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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Just starting as a female driver any suggestions out there?

Thanks so much....I will definitely be using the recorder on my phone for sure! I'm here now and feeling confident that everything is going to be ok!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Just starting as a female driver any suggestions out there?

Thank you so much for you advice and kind words! I never thought of the plunger idea but I am familiar with a manual transmission vehicle however, I have heard it is really different. Again thanks for the encouraging words and for sharing your story! I'll keep you posted on my progress and I hope you do the same.

I'm not on the road, I'm in school right now.

I'm a book learner. I went through the High Road here and I didn't find the tests too difficult at the DMV because the High Road will DEFINITELY help you be prepared. I did all 6 tests in a couple hours and the lady at the DMV was surprised I passed everything on the first try. So study the High Road training here and the permit will be a breeze for you.

Driving/gear shifting/backing. This apparently requires some muscle memory and coordination that I don't yet have. I have had some hard nights, but I'm determined. You CAN do this. I'm getting a little better even though some nights are better than others.

Expect it to be hard. Expect to get discouraged. But realize that you're learning something new. Don't be too hard on yourself. Be polite to your instructors and ask questions when you don't understand things. My instructors are not at all shy about telling me what I'm doing wrong. It is a man's world and they may treat you a little like one of the boys if you do something boneheaded. But they are also willing to help me if I ask about things I'm confused about.

I had never shifted gears in any vehicle. I truly suck at it still, but it's getting better little by little. I practiced with a plunger this weekend. I hope when I drive tonight (we were on the range last night) that I will be able to tell a difference. We will see.

The pre trip...memorization. We were given a 10 page document to memorize, but a lot of it repeats and a lot of the phrasing is the same. I have also learned a lot of the parts under the hood and such that I had no clue about. I am working on it and I even made voice memos on my phone so I can listen to parts of it at work. I'm going to do this and you can too if you want it bad enough.

You have to want it and apply yourself. This is probably the hardest thing I've ever done. No kidding. I'm 52 and have 4 kids, so that's saying a lot. It is a big challenge, but it has already made me realize that I'm tougher than I thought, which is a really, really good thing.

Part of it is I'm working and going to school. If you don't have to work through school, it will be easier, but it can be done either way.

Study hard and do your best and don't beat yourself up about things you don't know before you even start. You can do this!!

Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Headed to Prime

Hey Lin, Let me know how it goes for you if you could!!!!! I start on the 20th with Prime and am so nervous but totally excited all at the same time! LOL Good luck

Hi all, I'm headed to Prime next week. Passed written exam with tanker this week. I'm looking forward to hitting the road!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Just starting as a female driver any suggestions out there?

I start my CDL training on Monday the 20th and I am just now starting to feel my nerves going and my stress levels rising. I'm studying my BUTT off for the permit test and found some really great resources but, I'd like to hear from the real women on the road! Any pointers or suggestions would be much appreciated especially to calm my nerves about this whole thing. My main thing is the whole pre-trip inspection that's getting to me! It's a good nervous though...lol Thanks so much

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