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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 RV and live the Van/RV life and have a better life or just get a house and a 4WD/AWD vehicle somewhere 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. As of February 15, 2019, I have been officially certified at our highest level a driver can go: Senior 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, I would like to live what's called the Van Life when I retire and travel the country. I am considering purchasing an RV or a Van that has been converted into a RV to do this. Its tough with livin costs risin all over the country, plus I have trouble makin up my mind on where I want to live, or I may just buy a house and 4WD vehicle somewhere. I can’t make up my mind on how I want to handle that aspect of my life.

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Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Who adds remarks to elogs?

Anyone add remarks on the status line on the elogs. On paper we had to log what we was doing under each status change. Do we still need to do this on elogs?

Yes it is required by DOT.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Lease operator

You're right about that Heath. We always give people the truth. We figure that's the absolute best way to help them.

THIS here is why I love yall so much OS. 😜

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Lease operator

In the famous words of Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars: DON'T DO IT.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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

When it comes to finding a partner , How does that work ? Does CRST help drivers in need of one find each other or do you ask around throughout the ranks ? I'd figure that since it's a team company that they would have some sort of system for this .

Your DM aka your Driver Manager will get you a list of available co drivers that are lookin for co drivers in your area that you can call and interview from and select from there.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Millionmiler, I will keep you posted.

Thanks I appreciate it. 😜

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Keep me updated on how things are goin for ya Doug. Hopefully you have either found a job now or are still contemplating on coming back to CRST if they will let ya. 😜

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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

MM are you still training new drivers? How does CRST train, meaning is there a couple days you guys run solo so you can observe or are you given someone who just got their CDL and run as team immediately. How long is training? Before you were training how many different co-drivers did you go through before you found one that you guys were able to get along (not saying it as a bad thing) and be able to both be happy with each others performance. Too often with teaming we hear about co-drivers being lazy and not wanting to do as much so their resentment grows and teams split quite frequently. Either way i really love that you've documented your journey so others can see that CRST isnt a terrible place to work. Teaming is not for everyone but you seem to enjoy it smile.gif

Go figure I'll be in CR tomorrow morning and you're long gone :P. A couple months ago I seen you were 2 miles away (residential area) while I delivered to one of our stores there but it was also 1am haha. One of these times I'll be lucky enough.

For right now I am still training new drivers. My current student is the best I have ever had so far.

The training "program" basically is this:

Minimum 21 days on a Lead Drivers truck for a student up to a preferred maximum of 28 days and 10K PAID and DH combined miles for the truck. Trainers at CRST are called Lead Drivers. 1st 3 days minimum hopefully not to exceed 5 days is the solo phase. That is where we are supposed to get a solo general freight load of at least 2k paid miles and run with that. During this phase the student does absolutely EVERYTHING on that truck with me showing them and them actually doing it after I show them. Also during the training period, I am supposed to document 10 straight line backs and 15 90/offset/angle backs. I try to have those knocked out during that first week. Then I can certify them on backing and they won't have to wake me up when we go team status unless they need me to spot them in.

After the solo phase we upgrade them to Lead Driver/Student Team status. At that stage this is where I have let my DM know that I am confident enough in my students abilities to drive and back to where I can sleep in the sleeper berth while they are driving. During this phase we are trying to get them the rest of their 10K miles and their remainder of their 21 to 28 days. I personally feel the training program is way too rushed there so this is why after my current student is upgraded, I will be stepping down and going back to bein a normal co driver.

I have been very fortunate to only have 2 co drivers with CRST so far. Almost everyone I have trained and co driven with I have gotten along with except one notable exception which I don't wish to talk about here.

As I stated in another thread on here a while back and Rob I do believe it was you that requested it, I absolutely live to team. I love having that extra set of eyes in the truck in case I need help. I feel much safer teaming than I would be goin solo.

Request Granted: How I feel about teaming.

There's the thread I referenced earlier. Hopefully this answers everything you wanted to know about the training process at CRST.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What does Independence Day (4th of July) mean to you all and how do you celebrate it each year?

These days every day is the Fourth of July for me. My son is currently deployed to Afghanistan flying Apache helicopters against the Taliban and anyone else who dares to raise a rifle against Americans.

First thing when I wake up every day I raise the American flag.

We've always been a patriotic, military-supporting family going back generations, but having a son currently in combat does an amazing job of heightening sensibilities in that regard. I'm so proud of him, but I'm also a nervous father.

Anybody who has a mind to, please pray for his safe return.

I most certainly will and next time you talk to or see your son, tell him we all said thanks for your service. πŸ˜œπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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

Do you run Coast to coast runs frequently , CA to ME or WA to FLA for example and is it a strictly Dry van company primarily ?

We do have a temperature controlled division and a flatbed division also. Our flatbed division only uses lease and owner ops, however if you want flatbed there are far better choices that won't make you lease. Most of the Expedited division which I am in is strictly dry van. I have gone as far as the west coast to NH before so we do have coast to coast runs but it's not 100% of the time.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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What does Independence Day (4th of July) mean to you all and how do you celebrate it each year?

Bump for obvious reasons. πŸ˜œπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Any updates on jobs yet?

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen - article by Brett Aquila

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Excellent article as always Brett. 😜 One suggestion I have is make a link to this article in the TT starter pack that we link to new drivers. That way they can understand before they even try to get into the industry.

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Yeah, I'll definitely put a link in there.

Thanks Brett, much appreciated. 😜

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Thanks for the shoutout and the kudos.

Rick

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Thanks for the many great insights you always have to offer. It's always very much appreciated!

I second this. 😜

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Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen - article by Brett Aquila

Excellent article as always Brett. 😜 One suggestion I have is make a link to this article in the TT starter pack that we link to new drivers. That way they can understand before they even try to get into the industry.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Trucking Takes Commitment

Bump to another legendary thread. 😜

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Accident at fuel Island

Well, β€œLead Driver” was a driver trainer by a different name when I was at CRST.

I can confirm this is the same also now. 😜

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Any updates?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Would this be a non preventable?

You can drive down hill too slow, as many times as you want. You can drive downhill too fast, ONCE.

You did the right thing. I take my sweet ass time going downhill, if some Bozo wants to come barrelling down past me, so be it.

smile.gif If he slams into you, its a preventable on his end. Absolutely no fault on yours.

THIS For Sure. 😜

Posted:  2 months ago

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Delhi SAPA plant

It is. Shows you’re near Miles City, MT.

That’s correct I am at the Pilot Town Pump Truck Stop off of I-94.

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Delhi SAPA plant

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Rob how do I turn that on? I thought it was on by default.

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In the sidebar go to GPS tracker. You may need to update it manually initially I'm not sure. Mine updates automatically but I believe I had given it permission to. Hopefully Brett chimes in how to make it update automatically when you're active on site.

If it's not updating automatically then you have to either update it manually on the tracker page or go into your phone's settings and allow location sharing.

Thanks Rob and Brett. I think it’s workin now. 😜

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Delhi SAPA plant

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Oh it's gonna happen Millionmiler.

Spaceman and I didn't have a lot of time together, but I noticed his trainer seemed to be doing a great job with their load. There's a lot of great flat-bedders out here and it looks like Spaceman hooked up with a good trainer.

I've got to say though, I'm the lucky one. This forum has enabled me to make some very good friends out here that I would not have been able to connect with as easily or conveniently. I hope to run into Spaceman again sometime, and I also hope to meet you Mr. Millionmiler, that would be awesome.

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I most definitely would be honored if that would happen. 😜

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Millionmiler you should allow your location to be shared on GPS tracker. I would love to meet you and maybe our paths would cross. Next time you're in CR let me know, I could either try to get a route up there or I'd be willing to drive my car up there from des moines.

GPS tracker is awesome, I met up with Rainy the other day and just missed old school (he fueled at truck stop 4 miles from my house). I've been in CR while Susan is at the terminal but figured I'd get in trouble entering their property knocking on doors at 3am.

Rob how do I turn that on? I thought it was on by default. 😜

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