Posted Last Week About Struggling In CDL School, Many Of You Who Replied Asked Me To Keep You Guys Updated On Progress

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Zach 's Comment
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I posted last week about struggling in CDL school. I was discouraged and ready to quit and many of you that replied asked for an update so here it is. I've been doing alot better, my ally dock still sucks a little but I'm able to do it. My parallel both blind and driver side is damn near flawless. My shifting still sucks and I have had my fair share of ass chewings and had my had screamed off and called plenty of things by my angry instructor that would probably get this post removed more times then I can count these past couple of weeks lol, however I'm not stalling the truck anymore and am able to keep up with it but I still loose gears and hit the clutch a little too soon downshifting. I'm test later this week at DMV and am nervous as hell about it, but I think I will be alright. Also I'm in the pre hire process, Werner, SWIFT, Schneider, Melton, May, Covenant, and Western Express have all contacted me. Covenant was the first but I chose not to go with them as team driving didn't sound like it was for me. I have narrowed it down to May Schneider or Western. May already has my background check completed and ready to give me a ticket to Salem for orientation when I pass. I will let you guys know once I have my class A and plan to be an Active member of this community. Thanks for all you're encouragement this hasn't been easy and I know it's only going to get harder from here.

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Keep On Keepin On man. It won't last forever and before you know it you'll get out on your own loving the life.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Good luck. You can do it. You aren’t the first to struggle and won’t be the last. Chin up and keep it between the lines. You will be ok

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Zach!

Keep that steady spirit about you. There's nothing easy about starting this career. It will challenge you every day. The challenges make the rewards that much more satisfying.

Hang in there brutha! We all know what you're going through. We've all been in your shoes. You will be so glad you stuck it out when you get further along.

You've got this!

Chris L's Comment
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Zach Awesome post I'm glad you are sticking to it. Just keep working at it and your skills will improve over time. I went to a driving school in Syracuse NY and I failed my final road test Twice for graduation and I had to take another one while heading down to take my actual scheduled DMV Road test. During the road test I stalled out but I kept my cool and worked the problem. So stay calm and work the problems you might encounter and you will do fine... Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

G-Town's Comment
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Good for you Zach!

Persistence overcomes resistance. Keep up the good work.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Dang, Zach..thanks for the update. Yep, I was one of your 'cheerleaders,' haha! You have what it takes, methinks. It's called 'moxie.' Look it up.

I'm not a trucker; just the wife of one for 20 years, and have witnessed the ups and downs and ins and throughs. I'm sorry about your 'instruction' experience; we've been hearing that conundrum a LOT here, lately. . . yet, YET, ... you persevered! Glad to hear it. KUDOS!

I wish and pray you well at the upcoming DMV test; confidence is key IMHO~!!

I don't know much about May trucking . . . but I'm just wondering why SWIFT isn't on your short list . . . ?!? They've actually 'quit' (or got quit?) the butt of many jokes as of late; the economy has better things to do, like politicians pretending to be a different race and 'preference,' haha!

I'm sure you have your reasons, so . . . follow your heart!

Thanks AGAIN for the update, Zach.

~ Anne ~

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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.

PJ's Comment
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This is some wonderful news. You got this. You have shown steady improvement. Remember cdl school is only preparing you to pass the state exam. Nobody expects perfection. Keep us posted. Great jobdancing-banana.gif

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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There’s a lot of trials to this life I was a roughneck most my life and I switched careers I was very good at my job which was very hard and stressful thought trucking would be a breeze and I’ve learned it’s a whole new beast it’s not gonna get harder but it is gonna get real.. as p.j will point out to you but every mile becomes a great accomplishment stick it out and see how beutiful the country is hang in there you got this

I posted last week about struggling in CDL school and was discouraged and ready to quit and many of you that replied asked for an update so here it is. I've been doing alot better, my ally dock still sucks a little but I'm able to do it. My parallel both blind and driver side is damn near flawless. My shifting still sucks and I have had my fair share of ass chewings and had my had screamed off and called plenty of things by my angry instructor that would probably get this post removed more times then I can count these past couple of weeks lol, however I'm not stalling the truck anymore and am able to keep up with it but I still loose gears and hit the clutch a little too soon downshifting. I'm test later this week at DMV and am nervous as hell about it, but I think I will be alright. Also I'm in the pre hire process, Werner, SWIFT, Schneider, Melton, May, Covenant, and Western Express have all contacted me. Covenant was the first but I chose not to go with them as team driving didn't sound like it was for me. I have narrowed it down to May Schneider or Western. May already has my background check completed and ready to give me a ticket to Salem for orientation when I pass. I will let you guys know once I have my class A and plan to be an Active member of this community. Thanks for all you're encouragement this hasn't been easy and I know it's only going to get harder from here.

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

CD S.'s Comment
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Keep at it, Zach! You aren't the only one who has struggled.

Courage conquers!

CD

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