I have spoken to Randy 5 brief times today, once just because he couldn't find the fabric softener sheets I packed. I didn't think middle-aged guys cared about stuff like that, but I guess they were all doing laundry the proper way (who whudda thunk?).
Apparently everyone there is still very anxious, and they are all sort of bonding over that. Randy is so hyper that I find myself speaking very slowly to him, to try to calm him down. Plus I send an occasional encouraging text message with lots of xx's and oo's and I sent him a cell phone pic of myself with a calm, happy face.
- He passed his CDL permit test the first time (only had to do the combination vehicles because of his class B). 114 out of 120 people also passed. Randy's best friend from Vegas was not one of them.
- An instructor, with 35 years on the road and 3 1/2 million accident-free miles (not including 5 that weren't his fault), told them that 80% of the guys that graduate will get in an accident in their first year. He said that's the main reason for the high turnover in the trucking industry but I don't know about that. He also said it takes $7000-8000 worth of damage to the truck to be terminated.
- He's finding tons of former drivers slamming the big "S" company, but he thinks they're just disgruntled and maybe were fired (please don't comment on this, I don't want Brett to yell at me).
- For the next 3 days their schedule goes from 7 am-9pm. Man, it really is a lot like basic training.
- The 4 women in his class (one of whom is also named Rhonda, Rhonda's are everywhere lately!) are all there because their husbands are already drivers and they want to team with them. One woman had a very interesting tattoo-in-progress.
- His class is now down to 40-something people, he thinks because of medical issues. But they told him anyone that was still there Thursday would probably make it through.
- He also said it's REALLY important to study the heck out of your CDL book beforehand and do tons of research about everything, which he previously thought was a waste of time. I did most of the research for him, and he was annoyed while I drilled it into his head but he's thankful now. And do not lie on your application or about any health problems, criminal history or drug/alcohol issues. And be ready to be super-alert and pay close attention because it is very fast-paced.
I think that's about it. He's calling again at 10 to get the Minnesota Twins score. As for me, I've only lost 4 lbs since this started, and some of that has to be water weight from the previously mentioned crying, although that has slowed down somewhat. This really is so difficult in every possible way.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.
Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.
The pace of CDL training at trucking school has started out very fast and it's been a tough adjustment in lifestyle for both my husband and myself.
Almost finished with the first week of truck driving school. The pace is quick and some people are struggling, while others are doing just fine.
I can't believe my husband's been at truck driving school less than a week, it feels like a month. His CDL training has been fast-paced and tough.
Nearly a week into CDL training and more students are dropping out of the class. It's a fast-paced truck driving school and not everyone will make it.
Well, it's been one week since Randy left for CDL training, and what a week it's been. It went by fast for him, it felt more like a month to me.
I've just completed my first week of truck driving school and what a week it has been! We covered backing, pre-trips, got our CDL permit, and more!
by Rick Huffman
The beginning of my truck driving adventures started here with cdl school where I met an incredible variety of people looking to become truck drivers
Getting started with CDL training meant a ton of bookwork in the beginning, working outside in temps below zero, and busting up some drivetrains.
by Brett Aquila
Learning to back up a rig is clumsy at best. Nothing about it is easy. Having fun with it helps make learning easier, but prepare to embarrass yourself!
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