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Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Failed cr England upgrade test

While I’m new to trucking In my previous job I trained people for 10 years. Everyone learns at a different pace. We had a set amount of training time. However I was free to adjust based on the individual. It was a very demanding job, and just like these experienced drivers are saying some of my best employees struggled through training and needed more time.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Multi-Stop Flatbed Loads

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Old school who do you drive for if you don’t mind me asking?

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Jay, PackRat is correct. Knight has a small flatbed division that's dedicated to hauling loads for "Hydro," the world's largest producer of aluminum extrusions. It's a worldwide company headquartered in Norway, but they have approximately 25 mills spread across our lower 48 states.

Oh awesome. I didn’t know they ran flatbeds. If it’s small then when I see a truck it just might be you!

Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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Multi-Stop Flatbed Loads

Old school how do you drive for if you don’t mind me asking?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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I made my choice. I’m going with TMC. Starting on Dec 9th

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I’m very relieved the process of getting hired is over.

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Jay, Congratulations on a fine decision and on getting an invite to orientation and training. Just be aware that you are not actually "hired" yet. When they've given you a fuel card and a company ID badge you'll know you're hired. Right now you're starting a lengthy interview process.

Keep us posted. We look forward to hearing about your progress!

Thanks old school. I know I’m not technically hired, but I have no plans not to make it. I’m a very determined person, but it will be an even better feeling when I get that fuel card and my truck

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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I made my choice. I’m going with TMC. Starting on Dec 9th

It’s been quite a process. I realized early on I wanted to do flatbed, and TMC was high on my list, mainly from everything I learned on here. They came to my school, and reinforced wanting to drive for them.

Applied at McElroy Melton cypress and TMC. I reached out to maverick and they only had OTR being out 12-14 days. Melton was quick and by far the most impressive company to deal with, but I also would have to be gone 12-14 days. McElroy and TMC would get me home on the weekends. My recruiter for McElroy was horrible. Im the end I liked what TMC offered more and stoped pursuing McElroy.

Things I like about TMC is having a terminal close to home. I’m in Charlotte, and they have a terminal in Columbia SC. I will be training there. I like their pay structure, and I like having the option to be home every weekend or stay out if I want too.

I’m very relieved the process of getting hired is over. I can’t wait to start training learning, and hopefully being a successful driver.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Applying to Swift, Question

If I could add one thing. When I was in school most the students were swift recruits. Most were fine students, but a handful were really bad. It’s clear swift is a huge company and will hire just about anyone that meets their requirements, however they don’t mess around. They put people out of school fast for the littlest reason, and that makes sense. They didn’t mess around.

I bet you get hired but with one strike against you. Keep your head down and do well. The instructors said they even keep an eye on the students when off duty at the hotel they were staying at

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Applying to Swift, Question

Were you convicted? If so it will most likely pop up. If the charge was dismissed then it won’t be there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

I just want to do a wrap up of school. It was a whirlwind going to school while still trying to work, and being hit almost daily with recruiters visiting.

Overall going to transtech was a very positive experience. They train for a lot of different trucking firms. There was a lot of students there for swift.

The instructors were all very knowledgeable with tons of experience. I will say a couple of instructors didn’t want to be there. They bad mouthed trucking to the point some students were questioning getting into trucking. On our 3rd day the guy that was going to teach us combos and airbrakes was out sick. Our sub for the day started the class by going I hat teaching f$&king airbrakes. Lol all three of us failed the combo test for our permit the next day. The reason we passed airbrakes was the instructor the day before hit the main point for airbrakes. That was the only hiccup.

For the most part even the negative instructors were polite and worked with the students. We all passed our tests the day of testing, and again this was a very positive experience.

Do your homework. I would recommend this school. I paid my own way going against the advice of this forum. However I have a stellar record, and have no fears about something being found. Chances are if you are in the Carolinas, and going to swift you will go through transtech. They had a ton of swift students. One caution is swift doesn’t mess around their were a couple students sent home for swift, so behave yourself.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

Well I passed. Way easier than I ever dreamed. I really did get good training. I missed one point on my pretrip. No points on my backing, and I got 6 points on my driving. I’ll add more next week, but it’s been a good day, and my family just got into town for a wedding and it’s time to relax and have some fun.

I want to say again to all the experienced drivers thanks for all the info. This site is amazing and has really prepared my for the schooling

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Seriously considering CDL A school/training

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I know my plan is a gamble

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David, I'm not sure you realize how much a gamble it is. It's a huge risk and even a small accident could crush your hopes. The class A license is not something like an ace up your sleeve in case your local driving position doesn't work out. Almost nobody can hire a class A driver without verifiable recent tractor trailer experience.

I wish the best for you, but we've witnessed so many people fail while taking your approach. You should look into a regional tractor trailer position that gets you home on weekends. If you're working now like you say, then you don't have any time at home with your family anyway. You'd be a lot smarter to spend one year driving a regional gig, learn your craft, and then switch to a local job. And remember, local driving is incredibly long days. You should read Rob's Diary.

We really do care about helping people understand how to start this career in a way that is designed for success. What other web site has offered you a free "ride along?" Surely you realize our sincerity and integrity.

Why You Should Not Start Your Career As A Local Driver

I for the life of me can’t understand why anyone would want to do local fresh out of school. I have read all the warnings. thought about it logically, and once I finally got behind the wheel At school I was like yep those guys on the site are 100 percent right. A local job would kill you. I personally don’t have that much luck to make it work.

The worst driver In Our class was talking about getting a local route job.🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️. She wouldn’t last a week.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

Well I’m currently on my last night of training. I’m on lunch. I have an hour of driving left to go, then go home go to bed and come back in the morning at 9:30 to test out.

I feel pretty confident. We did backing tonight in the truck we test in tomorrow. I did my offset fine, 90 was a bit off but I got it in. If I’m going to trip up it will be because of nerves on backing.

I haven’t updated much, but will do a full overview once I’m finished up. A lot of good, a little bad, but all and all money well spent imo.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Damn deers...

Their hooves on asphalt or concrete is almost as bad as tires on ice. Their hooves aren’t designed for it.

Elk are amazing animals. I have seen both elk and deer in the road, and part of the problem is when they are spooked, and try to get away real quick, there hoof slips, and cause them to either fall down briefing or slide, which slows there run away time....

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

I grew up in this general area. The first few storms are always the worst. It rains ahead of the cold front it will go from mid 50s to the mid to low twenties. The wet roads freeze and then is topped off with snow. Absolutely almost impossible to drive on.

Posted:  1 month ago

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No, They Aren't All The Same

Well I don’t know anything but A PTL recruiter was at our school today, and the guy was amazing. He spent 40 of his 45 minutes talking about trucking in general, and how to be successful.(preached most of the same stuff the vets say here) and only 5 minutes on why I should work for ptl. It was impressive and informative.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question for the flatbedders.

I have a week left of training. I’m trying to decide what way to go. I keep coming back to flatbed. There’s a lot that intrigues me about flatbeds, but one of the things is the activity of it.

I’m 41 years old, and always been in good shape. A lot of that is due to genitics. I absolutely hate working out, but am far from lazy.(working out just bores me) My background is restaurants, and in 2008 when the economy went south I started buying and selling contents of forclosures for extra money. I found washers and dryers were a gold mine, and taught myself how to repair washers and dryers. I use to be able to lift a top load washer off a pick up truck by myself, however I stopped this a few years ago, and I know I’m not as strong as I was a few years ago.

One of my fears of trucking is sitting and driving for hours at a time, and with age regressing physically even more. Again I’m not afraid of hard work. I grew up on a farm, and have done all sorts of manual labor in my life. I have never quit something in life because it’s too hard physically

My question is how hard is it. Will it keep me in shape, or as I get older will I still need to work out?

Second any advice on companies? We had TMC and McElroy visit our school. I’ve also been in contact with maverick.

Thanks in advance. This site as been great!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Orientation

JayF I met him his name is Joseph cool guy with that long afro lol

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Ryan I’m currently going to transtech in newton. There was a gentleman that passed last week that headed to swift in Greenville. His name escapes me, but he’s an awesome guy from Charleston SC. Hopefully your pathes cross! Good luck and congrats

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Yeah I’m horrible with names, and I forgot it. Glad you got to meet him. Good luck I hope you guys crush down there.

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

We finished up last week. 3 of us had backing down. Two others were struggling. There’s a girl that just don’t get it. I mean the maneuvers are fairly straight forward. The instructors can only explain it so many times. On day 4 they were doing more watching than instructing. They wanted to see if we could do it, and if we got stuck fix our mistakes. Well this girl just lost her mind. It’s the instructors fault she can’t do it. She literally wanted to be told cut the wheel left. Now right. Blah blah blah. I don’t think she’s going to succeed long term. Lol

Today we started driving, and thankfully she wasn’t in my truck. Today was a lot of fun. The three of us did great. No major issues at all. We have a great easy going soft spoken instructor. Imo people like that just command respect. If he raises his voice in the slightest u know hey I better do this!

Crazy to think I have only 5 days of driving till I test out. My pretrip is good, and I think I will drive fine. Just hoping my backing doesn’t regress over the next week.

Thanks for reading and all the great advice.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Orientation

Ryan I’m currently going to transtech in newton. There was a gentleman that passed last week that headed to swift in Greenville. His name escapes me, but he’s an awesome guy from Charleston SC. Hopefully your pathes cross! Good luck and congrats

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

Well we have done two days of offset backing. There was 4 of us in our class. When I arrived Monday they added 2 from previous classes. One was a younger guy early 20’s. The school director can be pretty direct and no nonsense, but you can tell he cares and wants you to get it. Also the longer you are there and he can tell your trying the more he warms up. Well this guy was a swift hire and he never drove any type of manual driving.(practice parking trucks are all manuals) He was struggling. After lunch the director spoke to us, and the kid goes I don’t like how he talks to us. Next thing I know he was gone. He quit. When he was complaining, all the advice I read on here was going through my head. This site really did prepare me on what to expect.

As for the backing I got my first two attempts yesterday, and struggled with my other two. I’m left handed, and a lot of lefties struggle with right and left. It’s a known medical fact. Today I made sure to go slow and stay calm and focus. I got my first two again. Screwed the 3rd one. I didn’t finish it. I just needed to reset. After that I nailed my next two. I know long term it won’t be a problem. I know what to do. Sometimes I just flip it around. I know if I do it enough the muscle memory will kick in. And after a few weeks I’ll laugh at this struggle.

Tomorrow we will do our 90 Degree dock. I’m not tired of backing yet, but I am looking forward to going forward. Lol. It’s been a good two days this week. Thanks for reading.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Starting CDL school On October 21st with transtech

Getting ready to start week two. Pretty eventful week. Day 1 and 2 were perfect. My instructor those 2 days was amazing. Our instructor on day 3 and four was sick, and they were definitely scrambling. We were supposed to cover air brakes and combos that day, and we really didn’t get what we needed. Luckily the instructor on day 1 and two taught us a lot about airbrakes.

We went to take our permit tests on Thursday. I got 40 out of 43 on the general knowledge(I wish you could answer all 50 instead of shutting off when you pass) missed one on air brakes, and failed my combo test. It was 20 questions. I got 15 right. Had 2 questions left to get the last one, and missed them both. I was pretty bummed. I hate failing, and damn there was some questions that were like Greek to me. I got back to school and my other two classmates also failed combos. So we studied the rest of the day along with some time around the truck in the yard. It clicked when I saw the tractor control valve in action. I also did a lot of mocks tests and went back in the morning and got all 16 right. (Good feeling) we spent Friday working on prettily inspections. Also got some straight line backing in.

I’m kinda of nervous. This week is just pretrip and backing. I know I won’t have any issues with pretrip, but backing is scary for sure. I’m a positive person though, and I was thinking this time next week I will know how to do all three maneuvers. Looking forward to it.

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