The MTC Experience

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Tues 12/12

I tested today. Did well on pretrip and skills but, failed dismally on the road test. It was probably the shortest road test in history. First turn, hopped a curb and game over. We turned around and went right back to the testing facility.

Well...luckily I got the pretrip and skills out of the way. And if I can somehow not be a total idiot (again), I should pass my road test in the very near future.

It does bother me a lot that I failed on my first attempt. Mostly because I have to face my peers and tell them I failed. I feel happy for my fellow classmates (surprisingly few) who earned their CDLs today.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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It's not a huge deal. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Next time you'll know what NOT to do.good-luck.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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It definitely wasn't the shortest in history. We had a student in our class kill the truck as soon as the test started. You'd be surprised how many people fail their first time. You passed the first 2 sections so atleast those are done with and only have to focus on the road test. It doesn't matter how many times it takes you. Atleast you know what you did wrong and can do things different to avoid having the same result. When can you retest?

Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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I retest Monday. I realized recently that my motivation for earning a CDL has shifted. At first, I was motivated by the thought of getting on the road with a trainer as soon as possible. Now, after spending over 4 weeks in a hotel, relying on unreliable shuttles, and seeing the same people every day (some of whom I would prefer not to see anymore), my single greatest motivation is to be anywhere but here. LOL!

Thanks for the encouragement!

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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Sun 12/24

I earned my CDL on Tuesday. We were rushed through orientation and, to my surprise, we were given the opportunity to go home for Christmas!

I caught a bus from St. Louis on Friday afternoon at 2:00 and arrived in Philly at 5:15 Saturday evening. We ran out of gas in Columbus, OH and sat on the road for 2 hours waiting for fuel. If I'm lucky, I'll never have to take a greyhound again!

I'm supposed to be contacted by US Xpress on Tuesday to arrange the next phase of my training (meeting up with my trainer). I'm praying it does not involve a bus trip.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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.
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