My First Week Of CDL School Complete!!!!

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Perkdaddy's Comment
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Hey everybody. I am 51 and between some health problems and taking care of my Uncle, I haven't worked a real job for the last 5 years. After getting my final denial for disability, it was time to get back to work. I had driven a cargo van as a courier for about 9 years, and absolutely love driving, so when my local Voc/rehab told me that they would pay for me to go to truck driving school, I jumped on the offer. I started at Lake Cumberland school in Mt. Sterling Ky this past Monday. First week is preparing you to take the CDL permit test. Took mine today (Friday) and passed with flying colors. So, the next 3 weeks is skills and pre-test in preparation for the License test. And what floors me is that I already have 3 different companies that I can go to work for. I figure I have 10-16 years to get some retirement built up and save as much as I can for retirement. I love this site and plan to have a long and fruitful relationship with it, and all you fine people that are here. I will update when I have something else not terminally boring. :)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Brian M's Comment
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"After getting my final denial for disability, it was time to get back to work." :)

Hi there, thank you for sharing. I too have been off work due to an injury. How were you able to get training and a job with your injury situation. I would like to get into driving but am trying to figure out how to proceed with going back to work after a couple years off?

I appreciate your time, and wish you well.

Brian

Cory B.'s Comment
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I just started my second week of school today! Good luck to you!

Perkdaddy's Comment
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Sorry for not updating regularly guys and gals. Brian, I have been trying to eat better and get myself in better shape, and it paid off. I am off some of my meds, others have been reduced, and I feel the best I have in years. Training was paid for by the Vocational Rehabilitation office close to where I live. LAst week was a disastrous nightmare for me. I could not back that damn truck to save my butt. Today, we went out on the road, and I did really well with it, double clutching and all. After we got back and went to work on our skills, I straight backed through the cones 3 straight times, and actually did an offset with not much problem. Looks like my test date is scheduled for October 20th. I think I can do this now. :)

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Jerry@tammy's Comment
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Hey guys, my husband and I are wanting to get into trucking but he has been out of work for 4years due to an injury. He has a medically relase saying he can go back to work but with what I read you must have a work history for companies to consider you are there any suggestions on this. I would like to know before we head off to a cdl school. We have done slot of research and are ready to get started but want to make sure there are companies out there that will hire without history of employment Thanks

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Perkdaddy's Comment
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I have noticed through my own experiences, that some Trucking companies are a little more lenient in that respect. I hadn't worked for 5 years, other than taking care of my uncle and playing some music, but at least 2 companies said all I would have to do is to sign papers stating that. Shop around and hope you guys do well.

Trucker B's Comment
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How are you liking Lake Cumberland school? I live in Berea and am thinking about their school in Mt. Sterling or Dr. Bodens in Winchester. I am 52 and am making a career change to plan for those "later" years. Good luck and you finish up school and headed off down the road in your new career.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Tammy asks

Hey guys, my husband and I are wanting to get into trucking but he has been out of work for 4years due to an injury. He has a medically relase saying he can go back to work but with what I read you must have a work history for companies to consider you are there any suggestions on this. I would like to know before we head off to a cdl school. We have done slot of research and are ready to get started but want to make sure there are companies out there that will hire without history of employment Thanks

Tammy, this should be a separate topic. That's why you seem to be ignored here.

Hiring companies need to see what you've been doing recently. Many people didn't work for a time, for many reasons. If Jerry's doctor ordered him to not work, that doctor's note should cover that time period.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Perkdaddy's Comment
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How are you liking Lake Cumberland school? I live in Berea and am thinking about their school in Mt. Sterling or Dr. Bodens in Winchester. I am 52 and am making a career change to plan for those "later" years. Good luck and you finish up school and headed off down the road in your new career.

I am liking it really well. The only problem I see, and probably the bane of a lot of the schools, is sometimes there are too many students, not enough trucks. Instructors are very good and helpful. Good luck on choosing a school.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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With LC CDL in Etown, we're using trucks leased from Ryder. My class has had an unusually rough start with many unplanned class cancellations, but I think they got that handled finally.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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