CRST TRAINING SCHOOL IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - PLEASE HELP WITH REVIEWS, TIPS, AND EXPERIENCE

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Mighty Mike's Comment
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Narrowing down my options and starting school in January or February. Want to learn as much as I can about CRST Paid CDL Training in Jacksonville, FL before making a final decision.

Thanks for all your help.

Long term looking to drive a flatbed and have a local regional route which will get me home on weekends. But, I'm a resident of Florida and have a DUI that is only 7 years old so Cypress is out of the question (for now).

Thanks in advance for all your help.....

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.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Mike. Before going too much further, I assume you know that CRST is 100% team dispatched? This means when you are logged-in as the driver, your co-driver sleeps and visa-versa. Click this link for further information:

CRST Paid CDL Training Review

Not sure if you have reviewed any of the information found in these links:

Good luck!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mighty Mike's Comment
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I've been reading through all of that material since I created an account on this site. Very good stuff!

I do not want to team drive but options are very limited in Florida.

Mighty Mike's Comment
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I also have another dilemma to contend with before committing to any opportunity. I can't go backwards as far as income goes and I have to be home at least 3-4 days per month. The standard 1 day for every 7. I have a family at home.

I make about $40,000/yr now so I need to bring home at least that the first year.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Whereabouts are you in Florida?

Anything north of Orlando - and the opportunities start opening up.

You should be able to GROSS at least $40K the first year with almost any company - but there's no guarantee you're going to get home 3-4 every month like clockwork. Some companies are better than others at doing this - but your proximity to the freight lanes are a large factor - and if you are in SoFla, that's not considered "proximity".

Rick

Mighty Mike's Comment
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Whereabouts are you in Florida?

Anything north of Orlando - and the opportunities start opening up.

You should be able to GROSS at least $40K the first year with almost any company - but there's no guarantee you're going to get home 3-4 every month like clockwork. Some companies are better than others at doing this - but your proximity to the freight lanes are a large factor - and if you are in SoFla, that's not considered "proximity".

Rick

Stuart, Florida

Ulysses O.'s Comment
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I live in Port St Lucie and about to start with CRST. Just wondering what route you ended up taking. And any advise.

PackRat's Comment
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I live in Port St Lucie and about to start with CRST. Just wondering what route you ended up taking. And any advise.

I would guess not driving. He has not posted anything in nearly five years.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I live in Port St Lucie and about to start with CRST. Just wondering what route you ended up taking. And any advise.

Paging .. @Stevo Reno ?!?!

~ Welcome mom aka; Anne ~

OP, yep .. old thread. Hoping Stevo Reno will stop by. You can read his posts until he does; just use 'search by member' on the menu before this one!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I live in Port St Lucie and about to start with CRST. Just wondering what route you ended up taking. And any advise.

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I would guess not driving. He has not posted anything in nearly five years.

I know, right? Missed that. Sorry!!

~ Anne ~

TTYS!!

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