Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

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Doug C.'s Comment
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On May 4th at midnight I will climb aboard the Greyhound bus in Minnesota for Cedar Rapids, Iowa to attend truck school for CRST. I'm experiencing all the feeling and emotions of finally putting into action everthing I've been planning and working on for months. I think I'm as ready as anybody can be to take the plunge! I will be leaving home and everybody behind and all creature comforts in exchange for the "unknown." I must admit that I am a little nervous and scared about the whole situaton. But more excited than nervous about starting this new chapter in my life. I'm going to try to do an update at least once a week.


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.
Avvatar's Comment
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Congratulations, Doug! I know you've been planning this for a while. Good on you for following through. It's allot different than I thought. Enjoy your time and best of luck!


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Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Good luck Doug, I know you have been preparing for quite a while. Stay excited and engaged. I was over in Belgrade last week and thought of you. Please keep us updated if you have time.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thank you Avvatar and Pete.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How long of a bus ride is it? Dont be afraid to ask us for help. You're about to go through one of the most frustrating things you've likely experienced. It's also one of the most exciting. I look forward to following along smile.gif


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Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks Rob. It's only about a 12 hour trip. Should arrive about noon on Sunday. I will give updates when there is time.

G-Town's Comment
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Best of luck Doug!

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks G Town.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Doug, don't be surprised by the Roller Coaster Of Emotions you'll probably experience during your training and your rookie year. It's normal and predictable. Hang in there and make a go of it all.

Stay in touch, and feel free to share your experiences, and ask questions.


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.
Doug C.'s Comment
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Thank you Old School for the words of encouragement.

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