Profile For Ryan O.

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    IN

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Weed and a CDL

Well I honestly smoke quite a bit before I decided to get my CDL. I work construction and my boss smoked it too. They do it on the job, but I had no part in that. I always kept it at home and smoked it at home. When I decided to get my CDL, I made a complete life change about a year before I even got my CDL. No weed and no more bars. You either want to be a truck driver or you don't.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Totally Amazed by some of the newbie's...

I understand where you are coming from. I had seen enough on the internet and listening to other drivers that were friends of mine. I already knew what I was getting into. I brought everything I needed for school and extra. I came to the school with my permit and medical already. I watched many people be turned around or walk out on the first day. Mostly because they were short ONE piece of paper or didn't like what they heard.. That means they traveled from where ever out of state and came here to just "find out".. Then I watched many people continue to fail the pretrip and not even get range time or drive time 3 weeks into school.. "I didn't know we had to do this".. I already knew because I read several diary's on the school I went to. People act like its nuclear engineering classes. Just study and ask questions.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Free CDL Training in Indiana

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I had made a post mid last year about me going through WorkOne to get free CDL training. I said I would give an update and I honestly have forgotten about my post until I checked my email this morning. That post may be hard to find since it is so long ago, so I will refresh. I am a convicted felon. I was 6 years past my conviction date and it was a violent crime. Not against women or children. I worked a steady job for 5 years before I decided it was enough and I was going to pursue my dream of truck driving. Finding a company willing to hire me was difficult. I was not in a desperate position, so I was not going to go to a company like Swift. I am not criticizing those that do. Its your choice, but wasn't mine. I found out about a program here in Indiana called "WorkOne".

I went to the one in Lebanon, Indiana. I went in and filled out paperwork. Then had to do 12 hours of class time in the adult learning center. Basically they have me a pretest to see if I was at a 9th grade level. Then after 12 hours, I get a post test showing I am still at least at a 9th grade level. It is okay if you do not do well on the pretest. That is what the 12 hours of class time is for. I breezed through all of that and then waited for the state to send WorkOne my school money. I had to wait several months for this. The reason is they have two Fiscal times during the yea. Basically they get funding in January and July.

I completed class time in April, so they lacked funds. Finally in July they put me in school. I was sent down to C1 Trucking school in Indianapolis. I had already gotten my permit and medical BEFORE school. WorkOne will pay for both of these, but I got them on my own. I wanted to be ahead of the game. I stuck my nose in the book and kept my mouth shut, unless I had a question to ask. I was out of there in 3 weeks with a CDL. I took me two times to past my test. I had to drive myself to school and lived exactly 1 hour from the school. They do however reimburse you with fuel. They gave me 25 cents a mile. I have not had to pay one dime back, like I was told. I am also a free agent. No ties or contracts. I turned down many times, before training, with truck companies. This is because of my felony. I was promised a job by a company that does all the hauling for NHK. I was turned down for it, because they stopped hiring drivers and was slow because of the July shut down for the factory. I searched on craigslist and found a driving job with a farm. This is full time work year around. When we do not haul for the farm, we haul for ADM, Cargill, ect.. Pays hourly.

I have been doing this for 6 months now. Absolutely love what I do and for once in my life I am happy and do not even feel like I am going to work at all. I love my job. I love driving a big truck. This is a program I would like for everyone in Indiana to know about. Lots of people in the school from Indiana, wished they had done what I had done. They was contracted through Swift and PAM. Just walked into a WorkOne and ask about the CDL training. The best option is the one in Lebanon. I tried the one in Lafayette and they said I "made too much money". Honestly, it was because I was a felon and they did not take me seriously at all. This may end up being the case with your work one, so keep trying the other facilities if it does.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Anyone interested in getting a CDL in Indiana, check this out..

Update: Today I got my CDL A permit and my Tanker Endorsement. This point i'm not interested in doubles or triples or hauling people around. Tanker is something I have been interested in and I have looked into possibly going to the oil fields. That is just something that won't even come for awhile if that happens. It is not as hard as I thought it would be. The hardest part was getting into study mode, which meant put the smart phone in the other room and turn off the TV. It has taken now three weeks for my funding to come so far. She told me on the phone this week to call her Tuesday of this coming week to check. She said she doesn't have a time frame for my funding to come in. So if anyone does go through this program, be ready to wait. In the mean time I have been riding with a friend on some hauls and have enjoyed every minute of it. Even in a seat with no air ride for ten hours haha. He has let me do everything that doesn't have me driving the truck. Hooking up the trailer and unhooking, filling out paper work, and doing a quick pretrip. I'm sure everyone has said this or read it, but if you have that opportunity, take advantage of it and soak of anything you can before school.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What if I only want to drive locally?

My experienced advice

I ment "unexperenced"

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What if I only want to drive locally?

Well if I do well in school, then I will be starting out with a "Local gig". The company does all the hauling for the company that makes the seats for Subaru (SIA). I will start out with basically shuttling trailers back and forth between the seat plant and SIA which is about 20 minutes apart. It pays about 18 an hour I believe. 5 weeks will be with an experienced driver. They just started their training thing and I will be the second person to have road training with them. However I have to go through school myself and be a free agent. This will all because I am blessed to have a company around here that does that. I looked up all the local driving companies and walked in there and talked to whomever did employment face to face and asked them if they were willing to hire a guy fresh out of school. I made it clear that I was willing to learn and not wasting their time. Few said yes and others said I needed some experence. I chose this company because I have a friend that works there and hear nothing but good things. When I complete one year, I will be able to do a OTR route and choose to be home on the weekends. My experienced advice would be to do what I did and look up all local 'mom and pop' companies and talk to them FACE TO FACE.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Anyone interested in getting a CDL in Indiana, check this out..

If for some reason this falls through, then I will be signing a contract with a company. I have been wanting to be a driver for years and talked about it. My life is finally in place and I decided either I do it now or never. My friend invited me to go on a run with him. Since then I have had 18 wheels turning in my head constantly.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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How to stay the heck awake??!!

Well i'm not a driver yet, but I just went through this at a factory job I started the beginning of this year. It was my first night shift (11pm-7am).. I liked the schedule, but right about 3 o'clock, my body said it was night time and sleepy time. Typically if I was nodding off, it was because I got less than 6 hours of sleep. When I disciplined myself to go to bed and get at least 8 hours, it made a Hugh difference. The other thing that helps, is caffeine drinks with no sugar or very minimal sugar added. I drink the Monster Rehabs.. they are tea and have about 6g total of sugar. I never crash from them. I loved watching the people that bring in the Green can monsters and be falling asleep on the line after 2 hours. When I had to drive 2 hours to work for a job out of town, I would get up two hours early. Watch youtube and drink some coffee. Get myself into the zone and a good mood then hit the road. Talking to people helped out a lot. I am not a social person at all, however I took myself out of my comfort zone and made some friends and talked to everyone. It made a big difference.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Anyone interested in getting a CDL in Indiana, check this out..

I did not know about this program. I will pass the world about this as well, thank you.

I will also add that WorkOne pays for your physical and your permit cost. However I am working on paying that myself so I can walk into school with my permit. Jesus there is a lot to study for..

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Anyone interested in getting a CDL in Indiana, check this out..

I am starting trucking school in a few weeks or three at most. I will also be going free of cost and walk away a free agent. Do not have to pay a dime back. I heard about free programs at the Indiana Adult Learning center. They had a list of programs such as welding, CNA, and CDL was on the list. I walked in there and they had me take a test to make sure I test at a ninth grade level. I passed that easily.

Then they send you over to WorkOne. I went to the one in Lebanon, which is the best one around here. Lafayette will give you the run around because they don't really want to help anyone. I went into WorkOne and filled out some paperwork. You are then required to complete twelve hours of class time at the adult learning center. Which mean you basically sit in there and do homework. I chose random math stuff that I had forgotten how to do. It sucks, but small price to pay for a big opportunity.

Then once that twelve hours is up, you take a post test. It test you at a ninth grade level again. When you pass it, WorkOne sends your paper work in. When they get your funding, you go to school. The school the Lebanon office uses, is C-1 Trucking school in Indianapolis. I am just waiting for them to get my funding, then i'm C-1 bound. They pay a mileage to make up for fuel. It is twenty three cents a mile. I gave it a shot and asked for more and they are giving me twenty five cents. Not much, but whatever. I asked for more since I drive a four wheel drive Dodge with a 5.9.. They do not provide Hotel or meals. I will update this, just in case it falls through for some reason, but they have made it clear that everything is good, they just are waiting for the state to send them a check for me schooling.

Why do they just send people money for school? It is an investment for you to get a good job and send Uncle Sam more income tax. I have a local company that does short and long haul saying they will hire me out of school. I even got them to write me a letter that they will hire me out of school. I recommend doing that especially if you are in my boat and have a felony. Felony is not a concerning factor in getting funding, but a letter of prehire is just an insurance policy that they are not wasting their time.

I also so far have Boyd Brothers saying they will hire me since my felony is over five years. My felony is a violent one. Not against women or children. Hopefully I covered any question someone has, ahead of time. This is for people in Indiana. Maybe other states have a program similar?

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