CRST So Far....

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Hiram E.'s Comment
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It's been a while since I posted last. I went to Springfield last October to start with Prime. Unfortunately , I was sent home to get a medical issue cleared up and documented. It would have taken me several months of specialists visits to get everything they needed. I couldn't wait that long so I went with my second choice....CRST.

They put me in a school only fifty miles from home so I was able to do that and finish up medical. The med issue was too minor for CRST to be concerned about.

I completed school and received my CDL in early January and after a day to celebrate with my wife it was off to Cedar Rapids during the coldest week of the year for orientation. Made it through that process and was assigned a trainer.

After driving for 10 hours in a rental car to OKC... I climbed aboard the trainers truck for my 28 days of training. Thanks to all the advice on here , I expected to be challenged and I was definitely not disappointed there. It was a harrowing trial by fire...but I am a better driver for it.

I am just beginning my second month on the road after training and I am loving it so far. Every trip is a new challenge and we keep piling up miles.

If any of you want to know more about CRST...let me know. I am not a cheerleader, but I am not a hater either.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, that's awesome news! Really glad to hear things are rolling along nicely for ya.

It is definitely a trial by fire, is it not??? smile.gif

The learning curve in the beginning is really steep. I know a lot of new drivers are really surprised at just how difficult it is to learn how to handle everything out on the road. Most people believe completing the schooling and passing all of the exams to get your license is the hard part. But once you get out on the road with your trainer, that's when the really hard part begins! So I'm glad you knew how difficult it was going to be. Just having the proper attitude and expectations is huge.

Be safe and enjoy yourself out there!

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Great post, man..glad to read all these awesome success stories coming out of TT...good-luck.gif

Troubador222's Comment
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Glad to hear you are doing well with them. I am satisfied as well with CRST so far, but thanks to the folks here, I was able to go with realistic expectations.

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