Have CDL, No Experience

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James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Go get em James! Heck, you can always walk away from trucking anytime. It's not like you're stuck there for years and years. So go for it! Get back out there rolling again and take it a day at a time.

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Thanks Brett. I appreciate it. I am planning to leave just after New Year. Gives me time to get a lil bit of money saved up.

James K.'s Comment
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Western express i hear will hire if you have but never used your cdl. They have programs but require a 9 month commitment.

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.
James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Thanks for the help guys. As it sits now I will be going to Central/Swift in Lewiston Idaho. Only have to do orientation and road test and they will send me out with a mentor. Anyone here graduate swift? What is their road test like?

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I am about to head out to the TA here in Boise, to go see if there are any Central Trucks fueling or what not. Going to talk to a few drivers first hand to see how the company is now that Swift owns them. I am going to start to count down the days until I am in Lewiston. Also, does anyone know what there road test is like?

Happy Trucking

James

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Western express i hear will hire if you have but never used your cdl. They have programs but require a 9 month commitment.

I checked into it and yes they do have them. Downside is, I am not in there hire zone. I am for now going to stay with Central seems how they are going to get me in for the road test. I just gotta remember the down shifting. I remember backing turn the wheel opposite of the way you want the trailer to go. Anyone have reminders/ helpful hints on remembering the down shift?

Thanks Guys and Gals

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.
James K.'s Comment
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Western express i hear will hire if you have but never used your cdl. They have programs but require a 9 month commitment.

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I checked into it and yes they do have them. Downside is, I am not in there hire zone. I am for now going to stay with Central seems how they are going to get me in for the road test. I just gotta remember the down shifting. I remember backing turn the wheel opposite of the way you want the trailer to go. Anyone have reminders/ helpful hints on remembering the down shift?

Thanks Guys and Gals

Downshifting is clutch into neutral. give a shot of gas up to 1500 or whatever the proper rpm for that truck is and then clutch into the next lowest gear.

For my training truck which was a 10 speed, it was 40 into 8 30 into 7 and 20 goes to 6. shifting at 1500 rpm.

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.
James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Thanks for the reminder. I knew rpm had to be somewhere but I know each truck is different

James K.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reminder. I knew rpm had to be somewhere but I know each truck is different

Just tell the examiner your not used to that specific gear system. Trucks perform diffrent and these examiners need to understand that. I think they wanna see if you know the basics of shifting and when done right don't make the tranny drop on the interstate

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Thanks for the reminder. I knew rpm had to be somewhere but I know each truck is different

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Just tell the examiner your not used to that specific gear system. Trucks perform diffrent and these examiners need to understand that. I think they wanna see if you know the basics of shifting and when done right don't make the tranny drop on the interstate

Thanks. From what I've been told the company road tests aren't incredibly hard. Is that true?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

James K.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reminder. I knew rpm had to be somewhere but I know each truck is different

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Just tell the examiner your not used to that specific gear system. Trucks perform diffrent and these examiners need to understand that. I think they wanna see if you know the basics of shifting and when done right don't make the tranny drop on the interstate

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Thanks. From what I've been told the company road tests aren't incredibly hard. Is that true?

the orientation test drive probably isn't that hardthey just want to see if you're able to be trained or if you learned anythingbut your upgrade test will be a little bit harder because they train you so you know what you can train with you should know the truck that you're driving too hope this helps

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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