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Spanky FKA A.Meggs's Comment
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Hello to you all, going to start my journey tom and wanted to try to keep a post of how it's going. For starters I am starting tom at Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center in Fletcher, N.C. I arrived today at the hotel with is being paid for by the company I am sponsored with, hotels not bad at all and seems to be good so far. Aside from the fact I was told by front desk I was the first to arrive, when I got to the room someone obviously left all their stuff here besides clothes, maybe they had more than they could take on the bus, idk. Besides that the room is clean so not sure if housekeeping thought someone was still here. I decided to drive myself here mainly because I will be on a tight budget and couldn't bring too much food if I rode the bus, and it was only 4 1/2 hour drive for me versus bout 12 by bus. I was the first here so haven't meet my roommate yet. School starts at 6 am so the rest of this night will be studying and trying to rest up. The hardest part of course was leaving my BEST half and my beautiful little kad u es but we knew it had to happen and it would be sometime before I return. Anyway I will try to keep you posted on how things are going on a daily basis and as always will be as informative as possible and give my honest opinion of my own experiences. Anyone here ever been to thus school that would like to drop in please do. Kinda nervous but excited and ready to get this going. Thanks fir all the help TT and I'll post back later. Be safe

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

Spanky FKA A.Meggs's Comment
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I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

That's good to hear, haven't seen much on the school so wasn't sure wgat to expect. I pull in to the school today after checking in but other than the backing yard and cones I was kinda lost on where to go. Seems there are a few other operations going on there as well. Turned around at the guard gate. Hopefully see you around tomorrow.

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

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That's good to hear, haven't seen much on the school so wasn't sure wgat to expect. I pull in to the school today after checking in but other than the backing yard and cones I was kinda lost on where to go. Seems there are a few other operations going on there as well. Turned around at the guard gate. Hopefully see you around tomorrow.

Just go right past the guard shack (no guard) and take a right to park in front of the building or in front of the fence on the opposite end from the shack. School doesn't start until 7, even for CRE students as far as I know, so if you get there at 6 I don't think anyone will be there but I could be wrong about that. Probably easiest to go through the glass doors in the middle if they are open and then follow the signs to the offices. Or, if somebody is there and going in they can guide you through the maze that you will use to get to the classroom. Yes, there are a few other businesses operating out of that complex.

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I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

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That's good to hear, haven't seen much on the school so wasn't sure wgat to expect. I pull in to the school today after checking in but other than the backing yard and cones I was kinda lost on where to go. Seems there are a few other operations going on there as well. Turned around at the guard gate. Hopefully see you around tomorrow.

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Just go right past the guard shack (no guard) and take a right to park in front of the building or in front of the fence on the opposite end from the shack. School doesn't start until 7, even for CRE students as far as I know, so if you get there at 6 I don't think anyone will be there but I could be wrong about that. Probably easiest to go through the glass doors in the middle if they are open and then follow the signs to the offices. Or, if somebody is there and going in they can guide you through the maze that you will use to get to the classroom. Yes, there are a few other businesses operating out of that complex.

Thanks for the info. The papers I have say 6-430 mon-sat and possibly some sundays, but that could be because of the shuttle in the mornings, not sure yet. Also noticed my papers saying 5 week course but recruiter and someone that posted on here about the school a few months ago are saying 3 weeks. Guess we will find out :) I have read about alot of this stuff being unorganized to an extent. Just ready to get started. Still have yet to see anyone here at the hotel.

Spanky FKA A.Meggs's Comment
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Well its been good so far, alot of hurry and wait the first day plus papers to sign. The rest of the week was basically the in class instructor reading and going over the general knowledge, air brakes and combinations sections of the manual. NOTE: GO OVER THE HIFH ROAD COURSE, YOU WILL BE AGEAD OF YOUR CKASS. Had 14 in my class to start and seems no one thought to study before starting school. I basically did online test on my phone through out the whole week because everything he went over I had already studied 10+ times, literally. I did However pay attention when he was explaining every detail because of course it's not EXPLAINED in the manual. When taking classroom quizzes I missed 2 on general knowledge and none on the other two. STUDY THE HIGHVROAD, YOU WILL BE WAY MORE ADVANCE THEN ANYONE IN YOUR CLASS. Thanks to all that put the high road together, it really was a life saver. Far as practice testing I advise to download CDL Study Buddy app, it's great practice and really helps when you go to DMV for testing. Went home over the weekend (father's day and I surprised my little ladies and the wife when I was sitting on the porch when they came home, had a blast with them this weekend) BTW, to the father's out there, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, little late but there you go :) Before leaving friday we went to DMV and I missed 4 on general knowledge, missed none on air brakes and combinations. Niw the proud owner of a brand new CDL-A Permit :) :) Started backing maneuvers today and doesn't seem to be awfully hard as of yet. Anyways, school can be a little boring, the motel here in Fletcher, N.C. is no where near as bad as I was expecting and so far has been an awesome experience. I will post again as the days go on. Be safe for you already on the road, to the ones getting ready for school, STUDY THE HIGH ROAD, IT'S FREE abd I'm sure with all v the hard work Brett and the otg er s put into it they are glad to know it helos. Take care till I post again.

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.

Joshua C.'s Comment
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Just starting (day 3) at the Alliance training center in Fletcher myself. Are the DOT written tests really as easy as study buddy makes them out to be?

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Just starting (day 3) at the Alliance training center in Fletcher myself. Are the DOT written tests really as easy as study buddy makes them out to be?

Let me tell ya......there's a lot to learn about driving a rig. Passing some written tests is nothing if you study properly. But there's a lot to learn about inspecting a rig, loading cargo properly, logbook rules, and a million other things. Have a look at our High Road Training Program. Here's how it breaks down:

To Get Your CDL Permit:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Driving Safely
  • Transporting Cargo Safely
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Driving Exam

To get your CDL endorsements which are optional but highly recommend:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Doubles And Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials

Two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

Two sections for anyone considering flatbed:

  • Cargo Securement
  • New York State Coil Endorsement

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Joshua C.'s Comment
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Took a while due to Thanksgiving and Christmas but I aced the early tests with only two points off and today aced the pretrip and field/skills tests with no points off and 7 off the driving :)

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