Sage Truck Driving School Billings Montana.

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Carl A.'s Comment
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Sorry about not posting on here in a while, lost my mom while in school and things been hectic. School went great and the instructors were great as well. Voc-rehab put me up in a very nice hotel about 4 blocks away. To let some of you know that Job Service allso has a program that pays for everything plus gives you $70 week for fuel. So I done pretty well only missed one thing on my pre-trip,which was test A ( Front of rig and engine compartment). I had my own way of doing my in cab which I started with winshield, wipers, horns and then would move out to mirrors and work my way in well I missed my city horn lol, couldnt believe I did that. On the backing I had 0 pullups on all 3 which surprised me cause I struggle with offest before testing. Once I started using the v- shape on the landing gear frame it worked well. I did all my testing in a W-900 and 53 foot trailer. I came home for a few weeks and now I start with Doug Andrus Distibution on July 11th, they are out of Idaho Falls ID. I had Knight and Swift on my list as well. Knight has a lot of good people working for them however the trailer shortage issue was not something I thought would work for me. Swift does not have a pet policy and that was a big thing with me. Doug Andrus is a smaller company,they have some very nice equipment, I think 260 trucks. I get to take my truck home beings where I live. All in all it was a great experience at Sage. One more thing which is likely the most important,I wanna thank Brett and crew for the CDL training program that ya all put together. I took all the test at DMV and scored 100% on all test and even though I had practise test at Sage I could not have done it with out this sites testing program,so with that said THANK YOU.


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.


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.


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.

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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Carl A.

Hate to hear that about your Mom. I know how that feels, and it sucks!

Sounds like you kicked some *ss thru the training. If you find the time going forward, keep us posted on how the journey goes. Especially those first few months. It helps those of us starting thru the funnel.

I agree with you about the resources at TT. Trucking companies should hand out the link to this site to all new hires. They'd generally have better informed drivers with much better attitudes. :)

Congrats man. Onward and upward.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Carl A.'s Comment
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Thanks Floridabuckeye for the comment. Yep its pretty rough losing a parent. I head out to Idaho on the 9th and I plan on doing I hope daily updates on my journey. Stay safe out there.

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