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    Alexandria, LA

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    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 2 months ago

JT's Bio

I recently lost my job after almost 10 years (long story), so I'm looking to switch gears (pun intended) and fulfill a lifelong dream if you will and learn how to drive a big rig. I have been married for 32 1/2 years and we have two daughters and one granddaughter, Hollie, who is 17 months old. She is my heart and will be the hardest part about me going on the road for weeks at a time. I am a Christian and an ordained minister although I don't preach regularly anymore I do fill in when needed. I have been looking over this site for several weeks and I must say it is a breath of fresh air compared to the other trucking job and trucking review sites I have visited looking for information on schools and companies to consider. My opinions on working and on companies in general fall right in line with Trucking Truth. I feel I have gotten just that about schools, companies, and the industry in general...The TRUTH! I look forward to interacting with everyone and I'm sure I will have a ton of questions as I progress toward the next chapter in my life.

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CDL Training at Coastal

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Day 16: Today was the last day. I am now a CDL-A license holder. I don't consider this the end of a journey but the turning of the page to the next chapter. That is life as a trucker. I report July 3rd for orientation in Dallas, TX. with Schneider. That's where the true journey begins. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain and will do all I can to soak in as much information and insight from others that I can get. I am both excited and nervous for this adventure. I hope I have a good trainer and that all goes well so I can be out on the road learning and doing the job as a CMV operator to the best of my ability. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the valuable learning tools that I feel gave me a leg up entering school. This site has been a God send for me. Now it's on to the next chapter!

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Thanks Splitter.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Day 16: Today was the last day. I am now a CDL-A license holder. I don't consider this the end of a journey but the turning of the page to the next chapter. That is life as a trucker. I report July 3rd for orientation in Dallas, TX. with Schneider. That's where the true journey begins. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain and will do all I can to soak in as much information and insight from others that I can get. I am both excited and nervous for this adventure. I hope I have a good trainer and that all goes well so I can be out on the road learning and doing the job as a CMV operator to the best of my ability. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the valuable learning tools that I feel gave me a leg up entering school. This site has been a God send for me. Now it's on to the next chapter!

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

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Thanks Old School.

Day 14: Not much to report today. They finished up the testing today. It was a large class. I'm pretty sure everyone passed. On Thursday I go to the DMV to get my official CDL. I worked on mapping and doing paper logs today then we had exams on Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge. Probably not much happening tomorrow either. If I can I'll see if they'll let me practice some backing as long as they aren't doing any third party testing. The school has three certified testers so a lot of companies come here to test for their CDL's. I would like to be able to practice backing without an instructor yelling cut the wheel all the way left, no your other left!!! Now right, right, right. Get back under the trailer. Stop, pull up and straighten out!...lol...

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Honestly, real world backing is much more different than what you learn in the pad. It’s a foundation but most my real world lessons come from watching others & trial/error with lots of GOAL’ing.

On mapping, pay close attention to the sections of the atlas that list restrictions on certain roads. It’s listed state by state in the red tab section. I almost sent someone down an interstate with two low clearance bridges thinking all interstates could handle 13’ 6” trailers.

Thanks for the advice Splitter. I'll be purchasing a trucker's atlas in the next few days to get accustomed to reading it correctly. As for backing, I know that will be a continuous work in progress with lots of practice and observing others.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Thanks Old School.

Day 14: Not much to report today. They finished up the testing today. It was a large class. I'm pretty sure everyone passed. On Thursday I go to the DMV to get my official CDL. I worked on mapping and doing paper logs today then we had exams on Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge. Probably not much happening tomorrow either. If I can I'll see if they'll let me practice some backing as long as they aren't doing any third party testing. The school has three certified testers so a lot of companies come here to test for their CDL's. I would like to be able to practice backing without an instructor yelling cut the wheel all the way left, no your other left!!! Now right, right, right. Get back under the trailer. Stop, pull up and straighten out!...lol...

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Thanks everyone. It wasn't pretty but I passed. That's all that matters. After the test we started working on logs and trip planning and getting an understanding of the HOS. All I can say is thank goodness for elogs...lol...All in all it wasn't too bad. It would just take some work getting a routine down doing it by paper. But we have to know how to break out the pen and paper should the elog go down. It is, after all, just a computer and computers never crash right? Yeah riiiiiight. Have a good night everyone.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 13: Today was test day. I PAAAAAASSSSSSED!!!!!!!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gif

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

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Day 12: Today we did our "mock" pre trip inspections so the instructors could gauge where we're at in preparation for next week. Starting Monday we begin testing. Pre trip, backing, and road test. I passed my pre trip so I shouldn't have any problem with that next week. I'm confident everything will go well. I just need to take my time and not get in a rush. We're off now till Monday. I hope I'm one of the first ones so I can hopefully get it over with and pass everything.

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Thanks Splitter. Tomorrow's the day. Hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow and won't have to wait till Tuesday. I'm ready to get this finished.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Braking while turning

As everyone else has stated don't stress it. I grew up driving manuals so when I get in one my left foot moves without me even realizing it. I just finished week three of my training and I can't tell you how many times I got so miscombobulated stopping or turning that my left foot never left the floorboard and the truck came to a halt. It happens. You're not the first to do it and won't be the last. No biggie.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Great progress Squirrelly. Sounds like you've got this. My fourteenth day is Monday so I will be testing Monday or Tuesday. Good luck to you.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 12: Today we did our "mock" pre trip inspections so the instructors could gauge where we're at in preparation for next week. Starting Monday we begin testing. Pre trip, backing, and road test. I passed my pre trip so I shouldn't have any problem with that next week. I'm confident everything will go well. I just need to take my time and not get in a rush. We're off now till Monday. I hope I'm one of the first ones so I can hopefully get it over with and pass everything.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

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Day 11: Today we spent the morning practicing our off set backing. I did much better with it. We are beginning to prepare for our tests next week. After lunch I spent the afternoon on the road with one of the instructors who will be one of two testing us next week. She told me that I would have passed the test and that I shouldn't have any problem passing the road exam next week. Now if I can just nail the backing I've got my CDL. I'm feeling pretty confident but not too over confident. I have to be humble and just take my time and do it the way they trained us. Tomorrow we will be doing mock pre trips to see how prepared we are for the real thing. I also got an approval from Stevens today. I was excited. I think I have narrowed my list from three to two, Schneider and Stevens. I'll probably decide by the end of the week or first of next week. Until tomorrow, have a good night all.

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Good deal! Nice progress on your part. In the alley dock, be careful of the “snake of death” trap. (If that’s the correct phrasing). Basically what happens is that you get in a bind & have to pull up. Most trainers says turn into the the problem. In the alley dock, this is suicide. I got into this back & forth slow death by pointing out.

The examiner got in the truck & showed me the correct pull up. Instead of pulling forward where the space is limited, you pull towards your starting point but instead of heading towards your set up point, you go to the upper right corner of that. Now it turns into an almost straight line until you swing into the box.

I was fortunate not to get another alley dock on my next two tries. Good luck going forward!!

Thanks Splitter. I know what you mean. I have been caught in that back and forth slow death more than once.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 11: Today we spent the morning practicing our off set backing. I did much better with it. We are beginning to prepare for our tests next week. After lunch I spent the afternoon on the road with one of the instructors who will be one of two testing us next week. She told me that I would have passed the test and that I shouldn't have any problem passing the road exam next week. Now if I can just nail the backing I've got my CDL. I'm feeling pretty confident but not too over confident. I have to be humble and just take my time and do it the way they trained us. Tomorrow we will be doing mock pre trips to see how prepared we are for the real thing. I also got an approval from Stevens today. I was excited. I think I have narrowed my list from three to two, Schneider and Stevens. I'll probably decide by the end of the week or first of next week. Until tomorrow, have a good night all.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 10: I started working on the alley dock. I did better than I thought I would. It still wasn't pretty though but with step by step instructions from one of the instructors I got better as the day went on. We begin testing next Monday so the rest of the week will be spent preparing for that. I'm anxious to get done so I can start with my career as a truck driver.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 9: Today was pretty uneventful for me. Some started working on the 90 degree and others of us went on the road. I didn't make it behind the wheel due to time but I did ride with a different trainer I hadn't ridden with yet so it was good to get different insight from another trainer on shifting, downshifting, stopping and turning so it was most definitely a learning experience. Two recruiters came and talked to us today. Schneider and McElroy. I really liked what Schneider has to offer. I've narrowed my list down to them, Werner and Stevens. I already have a pre-hire from Stevens. They're all good companies so I don't think I can go wrong with any of them. I assume those who didn't work on the 90 today will begin tomorrow. I'm really nervous about doing the alley dock backing. I'll just have to breathe and take it slow and steady. I'm confident I'll get it though.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

My keep up the good work and withat positive attitude it’ll all click into place. Stay safe and keep your eyes and ears open!

Thanks Squirrelly.

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Day 8: We spent all day on pre trip and off set backing. I feel good about the pre trip. The off set backing is another animal all together. I can get it in the box but not consistently. Too many pull ups right now. Next week we start on the 90. I'm feeling confident I'll get it. It's just going to take practice. We're off till Monday. Y'all have a good weekend.

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I’m curious if they teach the same reference points as Prime. It’s depends on the trainer but it’s mostly like this. On the offset, you set up between the cones. Turn the wheel opposite of where you want to go. Some say a full 2 revolutions, others use 2.5 revolution turn on the wheel.

Here’s where it varies also. Depending on how far you turned the wheel? That determines if you look for the opposite leg of your landing gear in your mirror. I used the 1.5 so my reference point was the middle of the landing gear. Then looking at where the tandems split the 1st white line of the lane your aim for & counter steering to ease the trailer in the hole.

Do they teach these references there?

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Hey Splitter...Some of what you said is the same except for the number of revolutions and reference points. We are taught to turn the wheel opposite all the way at the start which is between the cones. Then roll back 6-8 ft then cut the other way to get the tractor and trailer in a straight line. The truck is then at an angle to the entrance of the lane. That's where we pick up our reference point. It's the first cone on the left of the lane ( if we're offsetting right to left) which should be in view and in line with the left rear corner of the trailer. Then straight back until just before the rear of the trailer gets to the entrance of the box then cut hard left then immediately hard right to get back under the trailer and if you time it right you should be entering the box in the lane then just a straight back to the stopping point. It's all in the timing.

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I guess it goes back to the old saying, there’s many ways to skin a cat! It’s amazing that all these techniques work with the proper execution. And we wreck our brains trying to get it right to pass the test. Then we get out into the real world & it’s a whole different beast all together. It’s ok to kill a cone, it’s rubber & bounces back. A dent on another driver’s rig doesn’t bounce back as easily. Hope you knock it out the park. Take you time & remember to breathe.

Thanks Splitter. Execution is what it boils down to. I tend to over think it. Therefore I'm not consistent with it. Hopefully come test time I can just relax and do it. I'm confident I can.

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I'm not familiar with SAPA. Can you tell me a little about what it is? Thanks.

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SAPA is the customer we serve on a dedicated account at Knight Transportation. They are a worldwide producer of aluminum extrusions. Knight has a flat-bed division dedicated to a SAPA plant in Delhi, Louisiana delivering these goods all across the country, but primarily East of the Rockies.

Ok. Thanks for the info Old School. I've got a couple other things I'm looking at right now. I still have two weeks of school left but I will for sure keep this one in mind when it comes to decision time which will have to be soon. I'm going to need a job ASAP when I'm all done with school. I appreciate you reaching out to me. That means a lot. You take care and be safe and I'll let you know what direction I go in. Thanks again.

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CDL Training at Coastal

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Day 8: We spent all day on pre trip and off set backing. I feel good about the pre trip. The off set backing is another animal all together. I can get it in the box but not consistently. Too many pull ups right now. Next week we start on the 90. I'm feeling confident I'll get it. It's just going to take practice. We're off till Monday. Y'all have a good weekend.

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I’m curious if they teach the same reference points as Prime. It’s depends on the trainer but it’s mostly like this. On the offset, you set up between the cones. Turn the wheel opposite of where you want to go. Some say a full 2 revolutions, others use 2.5 revolution turn on the wheel.

Here’s where it varies also. Depending on how far you turned the wheel? That determines if you look for the opposite leg of your landing gear in your mirror. I used the 1.5 so my reference point was the middle of the landing gear. Then looking at where the tandems split the 1st white line of the lane your aim for & counter steering to ease the trailer in the hole.

Do they teach these references there?

Hey Splitter...Some of what you said is the same except for the number of revolutions and reference points. We are taught to turn the wheel opposite all the way at the start which is between the cones. Then roll back 6-8 ft then cut the other way to get the tractor and trailer in a straight line. The truck is then at an angle to the entrance of the lane. That's where we pick up our reference point. It's the first cone on the left of the lane ( if we're offsetting right to left) which should be in view and in line with the left rear corner of the trailer. Then straight back until just before the rear of the trailer gets to the entrance of the box then cut hard left then immediately hard right to get back under the trailer and if you time it right you should be entering the box in the lane then just a straight back to the stopping point. It's all in the timing.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Hey JT, I'm curious... do you live in Louisiana? If so, I could probably get you hooked up with a really nice flat-bed gig on this dedicated SAPA account I'm working on. They have been hiring new drivers lately. If you're interested let me know.

Hey Old School...Yes I live in Louisiana. I'm not familiar with SAPA. Can you tell me a little about what it is? Thanks.

Posted:  1 year ago

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CDL Training at Coastal

Day 8: We spent all day on pre trip and off set backing. I feel good about the pre trip. The off set backing is another animal all together. I can get it in the box but not consistently. Too many pull ups right now. Next week we start on the 90. I'm feeling confident I'll get it. It's just going to take practice. We're off till Monday. Y'all have a good weekend.

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Prime’d and ready to go

Good to see things are going well for you Squirrelly. Keep at it.

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