CFI At Crowder College

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Don's Comment
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It has been a frustrating last few days with CFI. I got to the W. Memphis terminal , and could get off the load I had, so had to do the reset. Left last night to drive 45 minutes to my delivery, thus my 14 started. I get a pre-plan for an 0700 pickup 2 hours away. Local Dispatch states, "Nothing else available." It is supposed to be a drop/hook, but when I get to the shipper it ends up being a live load with no open window, so 0700 it is. Even though I went to sleeper at 0130, my 14 is going to max out, unless I can keep myself off-duty/sleeper for 3 more hours (1130) but I have to leave this facility.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Army 's Comment
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Hey Don

I am sure that kind of frustration is across the board at all carriers. I feel like the more I read, and "kinda" understand, that managing the clock will probably be my greatest challenge since there are certain aspects you can't personally control. Stay Safe..

Chris

Robert H.'s Comment
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"Training at Crowder College is now 3 weeks instead of 4 weeks as you will be testing in an automatic truck and have a restriction for automatics on your CDL."

this is copied from post on another forum from someone who is Now attending CFI training thru Crowder, just thought I would let everyone know. Also I planning to start around 2nd week of January, my current boss didn't seem to happy that I would be quitting, I think cause she know she have to hire someone else.

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.
Robert H.'s Comment
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From Recruiting as of 8/7/2018 CFI PAY SCALE Our newest pay scale is as follows:

Students 7,500 miles minimum with finisher - $0.26 per mile then upgrade to company truck and earn $0.35 per mile. 60,000 miles - $0.37 per mile 90,000 miles - $0.39 per mile 120,000 miles - $0.41 per mile Team pay starts at $0.51 per mile Owner Operators - $1.04 plus current fuel surcharge Additional pay: .03cpm for Hazmat Loads .05cpm for the Northeastern States .01-.04cpm Safety Bonus Quarterly

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Big Scott's Comment
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Here is what I confirmed today. CFI trainees who go to Crowder will train in 3 weeks. Not sure if it will be all on automatics. I believe those sent to Truck Dynasty will have 4 weeks.

The pay increase is correct as of 7-22-18. CFI has the miles for you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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After a slow finish from last week to Sunday, I got a shorter load (667 miles from Jackson, TN to CFI's Taylor, MI terminal for a relay not due until 8/9 to set me up for hometime for the end of this week. Phooey with that, so I ran that entire load yesterday, getting all 667 miles in my 11. I could not have done it if it hadn't been all highway miles. I got to Taylor with 15 minutes on my 11. Why burn my 70? Well, I cannot possibly use all 70 hours before getting home Friday, so why not push it. WAS it risky (or foolish) getting so close to my 11? Yes, but I thrive on getting pushed. I guess that comes from working as a nurse all these years. I monitored truck stops, rest areas, etc. along the way, continuing to recalculate my eta to Taylor at certain points. If I thought thete was no way I could make it to Taylor, I would have stopped at a rest area somewhere in NW Ohio When I got 90 minutes from Taylor, I recalculated again and knew that it would be close but I could make it. I doubt I will push it so close again, but doing so has afforded me a couple extra days to try to get a couple more loads before hometime. I then got a 498 mile load to Mechanicburg, PA today, and have a pre-plan to run to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow for almost 500, giving me 1000 miles I wouldn't have gotten igf I just said, "oh, I'll just take 4 days to drive from Jackson, TN to Taylor and then go home." Again, phooey on that. If I were not going home, I would have paced myself more, but I am just trying to squeeze more miles in before hometime, or I would have had really low miles this week.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Great job.

Don's Comment
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Correction. That was 647 miles, not 667.

After a slow finish from last week to Sunday, I got a shorter load (667 miles from Jackson, TN to CFI's Taylor, MI terminal for a relay not due until 8/9 to set me up for hometime for the end of this week. Phooey with that, so I ran that entire load yesterday, getting all 667 miles in my 11. I could not have done it if it hadn't been all highway miles. I got to Taylor with 15 minutes on my 11. Why burn my 70? Well, I cannot possibly use all 70 hours before getting home Friday, so why not push it. WAS it risky (or foolish) getting so close to my 11? Yes, but I thrive on getting pushed. I guess that comes from working as a nurse all these years. I monitored truck stops, rest areas, etc. along the way, continuing to recalculate my eta to Taylor at certain points. If I thought thete was no way I could make it to Taylor, I would have stopped at a rest area somewhere in NW Ohio When I got 90 minutes from Taylor, I recalculated again and knew that it would be close but I could make it. I doubt I will push it so close again, but doing so has afforded me a couple extra days to try to get a couple more loads before hometime. I then got a 498 mile load to Mechanicburg, PA today, and have a pre-plan to run to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow for almost 500, giving me 1000 miles I wouldn't have gotten igf I just said, "oh, I'll just take 4 days to drive from Jackson, TN to Taylor and then go home." Again, phooey on that. If I were not going home, I would have paced myself more, but I am just trying to squeeze more miles in before hometime, or I would have had really low miles this week.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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15 minutes is a long time. I have been known to push myself to zero minutes left. You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

Old School's Comment
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phooey on that

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I love that attitude! While you're out here, you ought to be making money.

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