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1-23-18 Day 4, Day 2 of school Today we spent very little time in the classroom. Most of the day was spent on the simulators. We were learning double clutch upshifting and downshifting. We first learned the method of upshifting to make sure we were proficient in that area. Then we moved onto downshifting, which for me was more difficult to learn. Something to note: studying the High Road CDL program on here will help you in school. Topics are covered quickly and you are expected to learn the material fairly quickly. Some of us were evaluated on our shifting. We must pass the simulator shifting evaluation before moving on. Thankfully, I passed. However, we will still spend time tomorrow practicing more on the simulators. Shifting definitely gets better with practice. Hopefully tomorrow we get to see a pre trip inspection tomorrow. We are strongly encouraged to practice in the evenings and on weekends to learn the pre trip thoroughly.

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.

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.

Jmart's Comment
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One thing to note: make sure your CDL license/permit doesn't have an intrastate restriction or automatic transmission only restriction. My roomy got sent home to get his corrected. Luckily, he is still able to stay in this class and CFI paid for his transportation to fix the issue.

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.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Big Scott's Comment
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One thing to note: make sure your CDL license/permit doesn't have an intrastate restriction or automatic transmission only restriction. My roomy got sent home to get his corrected. Luckily, he is still able to stay in this class and CFI paid for his transportation to fix the issue.

Was it just the intrastate issue. CFI has very few manual transmission trucks left in the fleet. I could see how the manual restriction could be a problem with school. Yes, CFI is very helpful.

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.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Jmart's Comment
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Was it just the intrastate issue. CFI has very few manual transmission trucks left in the fleet. I could see how the manual restriction could be a problem with school. Yes, CFI is very helpful.

His license had an automatic transmission restriction. I just mentioned the intrastate for anyone reading my diary so they are aware it needs to be interstate.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Jmart's Comment
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1-24-18 Day 5, Day 3 of school Today we practiced straight line backing and shifting on the simulators. We did that until lunch. After lunch, we were shown a complete pre-trip inspection. We also got to go practice on the range. They have an area at Crowder College that is used for semitruck driving. On the range, we practiced all aspects of driving that we have learned so far. Also, we learned how to do right and left turns. So far, I like this program. They want to see you succeed and will do what they can to make that happen. Tomorrow will be doing more practice on the range as well as straight line backing.

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.

Jmart's Comment
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1-25-18 Day 6 Day 4 of school Very little classroom time today. We spent most of the day out on the range practicing our turns and especially our shifting patterns. From everything I gathered so far during this first week, we will be shown everything we need to know to pass our CDL and have ample time to practice our skills. Like I said in one of my earlier posts, this is the MO state CDL testing site. Where better to learn and be able to drive the equipment that is used in our CDL testing? We also practice our straight line backing. This maneuver is fairly simple.

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.
Jmart's Comment
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1-26-18 Day 5 of school Today, unfortunately we list a student due to failing the drug screen. DO NOT USE YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER'S PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION! We spent our day getting tested on straight line backing as well as more practice driving. The instructors here are great! They want to see you succeed. If you haven't looked into CFI, i would.

Big Scott's Comment
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Glad you're enjoying yourself. Straight line back is very important because every back ends in straight back. The biggest problem many have with it is oversteering. CFI is training many more people now. Good luck. Keep having fun.

Jmart's Comment
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Glad you're enjoying yourself. Straight line back is very important because every back ends in straight back. The biggest problem many have with it is oversteering. CFI is training many more people now. Good luck. Keep having fun.

Yes, this is a great program!

The Riot's Comment
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Are there classes on Saturdays and Sundays?

I read that you drove from Montana to Missouri. H ow will it work with you getting your vehicle back to Montana if you are assigned a truck?

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