School Recommendation In DFW Area? Or Any Other Schools In Other Areas With Exceptional Training?

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kruake's Comment
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Hello,

I was wondering what would be a good training school to go in the DFW area? I was thinking about joining RAIDER EXPRESS i don't know if i will be accepted. I'm clean no usage of drug. Only have two speeding tickets one for 11 and 14 within last 3 years. Not much of a work history i been in college spring and fall and work in factory's and security during the summer since i graduated high school .. 23 years old now. No degree and Truck Driving is something that has been on my mind for the past 6 months.

I have already been accepted to STEVENS TRANSPORT but i feel like i wont be prepared for the road test after two weeks with them with 3 other students in the trucks seems like it will be hectic. I don't want to fail and end up getting stuck with the bill. I'm looking for something more ONE ON ONE training wise with a smaller class size. And i want to learn how to actually do the job right.

Thanks and have a merry Christmas!

Phillip M.'s Comment
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I attended the Weatherford College Truck Driving Academy located in Mineral Wells, it's a 4 week 160 hour course. The first week is all classroom study for the permit test at the DPS that we took on Thursday. The following 3 weeks were spent in the trucks. There were 3 instructors and in my class each had 3 students. I was very satisfied, passed all my written tests on the first try (with help from the CDL practice app from TruckingTruth ) and only had 1 deduction on my driving test. Their contact number is 800-951-3399.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Justin N.'s Comment
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It sounds like you will do just fine. I went through one and a half weeks of training and got my cdl. That included studying and taking the permit test, and training with four other students in the same truck.

I am not good at learning new things, I got trouble comprehending stuff. If I can pass it then anyone can.

The secret is to just focus. Get as much practice and understanding as you can get. It does not take that much to get the cdl , the real learning will come with your first 12 months of experience.

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.
Phox's Comment
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The school I have been going to is decent, granted I have nothing to compare it to, but outside of some of the material being outdated (which they are working on... finally). But Sage Truck Driving School is not located in the DFW area. Mine is here in San Antonio. First 2 weeks are classroom learning, then you get 3 yard drives, then 7-8 on the road drives, first few on the road ones are in industrial park, less 4 wheeler traffic then last couple are on the path you do for road test. the prescribed time frame is about 3 weeks, however that's assuming you have all your tests done by the last day of classroom training cause they won't schedule you for those drives till then.

tuition is something like $4400, plus MVR , drug screen, dot physcial, per mit and other dmv test costs. because they partner with our local community college you can get fin aid that will cover a little more than half of the tuition.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
kruake's Comment
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The school I have been going to is decent, granted I have nothing to compare it to, but outside of some of the material being outdated (which they are working on... finally). But Sage Truck Driving School is not located in the DFW area. Mine is here in San Antonio. First 2 weeks are classroom learning, then you get 3 yard drives, then 7-8 on the road drives, first few on the road ones are in industrial park, less 4 wheeler traffic then last couple are on the path you do for road test. the prescribed time frame is about 3 weeks, however that's assuming you have all your tests done by the last day of classroom training cause they won't schedule you for those drives till then.

tuition is something like $4400, plus MVR , drug screen, dot physcial, per mit and other dmv test costs. because they partner with our local community college you can get fin aid that will cover a little more than half of the tuition.

I heard alot of good things about sage at St phillips college. Are you a resident of San Antonio? If not what ate you doing for the housing situation because they told me that they don't provide housing. Did you find any discounted hotel?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Phox's Comment
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The school I have been going to is decent, granted I have nothing to compare it to, but outside of some of the material being outdated (which they are working on... finally). But Sage Truck Driving School is not located in the DFW area. Mine is here in San Antonio. First 2 weeks are classroom learning, then you get 3 yard drives, then 7-8 on the road drives, first few on the road ones are in industrial park, less 4 wheeler traffic then last couple are on the path you do for road test. the prescribed time frame is about 3 weeks, however that's assuming you have all your tests done by the last day of classroom training cause they won't schedule you for those drives till then.

tuition is something like $4400, plus MVR , drug screen, dot physcial, per mit and other dmv test costs. because they partner with our local community college you can get fin aid that will cover a little more than half of the tuition.

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I heard alot of good things about sage at St phillips college. Are you a resident of San Antonio? If not what ate you doing for the housing situation because they told me that they don't provide housing. Did you find any discounted hotel?

I live here in San Antonio so I had no issues with housing.

Since the class time frame is so short you could probably stay in an extended stay motel without it hurting the budget to much. Something like a studio 6 might run ya a little over $200 a week, get your permit and other written tests done first and you can get your drives scheduled pretty quick. We have 4 people in my 12 person class who were done with testing before class was over and all 4 of them are doing some of their drives this weekend, the rest of us still need to finish tests,

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Photogirl 's Comment
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I work for Millis and attended the school in burleson Texas about 15 mins from Ft worth. Great school and excellent company to work for. 50 cents a mile for Texas regional.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OldRookie's Comment
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I work for Millis and attended the school in burleson Texas about 15 mins from Ft worth. Great school and excellent company to work for. 50 cents a mile for Texas regional.

Hey Photogirl... you still with Millis?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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