CDL Training At CRST, Cedar Rapids, IA

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Jeffrey K.'s Comment
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First day was Dec 7, 2015. Arrived Sunday night got bed in 3 bed room. The other two guys had their cdl's and one of them had been driving solo for 7 years. TV in lounge off at 2300, no food allowed in rooms over 250 people in my CDL A permit class. Getting up at 0400 since breakfast(cereal &toast is at 0430).

Monday- Started class, 10 people out of 250 had driven a standard transmission. Class not bad and instructor was entertaining and knowledgeable. Class from 0700-1630. That night my drivin solo roommate left in the middle of the night with many explicatives , he thought he was going to be drivin in 2 days yet the orientation is 4 days, this was his 10th company in 8 years.

More classroom on Tuesday, same hours. probably 1/4 of class gone already.

Testing on Wednesday with DMV. Passed easily missed 2 on general knowledge and aced combo and air-brake-Thanks Trucking Truth for the CDL practice it really helped and I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to pass first time do it, the repetition makes it a no-brainer.

goin to driving school in waterloo, ia. You do good CRST will treat you right , no complaints so far, take the initiative, get endorsements on your own, and they will take care of you

Can't wait to drive.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

John P.'s Comment
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First day was Dec 7, 2015. Arrived Sunday night got bed in 3 bed room. The other two guys had their cdl's and one of them had been driving solo for 7 years. TV in lounge off at 2300, no food allowed in rooms over 250 people in my CDL A permit class. Getting up at 0400 since breakfast(cereal &toast is at 0430).

Monday- Started class, 10 people out of 250 had driven a standard transmission. Class not bad and instructor was entertaining and knowledgeable. Class from 0700-1630. That night my drivin solo roommate left in the middle of the night with many explicatives , he thought he was going to be drivin in 2 days yet the orientation is 4 days, this was his 10th company in 8 years.

More classroom on Tuesday, same hours. probably 1/4 of class gone already.

Testing on Wednesday with DMV. Passed easily missed 2 on general knowledge and aced combo and air-brake-Thanks Trucking Truth for the CDL practice it really helped and I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to pass first time do it, the repetition makes it a no-brainer.

goin to driving school in waterloo, ia. You do good CRST will treat you right , no complaints so far, take the initiative, get endorsements on your own, and they will take care of you

Can't wait to drive.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Cwc's Comment
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Enjoy your time in Waterloo... One less person in the room with a ,better menu, tv,shower in the room, pool, good looking Hindi girl at the counter... The simulator is just one day so not really as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be. A few of the instructors are a great wealth of info and others leave a lot to be desired much like other schools I would imagine.

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