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PackRat's Comment
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Not sure why there are difficulties answering a simple question. My friend who drove with CRST got in with millis and my initial plan was to drive with him so of course i knew it was team driving.. All im seeing is clowns trying to get a laugh when im looking for a solution but at this point im better off finding the answer for myself.

Have a blessed day

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Turtle's Comment
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Not sure why there are difficulties answering a simple question.

You never asked a simple question. In fact, you never asked a question at all.

You made a series of statements, and were called out on the obvious irregularities. I'm not really sure why you expected different. You say you've reading the forum for quite some time...

G-Town's Comment
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Elijah I deleted your last reply, it was highly inappropriate and unacceptable.

I strongly suggest you refrain from insulting and referring to anyone on this forum carrying the title of Moderator and/or Experienced Driver as a "clown".

You've been warned.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Eli, here are the three choices you came up with and my take on each:

Im currently sitting on 3 options that I can think of which is either

Going home and paying CRST back the $850 for lodging, food, and transportation and look for a slightly decent better company than CRST.
If you switch companies now, you may have to start at Square One again, including signing a contract for your CDL training. I feel that's a waste of money. "Slightly better"?? All truck companies willing to hire new or "Recent Grads" are great companies. They also know what they are getting with a noob - no experience and they will train you. So your choices in that respect are open. Two caveats: #1: anyone you apply to will learn that you bailed on CRST and they may not be interested in someone who jumps at the slightest issue. #2 Double check your CRST contract. Look for a non- compete clause. This will keep any company from hiring you until you fully pay off anything you owe to CRST.

Getting my CDL through a 3rd party test exam (I just recently found a tech school that provides trucks for the exam).
Any school will provide trucks for their students. For you to just rent one from a school, including a licensed instructor to ride with you to the DMV is far out of reality. I know of one person who had completed school but didn't pass the test. She was able to rent a truck + trailer and someone from the truck office rode along. (She did pass). Good luck with this one!

Or sticking it out with CRST.
DING DING DING! A winner! You did your research, and with your buddy decided to team with CRST. Despite your friend bailing, your chances are better to move to another company a year after you start with CRST and have paid your tuition

Lastly, don't worry about the follicle test. Why? because if you can take any drug test worry free, no worries. If you are worried about your recent past just know that the hair test only looks at the last 90 days - nothing longer. So your four months clear should cover that.

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Elijah B.'s Comment
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Eli, here are the three choices you came up with and my take on each:

Im currently sitting on 3 options that I can think of which is either

Going home and paying CRST back the $850 for lodging, food, and transportation and look for a slightly decent better company than CRST.
If you switch companies now, you may have to start at Square One again, including signing a contract for your CDL training. I feel that's a waste of money. "Slightly better"?? All truck companies willing to hire new or "Recent Grads" are great companies. They also know what they are getting with a noob - no experience and they will train you. So your choices in that respect are open. Two caveats: #1: anyone you apply to will learn that you bailed on CRST and they may not be interested in someone who jumps at the slightest issue. #2 Double check your CRST contract. Look for a non- compete clause. This will keep any company from hiring you until you fully pay off anything you owe to CRST.

Getting my CDL through a 3rd party test exam (I just recently found a tech school that provides trucks for the exam).
Any school will provide trucks for their students. For you to just rent one from a school, including a licensed instructor to ride with you to the DMV is far out of reality. I know of one person who had completed school but didn't pass the test. She was able to rent a truck + trailer and someone from the truck office rode along. (She did pass). Good luck with this one!

Or sticking it out with CRST.
DING DING DING! A winner! You did your research, and with your buddy decided to team with CRST. Despite your friend bailing, your chances are better to move to another company a year after you start with CRST and have paid your tuition

Lastly, don't worry about the follicle test. Why? because if you can take any drug test worry free, no worries. If you are worried about your recent past just know that the hair test only looks at the last 90 days - nothing longer. So your four months clear should cover that.

I appreciate the advice, and I plan to stay so i can start and finish my contract as it would be a waste of money to go home and get it on my own. Its been two weeks and ive gotten everything down so fast that now im scheduled to test on Monday. I figured 10 months is nothing to really do but am gonna do a year to see what it'll open up for me

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Old School's Comment
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That's a good solid plan Elijah - you're on a good plan!

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