CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

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millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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My application to train with CRST was accepted this afternoon. I will start in May, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I will be able to take the permit test and DOT physical here in Minnesota before I start school. I am thankful for this opportunity and will do my best to pass everything and learn all that I can. I applied through the form here at Trucking Truth and want to thank Brett for making it available. I'm using the High Road Program to help be ready for the permit test. I am also thankful for everybody here that is always ready to take some time with us new people. In just about any new field it is hard to get a foot I the door, let alone some experienced person/people who will give the time of day, to an unstart. I'm very excited but also a bit scared. Thanks again and again to everybody who's here to help and encourage.

This is a big mystery to me. Why if they accepted your application are they makin you wait til May to start? 2 minutes after I clicked Submit on my application my recruiter called me and I was on a bus two days later.

Anyway, welcome to TruckingTruth we are glad to have ya. Anyway if they are givin ya that much downtime then start here:

Especially make sure ya read Brett’s book. That will give ya the best insight into how this industry works and should give ya a great idea on what to expect out here.

Also make sure you read my diary on here about my trainin experience with CRST. It’s a bit dated but still a good diary:

My Trainin Diary

Anyway I am a Lead Driver with CRST and will be truly glad to answer any questions ya may have about CRST.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Doug doesnt want to start until May

Doug C.'s Comment
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Hey Millionmiler24, first let me say thanks for taking time to respond to my post. Then let me say that I read Brett's book sometime ago and have worked extensively on the High Road Study program, and still working on it. Also, I read the Trucking Career Guide. Everything helped to cement the idea that I'm on the right track with trucking. Then last but not least, I read your diary last week. In fact your experience with CRST helped solidify my decision to go there. Your writing was interesting and from a humble heart and someone who is a committed, hard working man.

Now let me solve the mystery. It's my choice to start in May. My recruiter would let me start anytime. However, I have a situation here at home that requires me to wait. I help manage our apartment complex. My co-worker and close friend is having brain surgery on March 29, and I need to be here to cover maintenance issues, and support him through his recovery. Also I'm going home to Arizona to visit my family since I might not have the opportunity to see them for awhile once I'm on the road. So that's why I'm starting in May. CRST has been great so far. Every Time I've called or texted my recruiter gets right back to me and is very personable. I probably will have some questions for you, no doubt, I will as time goes on. Just hope I don't become a pest. It was really cool hearing from you and thanks for the welcome. It's nice to be connected in this big ol' "18 Wheeler World" before every seeing the highway. This is a great place for anyone afflicted with White Line Fever!

Doug C.'s Comment
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I forgot to say Million, that it would be great to team up with someone like you. Hope I will be that fortunate and blessed one day.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Hey Millionmiler24, first let me say thanks for taking time to respond to my post. Then let me say that I read Brett's book sometime ago and have worked extensively on the High Road Study program, and still working on it. Also, I read the Trucking Career Guide. Everything helped to cement the idea that I'm on the right track with trucking. Then last but not least, I read your diary last week. In fact your experience with CRST helped solidify my decision to go there. Your writing was interesting and from a humble heart and someone who is a committed, hard working man.

Now let me solve the mystery. It's my choice to stat in May. My recruiter would let me start anytime. However, I have a situation here at home that requires me to wait. I help manage our apartment complex. My co-worker and close friend is having brain surgery on March 29, and I need to be here to cover maintance issues, and support him through his recovery. Also I'm going home to Arizona to visit my family since I might not have the opportunity to see them for awhile once I'm on the road. So that's why I'm starting in May. CRST has been great so far. Everytime I've called or texted my recruiter gets right back to me and is very personable. I probably will have some questions for you, no doubt, I will as time goes on. Just hope I don't become a pest. It was really cool hearing from you and thanks for the welcome. It's nice to be connected in this big ol' "18 Wheeler World" before every seeing the highway. This is a great place for anyone afflicted with White Line Fever!

I can totally understand the situation. It’s always good to have your affairs in order before ya head out on an adventure like this. You don’t have to worry about pesterin me, LOL. As I said I am here to help and more than glad to answer any questions you may have.

I forgot to say Million, that it would be great to team up with someone like you. Hope I will be that fortunate and blessed one day.

I definitely appreciate it. Do you know when you think you may be done with trainin? What day in May did you set or you just know sometime in May is when you want to start? The reason I ask is whenever you are done with your schooling, if I can somehow time it around my hometime toward the end of it that month then I could very well end up bein your Lead Driver. That will take great timin though. 😀

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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My application to train with CRST was accepted this afternoon. I will start in May, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I will be able to take the permit test and DOT physical here in Minnesota before I start school. I am thankful for this opportunity and will do my best to pass everything and learn all that I can. I applied through the form here at Trucking Truth and want to thank Brett for making it available. I'm using the High Road Program to help be ready for the permit test. I am also thankful for everybody here that is always ready to take some time with us new people. In just about any new field it is hard to get a foot I the door, let alone some experienced person/people who will give the time of day, to an unstart. I'm very excited but also a bit scared. Thanks again and again to everybody who's here to help and encourage.

Where in Minnesota are ya from?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Ok I saw in your profile not too far from St Cloud. Cool. I am considering Movin to the twin cities area as soon as I can come into a ton of money to do so.

Doug C.'s Comment
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I am located in Annandale, about 45 minutes out of the Twin Cites. I don't have an exact start date yet but I an shooting for May 6. I will take the permit test and physical here and the head to Cedar Rapids for training for two weeks, then orenintation, on the road with a trainer, then assigned to a truck as co-driver. It would be awesome if it worked out to team up. Thanks.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Million24, stay in touch when you can. If you every get in this neck of the woods let me know and I'll but you lunch r something. My email is listed on my profile. See you around.Stay safe out on the ol' road.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Million24, stay in touch when you can. If you every get in this neck of the woods let me know and I'll but you lunch r something. My email is listed on my profile. See you around.Stay safe out on the ol' road.

Will do. 😀

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