CRST, The Second Chance: Waterloo.

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Carol A.'s Comment
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1 week, 2 days ago So after learning I was going to Waterloo. I went back and packed my bags to get ready to leave the next day. So we arrived in Waterloo the following day. If you get sent to Waterloo you'll end up staying at either the super8 or the Baymont end. I stayed at the super8. Both hotels are extremely close to restaurants. There are a taco bell, Wendy's and McDonald's all minutes away from the super8 with plenty of other restaurants and shopping available within walking distance. Upon checking in we got our room assignments. I somehow got my own room. Both hotels offer breakfast seven days a week, from 6am-9pm, I was told the Baymont breakfast was a bit nicer. Okay so moving on. The training for the Hawkeye cdl school for CRST students is 7am-5pm. Morning classes are 7am to 1130 am lunch is served from 11:15 to 12:30. Afternoon classes run from 1pm to 4:30pm You will attend either Saturday or Sunday from 8am till 1pm. Days:5-6 okay so after nearly a week after I arrived in Cedar Rapids to begin my cdl training I actually started training. The first two days where spent watching a shifting video which is about two hours and a pre trip instruction video. Towards the end of your second day which was training day number 6 for me, you will be sent to the simulator room which holds four giant video game virtual reality machines. They are designed to give you a feeling of being in a truck and shifting. The first day I got about twenty minutes of practicing my shifting. You'll dry shift through the gears learning them, you will learn to use the clutch and gear shifter at the same time. On Sunday we were told we would be taking our simulator evaluation exams. There are three different test your giving threw chances to pass each one, you need to score a 60 or better. My first time on test one, I scored a low 55. I took out a light pole. Stalled out. It was a mess. So I started my second time, the second time I went slower I applied some of what I learned at CR.England to the test I was taking. "You will find yourself making deliveries in big town's, little town's and huge cities like New York, Chicago. Your going to be dealing with a rapid changing , ever shifting constantly moving environment. Be aware of your surroundings and watch your speed." I passed the second time around with a 83% I passed the last two test with 63% and the final exam an 88% on the first try. I was giving the okay to move on with training starting that Monday.


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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Old School's Comment
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Okay Carol, how about a proper introduction. For some reason I thought I was opening up Joseph's diary, but I find this is a completely new diary from another person. It's great to have you, but your diary has the same title as Joseph's. That is a little confusing, even if it is intriguing.

Welcome aboard!

Tell us a little something about your desire to start a trucking career.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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It's also a direct copy of Joseph's post.

Old School's Comment
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Yeah, I thought it had a familiar ring to it. Something curious is going on!

Joseph L.'s Comment
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I just want to say I am both humbled and flatter someone borrowed it๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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