Cdl Training Legit Question

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Sasha S.'s Comment
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My husband is currently in private cdl training and just finished his fifth week. It's odd to me because he barely has started actually getting behind the wheel even though he got his permit three weeks ago. And he says all they do is move truck back and forth in parking lot. There's three trainees per truck and yesterday he came home early because there was seven trainees on his truck. He says that he can go to the class as long as he needs to to pass but I thought it was a four week class. Shouldn't he be going on the road by now? Does this program seem legit? He doesn't ask questions or clarify anything. I asked him when they won't let him go anymore and he said there's some guys been there weeks and months!

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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The problem is your husband won't stand up for himself. Isn't it his hard earned money paying for the school? Why does he want to be a Trucker?

Rainy 's Comment
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My husband is currently in private cdl training and just finished his fifth week. It's odd to me because he barely has started actually getting behind the wheel even though he got his permit three weeks ago. And he says all they do is move truck back and forth in parking lot. There's three trainees per truck and yesterday he came home early because there was seven trainees on his truck. He says that he can go to the class as long as he needs to to pass but I thought it was a four week class. Shouldn't he be going on the road by now? Does this program seem legit? He doesn't ask questions or clarify anything. I asked him when they won't let him go anymore and he said there's some guys been there weeks and months!

Many local schools are set up like this which is why i support Primes one on one delivering loads OTR program while students still have their permit.

It might surprise you that CDL school graduates have very little behind the wheel experience on the road. It is just to get you to pass the test, which the hardest is backing. Im guessing that is what you meant by moving the trucks on the lot. Now that most companies are going to autos, some schools are too. This makes road driving easier and so more time is probably spent on the backing. At my company 78% of those who failed the exam did so on pretrip inspection. it is something the student must learn and memorize on their own. therefore programs concentrate on that.

Big Scott is right though, he needs to ask and get the education he needs. If he needs you to push him, you will be pushing him his whole trucking career...which will be about 3 weeks if he cant be his own man and get it done.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sasha S.'s Comment
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After talking to him more and to the school he has until his test date to learn daily after that they only let him come right before retesting. He memorized the pretrip stuff really easily but for him I think the driving will be harder. Anyway I think it's misleading to say it's a four week program because so far he is taking 8 weeks. I'm just frustrated because financially it's all on me while he's training. I do think the school could do better. Anyway thank you for your advice.

Rainy 's Comment
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The examiners do not expect perfection, they want to see if he can maneuver and correct anything he messes up. If he is testing in a manual they want to see he can recover. Im shocked they arent charging him.more since he took longer. many do that.

the real training starts when he goes to a company and thats when things become intense.

i understand your frustration. vent all you need to

Heres an article i wrote about OTR relationships. it discusses the pressure you both feel.

good luck.

OTR Relationships, are they possible?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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