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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CRST Expedited Trucking School and training program Cedar Rapids, IA. A (re) training diary by millionmiler24

I feel your pain, I almost impeded traffic myself during my driving test. At a stop sign, I forgot to go back to low range and tried to take off in 10th instead of 5th, but I caught it quickly. The tester told me at the end that it almost failed me. Y'all only have 47 items on pretrip? We have 93, I thought I had nailed it, but only got 78 of them. But that was good enough and I'll take it. Good luck to you today, the nerves shouldn't be as bad the second time around. You'll do great!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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IMPORTANT: Please pray for me.

Well, how'd it go!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Thanks G-Town! The relief is.....I don't have the words to describe it. And thanks for your input along the way, you've been a great help.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Yes! I am now have a Class A CDL! What a relief! I feel bad though, 4 classmates so far have failed today.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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IMPORTANT: Please pray for me.

I'm hoping the same, I woke up about two hours early today running through the pre-trip in my head. I'll be glad to have this behind me.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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IMPORTANT: Please pray for me.

We had a prayer group before we started testing today, and will in the morning as well. I'll be praying for you along with my class.

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Sorry, mistakenly posted before I was finished on the previous post.

I was saying "ugghhh! I got bumped to tomorrow for testing. So that's another day of nerves."

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Ugghhh! Got bumped to t

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Exciting Announcement! Four people in our forum have been promoted today!

Congrats! You've all been VERY helpful!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Thanks for the affirmation G-Town. I've rarely made the smart play in the past, but I felt this was a good fit. Testing begins in the morning, and I'm nervous, real nervous. I know I know all the stuff, but I'd really hate to flunk now.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Newbies - This site is a most have bookmark!

I can't agree more G-Man, this site has been invaluable to me before and during school. The people here clearly want to help, unlike many other boards where you'll be ridiculed if you ask a question. I've gained a ton of knowledge here and have even seen classmates using this site for more info on the yard exercises. I'd looked at some other boards and had determined that truckers were the meanest, whiniest, bunch of people I'd ever seen. But TT changed all that, I found a bunch of well meaning mentors here, people that may not have even known they were teaching me. Thank you all for being awesome!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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10 speed shifting

I'm currently in school and this has been a tough one for me as well. The "steps in a turn" that they've taught us has been a huge help for me.

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Drivers releasing locking jaws at truck stops.

I saw on a trucking Facebook page that some drivers, as retribution for some perceived sleight are pulling the release handle on other's trucks while they are parked. While a PTI would solve this, I know a few people that rarely do a PTI. Does this really happen?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What was the most NERVEWRACKING aspect of CDL School for you all?

Since testing starts at my school this week, I'm going to say that the actual test has me worried. I feel like I've gotten pretty good at all the skills, but I'm pretty anxious about testing because a monumental brain fart is a very real possibility with me. The alley dock and backward serpentine had me worried, but I learned that a good approach is key. Also, downshifting was a handful. I'd seen people talking about it here and thought "how can that be such a big deal?". Well now I know.

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Accepted into Schneider going for bulk goods transport

A recruiter from TMC came to see us this past Thursday, sounded like a great company, but I've already been hired with Heritage Freight so I'm sticking with them, at least for a year and see how it goes.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

Good morning all! I've done a poor job of keeping this up, but I haven't really had much to say as far as day to day schooling. I will say though that if you're in the Birmingham area, you can't go wrong with Bevill State in Sumiton for school. All the instructors are former drivers with years of experience and seem to really care about you learning to drive, and to drive safely. We are in our last week of instruction and testing starts next week. I've been torn as to which direction to go after school as I already have a job waiting, but several big companies have shown interest in me, so I was thinking of going with one of them. But I decided to stick with first offer since, even though it's a lower rate per mile, I'll be trained by a friend for a few weeks and then they're going to run us as a team after that. I'm usually pretty immature for a 50 year old, but I felt that having a 20 year veteran in the truck for months would pay huge dividends further in in my career. I've seen it said several times here "don't get hung up on cpm", and I'm taking that advice. Again, thank you all for the great advice I've gained from this site. And thanks to Kori for letting that great attitude show in her posts. It's helped more than anything else during school.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Accepted into Schneider going for bulk goods transport

Keep us updated, a recruiter from Schneider came to my school last week and it sounded like it might be a good fit for me.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Screwed up big time, think I'm done (reefer temp wrong)

Thanks Werner! I am really digging this thread as I hope to get into reefers in a couple of weeks when I graduate.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sweet Jimmy's Journey through school

After my road trip yesterday my trainer said I did great! I asked if B.J. McKay would be proud. He told me yes, then stopped and said "wait a minute! If you're B.J., that would make me The Bear". My 23 year old partner had no idea what we were talking about.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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School or company training..??

I'm currently in school at a local community college. I have a job waiting, and the boss said he'd let me use a truck to take the CDL test, but I felt I'd be a better driver if I attended school. And boy am I glad I did! I'll be 6 weeks later getting started, but I'm learning so much that I'd have had to learn the hard way otherwise. It also seems that I have more options due to the recruiters that visit the school almost daily. The community college seems a great value at $1470 for 6 weeks and this includes your permit, physical, drug test and license.

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