They Begged Me To....

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Train again. He told me he liked what I was doing and needs a quality trainer. I'll be home for about a week for Christmas and back on the road the 28th. Then they'll get me a student.

Got to buy a fridge for my truck as I will need to turn the top bunk back into a bed.

Michael M.'s Comment
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Congrats on being asked to train again. CFI obviously thinks very highly of you.

BigScott I really respect your opinion so i hope you don’t mind if I ask you this question in this thread ?

I am going to be sending my application into CFI next week. What are your thoughts about going through CDL training with CFI in the middle of winter ? Good time to do it ? Should I wait for better weather ?

Thanks

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Congrats on being asked to train again. CFI obviously thinks very highly of you.

BigScott I really respect your opinion so i hope you don’t mind if I ask you this question in this thread ?

I am going to be sending my application into CFI next week. What are your thoughts about going through CDL training with CFI in the middle of winter ? Good time to do it ? Should I wait for better weather ?

Thanks

I had a student who got the title of Ice Road Trucker, because of the amount of time he chose to drive on an icy highway in a blizzard. Then he got to upgrade in a snow storm. Just saw him the other day on his return to CFI.

If you have little to no experience in winter driving jump in. CFI dispatches us as a solo truck, you drive with your trainer in the seat next to you.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael M.'s Comment
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Thank you for your feedback . I feel like I can now move forward feeling like I am making the right decision for me !!! Will keep you updated on my journey.

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Congrats on being asked to train again. CFI obviously thinks very highly of you.

BigScott I really respect your opinion so i hope you don’t mind if I ask you this question in this thread ?

I am going to be sending my application into CFI next week. What are your thoughts about going through CDL training with CFI in the middle of winter ? Good time to do it ? Should I wait for better weather ?

Thanks

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I had a student who got the title of Ice Road Trucker, because of the amount of time he chose to drive on an icy highway in a blizzard. Then he got to upgrade in a snow storm. Just saw him the other day on his return to CFI.

If you have little to no experience in winter driving jump in. CFI dispatches us as a solo truck, you drive with your trainer in the seat next to you.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Hey, Big Scott, what is the pay like for a trainer at CFI? Do you get some kind of flat rate bonus pay? Do you get an increase in mileage pay? Also, do you eventually run as as a team with your student at some point?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Hey, Big Scott, what is the pay like for a trainer at CFI? Do you get some kind of flat rate bonus pay? Do you get an increase in mileage pay? Also, do you eventually run as as a team with your student at some point?

With CFI's recent pay increase, trainers get an additional 12 CPM while with a student. We are never dispatched as a team, only as a solo truck. There is also a bonus program for students who upgrade, but currently, I don't know the deal with that.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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NOW I get the 'gifting' of the NEW TRUCK concept, haha~! rofl-3.gif

Nothing like giving the Rabbit a Carrot FIRST ~!!! Just kidding, Big Scott. Mad props to you, all around, man!!!

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Old School's Comment
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Congratulations to you Big Scott! Those of you who do driver training really impress me. I'm really proud of our drivers here, and it's obvious we foster the type of drivers who are highly respected in the industry. So many of you guys end up being trainers that it speaks volumes of the kind of drivers this website helps produce. I think that is awesome!

Being a trainer is the one thing that I never could bring myself to do for my employer. They begged and pleaded at times, but it just wasn't what I was wanting. I really enjoy mentoring new drivers with all kinds of efforts, but I never could bring myself to having another person living with me in my truck. I had my way of managing things that really worked well for me, and to throw another person in there just never made sense to me. I can't even tell you how many times someone would call me encouraging me to become a trainer. It always threw them off their standard scripted appeal when they would try to entice me by telling me what their highest paid trainer made last year. I was already earning $20,000 more than that trainer. That usually ended the phone call.

I still remember my driver manager telling me one time that the people up higher in his chain of command kept asking him to put some pressure on me to start training. He told me that he always made it clear to them that he already knew I wasn't interested, and he wasn't about to slow me down by putting a trainee on my truck with me.

Again, I salute you guys. In my opinion you trainers are the cream of the crop. I am proud to see so many of our members rising to this challenge. It tells me we are helping to change the industry right from within the ranks. That's a major accomplishment in itself. Kudos!

Driver Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Congrats Sir!! I am with OS on this 1000 percent. My hat is off to those of you who do it, and I am thanful for ya’ll.

I am certified and listed as a trainer, however I made it very clear I will only train my drivers. They keep trying though. I have made a deal with an affiliate carrier I will help out if needed on a case by case basis because they are hiring alot of new drivers lately and only have 2 trainers in house. For us it would entail a big change in my routine, but they have been wonderful to me so I will help out if needed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Funny is CRST says 4 months you can be a trainer HA not enough time to do so I think. They asked me a few times, which I said NO TY !! At 15 months I'm still learning myself!

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