Earl L. Henderson Trucking Reviews

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Team Staples's Comment
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Hi Shingleton, I'll be coming to Henderson trucking on 10/12. Do you know if there are any terminals to park at when on home time ?

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Me and my husband are due to be in Illinois on the 19th to start school for Henderson. Before you posted i hadnt seen anyone speak of Henderson...how did u like it?

Hey also, how long do they wait before you take he test for your permit? Am I gonna be expected to test like the day I get there?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Michael C.'s Comment
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@CarrieS

I'm headed to Henderson on the 26th. My recruiter told me that you would take the permit test toward the end of the 1st week, and the driving/skills/backing test at the end of the 3 weeks of range time.

Team Staples's Comment
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@CarrieS

I'm headed to Henderson on the 26th. My recruiter told me that you would take the permit test toward the end of the 1st week, and the driving/skills/backing test at the end of the 3 weeks of range time.

Who is ur recruiter?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Carrie, use our High Road Training Program and you'll be ready for the permit and all of the endorsements on the day you arrive. In fact, with Prime a lot of people get their permit before they leave for school and Henderson is part of Prime so it would probably work out great for them too.

High Road Training Program

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.
Team Staples's Comment
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Thanks Brett. I have taken a look at the link to the info u sent me and it looks like yall really got it together here. It sure beats sitting here reading the manual front to back without really retaining any info. What a huge help. Thanks so much.

Michael C.'s Comment
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Jenny is my recruiter, she seems very nice and most of my questions, others she said that she cant because thats between the driver and their FM. I personally will be getting my permit before I leave, it will speed things up at the school and drop the total "tuition rate" for you to owe back to Henderson.

Definitely do what Brett said and use the training program on here, it is top notch. I've learned a lot more from it then I have from the states CDL study book. The repetition on the questions really hammer it into your brain so you remember it.

Now if only there was a way to have a virtual pre-trip trainer LOL.

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.

Fm:

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Now if only there was a way to have a virtual pre-trip trainer...

There are some excellent pretrip videos on YouTube. Ive noticed several of them include things that are not required however.

In Kentucky, they no longer require the thing about no play in the steering. They are trying to do away with the double clutch requirement too, but that's down the road.

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.

Shiva's Comment
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Now if only there was a way to have a virtual pre-trip trainer...

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There are some excellent pretrip videos on YouTube. Ive noticed several of them include things that are not required however.

In Kentucky, they no longer require the thing about no play in the steering. They are trying to do away with the double clutch requirement too, but that's down the road.

The examiner asked me about the play in the steering wheel, But I am in IL

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.

Bmore Crazy's Comment
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So I have completed the Henderson Driving Academy. I came out to Henderson on Sept. 14 2015. When you first get there you do your orientation, DOT Physical and drug screen. It is all done on the Monday that you arrive. Then from Tuesday thru Wednesday you study for your CDL permit and then on Thursday you go to the DMV and take the Illinois written driving test and the CDL test which includes, general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. Once you have past you will spend 4 weeks in the yard practicing straight backing, off set backing and parallel parking. Also thru out your weeks in the yard you will do on the road driving to practicing your shifting and controlling a tractor trailer on the road with other vehicles. Then they will take you to the DMV and you will do your CDL test. Once you complete the yard training and receive you CDL you will do 6 weeks with a driver trainer and get paid while your with your driver trainer. Sounds easy but if your not use to driving then it can be stressful some days. The instructors are great and very motivated. It took me a little longer then for weeks to get my CDL but at the end of the day I got them. Its a great driving school to go to especially if you can not afford the upfront out of pocket cost. Once you get behind the wheel and start driving with your trainer then you began to pay back $50 a week for 52 weeks as long as you stay with the school the whole first year.

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.

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.

Team Staples's Comment
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So I have completed the Henderson Driving Academy. I came out to Henderson on Sept. 14 2015. When you first get there you do your orientation, DOT Physical and drug screen. It is all done on the Monday that you arrive. Then from Tuesday thru Wednesday you study for your CDL permit and then on Thursday you go to the DMV and take the Illinois written driving test and the CDL test which includes, general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. Once you have past you will spend 4 weeks in the yard practicing straight backing, off set backing and parallel parking. Also thru out your weeks in the yard you will do on the road driving to practicing your shifting and controlling a tractor trailer on the road with other vehicles. Then they will take you to the DMV and you will do your CDL test. Once you complete the yard training and receive you CDL you will do 6 weeks with a driver trainer and get paid while your with your driver trainer. Sounds easy but if your not use to driving then it can be stressful some days. The instructors are great and very motivated. It took me a little longer then for weeks to get my CDL but at the end of the day I got them. Its a great driving school to go to especially if you can not afford the upfront out of pocket cost. Once you get behind the wheel and start driving with your trainer then you began to pay back $50 a week for 52 weeks as long as you stay with the school the whole first year.

I am getting ready to start my 4th week here at Henderson. When u said some stressful days, you werent kidding. I am struggling a bit with the offset but Friday i did one so if i can just nail a few more i should be good. The manuvers seem so easy till u are behind the wheel and all the frusteration and nerves build up. Ive cried, been happy and almost did cartwheels all in about 4 hours. The adrenaline and pressure and happiness when u overcome takes a huge toll on ur body and mind. So far Ive been proud, had nightmares, watched videos of crashes and analyzed every possible scenario of every possible situation. By the time I am finished with school Im gonna need a vacation...lololol

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.

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.

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