MTI Springfield Mo & Schneider...All Tips, Suggestions, And Advice Welcome

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Bryan Kizer (Pastor B)'s Comment
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Greetings.

I am exactly 6 weeks away from the day I'm scheduled to arrive at Midwest Technical Institute to train for my CDL before going on to West Memphis for orientation for Schneider. Any tips or advice anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. I'll be 45 by the time I get there, and I've read a lot of outstanding information on this site. So, if anyone has any tips or advice...suggestions I'm very much interested. I'm talking both the School and Schneider.

I'm about to be 45, been married for nearly 8 years, and have a 5 year old. My family is all on board with this, and now it's time to make preparations. So, any advice or suggestions or tips is welcome and will not go unappreciated.

Oh...my name is Bryan. I'm known by my social media "friends" as Pastor B. I'll talk about that some time, but not now. I just wanted to introduce myself, and say that I'm grateful a website like this exists. I look forward to the feedback.

Thanks in advance & God Bless.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Welcome to the forum. Others will chi9in soon. Jamie works for Schneider if he sees this thread he will chime in for sure. You will have a leg up on those you go to class with if you start studying these from the forum.

High Road CDL Training Program

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

And many more. But don't be a stranger keep us in on your progress.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Pastor B!

We spend a lot of time teaching in here, and since I'm not sure how familiar you are with our resources I recommend you hit that three bar menu at the top of this page and do some exploring. I really recommend you listen to some of the podcasts and read some of the articles in in the blog section. You'll find all that stuff really helpful.

Once you get into school make sure and bring any questions you have to our attention. We will be more than glad to help you with anything you need. I am curious... are you going to pastor a church while driving a truck? That sounds like a real challenge in itself! We will do what we can to help you with the truck driving, but you'll need much better help than we can give for your other job.

Again, welcome to our forum!

Bryan Kizer (Pastor B)'s Comment
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Thanks Old School.

I have been reading a lot of the blogs and have come to enjoy them a lot.

The reason for the Pastor B is because I do have a small social media ministry that is mainly done through Facebook and a couple of free WordPress.com blogs.

This is about finally achieving a long held dream of getting my CDL , and I kinda feel like I have the right personality for the trucking industry.

I am 45, and have never had a career. I have had lots of jobs over and under the table, I do have a not so good background including issues with child support from my former home state of Wisconsin, and I am looking for this to hopefully become that insurance policy that Brett talks about in his book...which I read yesterday.

I need to be successful at this for a variety of reasons, and so I’m already reading the blogs, watching videos, taking the practice tests, and I am really coming to appreciate this site.

Thanks & God Bless!

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.
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