Earl L. Henderson Trucking Reviews

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Lyynk's Comment
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I'll be starting at Henderson on December 7th. They told me my Florida CDL permit was useless and that they still have me get an Illinois permit when I get there.

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.
Thump3r0831's Comment
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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.

Do you mean they will pay for the permit and stuff too?

Shiva's Comment
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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.

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Do you mean they will pay for the permit and stuff too?

Yes they pay the cost of permit, hotel room and give you $125.00 a week for groceries and expenses. Rooms are single occupancy

Nick S.'s Comment
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Ok so my predicament is that I have a Class A through my current company but have very very minimal driving experience. So can anyone that has gone to this company advise me of an idea where I would stand in there training program. And also what kind of home time and rider policy do they have.

Shiva's Comment
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Ok so my predicament is that I have a Class A through my current company but have very very minimal driving experience. So can anyone that has gone to this company advise me of an idea where I would stand in there training program. And also what kind of home time and rider policy do they have.

As for where you stand in training, you would have to call them and ask. Yes, they do have a rider policy, after 60 days solo.

Team Staples's Comment
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Just a guess but they're probably going to make you go out with a trainer from two to four weeks depending on how much experience you have and how your trainer says that you do. probably depends on your amount of training that you're going to need since you already have a CDL. me and my husband have been with Henderson for a few months now and they've gotten us home on a home time every time we've asked for it and we live way out west

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.
Reginald D.'s Comment
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What type of drug screening they do? UA or Hair? I'm married and trying to provide for my family

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.

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