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Jopa's Comment
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My wife is 100% behind me as we have all researched the lifestyle... She knows that the sacrifices to get the experience will be worth it... We have a strong Christian community here which can help.

Eric

Those are the magic words that tell me you will be successful. Always glad to meet a brother in the Lord. He will see you AND you family through . . .

Jopa

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eric G.'s Comment
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Just checked into the hotel. Tomorrow is my first day at C1 in Fort Wayne. My roommate isn't so bad. The hotel room is clean.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I've passed all written portions of the test! The CDL program from this website were extremely beneficial. Don't relay on powerpoint presentations to pass.

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.
Eric G.'s Comment
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*Was not were

Silverbolt's Comment
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I've passed all written portions of the test! The CDL program from this website were extremely beneficial. Don't relay on powerpoint presentations to pass.

Congrats! I really think the High Road program here is a huge help for anyone seeking their permit. And I'm almost stunned at the apps to help you learn your pre-trip inspections. Keep on rolling safely!

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.
Eric G.'s Comment
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Well, I hate to say but I didn't get my CDL this time... It has been a logistical nightmare. I didn't get the pretrip down pat so they said no practice driving or anything until it is passed. It changed what was supposed to be just a 3 week course to possibly a 5 week course or longer. I couldn't afford another 2,3, or 4 weeks without some kind of pay. Also, they stated with the all the backlog of 3,4, and 5 week students that it might "be awhile before you can test." Any hoo, I did awesome on my first drive on the city streets. I double clutched so admirably that the instructor kept making me pull to the side of the road to "start from scratch as you seem to have done this before." However, I got VERY little backing practice about 5 minutes total its been about 3 weeks. We had 18 students to a truck. There were days before I even got into the truck. The director of the school got on the platform a few times the past two weeks to state we are sorry for the lack of graduating CDL students as we have lost 4 range instructors and 2 more are on vacation. Also, our range instructor was reprimanded verbally in front of students several times for just yelling instructions and not allowing students to think for themselves on how to back up. He was also a ****** bag for telling students to put a maxi pad between their ******s and blowing cigarette smoke into the cabs. On more than one occasion I have seen several grown men come out of those trucks with their nerves shaking. Anyway, I believe I came to the C1 School in Ft Wayne at a bad time as they were short staffed and had way too many students here. If I had a couple thousand with me other than a couple hundred I probably would of been more successful at this school especially since I was near broke when coming. I think someone should be more financially prepared before making the move, as well. My landlord who owns a trucking company stated he will help me out further. If anyone is thinking about going to C1 especially Fort Wayne through Driver Solutions I would be very careful if you are low on funds because it won't be a 3 week course but possibly more than a month before you get out!

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just want to mention that we always, ALWAYS, recommend that people save up a minimum of $1000 beyond the price of the schooling cause you WILL need it.

mountain girl's Comment
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Oops, Kevin C.

Well at least I wasn't the one who missed a line this time... ...lol.

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mountain girl's Comment
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Back to being serious. Dude, what a disappointment. I'm so sorry. Sounds like you gave it your all. Maybe Brett or any of you experienced guys have some suggestions out there?

Don't give up. There's got to be a way for you to get to the finish line.

-mountain girl

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SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Man, that's a bummer to get that far along in the process and then have to drop out and (possibly?) start over.

What are you going to do now? The fact that you stayed as long as you did means you must have to pay them back at least some of the tuition I would think.

Did they say you could return at a future date and try again?

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