CR England Automatic Only For Training?

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Ridge C.'s Comment
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Hey guys, unfortunately due to my low grades I had to take a break from full time college at the moment, so I've decided to prepare for a career in truck driving for a couple years at the very least could be longer but who knows where life will take me. Anyways I'm most likely going to be attending a company sponsored school and I've narrowed it down to prime and CR England. I have a few concerns however; I'm aware that CR England trains on only automatics and at the end of training you'll have an only automatic restriction on your license, would this help or hinder me in the short term? I know the industry as a whole is moving towards automatics but its always best to know the fundamentals of a manual. At the same time however I believe these are two really great options to get started in this industry I just don't know how I feel about being stuck with an automatic only restriction on license. Any help is appreciated

G-Town's Comment
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Considering your short term plan of 2 years, why sweat it. By then you'll be hard pressed to find a manual among the larger carriers.

Prime and CRE? Two companies not typically mentioned as tops in a final list.

You might want to inquire if CRE still requires team running for the first six months after initial training.

Good luck.

Big Scott's Comment
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Why only those two? Have you seen these?

The High Road Training is the best way to prepair for your permit test.

We are here to help. By the way I drive for CFI and highly recommend them as a company to train and drive for. Good luck to you.

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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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Dead Money's Comment
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I have a few concerns however; I'm aware that CR England trains on only automatics and at the end of training you'll have an only automatic restriction on your license, would this help or hinder me in the short term?

In CR England’s job listing, there are some positions requiring manual transmissions skills. They seem to be day cab type jobs. Maybe those only go to the vets, or those trained outside of England. Recent training didn’t have an option of manual transmission. Maybe at specific schools, just not where I went.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert 's Comment
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I'm a rookie driver and have found out that the vast majority of trucks for the company I drive (think big drinks company) are mostly automatic so an automatic restriction may not be that big of a deal than it may have been a few years ago. I find the more experienced truckers tend to choose to drive the 12 speed manual transmission trucks but I prefer the automatics, so easy to drive (especially given my arthritic knee joints) and they still give the choice of operating the gear changes manually.

Hey guys, unfortunately due to my low grades I had to take a break from full time college at the moment, so I've decided to prepare for a career in truck driving for a couple years at the very least could be longer but who knows where life will take me. Anyways I'm most likely going to be attending a company sponsored school and I've narrowed it down to prime and CR England. I have a few concerns however; I'm aware that CR England trains on only automatics and at the end of training you'll have an only automatic restriction on your license, would this help or hinder me in the short term? I know the industry as a whole is moving towards automatics but its always best to know the fundamentals of a manual. At the same time however I believe these are two really great options to get started in this industry I just don't know how I feel about being stuck with an automatic only restriction on license. Any help is appreciated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Many times companies will sponsor training. Those schools will most likely train on manual transmissions. In school sponsorship, you attend a private institution; however, a company foots the bill with a contract like you attended their school.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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