CRST Expedited Trucking School And Training Program Cedar Rapids, IA. A (re) Training Diary By Millionmiler24

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Rob T.'s Comment
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MM are you still training new drivers? How does CRST train, meaning is there a couple days you guys run solo so you can observe or are you given someone who just got their CDL and run as team immediately. How long is training? Before you were training how many different co-drivers did you go through before you found one that you guys were able to get along (not saying it as a bad thing) and be able to both be happy with each others performance. Too often with teaming we hear about co-drivers being lazy and not wanting to do as much so their resentment grows and teams split quite frequently. Either way i really love that you've documented your journey so others can see that CRST isnt a terrible place to work. Teaming is not for everyone but you seem to enjoy it smile.gif

Go figure I'll be in CR tomorrow morning and you're long gone :P. A couple months ago I seen you were 2 miles away (residential area) while I delivered to one of our stores there but it was also 1am haha. One of these times I'll be lucky enough.

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.
millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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MM are you still training new drivers? How does CRST train, meaning is there a couple days you guys run solo so you can observe or are you given someone who just got their CDL and run as team immediately. How long is training? Before you were training how many different co-drivers did you go through before you found one that you guys were able to get along (not saying it as a bad thing) and be able to both be happy with each others performance. Too often with teaming we hear about co-drivers being lazy and not wanting to do as much so their resentment grows and teams split quite frequently. Either way i really love that you've documented your journey so others can see that CRST isnt a terrible place to work. Teaming is not for everyone but you seem to enjoy it smile.gif

Go figure I'll be in CR tomorrow morning and you're long gone :P. A couple months ago I seen you were 2 miles away (residential area) while I delivered to one of our stores there but it was also 1am haha. One of these times I'll be lucky enough.

For right now I am still training new drivers. My current student is the best I have ever had so far.

The training "program" basically is this:

Minimum 21 days on a Lead Drivers truck for a student up to a preferred maximum of 28 days and 10K PAID and DH combined miles for the truck. Trainers at CRST are called Lead Drivers. 1st 3 days minimum hopefully not to exceed 5 days is the solo phase. That is where we are supposed to get a solo general freight load of at least 2k paid miles and run with that. During this phase the student does absolutely EVERYTHING on that truck with me showing them and them actually doing it after I show them. Also during the training period, I am supposed to document 10 straight line backs and 15 90/offset/angle backs. I try to have those knocked out during that first week. Then I can certify them on backing and they won't have to wake me up when we go team status unless they need me to spot them in.

After the solo phase we upgrade them to Lead Driver/Student Team status. At that stage this is where I have let my DM know that I am confident enough in my students abilities to drive and back to where I can sleep in the sleeper berth while they are driving. During this phase we are trying to get them the rest of their 10K miles and their remainder of their 21 to 28 days. I personally feel the training program is way too rushed there so this is why after my current student is upgraded, I will be stepping down and going back to bein a normal co driver.

I have been very fortunate to only have 2 co drivers with CRST so far. Almost everyone I have trained and co driven with I have gotten along with except one notable exception which I don't wish to talk about here.

As I stated in another thread on here a while back and Rob I do believe it was you that requested it, I absolutely live to team. I love having that extra set of eyes in the truck in case I need help. I feel much safer teaming than I would be goin solo.

Request Granted: How I feel about teaming.

There's the thread I referenced earlier. Hopefully this answers everything you wanted to know about the training process at CRST.

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.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Seabee-J's Comment
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When it comes to finding a partner , How does that work ? Does CRST help drivers in need of one find each other or do you ask around throughout the ranks ? I'd figure that since it's a team company that they would have some sort of system for this .

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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When it comes to finding a partner , How does that work ? Does CRST help drivers in need of one find each other or do you ask around throughout the ranks ? I'd figure that since it's a team company that they would have some sort of system for this .

Your DM aka your Driver Manager will get you a list of available co drivers that are lookin for co drivers in your area that you can call and interview from and select from there.

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.

Driver Manager:

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.
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