How Do You Feel About The Ways Chain Restrictions Are Communicated To Drivers?

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Alex K.'s Comment
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Indeed!!!

Better trained drivers.

More legal truck parking locations within 100 miles of metropolitan areas.

Thanks for the input, Bill! Gathering more legal truck-parking locations within 100 miles of city centers might be something we can help out with. However, better-trained drivers is definitely out of our purview, hehe. :-D

BUT, I'm actually personally interested in everyone's thoughts on the driver-training front!

This might be worthy of a new topic in-&-of itself, but I'm curious - is the general consensus that drivers tend to be under-trained these days?

Generally speaking, I'm noticing a recurring theme of a "golden age" of commercial driving where truck drivers were held in (rightfully) high regard, but then that somewhat dissipated over the years thanks to a few-but-impactful bad actors that misrepresent the industry as a whole.

This might be a jump, but would I be off base in inferring that certain CDL schools have experienced a decline in training services over the years in lockstep with overall perceptions of the industry? Not unlike any other type of school, I'd imagine that not all CDL schools are created equally, and not all mentors / trainers are equally adept at imparting their knowledge.

Complicated tapestry of factors, no doubt, but interesting nonetheless!

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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WYDOT site is my favorite. It gives you a color coded chart. Exits and gives reasons and estimates

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BK's Comment
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Generally speaking, I think driver training is too short. Prime may be the gold standard of training, based on my limited knowledge of the Prime program. I trained with Schneider and spent two weeks on the road with an exceptional trainer. But I believe it should have been four or six weeks. The economic cost of training drivers is, unfortunately, a limiting factor.

Alex K.'s Comment
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Thanks for sharing that, Kearsey! WYODOT seems like a consistently reliable source.

And thanks for the insight, BK. I'm glad your two weeks of training with Schneider was maximized thanks to your excellent trainer! But, I can certainly understand how you'd feel a four-to-six-week training schedule would be a little more reasonable.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime may be the gold standard of training, based on my limited knowledge of the Prime program. I trained with Schneider and spent two weeks on the road with an exceptional trainer. But I believe it should have been four or six weeks. The economic cost of training drivers is, unfortunately, a limiting factor.

Honestly it depends on the trainer and the student. I had students who were eager and in 3 weeks would have been great to go solo. I have had students that after 6 weeks I kicked off the truck, knowing a year wouldn't help them.

I had one woman for 6 months due to her wanting winter driving training. She was ready to go very early on, but lacked the confidence.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Prime may be the gold standard of training, based on my limited knowledge of the Prime program. I trained with Schneider and spent two weeks on the road with an exceptional trainer. But I believe it should have been four or six weeks. The economic cost of training drivers is, unfortunately, a limiting factor.

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Honestly it depends on the trainer and the student. I had students who were eager and in 3 weeks would have been great to go solo. I have had students that after 6 weeks I kicked off the truck, knowing a year wouldn't help them.

I had one woman for 6 months due to her wanting winter driving training. She was ready to go very early on, but lacked the confidence.

Kearsey, wasn't it you that had a blog here on TT, about this exact thing? I can't find it; will try later/tomorrow. I sure know you've had plenty of videos on your channel that broach the subject, too.

Links, m'lady!

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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