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Chris L's Comment
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Hello I am a new member to Trucking truth and I am getting ready to start my training with NTTS in Syracuse NY- I start this Wednesday (2nd of January 19). I have been driving School Bus the past four years and I decided it's time to upgrade to my Class "A" CDL. I have been refreshing myself with High Road Training Program (Awesome Program by the way) for the Permit test. Any driver that is from NY that recently went through the NYS state road test could give me any tips I would appreciate it. I'm really glad that I found the Trucking Truth web site! I already read Brett's ebook and it is very insightful- qudos to you Brett. Well I'm looking forward to starting the next exciting chapter. Cheers

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.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Chris!

Thanks for introducing yourself. Hang around when you can. You can learn a lot by participating in the conversations we have going on all the time.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Hello I am a new member to Trucking truth and I am getting ready to start my training with NTTS in Syracuse NY- I start this Wednesday (2nd of January 19). I have been driving School Bus the past four years and I decided it's time to upgrade to my Class "A" CDL. I have been refreshing myself with High Road Training Program (Awesome Program by the way) for the Permit test. Any driver that is from NY that recently went through the NYS state road test could give me any tips I would appreciate it. I'm really glad that I found the Trucking Truth web site! I already read Brett's ebook and it is very insightful- qudos to you Brett. Well I'm looking forward to starting the next exciting chapter. Cheers

I'll be going through on the 14th in Cobleskill. I am currently enrolled at Sage in Rome.

NY is really backed up on appointments, from what I hear. Of course, sage could be lying to cover up their (administrative) incompetence. The instructors are great.

You will need to do a straight back, offset back to driver's side, and parallel park. Then pretrip, then road test. STUDY YOUR PRETRIP until you have it down pat. Especially the brake test. If you get the brake test wrong or hit a curb, it is an automatic fail.

Daniel's Pre-trip here is a good resource, as well as this video

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Start studying this and get through as much as possible before Wednesday, and keep studying it after class if possible. You will be miles ahead of class. Do you already have your permit?

href="https://www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-training-program/">High Road CDL Training Program

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Start studying this and get through as much as possible before Wednesday, and keep studying it after class if possible. You will be miles ahead of class. Do you already have your permit?

High Road CDL Training Program

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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.
Chris L's Comment
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Start studying this and get through as much as possible before Wednesday, and keep studying it after class if possible. You will be miles ahead of class. Do you already have your permit?

High Road CDL Training Program

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The first three weeks a NTTS is devoted to the permit exam and all the required endorsements. I know how backed up the road test exam schedule is for NYS road test right now there is over a 90% first time fail rate since starting the three part exam so hence the backlog for road tests. When I was driving school bus I was also a driver trainer and we always seemed to have at least a 4 week wait for a road test time.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Start studying this and get through as much as possible before Wednesday, and keep studying it after class if possible. You will be miles ahead of class. Do you already have your permit?

High Road CDL Training Program

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The first three weeks a NTTS is devoted to the permit exam and all the required endorsements. I know how backed up the road test exam schedule is for NYS road test right now there is over a 90% first time fail rate since starting the three part exam so hence the backlog for road tests. When I was driving school bus I was also a driver trainer and we always seemed to have at least a 4 week wait for a road test time.

Good to know they are telling the truth.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Chris L wrote:

The first three weeks a NTTS is devoted to the permit exam and all the required endorsements.

Am I missing something here? Maybe. But 3 weeks of school to prepare for passing the CLP? Sounds like overkill to me...not money well spent.

Sorry Chris but you’ll achieve the exact same result, likely faster by using Trucking Truth’s High Road CDL Training Program. Your only cost is time.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Chris L wrote:

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The first three weeks a NTTS is devoted to the permit exam and all the required endorsements.

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Am I missing something here? Maybe. But 3 weeks of school to prepare for passing the CLP? Sounds like overkill to me...not money well spent.

Sorry Chris but you’ll achieve the exact same result, likely faster by using Trucking Truth’s High Road CDL Training Program. Your only cost is time.

That is why I ended up going to Rome, instead of NTTS right here in Buffalo. $10K, with 3 people to a truck, reviewing students said they only drove 1/3 of the 140(?) hours advertised by the school, vs $6K including lodging at Sage, with all 140 hours driven by the student, one on one with the instructor.

In Chris' case, I would apply to company school and save the entire amount, but that is up to him. Had he joined here even a week ago, he would have time.

If I were in your shoes, Chris, I would call the school and claim some emergency and delay, and apply to company school.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

G-Town's Comment
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I rarely suggest renigging on a commitment, but unless Chris has signed a contract with NTTS, I’d do exactly as Grumpy suggested.

10k is an outrageous cost for a trucking school when considering the best part of the learning process occurs after graduation.

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