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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Today Sarge told me to follow his hand signs, so I did and got in to it pretty good. But I barely looked at the mirrors because Everytime I did it seemed like he'd get impatient with me. I'm at truck dynasty which is pretty garbage but it's cool. Don't know where the pre trip parts are since Im not a mechanic.

They want me to do a test on all the pretrip on my first week, I told them I'm no mechanic I'm trying to be a driver lol. But they do make a fair point and reason to learn pre trip. But they just don't give me enough time.

Thought about calling Amanda at CFI to find me a better school but I'll try to do what I have.

KID,

There IS no 'better school.' CFI is one of the 'bigger' players in the logistics world; they partner with whom THEY KNOW will train their students, to the companies liking.

The pretrip seems to be what's hemming you up. I'm a 50 year old female married to an ASE certified mechanic, and know NOTHING more than the average chicka on the side of the road, struggling with a flat tire, BUT FOR the pretrip for a tractor.

Nope, my husband didn't teach me... no patience! (So, I get you on THAT level, for sure... but.. THIS IS WHAT HELPED ME ... yes, I'd had a permit 2x, just never got the full CDL for reasons of .. my kids.)

Try THIS in ALL your spare time! You should've done this before you left, actually. Pretty sure it'd been mentioned, but what the heck:

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

ps: Daniel B.'s pretrip has actually BEEN USED (with permission, of course) IN COMMERCIAL TRAINING ENVIRONMENTS!!!

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.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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KID has an LOL moment:

They want me to do a test on all the pretrip on my first week, I told them I'm no mechanic I'm trying to be a driver lol.

#1: True, you're not a mechanic. A pre-trip involves looking at things. If you look at something and it doesn't look right, you get it to a mechanic and let them decide what to do.

#2: It's the first part of your CDL test. If you can't do a pre-trip, how can you be a driver?? If you fail your pre-trip, your CDL test is over. Come back when you can do your pre-trip.

#3: The things you inspect in your pre-trip are all safety related. Do you want to drive an unsafe truck? Really?

#4: The items in your pre-trip are required by FMCSA regulations. Wanna buck the regulations? How long do you want your trucking career to last?

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.
KID's Comment
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Bottom line is that I need more time because it take me longer to learn, in other words I need more of a 6 month program than a 3 weeks program. Btw truck dynasty does suck and barely have time to operate the truck. They want us to learn while looking but I only learn by doing.

PackRat's Comment
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Hmmmm. Truck Dynasty is terrible....

You need longer than three weeks just to learn the minimum to pass the CDL evaluation?

Why did you sign up then, knowing it's a much shorter timeframe?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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"Truck Dynasty does suck." "I learn by doing" CFI's training was excellent. When I trained at CFI's school, they went above and beyond to try to help thoses students who were struggling to learn, comprehend and succeed. They gave plenty of seat time to students. If you are struggling, instead of whining on the internet, speak to your instructors about getting more help. Bottom line is, they are not at fault for your inability to learn; YOU are. Your Pre-trip is "learned by doing".....over and over and over until you can do it in your sleep. Again, stop blaming CFI for your inability to learn and not taking the training seriously. Fault lays squarely where it belongs, which is yourself.

Bottom line is that I need more time because it take me longer to learn, in other words I need more of a 6 month program than a 3 weeks program. Btw truck dynasty does suck and barely have time to operate the truck. They want us to learn while looking but I only learn by doing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I went through them. Although the instructors have changed, but one, they are still a good school. Trucking school is like boot camp and everyone learns at different paces. When I went it was a four week school and I passed my CDL test on the third week. You can do it. When I stop today, I will take some pics for you and post them 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.
KID's Comment
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Thanks Scott with everyone's help I successfully did pretty good on my offset today.

KID's Comment
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Also some more bs did show up today, but too tired to go into detail on what happened, also Sarge wasn't an ass today.

PackRat's Comment
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Also some more bs did show up today, but too tired to go into detail on what happened, also Sarge wasn't an ass today.

Well, well. That explains everything right there!

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Also some more bs did show up today, but too tired to go into detail on what happened, also Sarge wasn't an ass today.

Glad it's going better for ya, Kiddo.

In hindsight, if you are still struggling with the pre trip, JUST TAKE A LOOK SEE at Daniel B.'s layout. The arrows, the descriptives, the..everything! Even as a 'brush up' if you've already 'gotten it' down pat. Yep, I get 'motherly' at times, sorry!!!! LoLoL.. I helped my other half pass in 2003... !

Better'n gaming in your off time; glad you're getting the BACKING stuff down!

Wish you well; always!

~ Anne ~

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