Hitting The Deck And Running

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Richard 's Comment
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So I just arrived at CRST and I will not lie I'm freaking nervous as hell. But I'm ready for it just gotta keep my eyes and ears open wish me luck guys.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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So I just arrived at CRST and I will not lie I'm freaking nervous as hell. But I'm ready for it just gotta keep my eyes and ears open wish me luck guys.

Good Luck! I think being a little nervous is a good thing because it will keep you on your toes. And while I haven't started school yet, I will impart one piece of wisdom Old School always gives...Don't hit anything!!!!! smile.gif

Richard 's Comment
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Good Luck! I think being a little nervous is a good thing because it will keep you on your toes. And while I haven't started school yet, I will impart one piece of wisdom Old School always gives...Don't hit anything!!!!!

That's the plan and the reason I joined this site, for the pearls of wisdom that everyone will be able to offer me because like I said before in older post left 20 years of computers to do this. So I will be relying on every bodies advice and insight to succed. Thanks Jolie.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Everyone is nervous. Well, everyone that knows how challenging it's going to be. If you're taking it seriously, you should be a bit nervous. But indeed truck driving is a job where you're under quite a bit of pressure on a routine basis so now is when you start learning to keep your mind calm so you can think clearly. Focus on the task at hand and always think positive thoughts that fill you with confidence. People way underestimate (or ignore completely) the roll that confidence plays in performing at a high level. Never doubt yourself and do everything you can each day to get better. Positive thinking instills confidence and then you reinforce it with hard work and preparation.

I once heard a comedian do a skit on depression. He said something to the affect of, "The reason so many people are so depressed is because we all started out a little depressed but could never find a sign of depression in anyone else so we all thought it was just us! That made it worse!"

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Nobody is going to act nervous. In fact, many of them will act like they should be teaching the class and about 25% of them really believe it! But just go in there knowing you're going to work your *ss off every day you're there. Showing them you care deeply about becoming the best driver you can possibly be will land you a spot on the team quicker than anything. Everyone is there to learn. The ones who care the most will produce the best in the long run and these Company-Sponsored Programs know it. They'll be far more patient with someone who's giving it their best.

Wait til you see how many people in your class think it's a joke. Some people realize what an incredible opportunity they're being given and some of them act like it's the company's privilege to give them a free opportunity to start a life-changing career and drive their big rigs all around the country. Within about two hours you'll be able to pick out a small group that has absolutely no chance of succeeding whatsoever because their attitudes are horrendous.

Go in there eager to learn, ready to work hard, and prepared to endure the inevitable ups and downs that everyone experiences early in their trucking career. Only about 20% of your class will go there with the intention of becoming a top-tier professional driver someday and those are the people these programs are truly after. Make sure you're one of em. Show em what you can do.

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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