CFI At Crowder College

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Robert H.'s Comment
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Good luck on your testing out stuff, I'm sure you will do well and I'm guessing you will update once done... cool dog by the way

Headed to Joplin tomorrow morning. Should test out sometime Thursday or Friday. Maybe I'll get lucky and not test out until Monday due to the weekend.

G-Town's Comment
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Headed to Joplin tomorrow morning. Should test out sometime Thursday or Friday. Maybe I'll get lucky and not test out until Monday due to the weekend.

Best of luck!

Don's Comment
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Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I passed my company tests in Joplin this afternoon and am officially assigned a truck. I now have to drive ( in a rental car) up to our Taylor, MI terminal to get my assigned tractor. The bad news is I will now be out there in the real world driving solo. These next fee months will probably be intimidating, nerve-racking and plain scary, as I now have to rely on myself, with CFI's support, of course. to 'git 'er done'.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Congratulations Don! A fine job and well deserved. You have kept us informed of your progress and success with passing your tests and your career with CFI is finally all on your own. Good luck to you and continued success.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Don!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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The bad news is I will now be out there in the real world driving solo.

I've survived worse than you....im from.jersey remember!

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Hang in there we are all pulling for you!!!! and remember...any day you dont hit anything and are early is a good day! you did a great job

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Big Scott's Comment
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Wooo pop Hooooo!! Congratulations! Great job. And you get paid to drive that car. Remember to go over that truck with a fine tooth comb. You don't have to take it if it's nasty. The people in Taylor are nice. Also, truck assignments will help with any problems. Good luck. Looking forward to speaking with you.

Turtle's Comment
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The bad news is I will now be out there in the real world driving solo.

Nonsense! That's good news, brother! You'll be doing your own thing, living the dream.

You'll have a couple rough patches, to be sure. But you're going to be surprised at how much quicker you pick up on things now that it's all on you. The sense of pride that comes along with this time is priceless.

Congratulations Don! Embrace the good times to come.

Old School's Comment
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You'll have a couple rough patches, to be sure. But you're going to be surprised at how much quicker you pick up on things now that it's all on you. The sense of pride that comes along with this time is priceless.

I completely agree with Turtle's sentiment. You're going to feel like a fish out of water at first, but only for a short while. You're accustomed to having someone right there with you all the time. Big Scott can be a huge help to you, and if course there's always someone here in the forum willing to help.

It gets real now, but you are prepared for it. After a few rough first weeks you'll be turning miles just like the old pros out here. Expect the stress levels to be high, and therefore focus on safe practices. At the start of your solo career, being safe is far more important than being ultra productive. The main thing the company wants to see from you at this point is that you can do this without tearing things up. After you've proven that, they'll give you plenty of chances to prove how productive you can be.

Another trucker is born! That's exciting.

Don's Comment
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Thanks everyone for the congrats and advice. I'm excited for the future 'adventures' I will experience such as driving around Dallas, Houston, Jersey, D.C., etc., during rush hours (haha). I will definitely enjoy so those times I'll be driving the rural areas seeing the beautiful farm girls ......urrr........I mean farmland this country also offers.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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