CDS Tractor Trailer Training In Virginia

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Navy Vet's Comment
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Leaving early is always good. They should have let you play with the trucks though. That's more fun ;)

In this location, the yard is not at the same place as the classroom facilities. If I were still at the Woodford campus that would have been a possibility.

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Day 10 was classroom all day and the half way point!

Day 11 was on the yard. We did a lottle straight backing....got that down. Then more offset backing...after a couple tries I was killing it and able to do the maneuver most times with no pullups! After lunch we went on the road for the first time. OH MY, I had good spped and truck control, I feel sorry for the transmission in that truck though, hahaha. The guy that drove before me did worse than I did, but I definitely need to work on double clutching.

Day 12 was more classroom, we only have 1 more classroom day, day 14, the remainder will be on the yard. I'm gonna miss tomorrow due to a doctor's appointment that I couldn't het rescheduled, a little bummed but life happens!

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Navy Vet's Comment
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So, it has been a while since I've updated this. I have completed the classroom portion of training last week. This week we have been on the yard all week doing A LOT of straight backing and offset backing. I am killing both of those, the instructors said they think I was doing it in the womb they came so easy, but parallel parking is a completely different story! I am struggling with that but am continually improving. Every day I do about a 20 mile trip on the road and handle the truck very well. My upshifting is great, my downshifting has gotten better every day and is going good now. This morning we were tested on the pretrip, we have been practicing it every morning except for the inside of the truck and the brake portions. I only missed 1 point on the entire thing but need a little more practice on the inside portion. I am scheduled to test Tuesday at the DMV for my license, I will see how I do Monday and if I don't drastically impprove my parallel parking I may push the test off until Thursday, we shall see! Thanks for reading.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Navy Vet's Comment
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Well. this is my final post to this thread, yesterday I tested and passed and got my CDL!

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.
Tanker Man's Comment
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Congrats! Where are you heading to next?

Well. this is my final post to this thread, yesterday I tested and passed and got my CDL!

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.
Navy Vet's Comment
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Congrats! Where are you heading to next?

Not sure yet, I am looking at a few companies....I've got a pending legal matter to clear up and then I'll make the final decision.

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