Should I Be Upset?

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Brandon G.'s Comment
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Im in my second week of cdl training. Im not going to mention any names but this school advertises classes of 4. So, first week in the yard we have 10 students and 4 students who have failed and are retraining(totaling 14) We end up just getting about 2 attempts on each maneuver. I’ve been backing up fishing boats since I was a kid and quickly caught on, so I’m not too upset at this point. The second week, we are on the road. In class they ask for a show of hands,” who wants to drive manual?” Eight people raise their hands and the instructor answers,”We only have one truck, so y’all are only getting 2 days in a manual and 2 in auto”. First day we show up and the instructor hops in the drivers seats and starts driving for about hour and 15 mins, eventually we end up at the other campus. We are informed we need to pick up supplies. They have us start loading boxes of automotive fluid in truck and we head back to other school. Once we unload supplies, we’ve burned over 3 hours of time and take a break for lunch. After that, 4 of us split about 5 hours of time. Second day in auto and I’m pretty sure my instructor was sleeping most the time and no instructions at all. 3rd day in manual, I personally clocked 20 mins driving time and we got back to 2.5 hours early and called it a day. The last day in auto, same thing, we did get all our time in but no instructions and pre-trip practice. I’ll also add the vehicle has no functioning seat belts in back seat. I feel like I’m getting really short changed, is it me?

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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One of the reasons we always recommend Paid CDL Training Programs. I was trained by CFI for free. The school had plenty of trucks.

Pre trip must be memorized for your CDL test.

Trucking school is like boot camp.

You will have to do whatever it takes for you to pass the test.

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.
Brandon G.'s Comment
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This company contracts with a few mega carriers. I personally did pay out of pocket but could of done the paid training route. In fact most class is receiving paid training.

One of the reasons we always recommend Paid CDL Training Programs. I was trained by CFI for free. The school had plenty of trucks.

Pre trip must be memorized for your CDL test.

Trucking school is like boot camp.

You will have to do whatever it takes for you to pass the test.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Honestly I would be mad. Prime's "schooling" portion is one on one for the most part. I have 4 students but they get 2 to 3 hours per day alone with me or I do them in sets for 5 hours at a time. Just depends

But most CDL schools seem to operate your way which is why the new law went into effect in Feb. I recently had a student who went to CDL school for 5 months and still couldn't drive or back. She was so excited when she passed her exam.

In the end, if you get your CDL you got what you paid for. Good luck

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Trucking school is like boot camp.

Which branch of service is it like, Big Scott?

Steve L.'s Comment
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Will being mad change anything? If you can get through, pass the exam/get your license and get on with a company that offers good training, just share your experience with those still trying to decide.

I went to private CDL school and had none of this. I’m not saying private is better than company CDL. Just that in my experience, the portion needed for my license was adequate and quicker than a company sponsored CDL program. Your results may vary.😆

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.
BK's Comment
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My experience was similar to what Steve L described. The CDL school was very thorough and trained me enough to pass the state exam on the first try. No complaints like the ones you are going through. I guess it’s somewhat the luck of the draw with schools. At the school I attended, Schneider sent a recruiter, so I signed up with them. That is where my real training began. I had my CDL, but wasn’t at all a qualified driver until I went through the Schneider program. Their training is excellent, although probably Prime training can’t be beat. So if you can come away from your CDL school with your license, you will move on to your most important training when you get company training. In the meantime, tactfully express your concerns to the management of your school. Maybe the squeaky wheel will be greased.

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Eh, well my first localtrucking school I went to on the WIOA program was waste of my time in the end kinda similiar to OP's.....So then I decided togo with CRST's training,even though, I wasn't too excited to team drive.BUT, I stayed at the dorms, less chance to be late or miss a day driving to it. Besides they had shuttle bus to pick up and return us to the terminal from offsite training school they used.

I had my CDL in 10 actual days, of 3 week deal in training. And they tested us on site, which was a lot nicer/easier. So Ididmy 22 months with them then took a 5 month break. Which I then went to another local company, where I did great solo, and was making bank in my pocket each week. Then March 22nd I retired fully and moving far away in 28 days hahahaha

Teaming sucked finding a co driver you got along with, which my 4th was a good fit for us, and we drove 1 year together from 1 corner of the country to another

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

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.
Brandon G.'s Comment
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I passed!!!

BK's Comment
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Congrats! dancing.gif

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