Jim Palmer Cdl Training

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Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Thanks I appreciate it! I'll definitely think about that. But yeah, so far with this company I have no complaints. The wait for my trainer is longer than expected but you get plenty of yard time so it's not a complete waste.

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you writing out your day to day here Aaron. I'm just now starting to look into companies having never held a CDL before and Jim Palmer was the first one I reached out to. Being able to read about what you're doing and how the staff are has really helped me better understand what I'll be getting into. Thanks man, you're a great writer too you should maybe continue past just your training! I would definitely read that.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Glad to hear. I do want to continue reading your updates even as you start solo. Hope your trainer shows up soon.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Today was a pretty slow day. Mostly watching the guys who need to test out practice. At one point in helping a guy do a 90 back and he was out 3 weeks with a trainer. I've only been here 1 week. But anyways, yesterday a guy failed due to his backing. Today he had a retest. The day began this way.

The van showed up and the new guys head down. 2nd trip the rest go and I wait because they were coming back for a 3rd trip to get a lot of bags from guys leaving with trainers today. It's now 7:16 the two guys we are waiting on are still asleep!!! They test today, they should of been up early and went first to practice on the pad. I was aggravated by the fact some people don't care. We didn't leave till 7:56 not much time for them to practice but that's on them.

The first guy passed everything but his driving, he stopped on a railroad track and obstructed traffic in a different intersection. The next guy who failed yesterday, was out practicing with his trainer and couldn't back unless his trainer was holding on to his mirror and giving him step by step. He also failed again for the second time. I heard a rumor that he also drinks a lot and has been hungover during his class time 3 weeks ago and also now. They sent him home after his second failure.

Just shows you need to be prepared to give the time and effort if you want to pass and succeed. I seen him several times just watching tv. But hey, maybe he'll go somewhere else and make it work. I wish him nothing but the best.

My trainer was 8 hours out, so he should be in tonight. Fingers crossed. 😂 But other than that, we had the simulator up and we basically watched people back. Some finally left with there trainer and they have become my friends. Everyone I seem to meet just seems awesome. I haven't met a driver, or student who has had a bad attitude. I guess it helps knowing that we are all here for the same reasons in a way so it helps with getting to know each other.

I know I've said this before and all that but I'm pleased with my decision to join the family. They really do make it feel like a family from just talking to drivers, with fellow students, my recruiter who btw is awesome and her name is Alex. But anywho. Skip who is the cousins owner, knows me by name and even knew when my trainer is coming. So it shows they do take pride in giving us the experience and make us feel like we are apart of the team.

Tomorrow should be the day. Anymore time here in the hotel is driving me nuts! 😂 But yeah. I'll update you all tomorrow. I may even do a little update before I leave with my trainer. Take care and I'll see you guys tomorrow.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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Hope he shows this time. Good luck.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Hey don't feel bad. I was trapped in a hotel for a solid week waiting for my trainer! And I didn't get any pad time except for a few hours one day moving trailers around the yard. The rest of the time I watched Allie Knight videos on YouTube.

I'm going to be so jealous of you if you get to meet her!!

It'll get better soon so hang in there!

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Thanks! I hope he does also.

Hope he shows this time. Good luck.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Yikes! That would be a long week, especially with no yard time. But hey you're doing good so I mean it worked out regardless!!!

I have seen her around, I even watch her videos, but I have been to shy to even say anything honestly. 😂 All I did was wave one time when she passed by the drivers lounge.

Thanks! I know it'll get better and I'll be out learning everything I need to be successful. I know they can only show me so much and a lot I'll learn on my own. But at least I'll have 2 months of training after I get my cdl in 3 weeks. Maybe sooner if I do well on the road.

Hey don't feel bad. I was trapped in a hotel for a solid week waiting for my trainer! And I didn't get any pad time except for a few hours one day moving trailers around the yard. The rest of the time I watched Allie Knight videos on YouTube.

I'm going to be so jealous of you if you get to meet her!!

It'll get better soon so hang in there!

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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I would have had to talk to her. lol

Top Llama's Comment
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my recruiter who btw is awesome and her name is Alex.

This makes me feel a bit better, I had originally reached out to Valerie but since she's out of the office for a few weeks I got passed over to Alex. I haven't responded to her yet as I've been gathering some questions I want to submit about the company but knowing you're satisfied with her as your recruiter that really makes me want to get this list compiled quicker.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Keith D(guitarzan)'s Comment
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Aaron after filling out your application how long did it take for Jim Palmer to get back with you ? Also once they accepted you how long until they scheduled your (5 0r 6? person ) training class? I'm wondering because I've been stalking about the site for a couple of years and vacillating between Prime (whose already accepted me) and Jim Palmer. I've been biding my time taking care of some issues that kept me from trucking but now it looks as though I should be ready to take the plunge around the middle or end of September. I live in the Northwest so actually Jim Palmer may be a better fit for me than Prime. I just don't want to put my application in too early at Jim Palmer since they're a smaller company and have such a small class size. I want to be ready to pack up and go immediately when they have a class open up. Long story short- I'm trying to gauge my timing on when to fill out my digital employment application.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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