'm hoping for a better future to support myself and my family. I'm trying all I can and there's only so much someone can do with very little money and time. I appreciate all the support from my family and the members on this forum. I've been studying non-stop and continue to study before I take my CDL A Permit test. It's been very helpful using the system this website has!

Thanks again, Chris

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Lol I see these signs in central Virginia area by Richmond and Farmville. They're invisible unfortunately... I never bothered to test it either because I'm just too good to be bad!

Posted:  3 years ago

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New guy getting into trucking

Chris, it is actually a law that each time you start a new trucking job you have to go through the physical again. Weve all been through that same process as you, got our physicals so we could get our first CDL and then as soon as we got a job had to have another one. Fortunately the company picks up the tab on your next one.

Ok that makes sense. Thank you for clarifying that up.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New guy getting into trucking

With the exception of maybe one or two companies, all companies want you to go through their own physical in addition to your DOT physical. The tests for flatbed aren't bogus because it is extremely strenuous work and the company has liability if someone gets hurt. They are simply making sure that you can handle the physical nature of the job.

TMC and Maverick have very structured training programs. You aren't the first to refer to them as military style. But as a flatbed driver you and you alone are responsible for properly securing and tarping that load. Can you imagine a roll of copper coming undone and rolling off your trailer down the highway? That could have devastating consequences! So it makes sense that these companies are particularly stringent in their training as there is a high danger possibility to the public and the driver.

I should've clarified a bit what I was referring to. I wasn't referring to flatbed tests, that stuff I understand and don't have an issue with. It's just the fact of them going through all of the DOT physicals again, especially with the Maverick - hair samples, sleep tests, and all sorts of behind the scenes tests before you get trained for the flatbed division in their company. If you're up to date with your doctor visits and stuff and just recently getting your DOT physical test done, shouldn't they at least allow that?

I'm not trying to sound like I'm complaining about it or making myself seem like I wouldn't want to do it. Had I not gone through the DOT physical already, I wouldn't have a problem doing it. It's just the matter of fact that I'm getting short financially and I spent a good amount to get my DOT physical done already lol.

But on the other hand, to answer your theory, I would be devastated if my tarps or tiedowns fell off the trailer and caused a wreck. There's no doubt that I care about others safety as my own. I would want to be a safe driver than to be a reckless maniac in the granny lane lol.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New guy getting into trucking

Well, I just got off of the phone with the Maverick recruiting team. Spoke to two different recruiters and both were complaining they couldn't understand me with the phone I was talking on (iPhone 5s) - which is the first time I've had anyone complain they couldn't understand me. So I called back with my Motorola droid phone that I've had for a couple of years, and the last recruiter was able to understand me just fine. While I was on the phone with him, he stated all of the requirements to process with their orientation and stuff.

I have to say after that phone call and watching a few review videos, it sounded more like a military basic training than anything else by making people go through the DOT physical test again and a whole bunch of bogus tests to make sure you're fit for their company.

All I have to ask is why would I go through the whole DOT physical tests again when I've already paid to get into it in the first place?

So far on my list is PAM Transport which is already set in. Another company I've applied for is TMC Transport. Still waiting to hear back on my application. I'll keep y'all updated.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New guy getting into trucking

Chris, Download the Driver Pulse app on your smart phone. You can apply to lots of Companies and contact recruiters directly by phone or text message. Pretty cool. My Swift recruiter sent it to me.

I'll have to do that! Thanks bud.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New guy getting into trucking

Chris, As far as communication goes with recruiters, text is GOOD. It is in writing. I have been communicating with my Swift recruiter almost exclusively with email since last year. I've spoken to her on the phone twice. I am sure they are busy people, with a computer in front of them all day. I always get a prompt response when I email her. Plus as I stated earlier, it is in writing. Good luck!

Hey Tractor Man, thanks for letting me know that it should be a good thing than something that I shouldn't be too worried about. The only thing I got a text from the PRIME, Inc. recruiter said to me quote on quote, "you don't have enough work history in last year? and only job you had you were terminated this will disqualify you at this time". I had explained in my application I put in with my history and the reasoning behind all of it. I guess it's whatever with them, at least I still have PAM Transport as my backup plan seeing as they approved me awhile back and was understanding of my situation. All I'm trying to do is to get back on my feet and support my family. I think there's been quite a number of other people that may have experienced that besides me.

Thanks for the good luck. I'll need it, no doubt!

- Chris

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