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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How do people survive

I do not want to complain about industry when i drive down the highway I see trucks and I long to be on the road I really do.The companies I talked to some were ok with my duis others said no way. I do not blame them they do not know me know if I am a drunk or not as for school I was going on weekends but I not the school but I did not get the hang of double clutching. A lot of cdl paid training say the use automatics now. I sometimes want so much to drive but the money I just can not get past not making any money. I work out of my house now I have a small advertising company, and I make a goal to make at least 250 a day or work till 5, sometimes I hit it most days I do not most days 150 or 200. But I can work in my underwear and if I want to go do something I only answer to the banks and my wife if I make my 250 by 10 in morning I still work till 12 then go fishing. But I long to drive but I do not think I can pay my bills on what is offered and I hate it my hat is off to all of you but I have bills to pay and it in my opinion really stinks that the money is just not there for me I wish it was but do not think I was badmouthing your industry you are doing what i would love to be doing.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How do people survive

I have been talking to trucking companies for almost a year now about paid cdl training. But i honestly do not know how companies expect a grown man to be able to survive doing this i say 90% of companies want you to go to there school for 3 to 4 weeks with no pay i understand that but then once you get your cdl they want to train you living in a truck 24 hours a day making 20 to 30 cents a mile even at 3000 miles that is only 900 and they tax you on top of that so i will be away from home for 4 weeks no pay in school then living in a truck for another month or so making 900 if i have a trainer that will hustle they tax that i might make 750 if i am lucky for being away from home that is 24 hours in a day x 7 days is 168 hours 750 divided by 168 is $4.46 an hour and i have to eat when i am out there sure i am not driving all those hours but i am still babysitting there truck i just do not know how a grown man with responsibilities can get into this profession without having a big bank roll to last the first year or so

Posted:  1 year ago

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Criminal record

I am in my 3rd weekend of driving school am excited about getting a job have talked to many companies on my driving record I only have 1 ticket from 2009 but my criminal history duis is very very very bad are there any companies that only look at driving record and not criminal history my duis do not show on my dmv report they are so old but when a company ask and I tell them ive had some companies want criminal history when I let them know that dmv can not even tell me when they were any suggestions please

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

I do not want coddling but you and the other fellow I guess did not bother reading this before starting in with the critsmad not constructive criticism but I understand i have seen your kind before as for me I would rather build up than tear down but to each his own I guess

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I hear what your saying I watched a lot of you tube videos on double clutching since my first post and think I grasp the concept of how to do it but I think it is bs that I have to learn from youtube videos or other students while instructors are running to there cars one after the other as soon as one gets backs the other goes I'm sure I will learn enough but for the money I am spending I would not think most of my education would be from YouTube or other students I thank you for your comments though and wish you the best

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

Thanks pj you are so correct I'm thinking I will gain from them what I am able and look at training menus on here and watch a lot of you tube I am pretty sure I can do the double clutch now it just was not even told to me how to do it at class and some folks are to busy thinking of what the want to say next about self fulling prophecy and encouragement whizzing by my head than reading what I said but its ok some folks are just that way I guess

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

I hear what your saying I watched a lot of you tube videos on double clutching since my first post and think I grasp the concept of how to do it but I think it is bs that I have to learn from youtube videos or other students while instructors are running to there cars one after the other as soon as one gets backs the other goes I'm sure I will learn enough but for the money I am spending I would not think most of my education would be from YouTube or other students I thank you for your comments though and wish you the best

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

I know you teach it here and I check out this site sometimes 10 15 times a day I was trying to go to school on weekends so I could can keep money coming in till I get my cdl but I should have listened to you guys the pros and went with a company trained cdl on automatics I thank you so much for all the knowledge everyone here puts out im just wish I would've taken advantage of you guys knowledge sooner

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

I hear what your saying I watched a lot of you tube videos on double clutching since my first post and think I grasp the concept of how to do it but I think it is bs that I have to learn from youtube videos or other students while instructors are running to there cars one after the other as soon as one gets backs the other goes I'm sure I will learn enough but for the money I am spending I would not think most of my education would be from YouTube or other students I thank you for your comments though and wish you the best

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

Thanks I'm thinking of trying to find me accompany to train me on an automictic I will keep going to school on weekends since I am paying for it I have got my permit and health card but I do not like the way this school is run at all as I said yesterday I was there from 8-4 and had maybe a hour hour and a half of any instruction that's including instruction from other students I guess I should have checked them out better my fault

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

Thanks for the suggestions yes I chose to do weekend school to keep working but I read the ladies post about money during schooling training and calling car payments and asking to put them on hold can any of you tell me which company trains and drives automatics and I can start getting a check quickly got my Virginia cdl permit and my dot medical card but I really do not think I can get the manual shifting down I used to drive a sticking a car but so different and I read post on here about driving sticking cities seems very tiring but if any one can point me in right direction I will say you referred me and maybe hopefully you can get a bonus's

Posted:  1 year ago

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Manual Transmission

I started cdl school yesterday only go on weekends 10 weekends but really am not pleased with the school the teacher to student ratio is 1 teacher to around 20 students today got to school at 8 in morning did 1/2 hour of going over pre trip then the 4 of us that had our permits went on truck out on road not much traffic on road but we each got about 20 minutes trying to drive I find I can not shift the gears after coming back from truck on road it was lunch time till 1 went outside there is 3 trucks running for 3 class rooms of students and lots of students that have graduated and are practicing for there cdl class it is students teaching students really it is instructors are quite frequently going to there cars going to bathroom going anywhere but in trucks with students but all day long 8 to 4 with hour off lunch I was trying to drive for about 15 minutes and I was able to get in truck to do 4 straight backs I do not think I can learn here I told one instructor today I was not born driving a truck and yesterday was my first day in one I really want to do this but I do not think I can get the shifting down I want to ask if there are any schools that train on automatics I see a lot of companies are using them and I am confident I can do them I did 4 straight backs today without hitting any cones and only 1 or 2 pullups yesterday I got a chance to get in and do 2 straight backs there is no order here at this school it is just whoever can get in truck gets in I hate to complain but I think I need to cancel I can by tomorrow and pay a cancellation fee and get some money knocked off my bill I will only owe like 500 for quitting after the keep my downpayment

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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KNIGHT 14 ON 7 OFF

No I live in bracey va it is close to Henderson nc and Richmond at lake gaston exit 4 on 85 last exit in va im going to school in chester va it is shippers choice thank you guys for the replies

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Can I get hired with duis

I have a rear end collision at fault but no citation less then a year old and Ive still managed to find a reputable company willing to hire/accept me for paid cdl training. Its tougher yes to find companies that will accept you when your driving record/criminal record is anything other then perfect, but the point is to not let it eat you up. theres hundreds of companies out there, and i guarantee you at least 10% of them would give you a chance, especially if your charges are as old as you say they are.

thanks I hope so im starting school on the first

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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KNIGHT 14 ON 7 OFF

I am starting school on the first of sept and knight has a route in charlotte nc the recruiter said I can get on with 14 on road and 7 off or 7 on 7 off I know I wil not make a lot of money but I like being home I have work I can work when I want to make up for money has anyone done this with knight slip seating and if so would you recommend or find someone where I can be home on weekends

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Can I get hired with duis

Thanks for the advice I have been telling companies and only 1 said it was a problem since duis are so old I also understand about going to a company to go through there training school and that would be great but I am unable to go for weeks without any income that is why I am going to go on the weekends so I can keep money coming in with the 7 on 7 off I know I will not get paid while I am off but I work out off my house now and I can work on commission when I want at home m-f so I am thinking I can drive 7 or 14 days on for year get some experience nd still get home on weekends is ok cargo transporters said they will take a chance with me so i get my own truck and be home on weekends I might do that so I do not have to share truck I just am scared I will be on hook for money then not get job

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Can I get hired with duis

Thanks for that info I was going to go to a company training but I can not be out of income for that long I know that I do not get paid when off for 7 days but I want to do that or I have talked to a few companies that say I can be home on weekends but for me I like the 7 on 7 off except I hope whoever else is in the truck while I am off is not nasty person that is what I think could be bad also I do n not smoke so I will not want to be smelling smoke nothing against smokers at all I just choose not to but if that's what I have to do i will beggers cant be chooer I guess thank you I have seen the training page on this website but I can not be without income for weeks on end

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Can I get hired with duis

I am planning on starting driving school where I live in Virginia I will be going for 10 weekends starting sept 1 I have with help from the study materials already passed and received my cdl permit. I have spoken with several companies that says they will hire me after being honest with them about my past but I have read and watched a lot of you tube videos that say recruiters will tell you anything I really want to drive. my concern is school will finance me for 7500 with 500 down but I do not want to be on the hook for that if I get my license but cannot get hired here is my situation with my record I have 2 felonies both white collar crimes wire fraud first one was in mid 90s I served 18 months of a 21 month sentence at a ffed camp finished probation all that second one was 2004 served 24 months of a 36 months at a low fed prison I got a year knocked off my sentence for going through a 9 month drug and alcohol program it was a great program I learned so much I have not drank since 2006 I have no desire to what so ever I am really thankful I got into trouble and got locked up to go through the program it sounds crazy but my life was in complete shambles if I had not quit drinking I believe I would be dead or in prison for killing some one but got out finished probation but I also have had duis but they are so old they do not show up on my driving record I got copy off it from dmv I asked them about them and was told they are to old I have told recruiter all this at a lot of companies and only roel said it was a disqualifier with them I have been speaking with knight and love there 7 on 7 off 14 on 7 off but once again I do not want to get stuck with school bill if I will not get hire any advice giving I will greatly appreciate it and do not worry bout hurting my feelings thanks

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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TO DRIVE OR NOT TO DRIVE

Thank you for your insight I thank you but I am willing to stay out for a year on the road if I can get home sometimes more than a day or 2 at a time in a month I have been reading the articles on here and it does not seem like much home time at all I myself would rather stay gone for maybe 5 or 6 weeks straight and be off for a week something like that I'm thinking if you come home for 2 days after every 2 weeks there is no time to get to enjoy life what is in your opinion the company to go with the best home time for no experience brand new never drove before

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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TO DRIVE OR NOT TO DRIVE

Thank you very much for the info you are quite right about not wanting the physical work but im hoping if I can stick it out with a big company I see the us express has lots of local routes or even dedicated if I can get home for weekends the first year if not at least every other weekend I went to dmv today and took my general knowledge part of cdl learners and passed with flying colors have been checking out info on here was going go tomorrow and take air brakes part but the lady said ny and nj have something on the national drivers record I contacted ny dmv after being on hold I talked to a guy he says it happens a lot so I have to fax him the front and back of my va license and say I am requesting a its not me letter and the will disassociate me with this guy so I guess I will have to start calling nj dmv first thing in morning I was thinking of going to local driving school but I read that its better to go to big companies that offer cdl training any thoughts any way I tank you for comments and appreciate any input thoughts you guys might have number 1 question is it realistic to think that after a year or so I can bring home at a minum of 1000 per week and get a local route being home daily or at least more than 2 days a week thanks again

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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TO DRIVE OR NOT TO DRIVE

I thank all of you for your responses I think I need to be clearer I have totally lost my motivation to sell anymore I really do want to do this I live in Bracey VA and we have lots of trucking companies very close Richmond Danville I have talked to a few truck drivers and have talked to the cdl school am supposed to start 3rd week in august I went in and talked to a local company in Richmond I want to do this but I want to know if after I stay on road for 6 months to a year driving local is it realist to take home 1000 per week I have been studying the cdl book I'm planning to take my cdl learners permit Monday or Tuesday im very excited about driving my wife tells me she tired of hearing about it because I talk of it quite often for the past month or so but I do not want to go out and not make money I can from what I know which is not anything but I think I can say I would be willing to do a year otr if I could get home ive read where some companies work 3 to 4 weeks and off a week I think I would love that also I want to make money but I also want to have time to spend it but anyways I thank you all for your comments and am going now to check out the truck driving starter kit

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