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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Well, Tuesday was test day. I was fortunate to pull the entire pre-trip inspection. Knocked that out and missed one item. Not too bad for missions one out of the the entire inspection. I pulled the sight side offset. Knocked that out no problems. Last was the 90 alley dock. I was confident on this one. Backed it right into the spot and cleared it out. Passed all those skills and off to the road test. Completed the road test, and I heard those magical words ‘YOU PASSED!!’ All that relief finally came down and I was pumped. My wife drive up the weekend and we planned on riding home together to Houston so I could get my license taken care of at the DPS office. I walked by her, on my way back to the office, and said It got a curb and need to rest test.’ She just looked at me and then I said, haha I’m kidding. I passed. After a few choice words she laughed. I had to mess with her. Haha

After the test, I signed some papers and began my onboarding as an employee with Wilson. Knocked out simulators, ID Badge, paperwork and getting my fuel card. Signed the CDL First Time Pass board which students sign when they pass the first time. Really impressed on how they did it by recognizing students that pass. Wilson is a family atmosphere and cares about the progression of their employees. Left Springfield, MO around 1600 yesterday and made it back to Houston this morning around 0230-0245.

I have my appointment at the DPS office on Friday to get my license taken completed. Spoke with my new trainer and will hopefully meet up Friday evening or Monday. Just waiting to see when he will be in Houston since he is currently in UT. Going to knock out these 30k miles on my next phase. Excited and ready for this next journey.

I will keep updates on my training. It’s been a great experience.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Well, it was a busy week. We knocked out 3500 miles with a 34 hr reset. Not too bad to finish out my week. Made it back to Springfield Wednesday night and got back to the training facility Thursday and Friday. I was able to get some practice in on both days and help the new students on their skills as well. Been a very busy but productive week. I’m ready to knock out this CDL test. I test Tuesday morning at 0730. So I will have tomorrow to knock out some more practice on the pad just to stay sharp. I already set my appointment up for this week at the DPS office in Houston so I can get my CDL paperwork and license completed. *Advice for those in Texas (May apply to other states), make sure to set your appointment as soon as you can once you know when you will test if this COVID is still causing issues* So after I test Tuesday and pass (I’m confident), I will have some onboarding paperwork and Some other things to take care of. The plan is to leave Tuesday afternoon for Houston, TX. I am ready to see my kiddos. My wife came up Saturday and is staying up here until Tuesday. We will head back together. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I will keep y’all updated.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

I was already in the process of getting my permit before all of this mess happened. I was at the mega center on Veterans Memorial off 45 getting it done. I had to wait over 2 hours and then when it was time to take the written test, they were closing. I emailed DPS three times and finally received an email to go to the mega center off of S. Gessner. So I was able to finish it that way now. Gov. Abbott just put out a timeline for DPS offices opening up in phases. (https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/newappointments.htm) It seems Houston/Harris County won’t open until June 2nd or so. That website I posted should help. If you need any other help, let me know.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Corey- You must get your permit from your home state before attending the training program. The CPM is .44 but can be up to .49 if you hit your fuel bonus. But to start, just go with the .44 CPM. This is for OTR side. They guarantee up to 2500-3000 miles weekly. Freight is picking up, and we aren’t sitting waiting for loads. That’s where communication with your FM is vital. Communicate daily and let them know your availability. We have had a load waiting for us before we unload. Wilson Logistics training is great. I’ve had no complaints. My trainer is awesome. So just be willing to knock it out.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Thanks Tortuga. Well, we made it to SC. Dropped the trailer and had to wait an hour for an empty trailer. Once we got the trailer, noticed the rear driver’s side marker light was out. Went to a TA, got it fixed, and made it south of Atlanta to our next pick up. Dropped our trailer there, picked up the new loaded trailer and shut down. Got back up and left Atlanta area and made it to Orange, TX. We definitely knocked out some miles within a few days. Stopped in Orange, TX at the Flying J around 4 am this morning to do a 34 hour reset since we don’t have to deliver until tomorrow night at 1930. We tried to make it closer into Houston since I live there and my family could come see me. We pushed because my little girl had her birthday party today but we couldn’t due to hours. It’s all good. I know what my goal is with training and getting my CDL. I was still part of her birthday party thanks to FaceTime (haha). So I made sure I am getting plenty of rest and studying here and there today. Just waiting to hit the road tomorrow to get going.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

My apologies for the delay in getting back. First, Jeffrey, congrats on getting on the training program. I don’t believe you will have any regrets or issues. Just make sure to come in with an open mind and be a sponge for learning. Make sure you ask any questions you have or concerns while in the program. I am loving every bit of it. I’m sure I will see you sometime during the training. So an update, we delivered Tuesday morning in Atlanta and waited forever to get into the facility because of this COVID. Finally got unloaded and had a load waiting for us in Cartersville, GA. Drove up there to do a drop and hook. Once hooked up to the new loaded trailer, we were bound for Little Rock, AR. Stopped in Birmingham, AL around 1400 to take a quick 10 hr break since there wouldn’t be much parking options outside of Birmingham. We didn’t want to stop in Memphis. Left Birmingham at midnight after we had to get security to move trucks that were illegally parked and blocking us in at the Pilot. Made it to Little Rock about 0645 and was unloaded, by 0830. Took a 10 hr break while waiting for our next load. Picked one up in Jonesboro, AR last night around 2130. We stopped East of Nashville, TN this morning around 0400. This load is going to SC, so we will deliver tonight (drop and hook). So far, I am getting plenty of drive time and my trainer is letting me get the work in. I feel really confident and enjoying it. Been a good week so far. Found out that I test on June 2nd. I’m ready-wish it was here already. Well, just waiting for 1400 to hit so we can take off. Well, everyone be safe!!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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If You Have Concerns About Starting Your Trucking Career Now... Take A Look At This

Great information Old School. I was just there last night around 2130 and saw all these trailers you are talking about. We dropped one and picked up another. Stay safe brother!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Been busy the last few days. Day 4 was all pad training. I definitely have down all backing requirements and nailed my in cab inspection when one of the instructors asked me to do it on the spot. I feel really good about where I am at, and just wish I could take my test. Haha. Day 5 started on the pad and left with my trainer at 1130. We went to the store to load up on groceries and get ready. We received a load picking up in Springfield and has two drops-one in AL and the other in GA. Stayed in the truck Friday night and we left to get the trailer Saturday morning. We picked up the trailer at the Prime facility, and went on our way. We didn’t push hard since we have until Monday to get to our destination in AL which is only roughly 500 miles. Stopped in Charleston, MO for the night and sat down to eat which was really nice for a change. Sunday-woke up at 3 am and left out by 345. Arrived in Gadsden, AL at the Petro around 1145. We deliver roughly 20 miles away at 0930 tomorrow morning. So it’s a bunch of sitting until tomorrow, but that’s how it goes. My trainer is awesome. We have a lot in common and he is definitely knowledgeable. I pick his brain as much as I can to get any knowledge. Well, going to study some and get some rest as well. Hope everyone has had a great weekend. I’ll update soon.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Griffin CDL Diary- Wilson Logistics

Griffin- Thank you for the updated information. I greatly appreciate it. Glad to see that you’re on your own. They moved my training up to this past Monday since a spot opened up in Springfield, MO. There are three of us in our class. The fourth person had to leave Monday due to medical reasons. Definitely getting lots of reps on the pad and getting this training knocked out. Keep in touch and be safe!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Day 2- Rainy morning which lasted all day. Started the morning going through contracts for CDL training/program. After this, started on simulators until lunch. Our instructor through some scenarios on us during the driving. Really enjoyed it. After lunch, we hit the pad to go over pre-trip for the entire tractor/trailer and requirements CDL testing. Due to only 3 of us in the class, we are getting lots of hands on time, during this process. Getting repetitions and getting that muscle memory down. After pre-trips, the other two guys had to take care of some paperwork and training videos. The instructor said c’mon and let’s go back to the pad. He let me do some straight line backing and offset. I really took advantage of this one on one time, along with picking his brain for any information.

Day 3: We were on the pad all day. We went through everything with backing such as straight line, offset, parallel and 90 degree. Instructors were very informative and stated we were way ahead of schedule. No complaints from them and they welcomed our attentiveness and hunger for learning. We all really got a lot of reps in and I can honestly say it is great. I’m glad we aren’t having to sit around and wait hours to take turns in the seat. Tomorrow is the same thing with training on the pad. Found out who my trainer OTR will be for the next few weeks until CDL testing. Met him, and we roll out Sometime on Friday.

The instructors are great at giving criticism and praise. They are there for our best interest and it shows. Can’t wait to get some training in tomorrow and get after it.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I really appreciate it.

Day 1 Woke up at 0530 ( I was up and down all night) and was downstairs by 0600 to eat breakfast. Due to the virus pandemic, I order breakfast off their menu and the hotel makes it for you, but you make your own coffee and water. All good. Finish breakfast and wait in the lobby for our van to arrive, which arrived at 0645. Get to the training facility which is about 10-15 minutes away. Walk into the training room and they have your name on a name plate, along with a company hat, safety vest, pen and company folder with training agendas/material. There are 6 total of us. Four of us are new with no CDL and the other two are experienced and going lease/owner ops. They will leave on Wednesday or Thursday and be out on their own. The training started at 0730 with a video about 35-45 min long and with introductions to the trainers. We are given an overview of the company and expectations as students. This company is safety driven and that is a great attribute/culture. They collected our required documents we were to bring such as social, birth certificate, permit, med card, etc. We all went out around 0930 to do an agility test to make sure everyone can do the simple tasks such as opening the hood, climbing in/out of the truck with 3 points of contact, duck walk under trailer to check coupling and climbing in/out of trailer. After that, everyone was taken to the medical clinic for drug testing and DOT physicals. That took a while and we were there about 2.5 hours or longer. Made it back around 1330 to the training facility and ate lunch. Last part of the day consisted of training expectations and requirements. At the end of the day, we found out we are losing one of the guys from the group due to medical reasons from the DOT exam. So we will be down to 3. So far so good. Everyone in our group gets along and it was a smooth day one. We were brought back to our hotel around 1640. Back at the hotel, I have to catch up on FaceTime with my daughters. Especially my 6 year old. She texts me and FaceTimes me from our iPad at home 🤣🤣🤣 Really liking what I am seeing just from day one and ready to see more. So, away from FaceTime breaks (haha), I am studying pre-trip material, watching videos, etc. thanks again to everyone for the encouragement. If you have any questions during all of this please let me know.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Well, I start my CDL Training at Wilson Logistics starting tomorrow. Left Houston, TX at 0545 this morning and made it into Springfield, MO by 1630 after a few stops. This was a big decision for my family and I. After several discussions with my wife, I start on this journey. I told her I couldn’t do this without her support. I was laid off on March 9th due to my position being eliminated. It really sunk in when I walked into my hotel room and started unpacking. That’s when doubt really starts messing with you. ‘Did I make the right decision?’, along with all the questions to really doubt myself. I pushed that off and said I am in this to take care of my family. I researched several companies and Wilson Logistics became my choice. The whole process from applying, speaking with Holly (recruiter) and them taking care of everything has been smooth. I applied on a Monday and was approved for CDL class in less than a week. The wait was due to this virus limiting space. I was slotted for the 25th in MT, but received a phone call asking if I would come to MO on the 11th due to a spot opening up. I said of course. I couldn’t pass up a closer drive from home (Houston) and getting this training knocked out. My plan is to document my journey. I’ve read other driver’s blogs and they helped me tremendously. Maybe my experience will help someone to make a decision when they are researching for themselves, and to provide insight on my thoughts, decision making, and ups/downs.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Jakester, I can tell you are someone that is always staying steady and looking to keep going. That an awesome trait and work ethic. There are dispatchers that are not experienced and no nothing of the trucking side. All they worry about is the load and not the person, aka driver, taking care of the load. Just keep doing what you’re doing and there are those that notice. Trust me, because I have been in that situation. There is nothing wrong with someone that keeps on going, and enjoys the open road. Just make sure you take your time to rest, even if it is for a few days, and make sure you take care of you. This in return will reap benefits for you.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

From my experience, and I’ve been on both sides (dispatch/operations and driving side), it all depends on attitude and your drive/willingness. I’ve seen drivers and had drivers that would always have something come up and need to be home as soon as they were out. On the other hand, I’ve seen drivers and had drivers that were go getters or would knock out their weeks and stay steady. Just like Old School stated...you are out there taking care of business and making ops run smoother. As long as your getting tasks completed safely, efficiently and on time (no fault of your own), along with communicating, then you have nothing to worry about. Keep up the good work and don’t burn yourself out. Make sure you make time for you.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Griffin CDL Diary- Wilson Logistics

Great thread. Enjoy reading about your experiences. How are things going at Wilson? What type of miles are you seeing weekly? I’m starting with them on the 25th in MT. One other question I have, how are the health benefits? Trying to estimate what my weekly deductions would be for health insurance for my family. Any input would be helpful. Stay safe!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics, Darren's Diary

Thanks for the info. I start on the 25th of this month. Due to this virus and safety precautions, MO is filled up and I was asked to go to MT. Of course I said yes because you can’t pass up on training in the mountains. To me that is priceless training and different style from the Gulf Coast where I live. What are the medical benefits like, as in coverage and what you can expect to pay out weekly? I have a family, so I’m preparing myself and the wife. Any feedback is helpful. I appreciate it.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Wilson Logistics Benefits

I’ll be starting with Wilson Logistics on the 25th of this month, and wanted to reach out to those on here about their benefits such as medical, dental, rx, etc. Just looking for some actual real life numbers of what to expect for weekly deductions for it. I do have a family, so my medical will include family. Any help or input from y’all would be greatly appreciated. Be safe and take care!

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