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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

Thanks Big Scott

Shadow, pass your CDL exam and they will give you your certificate. Then find a company to hire and train you.

Good luck.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

I did my research. The Paid CDL Training Programs is not what I want to do. That path may be good for some people but there is no One Size Fits All.

Shadow, the issues you are now having were addressed 5 months ago when we overwhelming advised you to take the path of Paid CDL Training Programs.

Here is a link to your initial introductory thread... One on One CDL School

Sorry you are having troubles... we did warn you, especially Old School.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

I paid $4,000.00 out of my pocket, no grants. Yes I can continue to train until my test date. So I will end up getting 5 weeks of training and then I will test. I was really planning in completing the course in 3 weeks because my opportunity cost is high by not being able to run my current business as effectively because of the 8-5 school commitment.

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Here are some of the problems the school is facing. They are associated with the Community College and credits are earned for completing the course... Since the DMV can only handle so many tests per week it has log jammed our school, and many students are still in the 3 week course after 5 weeks and still haven't tested. I realize it's not all of the schools fault, but I would have expected them to inform me that I needed to possibly budget 5 weeks to complete the course vs the 3 weeks that I agreed to.

My original question still stands. Did I misunderstand or did the school misrepresent? In regards to the 4o hours behind the wheel

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Haya, Shadow Trucker . . .

Quick question; Was your schooling paid through a WIOA grant? (If not, what 'was' the cost?) << might be irrelevant; just trying to figure this out.

Also; any way you could post a copy of your contract on here? Might help these guys above (and others) interpret your situation better. IMHO, you are probably still going to have to sign on with a 'training company.' You've got no road time at all; wondering how you are even going to pass a road test. I'm not being snarky by any means; my other half went to Roadmasters in 2003 and I've still got his 160 certificate in a file, somewhere. He recalls having around 20 hours of road time.

Just thinking out loud, trying to help. I think it's a bit of both; misunderstanding AND misrepresentation. Seeing your paper copy would help us help ya~!!

~ Anne ~

ps: With that 'extra' 2 week drag, for testing, why can't/won't they let you DRIVE whilst waiting for the DMV?!?!?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Feasability of buying a truck and hiring another driver to keep the wheels rolling - CDL but no current experience

There is also another possibility to growing a successful freight business. I don't know your level of business experience, but this is what I am doing..

Start your own Brokerage Authority and start to let that Bonded Brokerage start to "Season" while you are building your carrier business. When the time comes and you have 2 trucks and a few good customers, when the customer demands exceed your 2 truck operation capabilities, you don't have to turn down any loads, in fact you can handle all of there loads, and you can broker those loads out to reputable carriers. That is how you make real money in the freight business.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

Here are some of the problems the school is facing. They are associated with the Community College and credits are earned for completing the course... Since the DMV can only handle so many tests per week it has log jammed our school, and many students are still in the 3 week course after 5 weeks and still haven't tested. I realize it's not all of the schools fault, but I would have expected them to inform me that I needed to possibly budget 5 weeks to complete the course vs the 3 weeks that I agreed to.

My original question still stands. Did I misunderstand or did the school misrepresent? In regards to the 4o hours behind the wheel

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

Currently there are 3 Tractors with Trailers and 1 Bobtail. There are 3 instructors.

Yesterday there were 16 students in class (4 test per week, 2 on Thursday and 2 on Friday). The Arizona DMV we test at only has 2 examiners so our school only tests on Thursday and Friday.

So on Thursdays and Fridays there are 12 students, 2 Tractors with Trailers and 1 Bobtail. 1 Tractor with Trailer goes to Testing.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Feasability of buying a truck and hiring another driver to keep the wheels rolling - CDL but no current experience

Just Truckin on YouTube started his own authority right out of CDL School without any experience. So obviously it can be done successfully. I would recommend checking out his channel.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

The school offers a 160 hour course for people that want to obtain their permit through the school

120 hours for people that obtain their permit on their own.

I did my research and talked to 10+ companies before making my decision to take the 120 hour course. Every company including all the mega carriers accept the 120 hour course!!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

After day 5 and completing 40 hours of my "80 hours of Range and Pre Trip Instruction" I met with the School Manager and expressed my concern about getting enough instruction on skills and also about getting off the Range for my "40 Hours of Behind the Wheel Driving and Instruction" because I could tell things were not organized and I was concerned that I would be in this exact position near the end of my 3 weeks.

His reply was "Don't Worry, The First Week is Mostly Pre Trip Instruction. You will get plenty of behind the wheel driving. Trust Me"

So as I have been Trusting Him, I only have 20 minutes behind the wheel.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Private CDL School Course Curriculum Interpretation Help Needed

This Friday will be the my last day of a 3 week, 120 hour CDL School Course. The course curriculum that I signed up for includes the following: "80 hours of Range and Pre Trip Instruction" and "40 hours of Behind the Wheel Driving and Training"

I approached the Lead Instructor this morning and I told him I only have 3 days left on my 3 week course. I have only been off the Range 2 times for a total of 4 hours. I have 20 minutes of actually being behind the wheel out of those 4 hours off the Range. The other 3 hours and 40 minutes was spent in the passenger seat as the instructor was commuting back and forth to the off range industrial park where we practice or in the back as the other 3 students took turns driving.

In my opinion the school has not upheld what I signed up for and paid for. It was my understanding that I would get 40 hours of actual driving "Behind the Wheel" drive time.

Am I misunderstanding or did the school misrepresent ?

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

According to most, if not all, state training manuals you turn into the first available lane. I would do that during the test although its strange your instructor is telling you something thats different than what the examiner is grading you on. That's not to say you won't utilize the outside lane to complete the turn but for the test you want to end up in that left most lane in your example.

With that being said, this is one of the things that is different than real world driving. When I'm facing a turn like that I always take the right most lane. My reasoning is that it gives me the most room to safely complete my turn. Technically I'm breaking a traffic law in most states but I don't see the point in using the right lane to complete the turn while bringing it back to the left lane just to move back right after I've just gotten my entire truck back into the left lane. It seems like it adds unnecessary lane changes that increases the risk of an accident as other motorists become confused. In my opinion, its highly unlikely you'd ever be cited unless maybe in an accident as nearly everybody in all vehicle types does it this way.

To be clear, my instructor is telling me to follow what the examiner is saying. Like you said, sometimes in the real world by the book is not always going to be the best application.. Just a fyi.. this examiner has never driven a truck, apparently he is a book trained examiner, not that it necessarily matters.

Thank you for the clear and concise reply !!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

My CDL Instructor says the outside lane would be the proper lane. The CDL Examiner says the inside lane is the proper lane and he will deduct points for turning into the outside land.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

There is a discrepancy between my CDL School Instructor and the CDL Examiner. I wanted to get the opinion from the veteran truckers here. (My instructor is a 28 year trucking veteran) btw.

When making a left hand turn from a signaled single left turn lane on a 4 lane divided highway (2 lanes each direction). Which lane is the proper lane to turn into: 1. The inside lane? 2. The outside lane? Hopefully the description is clear. Thanks

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Endorsements: Hazmat and Tanker

How about doubles and triples, should I get that endorsement also ?

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Endorsements: Hazmat and Tanker

I would like to get some advise on endorsements. I have obtained my CLP and DOT Medical Card. I am waiting to start CDL School in about 10 days. Some of the companies that I am interested in possibly working for after obtaining my CDL require Hazmat and Tanker Endorsements prior to starting training with them.

While I am waiting around to start school, can I take the tests for the endorsements?

Posted:  9 months ago

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Best backing videos on YouTube?

Eugene. Is it possible to communicate to "them" that you want and need more practice backing? If they want to terminate you because you admit you require more help in one are of your training to feel comfortable, is that really a company that you want to work with/for ??

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Journey with Wilson Logistics - Springfield, MO

Thank You for the honesty and telling us what we need to know, not what we want to know. Have you been tracking your Macros to maintain a caloric deficit ? That's what I was planning to do during my training period just to not gain body fat. Hope things turn around soon for you with the backing, I'm sure it will once you can get some sleep.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Best way to get a restriction lifted?

I have been thinking about this subject also. I found these 2 videos interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XkzgvgGKuY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlztn7NoCeg

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Differences between dry van and reefer

Hey Vicki, Are you talking about the Western 11 or is there another Region called Western ? Just curious because I am currently considering Wilson and my recruiter is guiding me towards Western 11 with school in Montana.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Decided on Pride (hopefully) and private CDL school

I remember the 80's on the Parker Strip. Things have changed a little but still fun

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River Rats !!

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Ski Naked on the River! (do they even still say that, or was it only a 80s thing lol)

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