O.k. fellas, please, please, please...if you tell your wife you're gonna call her back, you need to call her back! My husband never did that last night. So I couldn't sleep, my stomach was in a knot and I spent my day imagining all kinds of bad scenarios (maybe I do need meds). I was even too tense to cry...what's up with that? Toward the end of the day I texted one of his classmates, and HE called me back. And I don't even know him. It was a nice guy from Idaho. Long story short (er), I finally spoke to Randy tonight for about 1 1/2 hours, about 1/2 of which we spent yelling at each other (not good for either of us). But we made up at the end, and a roommate is now jokingly calling him "loverboy". And we have now agreed that, if he is having a very intense day, he will call me just one quality time in the evening. And that's fine, because I've got a life here too.
- Everybody's phones are off all day now as they are out on the road learning proper shifting techniques and other driving skills. It is harder than he expected, and he is having some trouble with double-clutching...I saw that coming because when I rode with him I used to tell him if he floated the gears at school or during the road test, it was bad news. He believes me now. And he's in the habit of holding the steering wheel incorrectly too. All the more experienced guys are having trouble breaking their bad habits. They have to stop often for their chain-smoking instructor (crabby, guess the nicotine isn't helping him) to indulge his habit.
- They really are supposed to take their driving test on Friday. How will they pass when they've had so little practice? I don't get it.
- Two of the guys in his room were fighting all night because one was snoring and keeping the other awake. It even got physical as one guy kicked the other guy's bed so hard that it knocked him to the floor! They nearly got into a fistfight over it. The "kicker" is calling their situation "Trucker's Camp".
- Another one of "those" students, who has been bragging about his prison time (yeah, he's bad-a$$) was kicked out of class today for being mouthy and uncooperative, and was escorted out. But he's still at the school. I guess they really want his tuition money. ;)
- Randy finally made the shuttle to Walmart, and what do you suppose that health nut spent over $30 on? Mostly Twinkies and Potato Chips, he told me! So typical. What a goofball. He better not have a heart attack and die, I'll be so mad. ;) How will he survive on the road without me making him eat his veggies?
Because we spent so much time having our little marriage drama, that's all I got.
As hard as you think becoming a truck driver will be, it's even harder. I've lost ten pounds from the stress of CDL training in the past few weeks.
Ten days into CDL training and the fast pace continues. They are driving more, but the quizzes and the pressure of their CDL training continues.
The pre-trip inspection test is today, and the road test is tomorrow. It's day 11 of CDL training and things are getting more stressful for everyone.
Randy took his driving test at CDL school today and called me with the results. I was up all night emailing unemployment records for his company.
Truck driving school is filled with anxiety and tension. Passing his road test has Randy feeling quite relieved and anxious to begin road training.
Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.
This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.
CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.
by Rick Huffman
Backing up a truck and learning to shift are two key elements at truck driving school, but some patient instructors are helping our class immensely.
Going through a company-sponsored CDL training program is no bed of roses. Here are some of my experiences and some challenges you can expect to face.
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