Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

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Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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God luck.

Spartan 's Comment
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Well, Tuesday was test day. I was fortunate to pull the entire pre-trip inspection. Knocked that out and missed one item. Not too bad for missions one out of the the entire inspection. I pulled the sight side offset. Knocked that out no problems. Last was the 90 alley dock. I was confident on this one. Backed it right into the spot and cleared it out. Passed all those skills and off to the road test. Completed the road test, and I heard those magical words ‘YOU PASSED!!’ All that relief finally came down and I was pumped. My wife drive up the weekend and we planned on riding home together to Houston so I could get my license taken care of at the DPS office. I walked by her, on my way back to the office, and said It got a curb and need to rest test.’ She just looked at me and then I said, haha I’m kidding. I passed. After a few choice words she laughed. I had to mess with her. Haha

After the test, I signed some papers and began my onboarding as an employee with Wilson. Knocked out simulators, ID Badge, paperwork and getting my fuel card. Signed the CDL First Time Pass board which students sign when they pass the first time. Really impressed on how they did it by recognizing students that pass. Wilson is a family atmosphere and cares about the progression of their employees. Left Springfield, MO around 1600 yesterday and made it back to Houston this morning around 0230-0245.

I have my appointment at the DPS office on Friday to get my license taken completed. Spoke with my new trainer and will hopefully meet up Friday evening or Monday. Just waiting to see when he will be in Houston since he is currently in UT. Going to knock out these 30k miles on my next phase. Excited and ready for this next journey.

I will keep updates on my training. It’s been a great experience.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Spartan! You did good!


PackRat's Comment
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Awesome job, Spartan!


Tortuga 's Comment
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Congratulations Spartan!! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

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