Best Training Diaries

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Grandma Day's Comment
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Reading over several training diaries. Can you list a few specifically to read? The good, bad and ugly. A female experience as well.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Hi Terri, There are so many excellent diaries, it's not really fair or possible to single any one or three out... that being said, Kori M.'S was fun to read, full of energy & enthusiasm, and meets your feminine criteria. I see you are starting somewhere on Oct. 23... great for you! I hope this is the niche you are looking for. I look forward to reading your diary that you'll post on here... your experience will lend a unique perspective to this lifestyle choice.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Of course, I'm a fan of mine. For a female diary, try Rainy D's. Hope that helps.


Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
G-Town's Comment
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This is also a good one: Susan D's training diary

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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This is a very subjective answer. Which one is best? ALL OF THEM. Read as many as you possibly can. Learning from each person's experience.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Terri, it's true that there are differences in what men and women experience in the trucking business, from physical differences to social issues. It's a good thing that you want to learn about these.

Read up on Rainy, Susan, ChickieMonster, Mountain Girl, Flatie C., and Little Syster. (Use the search bar, top left.)

As for "Good, Bad and Ugly", they're all here. The best? That's like asking a mom which child she loves best: "Why, all of them, of course!"

Grandma Day's Comment
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Yes the best wording on my part was bad for sure. Guess I should said good beginning to end diaries. Notice a lot just drop off.

Thank to you all.

G-Town's Comment
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Yes the best wording on my part was bad for sure. Guess I should said good beginning to end diaries. Notice a lot just drop off.

Thank to you all.

They drop off many times once drivers go solo or they don't have the time or inclination to continue writing.

Use the search bar to locate all you require.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Terri, the ladies I listed did post training diaries, and usually much more. Still, you need to use the search bar.

Try this: search on a name. The first entry should be a link to their profile. The second entry should be "Comment History". Select Comment History. The will be a thing that says "Page 1 of" (and some number). Enter that number to see their earliest posts. Somewhere in that end of the list of parts you should find their diary entry.

Have fun!

LDRSHIP's Comment
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If you want to read my very abrupt "training diary" you can look thru my earliest posts. My training time was very brief. I was done training and running solo in just over 2 weeks. I did post it in general discussion, not the training diaries section. As I stated my time was very brief. I found this site after I was already in CDL school at a community college.


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.
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