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Moe's Comment
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Errol,

Thank you so much, I was thinking the same thing myself. I have come this far, I need to finish what I started with the choice that I made.

I have also learned the benefit of company paid training the hard way. I have shelled out ALOT of money out of my own and my family's pocket to do this, when I could have taken the advice on this site alot more to heart.

I am seeing the benefit of being paid to succeed and that would have eased a lot of my anxiety during this process as I learned and struggled through my backing woes.

I am also learning that kicking myself and living in the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" land of type of thinking is not going to serve me well. It is now do or die. Get this done and move on.

I'd like to post my own diary once I get my CDL to encourage others like me to learn from my experience and the benefits of having a company pay you to train.

My saving grace is that I had no car payment or significant other debt. That is why I went the way I did, I severely underestimated the learning curve with backing

This business keeps a man humble, I have come to see the truck as a wife (in a weird way I know) . Most men struggle with pride and delusions of grandeur. "I'll get this CDL and start making big money" "I am not going to be the only guy in my class who doesnt pass the second try". "I've got plans for bug money, a house and my stuff"

More than the skills, this has been a journey on working on my heart - pride, arrogance, bitterness.

At least I am learning that... thankful am learning all this now than the really hard way - such as trying to explain away am accident to safety, a cop or someone else's family.

Happy New Year man, hope your Christmas was Merry!

Yes your best shot is to work with the school to get your skills up to speed, pass that CDL exam, and then many companies will want to talk to you about your next step.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I love your attitude toward everything, Moe. You'll get through this. Just stay determined. Trucking is far more difficult than almost anyone expects. Just keep working hard and learning.

I have come this far, I need to finish what I started with the choice that I made.

Definitely. Stick with it. You'll get your CDL and someone will hire you. Finding an opportunity in trucking is another thing that people often underestimate when getting started in trucking. They hear that truck drivers are in demand so they think, "I'll go to a private school and I can have my choice of companies. I'll be the one calling all the shots. The companies can fight over me."

They don't realize that experienced, productive, efficient truck drivers are the ones in demand. There is always quite a large group of newcomers to the industry. It's easy to find people who will give this career a shot. The hard part is finding a handful of them who are willing and able to handle the demands of this career.

Old School wrote a great article about this:

Busting The Free Agent Myth In Trucking

I have also learned the benefit of company-paid training the hard way. I have shelled out ALOT of money out of my own and my family's pocket to do this, when I could have taken the advice on this site a lot more to heart.

I respect that kind of honesty. It's a tough pill to swallow, I know, but a great lesson that you're handling well. At least now you know you can trust us and we'll always be here to help. There will be plenty of opportunities for us to help in the coming months.

I need to do a better job of organizing our information and making sure everyone goes through it before they make critical decisions.

Moe, stick with it. You'll get there.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Moe says:

I'd like to post my own diary once I get my CDL to encourage others like me to learn from my experience and the benefits of having a company pay you to train.

Why don't you start now with what's left of your current school? There's no judgement if you go nuts about failing alley dock backing, only advice from many people who want you to succeed. Start this afternoon.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I'd love to read it! Moe all of us here are following along in your journey. Personally I avoid giving advice when it comes to backing as I'm afraid itll confuse you more if theres multiple people telling you something slightly different. Errol is a CDL instructor and covers it quite well when questions pop up. If you do create a diary you should go over what's happened in the past that's gotten you to the point you are. The diaries are often times read months, or years after it originally posted by people who never create an account.

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

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