Schneider - Diesel Driving Academy

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Jamie's Comment
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Hello everyone! I decided to make one of these threads to document my time in trucking school, I decided to go through a company in order to pay for my schooling. I decided to go with Schneider for many reasons, and I figured it was a decent company to get my foot in the door and maybe stay with long term. I've talked to countless of their drivers while driving taxi, and liked what I heard.

I'll be heading to Little Rock, Arkansas this Sunday to start my schooling at Diesel Driving Academy on Monday. I'm pretty excited, I have studied quite a bit over the past few weeks, mostly reading the manual before I found the High Road guide on the site. I have switched over to that mostly, as I found it to be more helpful.

I'll be sure to keep this thread updated as much as possible!

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Jeremy C.'s Comment
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That's pretty awesome news, Jamie! Very nice choice on your company to train with. Look forward to seeing some updates here. 😀

My visits may be intermittent because I just finished training and I'm about to get set loose with my buddy/co-driver, so I'm going to have my hands a little full being that we're basically out on our own now.

But even if I dont leave comments, I try to keep up with stuff when I can. Also, make sure to update regularly, as you never know who else is just lurking and reading posts without even introducing themselves - so you never know just how many people you might be helping just by sharing! 👍

Safe travels to Little Rock and best of luck while getting started!!!

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.

Jamie's Comment
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That's pretty awesome news, Jamie! Very nice choice on your company to train with. Look forward to seeing some updates here. 😀

My visits may be intermittent because I just finished training and I'm about to get set loose with my buddy/co-driver, so I'm going to have my hands a little full being that we're basically out on our own now.

But even if I dont leave comments, I try to keep up with stuff when I can. Also, make sure to update regularly, as you never know who else is just lurking and reading posts without even introducing themselves - so you never know just how many people you might be helping just by sharing! 👍

Safe travels to Little Rock and best of luck while getting started!!!

I agree, I'm sure some people might disagree. But I believe they're a good choice to train with, and maybe work with long term depending on how everything works out with schooling.

Congrats on finishing your training! I'm sure you guys will do fine, stay safe out there!

I'll be sure to update this thread regardless of the replies, as I know a lot of people tend to read them without replying. You never know, someone else might be going through the same setup/school sometime in the future, and this thread might help them or give them a better idea!

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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.

Jamie's Comment
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So I just arrived at the hotel, it's a pretty decent hotel. It has good ratings, the bed is pretty comfortable. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, since that will be our first day, I'm sure it'll mostly be doing paper work and what not.

Jamie's Comment
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It seems I'll be at the hotel for 20 days, so I assume I'll be taking my permit test either on the first or second day. shocked.png

Jamie's Comment
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Day 1: Today was a lot of paper work in the morning hours, a few of us had to go get a dot physical and drug screening which it seems everyone passed. There are 7 other people in the class, but 3 of them already had their class a permits so they got to do some driving today in the yard. We did go over a few pages in the driving safely section of the manual. I plan to read all the required sections tonight as asked by the teacher.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jamie's Comment
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Day 2: Today we studied Air Breaks and Combination Vehicles, along with doing some practice tests. I missed a few questions on the Combination Vehicles, but I made a 100% on the air breaks. The teacher/instructor told us a lot of real world experiences and mistakes he had made over the years and explained how it made him a better and safer trucker. There isn't much to say about my current time in school, because it's all just class work. I can't wait to get out there and do some driving, etc.

Tomorrow we'll take our Class A CDL permit tests, I'm sure I'll pass the tests.

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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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Army 's Comment
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Good Luck, and we look forward to hearing about your progress.

Jamie's Comment
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I'm typing on my phone, but I'll write a longer reply later.

But good news! I passed my written exams today, made a 100 on air breaks and combo, missed 3 general knowledge

Army 's Comment
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Great, I am sure that is an awesome feeling.

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