So, day two of orientation came and went today. This was by far the most stressful day yet. I called it judgement day. Why? Well all my research told me that this was the day attrition started at orientation, and students would start getting weeded out. We had some CBT(computer based training) and one by one went down to the little room, where we would all take our physical assessment test. From my research, this is what sent people home the most.
One by one people were called down to the room, but none of them returned. I found out later, that after the assessment, you went to a different room, where you were called down to the companies driving simulator to go through some different scenarios. I was finally called down for my assessment. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. I was. Even though I am in pretty good shape, for some reason I always get nervous about things like this. Well, my results showed it. My blood pressure was was higher than normal, but luckily it was still within the range. The rest of the assessment was having us do various squats and lifting things that would simulate things you would be doing in the course of your job. Completing the tasks is the easy part, but after each test, they take your heart rate, and if it is over 90% of your rested heart rate, bye bye you go! My heart rate never got that high, so I passed with flying colors.
The simulator was just a bunch of fun. You drive through some different scenarios and you have to react to what is going on. There was no pass or fail on this, just showing what you should do in certain situations, like a deer running out or blowing out a tire.
After all of us returned to class.....I look around the room to see if anyone had been sent home. Fifteen students started our class, and when we started class after lunch, there were still 15 students in class. Everyone had passed the physical assessment. We had some more classroom stuff and some slides, showing how our company wanted us to shift, downshift, turn and all that good stuff. Much different than the way my CDL school had us do it, so it's back to learning it all over again. The instructor said not to worry, most schools don't teach it the way they want us to do it. They will teach us their way next week.
Tomorrow we get to go out in the yard and "meet" our training truck, do a pre-trip, and probably do some maneuvers! After all the classroom stuff and stress, it will be nice to get in the truck and do some real hands on training! Judgement day turned out to be a good day after all!
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
Operating While Intoxicated
After months of research, a month of CDL truck driving school, and 4 months of company training, I'm going on the road as a solo company driver. Wow!
by Philosopher Paul
One of the students in our CDL training course was sent home today - she just couldn't handle the rig. It certainly isn't easy getting started in trucking.
It's the start of my truck driving career and after graduating from school with my CDL I've just arrived for orientation at my first real trucking job.
We got our first chance behind the wheel at orientation for my new trucking company, which was interesting, but the classroom is information overload!
I'm in orientation with my new trucking company, and right now we're covering a lot - driving, backing, inspections, procedures, and paperwork.
We've reached the end of orientation with my new trucking company and it's time for testing. If we pass, we head out on the road with our trainer!
So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job? Here's my advice...
The CB radio is a legendary part of being a trucker. But nothing is funnier than being a rookie and soundling like a nerd amongst the smooth talkers.
by Old School
As a rookie truck driver you're going to face enormous challenges and be tested continuously. I learned a great lesson about how tough CDL training can be.
by Becky Prestwich
It seems like life on the road throws you one curveball after another sometimes. This winter has been tough, with some parts better off forgotten.
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