CDL Training,,,,Not The Journey I Expected,,,but Still Determined.....

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Puddle_Jumper's Comment
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Started my CDL training last Tuesday (5/31/2016) at a private school. 3 people attending (2 males and 1 female---Me :) Day One: Not too bad,,,,videos, log books and etc. Day Two: Class size down to 2 as one male quit. Not sure I blamed him as the instructor wasn't very nice or helpful when he was struggling to figure out how to make sense of the log book as having never seen one before. I felt badly for the way he was being talked to..... Class mate and I got 3 up shift and downshift runs on the simulator. After lunch we were in a truck and expected to just know how things operate. Instructor wasn't very patient and if you made a mistake or wasn't up to his expectation he kept repeating himself until you couldn't even hear yourself think. Imagine at every turn,,,someone was in your ear saying "Turn, Turn, Turn, Turn, Turn" Etc. I'm not the best at downshifting. But every time my RPM's where down too far I hear "13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13" even though I realize my mistake and am trying to correct it. Not going to lie,,,,after listening to him and getting frustrated,,,,my RPM's would go to 17 and I'm grinding my teeth as much as the gears :( Day three: Dreaded coming to class after yesterday, but here I am. Same scenario as yesterday. Except now I notice my classmate isn't getting hounded like I am,,,,yet we are both making mistakes. I am getting more frustrated and the more he makes me drive,,,the worse my shifting is. Having a real struggle with being in fourth gear at a stop sign and having to shift into fifth gear into the turn. Was always told to never shift into a turn,,,,but here we are. I'm getting better,,,,but mentally wondering if I can tolerate this bully for 3 more weeks.... End of day,,,,now have 72 miles under my belt and now we have a weekly evaluation. I wasn't shocked to see I scored low. Hopefully Monday will be better as we will be under a 48 foot box trailer from now on. Any tips to help this learning process???

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.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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Don't give up! My road trainer in school was a rough tough old school O/O for 20 years. He didn't hesitate to yell at you if you were screwing up. Given he was a little more respectful towards me as a woman but he let the boys have it every day. I still hear his voice when I'm making a turn or getting a little wacky in my lane.

School is hard. And having a crappy instructor doesn't help anything. The best advice I can give is to keep a positive attitude, remain respectful and professional at all times, and learn what you need to know to pass that test. Once you get to your company of choice, your mentor will help you polish up all the rough edges.

Puddle_Jumper's Comment
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Thank you,,,,ChickieMonster! Got a feeling that my instructor has a beef with women in general. Tomorrow is the start of a new week,,,,,,and I'm ready to learn all I can and bite my tongue. Staying positive and keeping my eyes on the prize :)

Puddle_Jumper's Comment
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Week 2~Day 1: This week is starting off much better. It's like a whole new instructor. Firm, but fair. (Even got to see a smile or two :) Today we got to learn how to drive with a 48 foot trailer on. Shifting is much easier than it is just bob tailing I think,,,,but those corners aren't much fun when you're still trying to figure out how to shift. Not sure what to write to get a bit more advise and support on here, but I do thank you ChickieMonster for taking the time. Like any newbie at this,,,,I am soaking up all the information like a sponge and hoping to come out of this with not only a CDL , but the confidence (not arrogance) that goes with being a successful driver.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Week 2~Day 1: This week is starting off much better. It's like a whole new instructor. Firm, but fair. (Even got to see a smile or two :) Today we got to learn how to drive with a 48 foot trailer on. Shifting is much easier than it is just bob tailing I think,,,,but those corners aren't much fun when you're still trying to figure out how to shift. Not sure what to write to get a bit more advise and support on here, but I do thank you ChickieMonster for taking the time. Like any newbie at this,,,,I am soaking up all the information like a sponge and hoping to come out of this with not only a CDL , but the confidence (not arrogance) that goes with being a successful driver.

Puddle-Jumper you seem to have the situation well under control, applying your self and that gets you noticed in a positive way. If you have questions, ask your trainer first, that's what they are there for. If you need extra help or having trouble with something ask for help, be HEARD and they will help you.

Good luck.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mario V.'s Comment
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Glad to see you are doing better, good to see Donald trump ain't your instructor anymore lol. no one is born knowing how to shift so you will only get better, keep soaking up all the information and enjoy this learning experience and wheneaver you are getting stressed or feel like giving up, remember the end game.

Best of luck

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Diver Driver's Comment
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Just keep at it. It's a B***h at times, but it's only school. Once you get into the real world, the real training starts. I finished school and started orientation with Prime back in February. I got a crash course in night driving with snow and mountains. I just got my own truck last month, and guess what. ... I'M STILL LEARNING ! (And yes, grinding a bit)

Just remain patient take it all with a grain of salt, and you'll do fine.

Puddle_Jumper's Comment
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Week 4 annnnnnnnnd done. Thank you all for the support. The last 4 weeks have been a bit rough,,,,but I learned! * Learned to drive a manual transmission * Learned straight backing, cross over backing and parallel parking ( didn't even do this with my car much less a semi with a 48 foot trailer) The hour plus commute each morning and night took more of a toll on me than I thought it would,,,but in the long run,,,it was worth it. I really believe if I can do this,,,,,anyone can if they want it as bad as I did. I tested out yesterday and passed,,,,did I pass with flying colors????? No,,,,,but I passed with plenty of room to spare :) Was I nervous as hell???? Yes I was! That drivers seat was so hot I thought I was hitting early menopause. ha ha And yes,,,,,I still ground some gears..... If you are just starting out in training and you are a little frustrated,,,,,don't give up,,,,it does get better and believe me,,,,it does get easier each time you step into the cab. Wishing you all the best and safe travels :)

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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