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Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Lyght's Journey To Become A Truck Driver

First off, oops. I clicked report not quote the first time, I think I cancelled it though, this is why I shouldn't internet while sleepy (and for sure wouldn't drive while sleepy). If it went through I apologize for the mistake.

Just curious, why hadn't you gone with a company sponsered school? That would guarantee you had a job

I'll be going through XPO/CFI's sponsored school, but they wanted my permit first so I had to get that first. Now I'm just waiting for my recruiter to finish up the paper work, background checks and everything else. I'm really hoping that goes smoothly. I read XPO/Conway Training via Crowder College that Buster's Buddy posted and it sounds great. XPO/CFI offers a year contract to the person that pass their course and that sounds great to me. Like G-Town said you need to make the grade to make sure you get the job so I wanted to take matters into my own hands as much as I could before going in. Like now, I'm studying my dad's papers from when he went to school with CR England. I quit my job to become a truck driver, and even if all goes as planned I'm not leaving until the 27th, so I'm trying to use my time between now and then to the fullest.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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CB handles

My internet handle has always been Lyght I would think my CB one would be the same if I end up using one. I have a slight speech impediment so it'll likely sound more like Right or White for some reason. How distracting is a CB though? You'll have to unhook the mic push the button and hold it whole talking, then put it back. Since cell phones have to be hands free wouldn't/shouldn't that apply for CB radios are well? That seems like it would take more effort and consternation than just holding a phone to your ear while driving.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Any Winter Driving Tips for Newbies?

I peeked a little on the forums and after going through a few pages I didn't see any topic on this so I figured I would start one. With winter coming and snow and ice already here in some places do you all have any tips for new drivers on how to handle that?

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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High risk driver

My dad is a truck drive and every time I talk to him since I told him I wanted to do it he'll tell me "don't be in a hurry" even if we're talking about something else he'll just find away to work that in there about driving. During heavy traffic seems like it would be maddening to sit there for ten minutes or longer waiting for a chance to turn, but safety wise I see where you would need to sometimes.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Lyght's Journey To Become A Truck Driver

Alright I'll be leaving Sunday the 27th Joplin MO if everything goes as planned! They're doing a background and credit check, hopefully my bad credit doesn't keep me from being hired really don't see how it would, the e-mail they (CFI) sent me has:

Rejection Reasons:
Discharged from last driving position for safety reasons
More than 3 preventable accidents/incidents or 3 moving violations in the last 3 years. (No more than a combination of 5 in the last 3 years.)
Felony or Misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case by case basis
DWI/DUI/BAC or any drug related charges- in the last 5 years.

I have one accident that they know about from July but they know about that and don't seem to think it's a big deal especially with the list saying 3 in 3 years. So I'm excited! I don't want to drive doubles or triples so I really don't plan to get that endorsement but I will be getting my tanker and hazmat one the company wants that with in 120 days of being so right now I figure I have two weeks before I leave might as well do it now. Money is an issue I'm flat broke so likely can't take the tests for them now but I can still study. Feeling nervous but I look forward to the challenge.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Winter clothing...is it really necessary?

And you'll need ear plugs.

Why the ear plugs?

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Brett or Other Moderators - Just a Question regarding the High Road Training Module

Oh well, now that's embarrassing.

Thank you Rick!

Don't worry Penny I did that too, I have more than one question posted on here, only to find out I skipped a word in reading it. BUT that is a mistake hopefully you wouldn't make when taking the permit test. I used the high road trainer and the cdl practice tests and passed my permit test today in no time. The tools here really do work.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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CDL-A permit needed prior to enrolling in company sponsored school/training?

I think it depends on the company, Prime for example told me I didn't need to get my CDL permit first, but XPO told me I had to get it before going to their training. This site has really a really useful online training program and practice cdl tests so it might be easier to get one before going just so you can work more at your own speed.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Questions about Driver-Facing Cameras +some XPO stuff

Hello,

I passed my permit test today (yay me!) and I'll be in contact with XPO Logistics hopefully with in the next few days (tomorrow is a holiday then its the weekend so it might have to wait until Monday), to start training with them. I heard that company uses Driver-Facing Cameras. How awkward is it driving with one of those watching you? It seems like it'll make someone even more nervous and likely to make mistakes, at least a new driver. Do you ever get to the point you almost just forget its there? Its pointing at your face I'm guessing (hints the name) does it at all block your view? I was also reading something on the trucker report and they seemed pretty harsh on the company can anyone tell me if its a good company or not? I would really hate for the one I start off in, and sign a year commitment to to be a bad company to work for.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Lyght's Journey To Become A Truck Driver

I didn't have to make an appointment but I did anyway just because I didn't want to wait in line all day and the nearest DMV to me that does CDL permits is about an hour and a half away. Me and my wife both had our appointments today, I had to take the general knowledge test, air breaks and combination vehicles tests, my wife only had to take the air breaks and combination vehicles tests having passed the general knowledge test the first time we went. I wasn't able to take my tests the first time we tried because Cali had a hold on my drivers license that I didn't know about. Thankfully I passed all three tests on my first try and my wife was able to pass the two she failed the first time. The I don't think I saw any of the questions from the practice CDL tests here on the permit, but thankfully the High Road Online CDL Training Program worked well enough I was still able to get through the with ease. The Air breaks test did however come down to one question that if I got wrong I would have failed but thankfully I was able to get it right and passed. Tomorrow is Venetians Day so I'm not sure if XPO Logistics (now called CFI I think?) is open or not so I might need to wait until Monday to call them up and say I'm ready to go. I only have my paper permit with the hard copy coming in about two weeks so I'm not sure if they'll make me wait until it comes in the mail or not but either way I'm ready to take the next step! Very excited about all of this and happy to see my wife put in more effort, I think failing the tests the first time around made her realize it was a lot harder than she thought.

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