Companies With Good Training?

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Erik M.'s Comment
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I just finished my training with Sage trucking school. I passed my exam for the CDL and now am looking for a place of employment. The number one issue for me right now is to get good solid training before going solo. I'm not too worried about the money since I know I won't make a whole lot my first year. That's to be expected. I want to be a safe and efficient driver and that comes with good training. Any suggestions would be helpful. Looking forward to hearing from 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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I just finished my training with Sage trucking school. I passed my exam for the CDL and now am looking for a place of employment. The number one issue for me right now is to get good solid training before going solo. I'm not too worried about the money since I know I won't make a whole lot my first year. That's to be expected. I want to be a safe and efficient driver and that comes with good training. Any suggestions would be helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Prime Inc has just about the longest training period in the industry. 4 to 5 months I believe if it's not been changed.

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.
Woody's Comment
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Length of training could be an indicator of the quality of training, so you might compare that between companies. But unfortunately a lot of times it can depend on luck of the draw on which actual trainer you get. As an example I was very happy with the training I received from my mentor but another driver that graduated with me and started at the same company had a trainer that really didnt teach him much. In fact after he went solo my friend called me often to ask questions his trainer should have covered. So I would say the companies training was very good while my friend would tell you it was poor.

And even though I was happy with my trainer I would say teaching someone to be safe was not his string suit. I remember one time in particular that I was traveling with a nice Cusion around me. A large group of vehicles ahead of me and another behind me. His advice was to catch up to the pack in front of me. This instruction I pretty much ignored lol. A even a good trainer may teach you how to shift and turn but being safe may rely on you and applying the smith system or which ever safe driving tactics you may have been taught in school.

Woody

RedGator's Comment
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My company WEL has a 4 week training program. I know alot of the male trainers and they are all super guys. Longer isnt slways necessarily better. Its whatever will fit you. It really bottom lines to the trainer and how good they are at their job. PS. The really training happs when your solo. Good luck.

Erik M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the input. At this point I pretty much narrowed down my search and I'll be going with Werner. I do hear good things about their program. The equipment is also fairly new and they have continuous training after you go solo just to keep you sharp. Some time in the middle of May I'll be heading down to Denver to begin my new life. Thanks again everyone. I'll stay in touch.

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