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Became homeless in 2016 and looking to get back into trucking to get myself out of this situation. I figured this site is by far the best route to get myself out of this situation and back into making some good money so I can buy me a house, a car, and have a better life where I can finally be alone. As of June 9th 2017, I have been accepted to restart my CDL training with CRST Expedited Trucking out of what is now going to be my new hometown of Cedar Rapids, IA (at least for BARE MINIMUM 1 year). As of June 30th, 2017 I have now REACQUIRED my Class A Iowa CDL through NADTA (North American Driver Training Academy) and CRST. Also as of 01/04/2018, I have now been approved through CRST's Safety Department to become a Lead Driver which is our version of a trainer. I have now as of 04:00PM CST on January 12, 2018 been officially certified as a Lead Driver. I thank everyone here at this site for their support that they have given me to restart my journey. I have prayed to God and he has answered my prayers. Maybe when I save up enough cash to buy a home, I want to move to a nice, quiet suburb of Des Moines, IA or possibly Louisville, KY and have a reasonably nice home, nothing too extravagant.

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Posted:  3 hours, 37 minutes ago

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When is it too soon to look for another school?

Well, I'm scheduled to test this week and I get four attempts to pass before I'm sent home. So, it's pass the CDL exam by Saturday or go home.

Before anyone tells me about being a quitter or having a failing attitude, first bear in mind that I havent quit. I'm still giving this 150% until the end.

However, even though I'm one of the best student drivers in my class, and have PTI down to a science, there is that little issue of backing a trailer...

Up to this point I have clearly failed to grasp some of the fundamentals necessary to successfully complete this maneuver. I fully intend to keep giving it hell. But the chances of me waking up tomorrow and suddenly knowing how to do this correctly are not very likely. Most people just arent born knowing how to do this.

I've gotten more advice on how to do this than I could ever recite. And if great advice alone made things possible, I would be rich, handsome, and successful beyond imagination.

So, as a matter of practicality, I have to recognize that there is a possibility that I might not succeed this time around. Failing to admit that possibility is what gamblers call throwing good money after bad money.

There's also a possibility that I could somehow pull off a miracle. In which case the other plans are already laid out and waiting. So no further actions are necessary at this time.

So, I can wait to see how this plays out. Or I can begin taking steps to create a buffer just in case it doesn't.

My only concern right now is how it might look to another school or company for me to apply while still here. Is that something that would look really bad or am I over thinking that?

Seeing this is makin me think, dammit I wish I was in Cedar Rapids right now. If so I would clear it with them so I could work with ya 1 on 1, or at the very least try to clear it with CRST and NADTA.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Thanks to Brett and Everyone on Here

I just wanted to extend my gratitude to Brett and Every other member for their advice and sharing their knowledge and experiences. I have been driving for 4yrs and a member here for 2yrs. I donโ€™t think I would be a top tier trucker within my company if it were not for everyone here.

Itโ€™s because of all of you and my hard work and dedication to getting freight delivered on time and safely within the guidelines of the law, that I get top pay and top miles.

I just wanted to tell you all Thank you

I TOTALLY concur with this assessment. ๐Ÿ˜

I love yall so much and owe yall a lot for my success out here also.

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Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

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I think G-Town gave JT s a report that Tractor Man got hurt on the job and is no longer doing the Coke gig. He may be considering going back OTR. G-Town will see this and update us I'm sure.

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This is true. Haven't had any communication with Tractor Man since then. Back around Easter.

I will definitely pray for his speedy recovery. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Hope this works.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Sway me to cdl training company with lease afyer completion

I don't mean to derail the thread but I have a question regarding requesting trainers. Are you typically able to request a company driver for a trainer? And if so, is there a chance the wait might be longer? It seems like a number of L/Os train for the additional income. I ask because I was thinking there might be a benefit to being trained by a company driver if one plans on being a company driver. Thanks.

At CRST anyway the trainers are randomly assigned a student. I am a company driver so my students will have the benefit of learning the true way a rookie should do things. I always advise them against leasing.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

Hey MillionMiler, I'm driving to Iowa tomorrow and getting checked in Sunday night.

Maybe our paths will cross sometime. ๐Ÿ˜€

CRST... Here I come!!!

Let's hope so. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Do I go to Background Screening before going to DMV for Hazmat Test?

Million miles.. the Louisville fingerprint location is the driver testing facility by Bowman Field (not the big one) airport. The fee must be brought by money order or certified check made out to Kentucky State Treasurer. Call and get your appointment (must have KY CDL first) and don't wait on line, go straight to room 6.

Cool,Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Sway me to cdl training company with lease afyer completion

I have to be blunt here: Do you know when the best time to lease or become an owner operator is? I will be glad to answer that question:

The best time is.......

NEVER.

Whatever you do DON'T DO IT. You will WRECK yourself financially.

Please I implore you, stay a COMPANY driver for your ENTIRE truckin career. It will help ya out more in the long run. Do a search for lease operator or owner operator on here. Read EVERY article on here about it. Old School and Brett wrote most of them. Read them and then reply back to me if you REALLY think that is the right decision.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Jeremy, I will be heavily following your adventures as you take your journey. I am glad you made it there and are bein safe. If you need anything just let me know on here.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Largest Truck Stop in the World

My wife and I drove up here to CRST in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for my training. And since we never miss an opportunity to have fun or make memories, I just had to stop in the TA truckstop in Walcot, Iowa off of I-80 and see what all the fantastic claims were about.

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Well, the place is huge! And I've never seen so many trucks in my life! But some of the best stuff to see was actually across the parking lot at the Trucking History museum.

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Soooo many neat things, easily a hundred old trucks dating back to the beginning of a wheeled truck. So Awesome! Took too many pictures to post them all. But one of my favorites was this old Chevy (and that's something coming from a Ford guy!)

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Finally, I seen a rig that looked familiar from another post. I would try to search for it, but doing this from phone is a pain, sorry. But it's a whole lotta truck, lol.

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And finally I think I found an appropriate coffee cup for G-Town... Give ya a hint, it ain't the little fella.

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Awww I wanted to take ya there. Anyway glad ya got to see it. If you ever need a waterproof case for a recent Samsung phone they have them in stock. Ghostek Nautical cases. That is the only truckstop that carries them that I am aware of. Also if yall eat there at Iowa 80 kitchen and get a waitress named Karri, she will give yall great service but she WON'T accept a tip so just a heads up there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Do I go to Background Screening before going to DMV for Hazmat Test?

In Kentucky, you make an appointment at one of 5 locations in the state for fingerprinting, pay a $115 fee and they fill out your TSA screening form, send that in and in 2-8 weeks you get 2 letters in the mail authorizing you to take your written exam. $5 fee.

So yup, each state can be VERY different.

This is very helpful Susan for when I end up movin to Louisville. Thanks again. I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

You guys can all do this. That's not even a concern. You just have to be patient with yourselves, accept the fact ahead of time that you're going to be a bit awkward and clumsy for a while, but in the end your only goal while learning is to not hit anything, and that's really not very hard to accomplish.

This here is why we all stick with our first company for BARE MINIMUM 1 Year, right?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

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T: Tenacity
O: Open Minded
P: Patient

T: Tactful
I: Independent
E: Extrovert
R: Respectful

D: Determined
R: Road worthy
I: Intelligent
V: Very Safe
E: Extremely Cautious
R: Repetition

I tried there to come up with words or groups of words that fit each letter in the phrase Top Tier Driver. I hope I did good here. If yall can think of somethin better than what I have please put it in here. ๐Ÿ˜

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That was fantastic!

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Thanks Brett. That means a lot. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

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Hey Brett? Is it ok if I nominate Simon here to be a Moderator on this site? This is some great stuff here

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It's absolutely amazing stuff but he's just been out there a short time. He needs to get a little more experience under his belt. I'm thinking we may ask him to start writing articles for us though!

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Cool with me. If only I could find the time, I would try to do the same when it comes to articles however I am really busy and tired all the time plus I am not that great of a writer. I am not Brett or G-Town or Rainy or Old School especially when it comes to writin good stuff. Yall all should follow in Brett's footsteps here and write books about yalls experiences out here, or maybe take the articles yall have written for this site and combine them into a book. I would certainly buy a copy of yall do that. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

Hey Jeremy.

Teaming....where to start? Hmmmm.

Well; as ever, Rainy pretty much nailed it!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

So, I'll just add my $0.02 worth to hers.

My team mate and I are in exactly the situation you describe. He is a total newbie with only the experience gained during his OTR company training. I have, give or take a little, 9 to 10 years experience; although admittedly, mostly in Europe. Sounds like it could be an almost perfect set up right?

Well; in many ways it is. Chris has the almost boundless enthusiasm and eagerness of most young men and I have a love for the job combined with, hopefully, a little wisdom earned the hard way; by "getting 'er done" through the years.

However; this set up is not without its pitfalls and traps for the unwary.

My experience so far has taught me a bunch of stuff that, frankly, I was unaware that I needed to learn! lol And, in all honesty, most of it has been about myself! I believed that as a former Airline Pilot, well versed in multi-crew operations, I was ideally equipped to 'team drive'. Wow! Talk about Hubris! And thus began my education!....

๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜œ lol

First and foremost, you absolutely must, I repeat, MUST set out each others ideas and expectations with regard to the training/learning situation. I wrote an earlier post on the site about "Where do I draw the line and when do I cross it?"...find it if you can...and was given much sage advice by Rainy, Susan, G-town et al. And boy oh boy, have their words of wisdom ever been proven! lol

I have found out that my much professed love of teaching combined with my tendency to strive for perfection can be a great asset....But, and it's a BIG but....it can also lead to irritation and even even anger on both sides if not combined with equal amounts of understanding and the ability to step back and really analyze any given situation. I have learned rapidly that I can be a real PITA about things that may not really require so much coaching and maybe need a little more relaxed approach in order to facilitate the ever present learning process.

With Brett and all the other Moderators blessings, I would love to write a long article detailing some of our trials and tribulations and how we have dealt with them. Right now I am just back from 10 days off and preparing to hit the road, so have to end this here. Forgive me.

Let me just close for now by saying that, in many ways, teaming is really great...insane mileage....decent pay...lots of laughs along the way. But it definitely comes with some stresses and strains that, if not dealt with professionally and with a degree of humility, will test your character and also your friendship and relationship with your team mate.

If you have any specific questions, I am more than happy to try my best to answer them.

In the mean time, may I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

Be safe.

Cheers,

Simon

Hey Brett? Is it ok if I nominate Simon here to be a Moderator on this site? This is some great stuff here. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

Does CRST ever have their drivers hit CRST (or any other) terminals? If so, do they have showers, break room, etc., available for drivers?

Yes we do. Some drivers like myself take hometime at the terminal and also we get relays at the terminals also.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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DAC report? Need help, please!

The point is... like Yoda said, "Do or do not. There is no try".

I follow this approach with my students.

There is a "Good Driver" shortage.

There is not just a shortage of drivers there is a massive shortage of Top Tier Drivers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

T: Tenacity
O: Open Minded
P: Patient

T: Tactful
I: Independent
E: Extrovert
R: Respectful

D: Determined
R: Road worthy
I: Intelligent
V: Very Safe
E: Extremely Cautious
R: Repetition

I tried there to come up with words or groups of words that fit each letter in the phrase Top Tier Driver. I hope I did good here. If yall can think of somethin better than what I have please put it in here. ๐Ÿ˜

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

Puttin SAFETY and runnin LEGAL above ALL ELSE.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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CRST Specific Questions (and general Team Driving Questions)

Good Morning

After reading Brett's book yesterday I have a couple of questions.

Not being in the industry, and hearing how so many run good miles, how many top drivers do we all think have HOS violations? And secondly, is the penalty if you get caught worth it. (like I was over my hours by 45 mins, but I got the load delivered, but I got a HOS violation and that was $____ dollars in fines) I am not asking for specific readers to say, "Yes I violate the rules" so please don't necessarily think that. I just read all over about running 3500 miles, and such. Reason I ask is maybe I am naรฏve, here but: if you drive 64 MPH, for 8 hrs, (traffic depending minus breaks etc) you should be able to go about 500 miles. multiple that by 8 days, you have the "miles" but are the issues with irregular delivery and wait times that force drivers to bend the rules?

Also, hypothetically lets say you just got inspected by DOT and you passed, do you feel as if you can have HOS violation because the chance of you have another inspection is less in the next 8 days? I want to be clear, when I start driving, I was to do the best I can, and if I have to bend the rules to do that, well then I look at it as, adult decisions can result in adult consequences.

CRST Specific

Do the FM's or Dispatchers do the load planning or does CRST have load planners and the dispatchers go with what they are given?

Approximately how many drivers do each dispatchers have?

Do you need cpm in any kind of pre-hire letter since the recruiter told me what to expect via text?

Team Driving Specially

What do you feel is the benefit to TEAM driving?

What do you feel the a draw back to TEAM driving? (please don't say space in the truck, I feel like that is a given)

If you have TEAM driven, would you go solo, knowing what you know about driving as a TEAM?

I appreciate the feedback.

I am answerin these as best as I can however I am very tired as I write this so please forgive me in advance:

CRST has their own load planners. I don't know the average number of drivers per driver manager. Not sure of any cpm letters. Recruiters should email you your pre hire info and if I remember correctly once you are in orientation you should receive a copy of the payscale which at that time you can ask your recruiter about it. Best advice I can give is don't focus on what your cpm rate is goin to be. I you have what it takes to be a Top Tier Driver then you will make great money no matter your cpm rate as long as you stay a COMPANY driver. Do NOT lease or become an owner operator. You will wreck yourself financially if you do. For the EXTREME few that are successful you will only make roughly $30 more a week. All the extra work and headaches that go into bein a LO or OO are NOT worth it. The end doesn't justify the means.

As far as team drivin: obvious benefit is a spotter and extra set of eyes in the truck if you need it.

Only drawback is very little privacy or you time when truck is shut down for any reason.

I would never drive solo again. I prefer to have a co driver at all times. That's why or one of the main reasons anyway that I LOVE CRST.

As far as the HOS questions on here, ask the safety director, someone in the elog department or ask your DM. They could probably get you a better answer on that.

I hope I covered everything ya needed here. Sorry I am not more helpful here.

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