Passed My Skills Test!

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Justin B.'s Comment
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Man it's been a loooong week and I'm exhausted, so I apologize for not going into too much detail. But if any potential students have questions, feel free to ask!

Anyhow, today, but I took my driving exam which included pretrip and alley dock. Man, was I nervous! (Maybe cause my instructor is bigger than me haha... Not used to that concept). I made mistakes I hadn't made since day 2 of driving, but I did well enough, but I will redeem myself at orientation. I was so nervous my instructor told me my lips were white! (I get dry mouth bad when I'm nervous.) To make things better, at the end my instructor said, "Today, Justin, unfortunately... Your passed." I hit him :). He did the same thing with an overpass we went under. He asked me what the bridge said so I said low clearance. Then he says, second sign. And I panic trying to remember. I stuck with low clearance and was right haha!

But anyways, I have my CDL now, scheduled for Orientation at Prime on Monday. Can anyone tell me what orientation drive tests are like? Are they a little less nerve wrecking than exams?

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Basically you will go through the same as anyone else up to the point where you will get a trainer assignment after you go through a driving test on the simulator.

You will have 40,000 miles of training to do before you will be assigned your own truck.

If you need anything, let me know. I or another trainer I know can probably be in Springfield by the end of the week.

Email me and I will give you my info so you can request me or I can let you also know the other trainer's info as well.

ejstallcop@gmail.com

Steve B.'s Comment
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Justin, way to go! Enjoy the next part. If you got the time you need to find that "smoky" BBQ place that Steve was talking about.

Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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Awesome, congrats!! I was thinking of Prime today. I acually got my pre certification to test for my permit here for them just incase thats the way I choose to go. I am happy for you! dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gif

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I have my CDL now, scheduled for Orientation at Prime on Monday

Hey that's fantastic!!! dancing-dog.gifdancing.gif

And seriously, if you haven't gotten in touch yet with Ernie privately, do so immediately. He's a trainer at Prime and he'll be an awesome dude to have on your side. Even if he can't train you he might be able to hook you up with someone else that he knows is decent. But he'll definitely give you the inside scoop at Prime and help you out.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Justin! I hope you and Salty Dog can get together, that would be so cool for Ernie to get to train two Trucking Truth people. He seems like a great guy and he would be a big help to ya I'm sure. Whatever takes place, I wish you the best. Why don't you start a new thread on the board for driver training diaries, I for one would be glad to follow along with you.

Justin B.'s Comment
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Ernie, definitely shooting you an email! Thank you for the opportunity! I gotta say it's pretty cool to have a better chance of getting a trainer you know isn't in it for the money! And I will probably start a thread on there tonight because I would really like to help as much as possible and I love to write! I'll see everyone there!

Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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Good deal. I will most defently read it. It should be interesting. I was looking at Prime's site today.

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