About To Start CRST CDL Training In Jacksonville, Any Advice Would Be Appreciated.

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Junior's Comment
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I am a late comer to the career, 48. Have a wife and 4 kids (two in college, and two in there teens). I know it will be hard for the next year, but I am sick and tired of being laid off in the technology world. You know, build something and then sales screws the pooch so the company has to close up, stuff. So I decided to pursue trucking. I researched all the options, but I need company sponsored, so... My final choices were P.A.M., Cypress, and CRST. Cypress was more regional (South East), so I thought I would not get good driving experience in the long run. So that brought it down to PAM and CRST. CRST edged out because of the technology packages in their trucks. I know I will make a little less than at PAM, but I think I will be ok.

Anyone have any advice for me during school, orientation, and co-driving? I would really appreciate it.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Old School's Comment
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I just have a question for you. Are you aware that you will be a team driver at CRST? That is a very tough way to get this whole thing started off right. At least in my opinion it would be.

Sambo's Comment
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KNIGHT KNIGHT KNIGHT!!!!! What?? Just sayin'.....

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Junior's Comment
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I just have a question for you. Are you aware that you will be a team driver at CRST? That is a very tough way to get this whole thing started off right. At least in my opinion it would be.

I know its a team house. I think I will be able to put up with it for 10 months. I will bite that bullet, for a better future.

Old School's Comment
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Okay, that's a good response. I just like to make sure - sometimes people get blindsided by that seemingly irrelevant reality of life at CRST.

Junior's Comment
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KNIGHT KNIGHT KNIGHT!!!!! What?? Just sayin'.....

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I applied to Knight, and talked to their recruiter, but they had no school close to me. I would have had to go Arizona. Then I would have to deal with Florida DMV to transfer the CDL-A to Florida, and if you know anything about Florida Man, you know what a PIA that could be.

If you think I am in err, please let me know, I have until Monday to change it up.

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.

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.

Junior's Comment
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I just have a question for you. Are you aware that you will be a team driver at CRST? That is a very tough way to get this whole thing started off right. At least in my opinion it would be.

Hey Old School,

Why do you think it would be a hard way to start out my career in teams? I thought it would be good to start. Mind you, teams is definitely not what I want in the long run. I actually have my eyes on Raven, or Knight solo in the long run. Maybe even OO.

But that's why I am asking you guys for advice, I am very green!

Old School's Comment
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Why do you think it would be a hard way to start out my career in teams?

Team pay is paid by the miles to the truck - you guys will split it. So... if you have a co-driver who just isn't a very good performer, guess what? Let's say you drove 2800 miles one week, but your lazy partner only managed to do 1500. Your truck did 4,300 miles - not bad, until you realize that you did the lion's share of the work, and your partner got half the pay!

What if he is a slob, doesn't care to take a shower, and throws trash all over the cab of the truck, leaves his banana peels on the passenger seat while he's driving? I have rescued some really nasty abandoned trucks in my day, you won't believe how nasty some truck drivers can be. You are living inside what is basically the size of a good closet, and a team truck with a decent team doesn't stop much at all. You sleep while he drives, he sleeps while you drive - that is the way it is supposed to work. Team driving is a dynamic concept for the freight business, but it has realities to it that can really be tough. Those realities are what I'm referring to.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junior's Comment
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Why do you think it would be a hard way to start out my career in teams?

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Team pay is paid by the miles to the truck - you guys will split it. So... if you have a co-driver who just isn't a very good performer, guess what? Let's say you drove 2800 miles one week, but your lazy partner only managed to do 1500. Your truck did 4,300 miles - not bad, until you realize that you did the lion's share of the work, and your partner got half the pay!

What if he is a slob, doesn't care to take a shower, and throws trash all over the cab of the truck, leaves his banana peels on the passenger seat while he's driving? I have rescued some really nasty abandoned trucks in my day, you won't believe how nasty some truck drivers can be. You are living inside what is basically the size of a good closet, and a team truck with a decent team doesn't stop much at all. You sleep while he drives, he sleeps while you drive - that is the way it is supposed to work. Team driving is a dynamic concept for the freight business, but it has realities to it that can really be tough. Those realities are what I'm referring to.

Got ya, thanks. I will look out for that stuff. I am not the neatest person, but I do not like to live in filth, so I will make sure that I match up with someone like me. Hopefully, I can find them before I go nuts. LOL

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Yeah, it can be done. Some folks just don't realize what they're getting into. With you being from Florida you're somewhat limited in your options. I remember one of our members named "Troubadour," who started with CRST, then after fulfilling his obligation went to Knight. But shortly thereafter went back to CRST because he realized how much he liked it over there.

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