My Progress In CDL School So Far

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Zach 's Comment
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If you don't remember me or didn't see my post a couple weeks ago I posted about struggling in CDL school and wondering what the hell I had got myself in to and if I should just walk away and find something else. A few have asked you to keep y'all updated so here it goes. It's my fourth week and I am currently finished with my training aspect of school and am waiting to test out. It's a little frustrating I've spent almost a week at the DMV on stand by for a test but it's not the end of the world hopefully I will test out on Monday. My improvement has been night and day from the first day I started.I remember not being able to ally dock, parallel, stalling the truck all the time, messing up my pre trip and now I'm driving, shifting , backing, maneuvering, and pre tripping this truck like a pro. I came a long way from being the guy running over cones on the backing course with a frustrated instructor screaming and cussing at me calling me every name in the book lol. I'm even helping a lot of the new guys at the school that are struggling out alot so they don't have to face the same wrath of the "nice" and "patient" of CDL school instructor's that I did 😂 I have narrowed my choices down to SWIFT, May, Prime, Schnieder, or Western Express. I wanted to drive for Melton but they turned my down because I'm not attending an accrdited school, ohh well. I also might run in to the same hurdle with Swift and Prime. Not the end of the world I'm perfectly happy with Western Schneider or May who seem perfectly happy to bring me on , May is even has me pre hired and ready to buy my bus ticket for orientation as soon as I get my class A and I'm appreciative of anyone giving me the chance to better my life. Thank you guys for all you're support, again I plan on being an active member of this community and will keep you folks updated on how things are going once I hit the road with my trainer. Have a good one


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.


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.


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.

PJ's Comment
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That is great news Zach. All of us here love success stories. We all understand the frustrations you went through. That was all of us at some point. Keep your focus and prepare for your next chapter in trucking. You have completed the first important milestone.

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Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Still following as well, Zach!

Didn't know you were interested in flatbed, ie: Melton .. anyway. (Blessing in disguise?!? haha!)

May seems to be a fine company, and treats Vets really well. Tuition reimbursement, and then some.

Super glad you DIDN'T quit, I know you entertained that thought earlier on; happy for you!!

Keep us in the loop, good sir.

Wish you well!!!!

~ Anne ~



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Rob T.'s Comment
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Hopefully today is the day! Great job sticking with it and not throwing in the towel when you were down.


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