Briderland Community College, Logan, Utah

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Darren R.'s Comment
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I'm starting the full time CDL course on Monday May 18th. 300 hour course, looks like it covers everything a new driver would need to know.

I've already been talking to several trucking companies, so it looks like finding a job when I'm done will not be a problem. Especially being a brand new driver. Both local and national companies? If any experienced drivers have any advise on national companies to stay away from then please let me know.

I've heard a few things that CR England is not a preferable company to work with but I don't really know. I'm 42 and after spending 23 years in the tech industry, I'm ready to hit the road and drive past all the sites in USA! lol. Being on the road for extended drives is actually what I'm looking for...

Darren R.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Darren, have you looked at Trucking Truth's Trucking Companies profiles?

C R England's profile, specifically, is under Company-Sponsored Training .

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Darren R.'s Comment
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No, but thanks for pointing me in that direction.. New to this site, so I'm still getting the info figured out..

Thanks!

Darren R.'s Comment
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On my 2nd week of class now... Holy crap! I had no idea how much there was to this! LOL! Week one of class was focused on obtaining my CDL Training Permit.. Passed it. Week 2 was crashing through 12 chapters of our CDL training book. Passed it.

I'm totally digging it and cant wait to get through the formalities of the book so I can get with my driving trainer to actually put the pages to the road, so to speak.. Our school works with the local airport here in Logan Utah to train on, and thank god for that! I nice wide open space cause we jump right into pulling around a 53 foot trailer..

We do have access to this simulator, which is OK. It does give you practice on the whole double clutch method.. but I'm thinking that feeling the truck to shift is going to be easier than trying to watch the tack on the simulator which has no feeling at all..

As of right now, I have to 2 feet of drive time.. that's right.. 2 whole feet.. and it was pretty damn cool.. our class instructor had me pull one of our training rigs forward to test the 5th wheel coupling.. doubt its going to wow any prospective employers, but for me.. I got 2 feet baby!dancing.gif

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.

Darren R.'s Comment
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Me and my other 2 fellow students finished the book work last week. Took my 2nd practice drive yesterday. 3 hours up and around the back highways of southern Idaho and northern Utah. I have to admit, when you think of becoming a driver, you don't think about, well, how much you have to think! My heads numb! I'm still at that stage where downshifting is not smooth, but I've still got several weeks to practice. I did do some "starting on a hill" maneuvers, which went really well. I don't want to be the guy who has a Honda accidently attached to his bumper... At my school we drive with a 53' foot trailer that is weighted down with sand bags to give us the feel of a full load. Myself and the 2 other students are going to rotate the driving days. 2 of us will go out and drive, while the 3rd hangs bag and practices the backing up maneuvers. Offset and alley dock. Good on the offset, but hitting the alley dock for the 1st time today.

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.
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