Profile For Moziere

Moziere's Info

  • Location:
    Houston, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

  • Social Link:
    Moziere On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

Moziere's Bio

I am a Woman of a Certain Age. I am about to start my CDL training, probably with C.R.England. I am looking forward to becoming a professional driver. I have always, since I was in college, had a desire to drive OTR.

I don't know what else to put here, I'll probably update later, but for now, HELLO OUT THERE! :)

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Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

I haven't kept up this post. But, I thought I'd give an update. I got my medical card and permit, then called CRE. They were to get back to me with a school start date. I waited and called back twice and got no response from my recruiter. I guess she went on vacation or something. Meanwhile, as I was waiting, I got a call from a PAM recruiter asking me if I was still interested in CDL training. I said yes and had a class start date. I finished my training with CDL of Alabama in Summerdale, AL. I passed my CDL test the first go. Now, I'm waiting for a mentor. I was notified that he would be picking me up sometime after Christmas.

Overall, I'm so glad I went with PAM. I loved the school. The instructors were all top notch and because the class had only 15 students, I feel we got more personal attention. I was the oldest in the class, obviously, but in the end, we were all part of a family. The 'kids' all called me the Old Lady, I started that goofing off one day. I said, I can't do that! I'm just a little old lady! It stuck. The instructors all gave me a 'hard time' because of my age. They razzed me about being Air Force, they were Army, Navy and Marines. All in all, we were family by the time I left.

The trucks were all older and there were some mechanical issues due to students clutching improperly. Well, that's school for you. They have manual transmissions, so there is no exemption on my license.

So, I'm fulfilling my goal. I will be driving for at least one year for PAM. I'm excited and I will make it be the best year I can possibly make it. I don't have any negative thoughts going in to my training. I'm looking for the best. I know it won't be perfect, but it will be my best.

One thing could have been better covered. They didn't cover logs at all. I know nothing about e logs, or paper logs, hours of service, how to plan your trips, drive times, etc. The schooling was accelerated and taught only the cdl test, backing manuevers and shifting. I will say this... The High Road Program here on Trucking Truth helped me so much when it came time to test. I aced all three basic tests and only missed HazMat by 1. I forgot to skip the ones I didn't know and come back to them on HazMat, plus I didn't study here first. If I had used the High Road program for HazMat I would have passed it first time. I will retake the test while I'm waiting for my mentor. PAM offers a bonus for getting your HazMat so I'll be getting that.

I recommended this site to everyone I was in class with. There were several there who didn't have a contract with a company yet and were looking to get hired.

So, If I have time and I can remember, I'll keep up with this as I ride and train with my mentor.

Thanks TT for being such a help and encouragement.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Changing Tires and other emergencies

Change a tire ???? Is there one man on here that could change their truck tire?? This is equal pay for an equal day. There are no little fairies gonna fly down and help a Danzel out. Woman or man you climb your ass out the truck and do what you got to do.

I'm not asking for someone to do my job for me, nor am I asking for attitude. I've known men who could change a big tire with no problem and some who couldn't. I don't know of many women who can pick up a tire that large, unless you are a Gunhilda, which I'm not.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Changing Tires and other emergencies

As a woman driving a truck, I'd like to know what your experiences are in situations like having to change a tire, or other heavy duty emergencies.

Also, what is your favorite or least favorite horror story. I'd like to know how women handle problems on the road that a man would have less trouble with.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

Well, my medical card is in my hot little hands! BOO YAH! I took a picture. So, yesterday, I'm on my way to Cullman, AL to take my test for my CDLP. I have a flat, so the money I had for my permit had to go to buy a new tire. confused.gif

Well, I'll just have to go Monday. Got to raise a bit more money. I make jewelry, so last night I sat down and made about $150 worth. Just have to sell it this weekend.

But the good thing about all this is, when I have a set back, something good happens to put me forward again. For instance, Wednesday I had to have an eye exam. Somewhere along the line, I lost $10. When I got to the eye doctor, I was short $10 for my exam. He told me not to worry about it. When has a doctor ever told you not to worry about it when you were short on a bill??? Wow. I'm still shaking my head over that one.

Well, missing my CDLP will set my start date back. I was scheduled to start Oct 1. Not sure of the date now. My recruiter is very helpful, very nice. I would say my experience, so far, with CRE is positive. I'm looking for good thing in my future.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

Moziere - your driver recruiter at CRE should be able to help out with specific items you will need for your first foray into the truck. The Truck Driver's Career Guide Chapter 5 also offers some good insight for you.

Eating on the road will be a challenge for you, especially if you're watching carb loads / sugar and fats. The truck stops wont be your friend, you'll want to learn the truck friendly Walmart lots to shop for groceries. I use a thermoelectric cooler, and carry items that I know my nutritionist wont yell at me about eating, but during your training you may not have enough space to accomodate one of them. I know there have been some threads in here about food options, dietary requirements, etc. If you go to the search by tag section you can read what others' experience has taught them.

Good luck to you!

Thank you for the encouragement!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Clothing

Leggins are fine, but honestly, they might not be warm enough if you go to north or west. get long johns for underneath.

when i say winter...i mean.. lots of layers. winds of 70mph in WY and temps negative 30 are possible.

What are long johns? confused.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

JK

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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I feel I'm being bullied by my dispatcher

I just got off my trainers truck and he had told me we are legally responsible for bringing all freight to the tail of the truck. That rarely happens. Many companies will pay you when you have to unload. I hope that helps.

So, if you are at the end of your hours of service, how does that work? If it takes you several hours of unloading the truck, which you would be paid for because you are in service, BUT you are at the end of your hours, do you take your 10 hours of down time, then go back to unloading??

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Article Topic Requests?

We have a great number of readers who either never post or have only posted a few times. So whether you are an avid reader lurking in the background or someone who posts occassionally.... what topics would you liked discussed as part of the blog articles?

Whether you want a womans perspective, or you want to discuss something that has been holding you back from coming into trucking... please feel free to comment.

I'd love to know the options out there for excercise. I'm one of those people who was very active when I was younger. I rode horses, swam, trained horses... I never excercised like walking or jogging or running. I don't enjoy doing that. It's boring. BUT, I know that being in a truck sitting down will require some kind of excercise.

It would be great if there was someplace near every truck stop where you could go and do some line dancing for a couple of hours every day. dancing.gif Or for me, a pool where I could put in some swim time.

What are the options like when you are someplace different every day and your down time is precious?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Clothing

i was always a jeans and tee shirt kinda chick but the denium started to bother me after awhile. i wear mostly sweats and yellow safety shirts because most customers want the Osha approved bright vests that construction workers wear. truck stops and my company store sell them.

Rainy, Would leggings and long tee shirts be alright to wear? They are so much more comfortable than jeans. I don't have any sweats and I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy any clothing until I get a paycheck or two under my belt.

I'm from the South also, born and raised in FL but living in AL now. I'm going to school with CRE and have a start date of Oct 1. I just realized that my 'winter coat' is a light weight jacket and I don't have a hooded jacket at all. I bought my winter gloves because they were pretty with little fur around the cuffs. I might have to rethink the clothing issue. :D

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

Very sorry to hear that, please accept our sincere condolences.

Good luck with your schooling and training. We are here to help you succeed.

Thank you, this site has made a huge difference already. Thank you for all the wonderful information and encouragement you provide here. Sometimes people don't comment, but they read everything. You'll never know some of the people this site has helped.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

Whew! Well, the step that had me so terrified that I'd fail is over, it's not done with yet, but getting there!

I passed the blood pressure part of my medical certificate with flying colors. 112/87! YES! The only thing I have to go is merely getting an current eye exam. Seems mine was over a year old. Well, tomorrow I have the appointment. Then my medical certification is MINE! I take my learner's test Tuesday. I'm scoring 90% and above on all the practice tests I take, and I'm still studying 4 hours every day on the High Road Program.

I am determined to pass this!

My next hurdle is having enough money to get through, but I still have a couple of things to sell.

I have hope!

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

That’s great.

However you posted an identical CRE post a year and 8 months ago. What happened?

Yes, I did post about starting with CRE, although it wasn't identical. What happened was my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and I chose to spend his last day being with him as much as I could. I don't regret that.

Posted:  10 months ago

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I'm taking the plunge, I am getting ready to start school Oct 1 at CRE

Since I was in college in 1976, and worked for a photographer on weekends I have wanted to become a Driver. I had a job that took me to different churches every weekend where I would take pictures for a package that the churches sold to raise money. I had a CB, I talked to the drivers, I got the bug.

Well, time goes by and now I don't have a family to worry about. I thought I could retire, do my artsy/crafty thing and make things work. Well, it seems that things have changed, and I have to make a choice of living in an unacceptable home environment or ... be free. Guess which one I'm choosing. Yep, I have a class start date of Oct 1 with CRE. Yes, I've read the good and the bad. Because of my finances (lack thereof, actually) and my lacking work history for the last 5 years, (HELLO, I THOUGHT I WAS RETIRED!) I find that CRE is the school I will be going with (Read Prime said no because I've been self employed for the last 5 years).

I am excited. I'm nervous. Well, I'm worried that I will do badly on the tests. I'm good on tests. I have studied the High Road Training Program and I have taken the Alabama State practice tests. I scored 92%. BOO YAH! I'm worried about my blood pressure test. smh. I can take my blood pressure any where and it is on the low side. Always has been. But, when I went in to take it for the medical card........ WOW! It was 150/100. oops!!! So, I have to go back in and yes, I'm on blood pressure meds now. Lord, help me Jesus! I have read every tip about getting your blood pressure down that is on the internet. LOL

That is my only worry. I don't drink, do drugs, smoke, never had a ticket in my entire life... My home situation is going to cause me to be desperate and I'm scared to DEATH my BP will be high again. smh

Well, I have so many questions about going to school in Salt Lake City. I've never been there. I'm looking forward to that. I don't know how much meals are going to cost. It's higher there than it is here in Winston County Alabama. I don't know if I'm going to be able to cook for myself. I have a picky diet cause I'm keeping my blood sugar down by diet. It's working, but I have to be careful. Plus, it's hard to loose weight eating junk. Is it better to have a sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket? Do I take my cowboy hat or just a ball cap? Do I need two sets of work gloves, or can I start with one set and buy more after I start phase 1. So many questions, that are important to me, but probably no one else.

I know I'm making the correct decision. I have at least 10 good years of driving ahead of me, and I'm making long term plans. I love reading the comments, questions and advice on this site. I've been a member for a couple of years, but I'm finally taking that all important step! I'm putting family members and every thing else on the back burner and I'm doing something for me for the first time in so many years, I don't remember!

Thank you every one here for giving me the hope to make those changes.

OH! If something does happen and it doesn't work out at CRE, I'm going to find a way, SOMEWAY, ANYWAY!!! to get me CDL, even if I have to drive a substitute school bus!

Posted:  12 months ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

'Love that chicken from Popeyes!'

OH YES!!! and the red beans and rice, and biscuits and honey.... well, that blew my diet just thinking about it!

Posted:  1 year ago

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61 year old woman wants to start trucking. Crazy?

Hey, I'm so glad I found this thread. I'm 60, be 61 in February next, and I have applied to Prime to get started in the training. The two things that were bothering me were the physical. My blood pressure was high last time I had it checked so I'll have to go to the doc to get that taken care or. HOWEVER, I'm really determined to get my CDL and I'm committed to do whatever it takes to do so.

I was also worried about that physical thing. I have hope now that I've been reading more about drivers with strength issues. It seems that I had something in my mind and the reality is... I think I can do this. I had to put my training start time due to an issue with my brother's health. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and I only had a couple of weeks with him.

I'm back on track now, and I'm getting back with the recruiter. He already has my application and it's been approved. Now, I'm just going to adjust some of the dates on the application, get a class start date and hope and pray that all else is well.

I'm getting excited at the thought of starting a new career, even though I'm closer to my end than my beginning. What's that line from The Highlander, "It's better to burn out than rust away," Something like that.

Maybe we'll meet out there sometime!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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New Here and about to start school with C.R.England.

I am going to Salt Lake City, I'm not looking forward to the cold.

I have been studying the Trucker Program here on this site. I want to know as much as possible before I get there. I do not remember as much as I used to, so I'm sure I'll have to study just a bit harder than I used to. I've already started with the memory tricks. There are 7 cdl endorsements, one for every day of the week. LOL

Good luck with getting the school you want.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

That is really awesome. We had to use the chains going up the mountains on I-70. It wasnt an easy chore but a necessary lesson for me. Im just a passenger seat driver right now. Grew up in New York snow but 33years in Florida, well, i needed a refresher course. Feeling alot better about the snow, just need to get the clothes straighted out. Then i have to establish an address in Memphis and do the Swift training. Good luck to you. You sound like a go-getter. Thats very encouraging.

Are you going to move to Memphis? How will you establish an address. I could be accepted to a more desirable school, but I have to be a resident of a different state, I can't really afford to move there, but my daughter lives in that state. Just curious. Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

I'm getting things lined up to take my test for my cdlp. I live in Winston County Alabama and I'm worried about that cold weather in Utah. I was accepted for that school. I don't have a start date yet, I have to get my bp down so I can get my medical card. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences in your training.

Any advice? What to bring, how much money did you need, thing of that nature.

Sounds like you had a good experience so far.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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New Here and about to start school with C.R.England.

Hello ladies!

I am a Woman of a Certain Age, okay, I'm 58. I'm about to start schooling at C.R.England and I am both excited and nervous.

Do any of you have any tips, suggestions, advice, or just anything you want to say to let me know what to expect. I would love it if you would share your experience, especially if you attended school recently.

Thanks! Looking forward to it!

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