Crete Carrier Training

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Hi guys! Thought I would post a training diary about Crete since it doesn't look like one has been done about this company in awhile.

Sunday, day before training began: The company rented a car for me to drive from Tulsa to the Dallas, TX area for orientation. I got a late start and didn't end up arriving at the hotel until about 9:30pm. The hotel is a La Quinta Inn and is pretty decent. Oddly is in Mesquite, which is about 20 miles away from the terminal in Wilmer.

Day 1, Monday: Got up about 5:15am, got ready and went downstairs for breakfast that the hotel provides. It was biscuits, sausage and eggs. Decent especially for free breakfast, but the coffee sucks. I loooove coffee so this was a bummer :)

Left for the terminal at 6:15 in the rental car. There were 15 others on the class, including not one but 2 other girls! We had an instructor and 2 human resources people that verified application information and had us sign paperwork. About 7 of us that had rental cars drove them back then took a shuttle back to the terminal. Took a urine drug test. Had a road test. We were given $5 McDonald's gift cards for lunch. We then shuttled to a doctor's office for Dot physicals and also had a hair drug test there. Then shuttled back to the hotel.

I had a sandwich for dinner and went to bed early.

Day 2, Tuesday: Got up same time, had breakfast, shuttled to terminal.

Today was a lot of videos and listening to the instructor. He talked about safety policies, workplace harassment, truck maintenance info, hours of service and some benefits stuff. We had Chinese food brought in for lunch. More paperwork and verifying info. We found out that about half of the class has to come Thursday for defensive driving. They said there are different reasons they require this; I'm required because I have no experience. I was surprised to learn that there are only 2 of us in this group that are brand new cdl-holders. They gave us a $10 gift card for dinner at Dennys. We got out of class at 4 but had to wait until 5 for the shuttle back to the hotel.

That is a lot to type on my phone so I will end for now.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Thanks toonces. Good luck.

G-Town's Comment
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Toonces wrote:

We found out that about half of the class has to come Thursday for defensive driving. They said there are different reasons they require this; I'm required because I have no experience. I was surprised to learn that there are only 2 of us in this group that are brand new cdl-holders.

It's quite possible that some of those drivers are there due to a mishap; accident, citation, critical event, over-speeding, etc. If you are comfortable with it, talk to some of them,...find out why they are there. You might learn something from the conversation; something you can tuck away for future reference that could perhaps save you from making the same mistake.

Good luck! Be the sponge and absorb everything.

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.
toonces's Comment
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I think I worded that poorly. I meant only 2 out of 16 in the orientation class were new cdl holders. Everybody else was experienced.

About half of the class had to do the defensive driving class. They said there were several factors, like accidents or your previous employer's Csa score, that could cause you to take the class.

But yes, I am trying to absorb as much as possible.

Toonces wrote:

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We found out that about half of the class has to come Thursday for defensive driving. They said there are different reasons they require this; I'm required because I have no experience. I was surprised to learn that there are only 2 of us in this group that are brand new cdl-holders.

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It's quite possible that some of those drivers are there due to a mishap; accident, citation, critical event, over-speeding, etc. If you are comfortable with it, talk to some of them,...find out why they are there. You might learn something from the conversation; something you can tuck away for future reference that could perhaps save you from making the same mistake.

Good luck! Be the sponge and absorb everything.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
toonces's Comment
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Day 3, Wednesday: Today we were officially hired! We got our employee ID numbers and signed more documents. The instructor talked about fuel stops, load assignments, trip info, hazmat , breakdowns, Qualcomm and tolls. Fried chicken was brought in for lunch. Another Denny's gift card for dinner.

I was given my trainer's phone number so I called her to see when she would be coming to the terminal. She said she'll be getting here Friday morning. She seemed nice but a couple of people kind of made a face when I told them who my trainer was, and that scared me a little. My instructor said she's very "direct". I just hope she's a good driver and a good teacher.

The trainer told me to make sure to have a blanket because she's going through menopause and will probably freeze me out, lol. So another girl from class gave me a ride to TJ Maxx and I bought a nice, thick blanket.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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