Keystone Diesel CDL Training Program And Starting At Roehl

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JakeBreak's Comment
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Ok ive read alot of different training diaries and i think im gonna give it my a shot.

I finished my first day of school today and it was pretty normal from what i read. Did alot of paperwork, signed my life away, lol and started studying for my cdl test. We are reading the book and they have us hi-lighting all the important parts. Good news is tomorrow we get to fill out a ton of applications and keep studying for the test. They said we will hit the backing range at the end of the week, so im looking forward to that.

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.
Big Show's Comment
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Good luck, man! Keep us updated!

JakeBreak's Comment
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Real quick update on day 2 it was more of the same just studying the cdl manual. I had a good leg up do to the wonderful high road program brett put together. They said we should be able to get our permits this friday and start in the trucks friday afternoon.

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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Day 3 wasnt too bad they finally let us go look at a truck lol. We did a pretrip on it and then went back to the classroom, we took our general knowledge test for the school and stufied for our airbrake test. Im proud to say thanks the High Road Training Program i had the higest score in the class i only missed 4 questions and it was all stuff that i either didnt read the question right or we just barely touched on it in class. So im pretty happy with how things are going so far.

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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Well day 4 down lots of studying tonight im going through the High Road Training Program again just to make sure i can pass the dmv test tomorrow. i think im pretty good for the written part i got a 92 on general knowledge a 97 on air brakes and 100 on combos from the school test. Just kinda nervous i guess 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.

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.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Good luck! It sounds like you have great momentum so far, keep it up.

JakeBreak's Comment
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I got my permit today. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif yay one step closer to starting my new career. We got to spend some time on the backing range this afternoon, and i didn't jackknife the truck lol we started practicing our straight backs. It was the first time in a truck for most of the class and im happy to say i didnt do too bad. I wasnt the best but i was far from the worst. We actually did have a dude that almost jackknifed the truck lol.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Well Day 6 has come and gone and i learned a little more today. Let me just say double clutching sucks lol. i did half a day perfecting my straight backing and the other half we went out on the road. i got to spend 3 hrs truck time today. i didn't do badly on the road i only stalled the truck twice because i got in a hurry and popped the clutch. I'm looking forward to tomorrow when i start parallel parking and get some more road time.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Well today we did the same as yesterday. Half a day on the backing range and half road time. I'm getting really good at straight backing I even talked the instructor into hooking up the pup trailer for me to practice with for a little extra challenge. On the road i feel like i did worse than yesterday, still having trouble double clutching and stuff but it was still a pretty fun day.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Wow has it really been 8 days already? i feel so much more accomplished than i did a few days ago. My stupid double-clutch shifting has improved, i finally have the rhythm down, even though it takes me a few trys to get it back lol. i also started parallel parking today. i think i made 3 out of 50 trys lol and one of them the instructor was walking next to the truck talking me through it. Anyone have any advice id love to hear it. and that was pretty much my day hopefully ill get a chance to try some light city driving tomorrow.

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