Profile For Craig L.

Craig L.'s Info

  • Location:

  • Driving Status:

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

Craig L.'s Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Page 1 of 4

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

View Topic:

Help with BACKING

Well everything was going good Pre trip, in cab LABs all passed. Straight back was solid nipped a cone coming back. Offset, i think jesus took the wheel because I didn't mess that up at all. Not sure how I pulled that off.... Alley dock killed me and used all of my points.

The timing of turning the wheel is what nailed me too cause I'm either too early or late.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Help with BACKING

So test is tomorrow. I took the school over a week ago and came for some practice on Saturday. Terrible at backing once It was starting to click on that Friday my last day. It seems I oversteer, maybe over think it and I have trouble turning for the direction I want it to go. This is primarily with the alley dock and offset. Hope this will click on test day.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Help with BACKING

Ok, so I am trying to get my alkley dock down and my offset. Straight back I can pretty much handle. Are there any tips and tricks I can use??

Tried using the bottom of steering wheel as a reference, tried using the rear tires... Other times I can't see what the right side of my trailer or opposing side is doing in offset or alley.

I know when backing right goes left and vice versa and I know to turn toward my "trouble "

But half the time I can't tell which way to turn the trailer or even to make it move how I want of that sometimes i can't really tell how i am straight with the trailer or how much my wheel is left or right!!!

I need a sure fire way to fix this.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

double-quotes-start.png

FedEx has advertised this driver apprentice job in Pittsburgh area.

double-quotes-end.png

It's getting harder for them to keep people in seats. 10 years ago you had to work the dock for a while to qualify for this program and now they hire off the street. I think it has to do with not getting the instant gratification of immediately going through the program and getting a city driver offer. People failing drug tests is also a problem.

In the North guys are retiring or transferring down south to warmer climates.

If you guys n gals have any questions post them and I'll do my best to answer them or get answers for them. It's a lot of information taken in at once so I may miss some things.

Yeah that how my buddy got in. I haven't seen anything down here though in my area yet.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc Week 2 Of CDL School, Day 1 of 1 on 1 Instruction

What did the trainer get a citation for?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

What state are you in? I am near Boca Raton Florida and tried to find a position like this but haven't come across anything yet. Curious to follow the journey and learn how you came across this.

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Craig L. We were learning how to shift on the simulator on day 2 and they explained everything on how to double clutch. I know how to drive a standard already, all my cars/trucks have been standards. I just had to get use the the double clutching which isn't bad at all, it was the down shifting that was kinda weird but not too bad either, I got it down also. The only thing as for rules are the gear recovery method they had for us to remember what gear we need to be in in case we miss a gear, which is.....

1-4th gear is all under 15 mph.

Add the mph together to get what gear you should be in

15 mph: 1+5 = 6 (6th gear) 25 mph: 2+5 = 7 (7th gear) 35 mph: 3+5 = 8 (8th gear) 45 mph: 4+5 = 9 (9th gear) Above 45 mph: (10th gear)

Also the hard walls and soft walls will really help in finding the gears too.

Nice that is a pretty easy method to remember for a 10 speed. I have seen some 6 speed trucks too, did they give you a method for that as well?

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

double-quotes-start.png

I was reading through the high road manual but maybe I missed the section of the pre trip I am guess and would like to study it so I am ahead of the game...

double-quotes-end.png

Use this

Thanks I will definitely study that!

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Yeah good thing he did have a car or I would have to wake up early and walk 4 miles to train and 4 miles back (not a bad thing). But I gotta do what I gotta do to make it work!!

Day 4: Hooked up a trailer and was going around the track learning how to to right turns. I got the shifting down!! The trainer was really impressed with me and told everybody to watch me bc I got it down perfectly (made me feel good) we all got an overview how we did and pointed to me and said I did great. So that helped my confidence and made me feel better. Now I can't wait to start this backing I'm nervous but just gotta keep calm and do what they tell me to do. So basically that was we did.

Day 5: So today the did left turns all day today and learned how to pull in between 2 trailers like at a truck stop. That's just about it. My roommate is having a hard time shifting and I'm trying to help him. First 2 days he was having trouble with pre-trip so I've been helping him on that and today he got it down, and thanked me for helping him. I told him everything I know about shifting/rpms/speed but I can't shift it for him. I kinda feel bad bc he is trying so hard, I told him to practice in the chair at the hotel room. I told him I know it may look dumb but it will help you how to double clutch, I hope he gets it down bc we are going into week 2 and me and the 2 other guys that are with us will most likely go do some real driving on the roads while my roommate stays behind and learns a little bit more. Hopefully he will get it!

Did they teach you double clutching and shifting in the class? Are there any rules to help you remember the shifting techniques?

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Direction to go?

Guys, sorry for the delay in replying. Life has been extra stressful these past few weeks. Thank you for the helpful information. I was just now able to get my DOT card. To my surprise, I'm certified for a year! I am going out the door now to get my temps!

@Marc, I just got the Medtronic 670G. I love it. The sensors, however, are not working well for me. They keep failing. I'm guessing because right now I am very active and moving a lot. They are likely pistoning on me.

@Brett, I am looking at my brother who just got out of school. He said there were recruiters there daily. He is single with no kids, so he is happy to be OTR. His paychecks have been $1200 - $1500 per week gross since he started a couple months ago.

Is that your plan to go OTR?

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Off to ROEHL I go!!!

It also no fun probably having to find your own ride. At least you were able to get ahold of a ride. Good thing that guy drove.

Posted:  2 months ago

View Topic:

Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Day 3: Got our ID badge in today. Split into 2 groups again. 1 doing pre-trip and the other doing more simulator training. After lunch we got our trainers 4 students to 1 trainer. We learned to actually drive the big rig which was alot of fun, we got about 15 mins each. At the end of the day we went over pre/post trip again.

Sounds cool. At least they are teaching you double clutching. Not sure I get that whole concept.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

I was reading through the high road manual but maybe I missed the section of the pre trip I am guess and would like to study it so I am ahead of the game...

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

I will say I have a lot more respect for you guys and the job. I drove 100 miles an hour and half on back roads.... Didn't totally hate it but didn't mind it either. I spend 1 day on the range watching guys struggle w/alley dock while the instructors sat in the shade (makes me rethink the schooling program too) and it was hot out. I see how challenging it can be to drive these machines. I was actually a bit tired driving back home even though all I did was stand in the head and watch them for about 2-3 hours. I drove home asking my self "Do I really want to get into trucking?"

I still have more thoughts to process and more thinking and learning.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Cursed Living in South FLorida

double-quotes-start.png

OP same boat as me....

I am in S Florida. Haven't look at any of the megas because they are all OTR and that is not my 1st choice. Surprised swift or Prime won't hire it odd some people I know have went through Prime. My Buddy tried CRST and hated it!

Jacksonville is about 8 hours north.

Trucking may not be good for s Florida.

Starting to hate I moved to this state.

double-quotes-end.png

Prime used to run intermodal in FL. We have since closed the operation. When Prime shuts down any dedicated or regional area, they usually run those drivers in the area and place them. Closing the hiring area temporarily is not unusual. Once they find new accounts to place those drivers they open the hiring again.

So yes, we have a ton of drivers from FL, including Miami. It must all be about timing. My best friend is from Miami and so is his current trainee. However, over the years Rick has called and been told he is out of the hiring area, despite me having a student from Fort Lauderdale and one from Orlando.

Ok but Rainy what does that mean? If they say they are out of the hiring area... but you say yo have students from that area..?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Cursed Living in South FLorida

double-quotes-start.png

OP same boat as me....

I am in S Florida. Haven't look at any of the megas because they are all OTR and that is not my 1st choice. Surprised swift or Prime won't hire it odd some people I know have went through Prime. My Buddy tried CRST and hated it!

Jacksonville is about 8 hours north.

Trucking may not be good for s Florida.

Starting to hate I moved to this state.

double-quotes-end.png

I don't think the OP demands to be hone every night.

He may or may not. You would have to ask him. My point is finding work seems to be a bit difficult.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Cursed Living in South FLorida

OP same boat as me....

I am in S Florida. Haven't look at any of the megas because they are all OTR and that is not my 1st choice. Surprised swift or Prime won't hire it odd some people I know have went through Prime. My Buddy tried CRST and hated it!

Jacksonville is about 8 hours north.

Trucking may not be good for s Florida.

Starting to hate I moved to this state.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

Damn, sounds like I am in for a world of pain and learning.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Schneider CDL Apprenticeship Program

double-quotes-start.png

Yeah, don’t give up already, before you even get started. The first month of your very first year will definitely be the most difficult and stressful. If you truly want to make this work you must put in your time, get the needed experience, and log miles.good-luck.gif

double-quotes-end.png

Thanks guys for the advice. I have used the resources available on this site and they’ve been very helpful. Schneider is working with me and moving me to a retail store account where I’ll just drop and hook and get to be home nightly and it pays more!

Wow that is great! How is it going now? Seems like you got an even better route now and you get to be home every night.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

double-quotes-start.png

I am tending to lean towards this opinion. If you fail you fail, but it is up to you and what you choose to make out of it just like any job/career. You don't know if you don't try and also if you do fail or simply don't like it at least you didn't waste too much time in the process so then move on to the next path or go back with what you know.

double-quotes-end.png

You also have to keep in mind that this is one of the deadliest jobs in America, and not only for the drivers, but for the innocent civilians we share the highway with. If you're going to begin a career knitting blankets and you want to knit the most difficult blankets in the world right from the start then go for it. The worst thing that can happen is you waste a little yarn.

But this is trucking. You're driving an 80,000 pound building on wheels on public highways surrounded by innocent families. You don't just say, "Oh what the hell, let's just go for it and see what happens" by diving into the most difficult job on the planet from day one. It's selfish and irresponsible.

You have to be able to assess the risk/reward ratio when you're doing anything as complex and dangerous as trucking. Jumping into a tanker or accepting a city job straight out of school shows a real lack of respect for the danger you're putting yourself and others in.

Another point I'd like to make is this:

Saying, "Well I know someone who did it and it worked fine for them" is not a valid argument in the context of a dangerous activity like trucking. Just because someone made a bad decision but got away with it does not turn that bad decision into a good one, nor does that make it a valid path for others to follow. There are people who have successfully jumped from planes without parachutes and swallowed razor sharp swords but that doesn't mean those activities have an acceptable risk/reward ratio. Those activities are not putting others at risk either, which is a major concern with trucking.

I agree with you... but guess what the same thing can happen to the OTR drivers as well. Lets not forget they will be driving on our highways at a high rate of speed, in snow/ice (Im in the warm South), coming in and out of on/off ramps to drive in the city and pull into stores/docks of they have never visited before. A risk is still a risk either way. I not sure if statistics are available but do you have anything that backs up your statement if city driver vs. OTR is "more" dangerous or are you going off you knowledge in the industry? (Just asking) smile.gif

Page 1 of 4

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More