My Truck Driving School Timeline

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Frank J.'s Comment
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Today was day one...One LONG day in books and PowerPoint. I have to say that our instructor thus far has not impressed me much. He is a nice enough guy, but he seems to embellish a bit and some of the comments he makes seem downright to be lies or made up. He makes himself look a bit slow if you know what I mean. Hopefully tomorrow will be of more substance and worthwhile.

For now, I am going to get in some study time with the PTI on here! I love the PTI study guide on this website.

BK's Comment
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What school or company training are you attending?

Good luck with the process.

Frank J.'s Comment
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Today was day three. Day two and today were more of the same powerpoint and video instruction. The class is opening up more and asking more questions. I would like to say they were all valid questions but that would make me a liar. LOL We have some pretty young kids in the class so I understand that. I have started working on a checklist for my pre trip and its coming along well. This will be my way of practicing. I will have someone listen to me walking thru the pre-trip and check off things I mention correctly. Hopefully it will help solidify the process for me!

Well, I am going to get back to my studies, I will post more in a couple days.

God bless to all my fellow students and drivers everywhere!

Frank J.'s Comment
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What school or company training are you attending?

Good luck with the process.

I am attending Great Lakes Truck Driving School. Thanks for asking.

Frank J.'s Comment
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Day 4

Had a couple recruiters come in today. Interesting to listen to what they have to offer and about their companies. More are coming tomorrow as well. Anyway today was a decent day although still more in class videos and power points. Got up early and studied the PTI and will do more again this evening. I want to pass that as quickly as possible so I can get on to the maneuvers and road time.


Well, have a blessed evening ya'll.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Have you looked at and studied our pre-trip information? Most people that do, generally pass on the first time or the second time.

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.


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.
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