Accepted Into Schneider Going For Bulk Goods Transport

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James H.'s Comment
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So today, has been an awesome day.. I used the The High Road Online CDL Training Program, had no class time.. This was my only way to study since I would have to wait up to a month to get my birth certificate from Los Angeles county. I passed my DOT medical yesterday and today passed all 3 tests first try. I really rolled right through all them tests, already knew the answer. Thanks for having that program available.

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.

James H.'s Comment
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Flying out Thursday to goto school.

Sweet Jimmy's Comment
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Keep us updated, a recruiter from Schneider came to my school last week and it sounded like it might be a good fit for me.

James H.'s Comment
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Started class, did some sim training on backing.. did pretty good.. watched several video's.. I am in a trucking school, and supposedly TMC is gonna do a spiel about their business. They pay percentage, but I am gonna stay with Schneider. Seems like the right choice.. Gonna try to get out of the TMC speech.. No school on Sunday, start pre trip checks on Monday.

Sweet Jimmy's Comment
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A recruiter from TMC came to see us this past Thursday, sounded like a great company, but I've already been hired with Heritage Freight so I'm sticking with them, at least for a year and see how it goes.

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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I haven't been impressed with TMC... it seems, to me anyways, like they're trying too hard or selling too much. It makes me wonder what it's like underneath, if that makes sense. Schneider is tops on my list for when I do make the switch. I'd like to hear how it goes for you.

G-Town's Comment
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Started class, did some sim training on backing.. did pretty good.. watched several video's.. I am in a trucking school, and supposedly TMC is gonna do a spiel about their business. They pay percentage, but I am gonna stay with Schneider. Seems like the right choice.. Gonna try to get out of the TMC speech.. No school on Sunday, start pre trip checks on Monday.

Not trying to tell you what to do James, but knowledge is king, wouldn't hurt to listen about TMC, part of the learning process.

James H.'s Comment
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Started class, did some sim training on backing.. did pretty good.. watched several video's.. I am in a trucking school, and supposedly TMC is gonna do a spiel about their business. They pay percentage, but I am gonna stay with Schneider. Seems like the right choice.. Gonna try to get out of the TMC speech.. No school on Sunday, start pre trip checks on Monday.

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Not trying to tell you what to do James, but knowledge is king, wouldn't hurt to listen about TMC, part of the learning process.

Ya I did miss the TMC, but from what I heard they promised people they would be home on weekends. Be out two weeks and home on a weekend. They was also talking about percentage pay and so forth. I really came down here to this school for tanker training. Tomorrow Werner is doing a recruiting thing during our class. We received the Federal Motor Carrier safety regulation book today, and got a search through the book test.. We got a new instructor today, and we can definitely tell he just came off the road a few weeks ago.. The passion and his stories.. about being stuck on a hill and every time he went to first it would roll back, so he moved his trailer to the side of the road and ended up blocking 2 lanes, Then he told us about the switch that makes all his drive tires actually drive, he explained how he got out of that situation.. Just good to know things, and I can ask him and learn from his experiences.

I am going for Schneider bulk carrier.

We doing theory, we went over shifting and so forth.. Can't wait to get out on the range..

James H.'s Comment
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Did paper logs today.. fun fun.. tomorrow is pre-trip inspection

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

James H.'s Comment
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Been doing long trailer backing, and short trailer backing. Been doing the air brake test, got that down.. Really starting to get into the pre-trip inspections. I nailed the off-set backing several times today.. Did on the road without a trailer, double clutching.. Got the trailer tomorrow with the stick..

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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