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    Chicago, IL

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    Company Driver In Training

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Werner Vs CRST

I am a student driver still with Werner. I have nothing to compare them too, but I think I made the right decision for myself. I was told yesterday by my student advisor that my trainer thinks I am a good driver and I am grasping and retaining all the concepts he is teaching me very well. Although, My backing on a 45 still isn’t very good. I was told that I will be exiting the training phase early and start preparing to get my own truck pretty soon.

I can answer some Werner questions for you when I have time. We run very hard. All I do is run out my clock and sleep. Lol

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Happy 4th of July

I’m in a hotel just north of Birmingham, AL until the 10th. My trainer took home time and went to Florida.

Downside is, it will take me longer until I get my own truck. On the positive side my girlfriend is flying down from Chicago to visit me.

Happy Independence Day, and stay safe out there!

Posted:  5 months ago

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I got my CDL

It’s the only terminal I’ve ever been too, but I can say it’s a really nice place.

Posted:  5 months ago

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I got my CDL

Well, I made it through orientation and got my employee ID badge at Werner. I’m now officially an employee. I’m at the hotel awaiting a trainer. I’ll make a diary once I hit the road. I’ll make sure to explain the orientation process for people who are interested driving for this company.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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I got my CDL

I chose to begin my career with Werner Enterprises.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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I got my CDL

After what has felt like forever, I finally tested out and obtained my Class A CDL. I am going to the DMV tomorrow morning to add Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. I will be attending an orientation next Wednesday in Joliet, Illinois.

Thank you to everyone on this forum for all the advice they gave given me during this process. This site and it’s wealth of knowledge has helped me immensely!

Posted:  6 months ago

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On the mechanical side

In my CDL school we drove 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmissions. I’m not sure if I should try to get a manual or an automatic after my training period is over. I will be attending orientation in the beginning of June.

Any advice ?

Posted:  6 months ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

I have a speeding ticket from 2014 that says 15 mph over the limit. I was actually doing 30 over but the cop cut me a break.

I was accepted to 7 major trucking company orientations. A few of them flat out told me since it’s over 3 years old it is not if a concern to them.

You might have some trouble with major carriers but you will find a job. If your going to a PTDI certified school they might have job placement assistance. I know with my school I am guaranteed job placement for life.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I was supposed to take my state driving exams Thursday. They got delayed until the following Thursday May 24th. They haven’t been putting me in the backing skills trucks at school so I wouldn’t have the required amount of hours to test out by this Thursday.

Although frustrating, I am in good spirits about it. When I’m not in a truck I’ve been helping students newer in the program get their pre-trip inspection down. All my written tests are done and my book work is done. I figured I’d help people who are nervous or struggling.

I think I have decided to attend a Werner orientation in early June. Are there any Werner drivers in this forum?

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Need advice about Marijuana testing for CDL drivers

I didn’t read any of this but I have a lifelong friend from grade school who used to be in the operators union. He used to tape a bottle of synthetic urine to his leg with a hand warmer. Even in the summer. He drove otr for a few years and got a bottle of one of those cleanser drinks and he would drink it right before he went into a terminal. He has never failed a drug test. Don’t smoke weed. It’s not worth it.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Packing List

I just wouldn’t want to get in trouble for not bringing a duffle bag. Like I can’t follow directions kinda thing. My sleeping bag, pillow and everything I need would fit in it. It’s an easy bag to live out of for weeks on end.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Packing List

Would you be allowed to bring a hiking backpack instead of a duffle bag?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

What I meant by that was things like understanding their Qualcomm system, understanding the hours of service better, driving in mountains, being taught how there paperwork works at shippers and recivers, being taught who to contact within the company for particular things. etc. Those are all tools that I would expect the company to provide me. Isn’t that why they have trainers? I wouldn’t expect them to just throw me a set of keys and tell me good luck. So yes, I expect the company to train me with the tools for success with their company.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I’m not even sure which orientation I’d like to attend yet. I’m going to get in touch with the 6 or 7 companies who I have obtained pre-hire letters from and have very detailed conversations about everything each one offers and go from there. Like I’ve said before at this point it’s not about which company will give me .1 or .2 cents a mile more. No matter who I drive for I’ll be making the most money I’ve ever made in my life. What I’m looking for is a company that has good equipment and will give me the tools I need to survive my first year learning this industry.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I found out that amount is only for short runs like under 100 miles or something.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

Just a little update because I am excited:

Well, I am almost done with my private CDL school in Chicago. I should have my cdl by May 19th. I have 4 more road driving hours. It will be specifically on the state test route. I am going to request that the remaining hours will be driven in the same truck I will be using for the test. I have about 6 hours of my backing skills left. They all will be on the state backing skills course.

I did the state backing skills test yesterday for my first time and I only got 1 point deducted. I think we get 13 points if I remember correctly.

We do a offset to the right, parallel parking, and straight line backing.

The only thing I’m worried about is on the road sometimes I accidentally start in 5th instead of 3rd, killing the engine. Easily fixed though. I’ve been taking it in and out of gear 3 times at stop lights. Letting the spring in the gear box guide me to 3rd. I feel stupid when I start in 5th.

I really am confident I will pass these skills tests on my first attempt. The school charges us $435 if we if we fail and have to re-take the test. Ouch!

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Advice for 19yo

When I got my Pre-trip list at my CDL school I didn’t think I could possibly memorize all that it intails.

We go out to a truck everyday and split up into groups and go over it. We can focus on any thing we want too. For instance, if I was having trouble with the trailer suspension, I would have someone who already passed their pre-trip at the DMV help me with it. Every school is a little different however.

I now know it like the back of my hand. There has been millions of drivers who has learned this before us. You will get it!

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

You had better get that in writing. I find that very hard to believe.

Yeah, that’s why I was putting it out on here to see what people had to say about it. I only make $12 an hour and sadly that’s the highest pay I’ve ever had in my life and I’m 31 years old. Really any rate I will receive will ultimately be the highest paying job I’ve ever had.

I’m more concerned about learning the industry, being safe, and being on time. I realize once I conquer these goals higher pay will come with time.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

Werner. At my school he said they just raised pay across the board.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Student in a private CDL school

Making a decision on which company to drive for is going to be very tough. I’m not really concerned about home time right now. I think I’m set on doing a full year OTR to prove to myself and others I have what it takes. Then I would like to switch to regional. It’s honestly going to be one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

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