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CIDRAY's Comment
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Leaving in 11 days for Celadon. Anybody have any tips on what to expect? I already have my CDL permit and DOT physical completed. Also have a passport.

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.

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.

Uriah (FlyingTanker)'s Comment
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Here are a few links that might help:

Celadon Truck Driver Training: My Training Experiences

Celadon Company-Sponsered CDL Training Program Review

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Expect the entire process to be like one long job interview. They're going to be watching everyone closely. They're not just looking at trucking-related stuff, but for attitude and work ethic too. It's not just about teaching people how to back and shift. It's about identifying people who have a shot at sticking around for a while and being successful in this industry.

Probably a quarter of your class will be gone after two days. Half of them won't even get their CDL. The dropout rates are high. Go in there with a great attitude, work really hard, listen closely to everything they're telling you, and ask a lot of questions. Stay away from any students you find with a poor attitude. If they're not taking it seriously, they're not working hard, and they have a skeptical or cynical attitude just stay away from them and stay focused on the challenges you're facing. You're not going to believe how many terrible attitudes you're going to find amongst the students, but as I mentioned, most of those guys won't be around for long anyhow.

Just keep a great attitude, keep working hard, and roll with things. There are going to be times you'll feel overwhelmed or you might think you've chosen the wrong company or the wrong industry altogether. Just keep pushing through it. Everyone has doubts at times. Everyone is confused and overwhelmed at times. You have to push through it and stay the course.

Also, go through our Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections in our High Road Training Program. You're going to need to know that stuff in order to do your job out there.

Best of luck to ya and let us know how things go.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott M's Comment
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Brett- FYI.. I know this thread is About Celadon.. But some data about Prime

From Prime's website.. "Prime hires just over 25% of its students.".. A person is hired the day they pass the Class A tests. And from a knowledgeable Source.. "5% of new employees make It to one Year"

My bet is these 2 numbers will increase. The owner is growing the company. And right now he is putting in the substructure- new road(s) for new buildings.. I haven't seen the blueprints, but others have been shown the plans for a huge training building... And more

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CIDRAY's Comment
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Expect the entire process to be like one long job interview. They're going to be watching everyone closely. They're not just looking at trucking-related stuff, but for attitude and work ethic too. It's not just about teaching people how to back and shift. It's about identifying people who have a shot at sticking around for a while and being successful in this industry.

Probably a quarter of your class will be gone after two days. Half of them won't even get their CDL. The dropout rates are high. Go in there with a great attitude, work really hard, listen closely to everything they're telling you, and ask a lot of questions. Stay away from any students you find with a poor attitude. If they're not taking it seriously, they're not working hard, and they have a skeptical or cynical attitude just stay away from them and stay focused on the challenges you're facing. You're not going to believe how many terrible attitudes you're going to find amongst the students, but as I mentioned, most of those guys won't be around for long anyhow.

Just keep a great attitude, keep working hard, and roll with things. There are going to be times you'll feel overwhelmed or you might think you've chosen the wrong company or the wrong industry altogether. Just keep pushing through it. Everyone has doubts at times. Everyone is confused and overwhelmed at times. You have to push through it and stay the course.

Also, go through our Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections in our High Road Training Program. You're going to need to know that stuff in order to do your job out there.

Best of luck to ya and let us know how things go.

Brett,

Thanks for the information and heads up. I definitely plan on going hard. I also wanna thank you for this site. Without it I wouldn't have passed the CDL permit tests. I'm going to start going through the Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections today. I'll try posting once I get there to give current updates about the program.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
CIDRAY's Comment
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Here are a few links that might help:

Celadon Truck Driver Training: My Training Experiences

Celadon Company-Sponsered CDL Training Program Review

Thanks for the links......

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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Brett- FYI.. I know this thread is About Celadon.. But some data about Prime

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From Prime's website.. "Prime hires just over 25% of its students.".. A person is hired the day they pass the Class A tests. And from a knowledgeable Source.. "5% of new employees make It to one Year"

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My bet is these 2 numbers will increase. The owner is growing the company. And right now he is putting in the substructure- new road(s) for new buildings.. I haven't seen the blueprints, but others have been shown the plans for a huge training building... And more

I hate to say it but those numbers don't have anything to do with how well prime is doing. Those are pretty much industry standard figures of people who stay in trucking. That's why all of us on this site try to prepare people for trucking because so many people go in with misguided expectations and then decide to leave the industry. Some personal examples here. In my Cdl school we had a class of 14 people. Out of those 14 12 got jobs right away and out of the 12 that got jobs right away there's 2 of us still out here. My orientation class was a group of 3 and I think there 2 of us left. The trucking industry is tough and even the good companies have trouble with retention.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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