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    Charles Town, WV

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    3 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Congrats! Where are you heading to next?

Not sure yet, I am looking at a few companies....I've got a pending legal matter to clear up and then I'll make the final decision.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Well. this is my final post to this thread, yesterday I tested and passed and got my CDL!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Military for 11 years, then corporate IT sales, then high end IT Hardware sales, then I was a principal hardware engineer, then I got out of IT and into politics, that was short lived! Now, I test tomorrow for my CDL. HAHAHA

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Pre trip

Been in school since Monday. I got my pre trip to study wow lots to remember in a short time Any advice on this?

There are any number of ways to get this thing down, but if you break it down, you really are just saying the same thing over and over and over again! Once you learn what all the parts look like, the rest is pretty easy to remember! I practice every morning as soon as I get to school, then again during lunch if I'm back early. I also say the parts I can see every time I see a truck on the road, at a red light, or in a parking lot. Funny story, a few weeks ago I went to Denny's for breakfast on a Sunday morning, it is in a Flying J. After I ate an awesome truck caught my eye in the parking lot so I walked over to have a look. Without thinking about it I automatically started pretripping the front of the truck, OUT LOUD. The owner walked up behind me and I didn't realize it, just as I bent down to look underneath for leaks he cleared his throat and said "would you like me to open the hood for you?". I almost lost it. HAHAHA He showed me his truck and also walked through the pre-trip with me on his awesome truck. HAHAHA It was a really cool experience.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

So, it has been a while since I've updated this. I have completed the classroom portion of training last week. This week we have been on the yard all week doing A LOT of straight backing and offset backing. I am killing both of those, the instructors said they think I was doing it in the womb they came so easy, but parallel parking is a completely different story! I am struggling with that but am continually improving. Every day I do about a 20 mile trip on the road and handle the truck very well. My upshifting is great, my downshifting has gotten better every day and is going good now. This morning we were tested on the pretrip, we have been practicing it every morning except for the inside of the truck and the brake portions. I only missed 1 point on the entire thing but need a little more practice on the inside portion. I am scheduled to test Tuesday at the DMV for my license, I will see how I do Monday and if I don't drastically impprove my parallel parking I may push the test off until Thursday, we shall see! Thanks for reading.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Day 10 was classroom all day and the half way point!

Day 11 was on the yard. We did a lottle straight backing....got that down. Then more offset backing...after a couple tries I was killing it and able to do the maneuver most times with no pullups! After lunch we went on the road for the first time. OH MY, I had good spped and truck control, I feel sorry for the transmission in that truck though, hahaha. The guy that drove before me did worse than I did, but I definitely need to work on double clutching.

Day 12 was more classroom, we only have 1 more classroom day, day 14, the remainder will be on the yard. I'm gonna miss tomorrow due to a doctor's appointment that I couldn't het rescheduled, a little bummed but life happens!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Leaving early is always good. They should have let you play with the trucks though. That's more fun ;)

In this location, the yard is not at the same place as the classroom facilities. If I were still at the Woodford campus that would have been a possibility.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Texarkana College Professional Driving Academy

Congrats!

The high road training is a great place to work on your knowledge! The app for your phone is really good to fill in the gaps in your day and gert some extra studying in as well.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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02 August 2016

Congrats man, let us all know how it goes. I am interested in more info on Comcar too!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Congrats!!!

Thanks Captain!

Day- 9 Today was classroom again. All log books all day today. I picked that up quickly and didn't find it difficult at all. Others were not as quick, so I got to leave early!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Day 8 - more of the same classroom stuff, today was cargo securement and security. I took my CDL Permit tests this am and did awesome, so watch out on the road!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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So I think I wanna be a trucker

Great. The High Road Training is the best FREE CDL test prep. You will find this site very helpful.

I'd like to add that the FREE phone app is AWESOME. It is by far the best I've used so far. I showed it to the manager of the school I am in and he has started recommending the app and this sight to all new and prospective students.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Day 7 - all classroom all day! This will be the same all week this week. On a good note, I got my authorization to take my permit test and am going to go in the morning! I'll let ya know how it goes....

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Get Your CDL program through different eyes. 👀

Roehl has gotten odd lately. The CDL School I am attending threw them out and won't let the recruiters in because they were trying to make new drivers sign a contract for a 75000 mile guarantee.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDL Training Advice on Pretrip inspection

Dan, let me start by saying, what works for one isn't always gonna work for another! I'll tell you how I have got it down and am not so nervous anymore.

1 study your butt off. I picked a video I liked of someone doing it. After I watched it a couple times to get the feel for it, I would wait till the guy walked up to an area then pause it, say the stuff needed, unpause and check myself, then move on to the next area. Once I got that down, I started watching it on mute and saying it all myself as he pointed.

When we got to school and the instructors gave us the sheet, I went through it to see what was different than the video I had been using, there were a few differences. I went over it on the truck a couple times. During lunch I had my classmates check me on it and I put the paper in my pocket and did it all from memory. After lunch, I had the instructor check me and I nailed it. He was amazed that I had it down and they had only given us the checklist a few hours before.

That worked for me....good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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SWIFT Corsicana, Texas CDL Academy Log

Good luck! I am in week 2 of CDL School at a private school in Virginia.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Today was Day 6, we went over a few chapters in the book and FMCSR's today. This week will be all classroom, so not too eventful! I have started at the campus closer to my home today, wow what a different atmosphere from the other campus! In Woodford, we had about 20 people in the class, here we have 6,

After class, I called the DMV to find out the status of my test card so I can take the learner's test, WV is a bear to get things done! Good news, it was approved and mailed out on Thursday so I should get it in the mail tomorrow, if so I will go test Wednesday morning.

This evening I spent some time filling out applications on line for pre-hires with a few companies I liked. FINGERS CROSSED my top pics like what they see!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Day 3 - Classroom all day. Inspections, Shifting, and Coupling/uncoupling all day today. We had a recruiter from Werner come by in the afternoon. Finished the day with "how to fill out an application & How to do an Interview".

Day 4 - Yard Day! We started with Coupling and Uncoupling a trailer 5 or 6 times, then we did pre-trip again. I aced it this time with no paper to help, my instructor was blown away. After lunch we started off set backing. Holy crap, it was not a pretty sight! I was able to do it with 3 or 4 pull ups the first couple times. Then I was down to two pull ups, which is enough for the DMV. Our instructor wanted us to try to get it in just one pull up. I did once....hahaha.

I am not in class on Day 5 as I am going to a different location on Monday, tomorrow.

More to come....

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Ok, so today was day 2, I didn't post yesterday, so I'll update today.

Day 1 - Classroom. Our instructor was cool and ver knowledgeable. We were set to finish 4 chapters in the book, but at 11 the power went out. They put us on linch break and the power came back on around 1. We ended up only completing 2 chapters.

Day 2 - Yard day. We worked on straight line backing in the morning. 3 tries then switch students. On my first try an observer would think I was trying to complete a 86 point turn, hahaha. Secont try i got it but took out 1 cone. Third try i was better. By the 4, 5, & 6 tries I was doing really good. Then we started pre-trip and walked through with the instuctor before lunch. After lunch we did pre-trip on our own. I went through twice with the paper and found some shade to cool off as the heat index was 107. The instructor was messing with me and asked if I had it down. Thanks to my work on this site as well as you tube, I said yes. He said, let's go then. He took my paper and I completed the entire outside and under the hood of the truck. I missed 1 part, the catwalk. I amazed myself, my instructor was floored and went to tell the lead instructor. We worked on in cab and brake checks for a bit. Then finished the day with more straight line backing. All in all, a good day, but very HOT!

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

This is my first post, but like most, I've been stalking this site and using the training material provided for a little bit. I start training today at CDS in Virginia. I am actually at the school early because I had to go to a different location than the one near my home for the first week in order to use my GI Bill to pay for it. I got here and of course my paperwork isnt here from the local office....no biggie....just roll with it! I'm looking forward to starting training and I'll keep this thread updated as my training goes on.

Eric

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