Celadon Laredo Texas 2015, What To Bring And Not To Bring With You. Training Notes.

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Pepper's Comment
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When I told some of my classmates that I was blogging on here, I was told that they have some friends and family who are thinking of coming, so could I do a run down of the basics.

Here are the basic facts about the program right now, and the basic facts about the hotel.

Hotel. You will most likely be staying at the Family Garden Inn in Laredo. Complementary breakfast is included 7 days a week. Breakfast is cold cereals, toast, waffles, coffee juice. Breakfast during the week is 6-8AM. Breakfast on the weekends is 8am-10am. You might get tired of it, but remember that it is free.

The rooms are clean. The heat and A/C run great. You will have a roommate. Even if you don't have one at first, you will end up with a roommate. Keep the room clean and your stuff on your side of the room. Maid service for the room is once a week. Towel replacement and trash bag replacement is once a day. All Celadon employees have to be in their room at 10pm. No loitering out after that because we tend to get loud and that disrupts the other guests from having good rest.

Shuttle service from the hotel. There are 3 shuttles that leave in the morning. You will have to sign up for the one you want in the morning the week before on Saturday when you go to get your meal tray. (I will explain that in a minute) Don't be late for the shuttle. The shuttle arrives in the afternoon and you board on a first come/first serve method.

Training. First day of training, you will do paperwork, go to the Dr. and get your DOT physical and come back to go over your contract. If you are on any medicine, whether prescription or over the counter, bring it with you. If you are on any medicine for ADD/ADHD, you may want to get a note from your doctor saying it will not affect your ability to drive. If you have high blood pressure, make sure that the medicine that you are taking is working well. If you are too high, you will be sent home. No exceptions. If you are on drugs, have diabetes and certain other conditions, you will be sent home. Don't come down if you can't pass the physical.

Permit Tests. Study here. Study in your CDL manual. You will have to pass all 5 permit tests before you are allowed to get on the range. Don't pass and you will go home.

Range days. The first few days after you pass, you will be on the driving range. There, you will learn stops and starts. You will learn the basic workings of the truck and all sorts of things like that.

Road and Range. On day 2 or 3, you will begin to split your days and spend half your days on the road, and half your days on the range. They are both good, for different reasons. Learn everything that you can in both. Don't worry about messing up. It happens.

Meals. In school, you will eat lunch there, and it is free. If you don't like Mexican food, they also offer hamburgers. Salad is given at lunch for those who want it. Drink choices are sodas and water.

You also get meals to take to the hotel with you for dinner. You will order them at the lunch counter. Weekend meals are ordered in the classroom and delivered to the hotel lobby at noon and 5pm. You will pick them up there. If you are not going to be there at that time, they will hold the meals until 11pm, and then they discard them.

What to bring with you.

Laundry supplies.

Quarters for the washer and dryer.

At least 5 changes of clothes you can layer up and down.



Asprin/Aleve/Tylenol (Some days, you will need it!)


At least 2 pairs of shoes.

There is no coffee maker in the rooms, but the office has free coffee 24 hours a day.

If you have any questions, ask and I will answer them as best I can! :)



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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rico's Comment
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How has the schooling been so far for you I noticed you said you left but went back to celadon. I'm trying to get the best advice about this lifestyle as possible as I am a greenhorn to this plz anyone feel free to reply

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