CDL Training At A Local College Truck Driving Academy

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Army 's Comment
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Congrats on passing. I am sure opportunity will be knocking soon. Safe Travels.

Brent R.'s Comment
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Thanks it’s a big relief to get that test over and passed.

Today we did all city driving, working on turning, downshifting coming up to lights, and we also worked on floating the gears, it’s all in the speed and the timing of the RPM’s but I’m getting better everyday, Thursday is our career day, we have burgers and hotdogs and the companies will be there for us to talk to, so far one local company has come and talked to us, it’s a local trucking company, 190 trucks, .45 cents a mile after the 4 weeks of training, 500 week while training, haul meat and refrigerated stuff, either you haul meat and it’s no touch or you haul loads to Allsups gas stations and grocery stores with in about 6 states around Texas, and take the items off pallets and the store workers take it off the truck, he said our job stops at the truck. Curious to see who else will be there, I’ll keep ya updated.

Brent R.'s Comment
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Week 7 more in city driving working on shifting up and down, tight turns, watching for curbs, was a good day of learning and perfecting shifting, even floated some without any issues,

Bruce K.'s Comment
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45 cpm after training is really a good rate. So is 500 per week. My rate will be 40 cpm after 18 days of training. 80 per day in training. I think I get up to the 45 cpm only after one year. And they teach you to float gears????????? Our school forbid that, but I hear most solo drivers do that. Am I correct? In fact is floating gears a good or bad practice?

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Brent R.'s Comment
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At our school depends on what instructor you have, some teach us to float and others prefer we don’t because they say some companies don’t want you floating, today I did a little of both, I’m more proficient using the clutch and double clutching right now, it really makes downshifting to me so much easier floating, the key is the RPM’s for me 1000 and 1500, some of our trucks are different so depends on what you drive that day, we’ve driven a 10 speed, 13 speed and a 18 speed, Some won’t go in at 1500 it may take 1750 to get in so really learning the truck helps as well, I think they start out at .45 per mile because you have to help pull boxes off pallets I guess, not sure. Our career day is this Thursday so hoping to see who comes and what some of them offer, time will tell,

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Brent R.'s Comment
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Wow been a busy week, school is still going, only 2 days left,we get our certificates on Wednesday, been a long 8 weeks but have met some great people and some I will continue to be friends with forever, today we had our final exam, included alley dock backing, driving, steep grades, made a 97, so was happy about that, drove a Volvo last week and that is by far my favorite truck to drive so far as maneuvering, we had our career fair and talked with a lot of companies, Walmart (or a company who contracts with them) was not there, people hiring from everything to hauling cattle, beef, cement, asphalt, Schneider, Ben E. Keith, Budweiser, Sweet Bran, Valley Proteins, some fuel carriers, and many others, I am leaning towards a pneumatic tanker outfit that is local but goes all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. I am also looking at CFI, Knight, Werner, lots of oil field jobs here as well but not really wanting to do that, Got my CDL in the mail now waiting on the new one that will have the Haz-Mat on it, said it takes a few weeks after fingerprints are done, not sure I will ever need it but glad i studied and took the test because I guess you never know. Another company I am looking at is Magnum they are out of the Midwest. Really anyone of the above would be good just want to get a job and learn and get the experience for a few years and stick with them, many have tuition reimbursements so that may be something to look at as well but not that important. I will post a few more times in here, the school has been great though, one thing you got to do is learn from every instructor, some were great to be around and others made it stressful, but take what you can from each of them and learn from it, have a good attitude, be positive, lots of great information these instructors have passed on to us from their mistakes and situations they have encountered while on the road, but know that this is still a learning phase and will continue from here on out,

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.
Brent R.'s Comment
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In Texas even these 2 lane farm roads are 75mph, we only go about 65 in trucks,

Brent R.'s Comment
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Here is the pic

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