Graduating From 160 Driving Academy And Onward To HO Wolding

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Brandon H.'s Comment
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160 Driving Academy Run Down

I always knew that the local community college offered CDL training courses, what I didn't know that three or four years it was outsourced to the 160 Driving Academy. I had little information. I started investigating the school sometime in late April and it only took two or three days for me to determine this was the route I was going to take. The great thing about the 160 Academy is that there is several options for financing, luckily i had the opportunity to explore these options.

160 Driving Academy offered the following financing options:

- Full Self- Sponsorship/Self Pay. This is pretty self explanatory, you pay for the cost of the school and nothing more. I believe this was in the range of $3500 - $4000 for the four week course. - State Sponsored. This is the option that if you were receiving unemployment that the state will train you for the new skill or pay the cost of it. - Company Sponsorship. This is the most popular as far as what I heard and this is the route I am taking. There were a list of four different companies in-which would foot the bill for the program as long as you commit to them for a certain amount of time. The four options for companies were Swift Transportation, PAM Transport, Schneider and HO Wolding.

I took the first step and expressed the interest in the Swift sponsorship, however after continuous research and based off of our member Patricks experience I switch and decided to go with HO Wolding. I agreed upon a one year commitment with them for the assistance in covering the training.

I set my start date for April 29th and would begin full time training until the four weeks were complete. The instructors Sherry and another gentlemen (for the life of me I cannot remember his name) were absolutely wonderful. They had one goal and that was to make sure you passed your CDL test. Week one was strictly studying for the permit exam an oddly would only study general knowledge, air brakes and combination. On Friday I would pass all three tests and receive my permit. The following three weeks followed continuous review of the pretrip guide and skills. In my class there was a total of nine of us. Split into two groups four then five. I was apart of the group whom would do shifting and road practice in the afternoon and skills and pretrip in the morning. It was a bit rocky with the students in my group, but we survived. Upon testing I passed pretrip and skills with flying wasn't until the darn driving course I hit the brick wall. Upon making my last turn I was clouded by confidence and hugged the curb a bit too much. Second day I was able to pass with a "smooth" score according to my instructor.

In all I recommend the 160 Driving Academy to those who are able to learn at a fast pace and are able to do a lot of self teaching. Luckily I had prior experience to be able to know what to expect and have basic skills. By no means should you let confidence cloud you. It will guide you to a lot of headaches. Multiple students learned the hard way. Out of our class of 9, 8 passed. That is a good turn out!

If you have any questions about 160 Driving Academy have no hesitation in asking questions.

Stay tuned for the next chapter.....Day 1.....Amherst, WI....HO Wolding.


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.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

Army 's Comment
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Congrats and the next phase.

Safe travels Chris

Smoochie Bear's Comment
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Thanks for the review. I'm considering the same option.

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