Report From Quality Drivers/Celadon School In Laredo, TX

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Kai's Comment
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We already have a story going on that covers information about the school of Celadon in Indianapolis.

On the 8th of September, I'll start my class at Quality Drivers School in Laredo, TX. This is a good opportunity to examine this school as well for those who are from Texas and want attend this school.

Stay tuned!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kai's Comment
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Hi

I am very excited to go to Quality Truck Driving School in Laredo, TX. Last Friday, I received the Confirmation Letter that proves that I am absolutely accepted at the School in Laredo.

The DMV , however, suggested me to do an eye exam and get glasses before I travel to Laredo, TX. I am going to take all the written tests for the CDL Permit when I at school, because they pay for all the testings. I am planning to take the Permit Tests only. The endorsements I will take as soon as I pass the road test and get my full CDL A. Probably, on the same day directly after the road test.

I am going to give you a daily report about my training at school and beyond.

My first class will be 8th of September, 2014. I can't wait. The days appear so slow from now until that day.

However, I am already practicing downshifting with double clutching in my bed. My wife is already wondering what I am doing.

I even practice shifting when I do aerobics or gymnastics. My concern is not how to do it, but I might have problems with the coordination. Downshifting is almost like dancing Cha Cha Cha.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Kai's Comment
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Yesterday (08/25/2014), I received the Class A driver's licence which is necessary in order to do the CDL. I had passed the two exams two weeks ago.

Special Requirements Test for Texas: 85%

Combination Vehicle Test: 95%

Yesterday, I also went to the Target Optical in order to have an eye exam. I am glad that I did, because the doctor told me that I am farsighted and that I need glasses in order to pass the DOT exam. I went to Walmart to order my glasses. I will receive the glasses hopefully this week.

My recruiter already confirmed that she will send me a Greyhound bus ticket. I am so excited. I like to go with the Greyhound as long it is not too long. Nine hours ride is ok.

Stay tuned!!!

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kai's Comment
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Here is the outline of my diary:

1. I start with my Quality Driving School daily reports which will begin whenever I step into the Greyhound bus. Probably, on the 7th of September, 2014.

2. The CDL training will take at least three weeks. I will try to report every day.

3. After the CDL Test, I will begin my 6 week on the job training. Whenever, I am able I'll give you updates regarding this training period.

4. As soon the 6 weeks are over, I am going to drive team 240000 miles.

5. After completing 240000 miles team driving, I can drive solo.

I am not going to take my laptop with me. The smartphone will be enough for me.

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.
Kai's Comment
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I just downloaded the CDL Practice Test App for Android. Now, I know what to do during my 10 hour ride from El Paso to Laredo in the Greyhound. This will be the most beneficial Greyhound ride so far.

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.
Andy C.'s Comment
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Drake, Ha, i had the same concerns about downshifting and double clutching , Seriously, i was nervous about it. But after about three shifts, i just stopped thinking about it and its pretty easy. I was very surprised at how little you push in the clutch to actually shift. Lets face it, if i can double clutch and downshift within an hour of walking into the school, you will have no problems! Promise! Best of luck and look forward to reading your experiences!

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

Kai's Comment
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Today, I received my glasses. Now, I am ready for the physical in Laredo.

Kai's Comment
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Thursday, September 4, I will receive my Greyhound ticket. I am going to leave early Sunday.

Kai's Comment
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I already receive the confirmation that I will accommodate in Laredo in Family Garden Inn & Suites.

Kai's Comment
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Yeah!

Today, i received the confirmation number for my Greyhound bus ride from El Paso to Laredo, Texas. I am already excited and my adrenaline is pretty high.

My bus will depart Saturday (6 September 2014) at 6:45 pm from El Paso and will arrive Sunday at 11:30 am in Laredo.

I won't take my laptop with me. I will need to use the smartphone in order to post my progress, ha.

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