Rick C.'s CDL Renewal Journal

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Rick C.'s Comment
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Rick C replied:

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I do have my freedom to choose. I got a job offer on the first day of class. There will be more.

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For what it’s worth? You have 1 dangling carrot that cost you 9k. Sorry...I call it like I see it.

Did you bother reading any of the links I sent you? They were intended to help you.

If you really want the freedom to choose...

Commit to your first job longer than 1 Year, have a spotless driving/safety record and 100% on-time delivery, then you’ll see the true meaning of “freedom to choose”.

Commitment and performance. No substitute.

And I call it the way I experienced it. The first time I got a job it was from a recruiter at a private school.

But perhaps my CDL training journal is not the appropriate place for criticism of my decision.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That's not a job offer. That's an offer to attend orientation where you aren't offered a job until the end of the week after all their background checks and drug screens come back acceptable.

Rick C.'s Comment
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That's not a job offer. That's an offer to attend orientation where you aren't offered a job until the end of the week after all their background checks and drug screens come back acceptable.

A fair point, and encouraging, thank you!

G-Town's Comment
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But perhaps my CDL training journal is not the appropriate place for criticism of my decision.

The majority of my advice had little to-do with your school decision. Again, I ask did you read any of the links I sent in this thread?

Honestly could not give a hoot if you take it to heart, or not. It’s geared to warn the thousands of unknowing people reading this, that your expectations of being able to jump-in, then out and then again back into trucking is not the best path and flawed thinking.

I can only wish you luck from here on out because it seems you want nothing but validation, and not honest, sincere feedback.

Good luck.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rick C.'s Comment
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Three days of classroom down, two to go. The drugs and alcohol module seemed to last forever, so boring to one who does no drugs and very little alcohol. This school is beginning to look quite a bit better than the school I went to 20+ years ago in Denver. I suppose that's because of the M.E.L.T. law.

Rick C.'s Comment
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Also applied to Bison today. They take new drivers if they already have their CDL. Still undecided on OTR vs. local/seasonal, but thought I'd get that Bison app in early since they have a 13 week training period. The local driver postings often say "willing to start immediately".

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.

Rick C.'s Comment
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Classroom week done, yay. Painfully long at times, but it's mandated so whatcha gonna do.

Next two weeks: pre-trip, coupling, backing, etc. Two weeks?? Yeah, only 3-4 hour days and... mandated.

G-Town's Comment
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Classroom week done, yay. Painfully long at times, but it's mandated so whatcha gonna do.

Next two weeks: pre-trip, coupling, backing, etc. Two weeks?? Yeah, only 3-4 hour days and... mandated.

Mandated?

So loosely translated; you think it’s unnecessary? Beneath you? A waste of time?

Maybe “watcha” should do is maintain a positive attitude, stop complaining, focus and learn something, so that this time around you don’t fail at this career.

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.

Army 's Comment
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I was out in Montana 2 in the past month. I did see a lot of Bison trucks up and down the highway. Looks like they have nice equipment. Good Luck and keep us posted.

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