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Big Scott's Comment
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I'm getting things lined up to take my test for my cdlp. I live in Winston County Alabama and I'm worried about that cold weather in Utah. I was accepted for that school. I don't have a start date yet, I have to get my bp down so I can get my medical card. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences in your training.

Any advice? What to bring, how much money did you need, thing of that nature.

Sounds like you had a good experience so far.

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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.
Patricia R.'s Comment
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There is a bus that goes to walmart multiple times a day. If you are on a seriously tight budget I suggest ramen noodles because ppl steal food out of the fridge often. They do not provide any food here. There is a restaurant and a store in the building but it gets pricy to shop here every day.

As far as the cold prepared with heavy winter gear. I HATE being cold and I survived by wearing half my clothes everyday and still freezing my butt off. If you want something bad enough you focus on your goal and you remember what you came here for. When I involved myself 100% in the training and stayed focused the cold wasn't as bad. But I would have been way less cold if I had come better prepared.

I wanted to do school and training here during this time of year because I wanted to be with an experienced trainer in these conditions.... instead of being out by myself next winter wondering what I should do.

As far as money goes it's really hard to say how much a person will need. I would say as much as you can bring since it will be about 3 weeks until your first paycheck. It's about 10 days from the start of school until you pass your test and get hired. Then you wait for your trainer to pick you up so you can get your 180 hours of road time to move up to the next level.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Big Scott's Comment
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That's crazy that people will steal food like that. With your attitude you will be very successful. Are you out with your trainer? If so, how's it going?

Patricia R.'s Comment
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My trainer decided he was sick of training and switched to team driving. So I'm waiting on a new trainer and should hopefully be pulling out this weekend. I will update as soon as I head out.

Big Scott's Comment
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Sorry to hear that he quit training. Hope you get out quick. Good luck.

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I think i got a good pair of gloves. And a thick hoodie with that fake wool stuff for over my coat and sweatshirt. $20 for this fantastic hoodie at Sapp brothers TS in Wyoming. Says $60 on the tag. And some thick leggins for $7. I'm gettin there.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Big Scott's Comment
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Nancy, The key for staying warm in the cold is layers. You want a windproof outer layer. Good luck. Don't forget a hat.

Patricia R.'s Comment
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Ok guys. My 1st trip out today with my new trainer.

80,000 lbs Up a mountain In the dark

Made it fine. I'm exhausted and going to bed. I will update tomorrow!!

Big Scott's Comment
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Awesome. Congratulations.

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That is really awesome. We had to use the chains going up the mountains on I-70. It wasnt an easy chore but a necessary lesson for me. Im just a passenger seat driver right now. Grew up in New York snow but 33years in Florida, well, i needed a refresher course. Feeling alot better about the snow, just need to get the clothes straighted out. Then i have to establish an address in Memphis and do the Swift training. Good luck to you. You sound like a go-getter. Thats very encouraging.

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