Making A Major Mover

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Chris L's Comment
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It's been awhile since I posted on the forum. I have been running real hard that past couple of months running coil from Oswego NY to Middletown NY (The Coors Light drinkers have been very thirsty lately....lolrofl-1.gif rofl-2.gif ) I have been offered an instructor position with The National Tractor Trailer School at their Ft. Drum Location. BLUF I get the opportunity to train and work with Soldiers again! This is the one thing that I missed since I retired in 2010. Also my wife has some health issues that I need to be closer to home (She Fell about 4 weeks ago and broke her left collarbone- Luckily I was still in the yard and not on the road when she called). I know that CDL schools on this forum are not looked upon with high regards; but I graduated from NTTS and they did right by me and I hope to change some opinions. Trucking Truth has been a huge influence on my career and I will encourage my future students to check out TT and everything it has to offer. I'm going to miss being out on the road and working for a great company but this opportunity it too good to pass up. I'll be tendering my resignation tomorrow and I plan to start working back on Ft. Drum the first week of July just after the holiday. I'm excitedly looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

Sorry to hear about your Wife’s injury.

I graduated from a different school, but felt I was treated very well also. While the CDL school isn’t for everyone, I’m grateful we’ve got choices.

Thanks for your service and congrats on the new job! 👍

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.
andhe78's Comment
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Interesting, keep us informed of how it’s going. I too graduated from a cdl school and was always appreciative of the working drivers that would come in in their days off to help train. I see NTTS here in Buffalo is looking for instructors, and have been thinking about applying part time, as a way to pay it forward. I’m curious how it will go for you.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations on the new job!

I also went to a private school, personally K thought they did a very good job and would not change the route I took.

Old School's Comment
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I know that CDL schools on this forum are not looked upon with high regards; but I graduated from NTTS and they did right by me and I hope to change some opinions.

That's not actually true. Brett and I both went to private truck driving schools. People sometimes get the idea that we are against local jobs or LTL jobs also, yet neither of those things are true. We are focused here on trying to give new drivers the best possible choice that yields the best possible outcome. Our stance on schools is simple. Why pay for something when you don't have to? I got exactly what I paid for when I went through a private school. I got my CDL and some pretty decent training. It cost me four thousand dollars.

Where I ran into problems was I couldn't get hired. It had nothing to do with my school. Companies that were rejecting me were hiring my classmates. To this day I do not understand why I got so many rejections. Had I gone through a Paid CDL Training Program I'd still have an additional four thousand dollars to my name and even more. I could have started working right away which would have just added to my coffers.

Just to be clear, we think private schools can and often do a great job. We also think you are better off getting the same thing for free with a guaranteed job to follow. There are some finer points of difference which we sometimes point out, but just because we push what we consider a more risk averse approach to starting a trucking career as the best way to go, doesn't mean we exclude or despise other means of getting the same results. We try to show what we consider the best way to have the least resistance. It's a trying career to start. We try to simplify it where we can.

Congratulations Chris on the new job! One of the greatest thing about this industry is the diversity of so many different type jobs available. Once you have established yourself, you can pick and choose what works best for you and your situation. Keep us posted. I have a high regard for each of you who are teaching and training new drivers.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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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Congrats Chris.

Hope it all works out for you.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It's been awhile since I posted on the forum. I have been running real hard that past couple of months running coil from Oswego NY to Middletown NY (The Coors Light drinkers have been very thirsty lately....lolrofl-1.gif rofl-2.gif ) I have been offered an instructor position with The National Tractor Trailer School at their Ft. Drum Location. BLUF I get the opportunity to train and work with Soldiers again! This is the one thing that I missed since I retired in 2010. Also my wife has some health issues that I need to be closer to home (She Fell about 4 weeks ago and broke her left collarbone- Luckily I was still in the yard and not on the road when she called). I know that CDL schools on this forum are not looked upon with high regards; but I graduated from NTTS and they did right by me and I hope to change some opinions. Trucking Truth has been a huge influence on my career and I will encourage my future students to check out TT and everything it has to offer. I'm going to miss being out on the road and working for a great company but this opportunity it too good to pass up. I'll be tendering my resignation tomorrow and I plan to start working back on Ft. Drum the first week of July just after the holiday. I'm excitedly looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life.

Major Kudos, Chris.

Been 'wondering' aboutcha, for sure..its been awhile. SURE HOPE the missus is doing much better by now!!! Dang, ouch.

OH WOW on the good karma / Joo Joo that you were still in TOWN!!!! Amen, good sir.

I totally wish you WELL with this new venture!!! Heck, look at Errol V. ..... he keeps going back to being a trainer! Some people have that in them; sadly my hubby isn't one of them. (Not at ALL. Miracle he trained 'me' just a little bit!!)

This is exciting, and I wish you the best, man.

Good vibes, for sure!

~ Anne ~

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.
Chris L's Comment
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Well it's official! As of 10:30 A.M. Eastern standard time I submitted my Two week notice. My FM was cool about it. I went the professional route Formal resignation letter, which I delivered to him to personally. I kinda feel a little sad leaving I really enjoy this job and I do feel bad leaving the company short handed. Once I'm settled into the new job I'll look into doing some occisional part time work with the company.

So I will start the new job on Monday June 28th. I'm really looking forward to it.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fm:

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.
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