CFI Training - Truck Dynasty, Springfield, MO

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FreakTrain's Comment
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Day 15

Got some more on-road driving done today! Four of us plus the instructor took a truck and trailer over the highway and did a lot of driving on the streets of Springfield (we went past the Prime terminal several times), and practiced our turns and shifting in a large industrial park. I did much better today than I did when I last drove a few days ago. Still not at 100% yet, but making good progress. As my instructor told me, "as long as you're improving each time we go out, you'll do fine on your CDL exam."

After getting back to TDDA, we went back to the yard to practice backing. Didn't get to do alley dock today, but got in plenty of offsets and parallels before wrapping up for the day.

I found out today when I'll test, it's at 7:30am on Valentine's Day. Good thing that we'll be in school Saturday, and maybe Sunday too. I'm going to get in ALL the practice I can before the big day.

Time to hit the hay, thanks for reading!

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

FreakTrain's Comment
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Days 16, 17, 18 (Week 4)

Hey gang, sorry for the late update... there's been a lot going on, and I've just been too tired at the end of the past few days!

TDDA was open this past Saturday AND Sunday, I was definitely glad to get lots of extra practice in on my pretrip and yard maneuvers, and even got some extra road time on Saturday afternoon.

It's been "crunch time" the past three days, getting my road driving and backing polished up for my CDL test tomorrow. The instructor's comments on my road evaluation sheet for today read "ready for testing", that gave me a much-needed confidence boost! Not feeling complacent by any means, though. It's all on me now to pass the exam.

Time to get some sleep, got to get up at 5 in the morning to catch my ride to the test site. I'll let y'all know how it goes tomorrow, and thanks for reading!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Kyle M.'s Comment
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Good look you've got this!!! Keep us updated.

Pete's Comment
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Good luck, your hard work and attention th in to detail will pay off.

FreakTrain's Comment
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Thanks for the well wishes, Pete and Kyle. Waiting for my ride to the test site right now (6:30am).

FreakTrain's Comment
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Day 19 - Test Day

Had my CDL exam at Strafford, MO at 7:30 this morning... I PASSED! Thank you Trucking Truth for the great advice and encouragement! Pretty much done with school, now it's on to Joplin for orientation with CFI. I'll start a new post when I begin my orientation and training. If any of y'all have any questions about TDDA, post them here and I'll do my best to answer them.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Way to go!

FreakTrain's Comment
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Thanks, Rob!

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

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PackRat's Comment
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