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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I talked to a field recruiter at school yesterday with Werner yesterday at my school. I told him my recruiter on the phone I thought basically told me without saying it that I don’t have a chance because I refused a breathalyzer in 06. I told him Werner was my top pick and I really was down about not getting a chance to prove myself to them.

I just got a call from a recruiter and was offered OTR at .66 cents a mile and after 6 months I could switch to a dedicated Family Dollar account or Dollar General account in the Midwest and be home every weekend.

I still have Pre-hires though Swift, PTL, Schneider, USA Truck, and US Express. I think I’m going to go to Werner’s orientation. I really like what they have to say.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

I would also say bring patient.

People at my CDL school get really mad and start cussing and ramming the shifter like they are trying to break it on the backing skills.

I’ve learned if your frustrated with yourself even trying to learn it’s not going to help cussing and getting all emotional. What are you going to do at a customer? Or working in general? Get heated and hit something?

I take it as I’m learning. Learn from what went wrong and try to take what I did wrong and translate it to my next try.

I’ve been backing slow as possible. I was told I’m a “half a mile an hour guy backing up”. You know what though? I get it where I want it to go every time. I drive the vehicle I do not get it ****ed off and let it drive me.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I passed my Pre-trip inspection at the DMV today! I knew I would but I was so nervous I could hardly talk! I did great though.

On the air brakes he skipped the Static test completely. When I got done with the rest of them the tester says, ( in a weird kinda mean tone) “ Ok, just get out of the truck”.

My heart sank into my stomach. I thought he had just failed me. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I followed him in and he gave me a sheet saying I passed!

At this point I have 10 hours left on my 20 hours of backing skills section of my program. I’m already good enough to get through 2 different trucks to get to the backing exam truck. I also have about 9 hours left on my 20 of road driving. They give us 2 extra hours that will be solely driving the test route.

I am very confident I will test out and have my CDL May 19th!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Weed and a CDL

If your not driving for a company or a v there is no reason you would ever be drug tested. Just make sure your hairs clean and also your urine if you ever want to get a commercial driving job again.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Weed and a CDL

I had to do a drug test with my med card, but I am going to a private school and we had to pass a drug test to be admitted. It was just killing 2 birds with one stone. They put a test strip in it and it showed I had blood in my urine. Like it wasn’t noticble to the naked eye but detectable. Kinda concerned me.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Question about Swift Dedicated

I’m from right around Wilmington. I grew up in Kankakee.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Much Ado About Nothing...

I’m still in CDL school but I have 6 pre-hire letters. I am still working on more. I am doing this in case an orientation doesn’t work out, I have plenty of options for others. Always good to have a back up plan.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Background checks

G-Town

I have Pre-hires through Swift, US Express, And USA Truck. Maverick will give me one ass soon as I verify an unemployment period. I was just more curious if Werner would let me go to an Orientation. I filled out a Schneider app today.

I know I’ll be able to find work. I just want to get as many pre-hires as I can so I have plenty of options.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Background checks

I just got off the phone with Werner. They do not like the fact that I did not submit to a breathalyzer over 11 years ago when I was 20. I did not receive a DUI but my lisence was suspended for 6 months due to Zero Tolerence.

They said they will call me back my last week of CDL school with a final decision. She made it pretty clear without saying, that I won’t be able to go to an orientation because of this BAC Refusal. It is what it is.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

Just to reiterate these points.

I just showed a birth certificate with an official seal and a valid Illinois Drivers Lisence and I was good to go. Name on the DL and BC must match identically.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

I only have CLP and a Illinois drivers lisence. I am going to get my Hazmat fingerprints tomorrow. ( I set up an appointment) it takes around 30 days to get through the system. After I Pass my pre-trip (May 2nd) my backing skills, (May 10th) and my road test (May 17th, I can go to the DMV to get my CDL applied for so they can send it to me in the mail. While at the DMV i will take the endorsement test so it can be put on my lisence that day.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Need a bit of encouragement today

Have you thought about going to a company that will train you to get your CDL? A lot of companies will do this but you have to work for them for a year. I’m sure someone will chime in soon and explain this route more thourghly. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Game

Gladhand

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Had a beer 3 days before pre employment test

I wouldn’t be worried. Alcohol metabolizes at 1 “drink” an hour. So theoretically you would pass a breathalyzer after an hour or so after drinking one drink, depending on body weight. If you worried just drink a bunch of water.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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STAY AWAY FROM XXXX

I think he meant Yankees a people from the north who weren’t slave states during the civil war. I’m drawing that conclusion because he claimed the trainer was racist.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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

Yes. We get 20 hours of road driving, an hour at a time. 20 hours of offset backing, straight line, and parallel parking, an hour at a time. You just keep pulling up and back up as many times as possible in that hour. Then you sit in the passengers seat and observe another student for an hour. We kept taking turns every 20 mins so it didn’t get boring or overwhelming.

Sometimes they will mark you down for more hours. When you catch it you just complain that your not getting your moneys worth and they fix the “error”.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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

I finally got to try out my backing skills today! I’ve driven on the city streets of Chicago for about 4 hours. I kept thinking, when am I going to get to start backing up?

Today was my chance. I got called to a flatbed truck at school. At first I kept hitting the lines and wasn’t straight at all. I kind of figured this would happen when I first signed up for classes. I was over correcting way too much and kind of going too fast in my opinion. Then a student who I was assigned the truck with, who is about to take his exam told me to ride the clutch to slow down. He started helping me figure out if I was straight to begin with before I started backing. I felt like I started getting the hang of it.

The instructor started talking to me after and he said I had a great attitude about the whole process. He was saying that people start yelling and get frustrated like the instructor is supposed to teach us. They can only give us advice with what we’re doing wrong and it’s up to us to keep practicing and figure it out. I can’t wait to get my 19 more backing hours in!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I am still in CDL school so I am not a trucker yet. I have always been a line cook for a living. The low pay and never being able to get ahead in life brought me to going to a private school to get my CDL. I worked at an ACE Hardware as a delivery guy / lumber yard worker for a few years. I would unload flatbeds with a forklift and do delivers with a F250 and an 18 foot enclosed trailer. Eventually they bought a F-450 landscaping truck so I could start dumping lumber. There was another guy who drove a straight truck that dumped lumber. They wanted me to obtain my class B to drive that vehicle but didn’t want to give me a raise so I just never did it. Kind of regret that now but I was younger and didn’t think the way I think now.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Student in a private CDL school

With technology it’s not like I would have to find a pay phone to call friends or family. I could lurk their facebooks to see what people are up too without even communicating with them. I could use FaceTime to talk to my girlfriend. Instead of just hearing her voice on the phone I could actually see her new haircut and things like that. I just think with cellphones it would make the aspect of being lonely a little easier.

I expect to get a few more pre-hires. My last job is being kind of ridiculous not confirming my employment. A few companies just tell them to e-mail my W2 from that job. A few companies are still investigating my background. I’m not to worried about finding a job. I’m pretty confident it will happen.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Student in a private CDL school

I’ve applied at about 10 major carriers so far. I’ve been rejected from a couple. I received a pre-hire through Swift.

I think I want to do OTR for at least a year to learn as much as I can. Home time isn’t a major concern at this point. If I could get home every 3 weeks or so for a day or 2 I would be fine with that. My girlfriend and I agree being gone for a year isn’t that big of a deal to start a career I will hopefully be doing for the rest of my life. I understand it won’t be a walk in the park but with modern technology it would be a little easier to get through it.

I’m pretty much just throwing darts at this point to see who will give me a chance. I haven’t looked into local jobs because I would rather be OTR to try and prove to myself and others I will have what it takes to be sucessful.

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