CDL School Doesn't Teach The New Drivers Everything They Need To Know To Succeed According To Old School And Brett.

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Donald B.'s Comment
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It's Todd:


If I am myself (a newbie) favoring the company-sponsored program approach, then I think this website and its various authors of articles herein are "reaching me" more than they think.


Rob, may I please ask, who is this TODD person?

Old School's Comment
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He is fun though, even if he's slightly annoying.

Rob D.'s Comment
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And its game on too. He's giving me some biographical information in the "How Old Were you When you Started Driving" thread.

Rob T.'s Comment
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"Donald" nearly every comment always comes back to your military service and the trucks you operated in Europe, just like "Todd". Regardless of all the other personas you've portrayed we're still here to help. Whether you think you're wasting our time is a moot point. Others may have similar questions and will learn from your posts. As has been said to you many times, quit kicking the can down the road and just get to it. You're achieving nothing by continually considering instead of just taking the leap. I kept putting off getting started about 5 years, always an excuse. I love this job and kick myself in the ass every day for putting it off. Ever since you've joined this forum you focus on the wrong things. You want to change the industry, or the trucks that are driven to suit your wants or needs. By now you should have a basic understanding about what life on the road would be like, you either want to give it a shot or you don't. If you don't want people to know you're "Todd" quit allowing the site to share your location and ALWAYS going back to your military experience. We are thankful for your service but you can't use it as a crutch or think that you will succeed because of your military service.


Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Donald rattles on:

So, the bottom line is people just fail because they are just incompetent maybe? Was the trainer incompetent? Why didn't this man not know how to open the door on the reefer? Was this man just dumb? Who was supposed to be responsible for training him this particular skill? Whose fault was the oil pressure problems? Violations? Did he even have any HOS training? Who was supposed to train him on moving the 5th wheel? What logical reason would he even need to move the 5th wheel? Did the company even test him on what he was trained before cutting him loose in a rig solo? Do motor carriers expect drivers to be miracle workers? People fail on jobs for a number of reasons: laziness, ignorance, apathy, not serious, they find out in time this whole thing turned out to be really no fun, they hate their employer or coworkers or perhaps lack of proper instruction and guidance.

Nearly NOTHING on your list here is the cause for failures of new truckers. N O T H I N G.

I am an instructor who gets new students, and teaches them the techniques needed to pass the Pre-Trip, the Skills (backing) and road test for their CDL license. So when I say "NOTHING on your list is a valid failure point" I know what I'm talking about. Many of your listed failure points are not even on the CDL test or important for a fresh rookie to worry about.

So since you seem to be a know-ti-all, and refuse to really read what we have written, several really knowledgeable and experienced members are giving up on your rants.

I believe (without checking just now) someone predicted you won't last long as an OTR trucker. That is because you aren't really understanding things here, which means once you get to the backing range you won't understand just why you were not taught how to do a 90 Alley dock correctly though you actually were.

I suggest that you go back over this topic, and re-read what the current experienced members have provided you. Take notes. Realize what's important for you to learn and plan what you need to do to TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR OWN CAREER (and not to blame others). Otherwise your tuition and training will be a waste of time.


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.


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.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

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