Tagged: CDL school
- August 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm #1232
Well, my experience at the private trucking school has been less than easy. I am paying my own way. I got my CDL permit on my own before applying to the driving school. I am now starting my 5th week at the school. Whatever teaching or training I receive each day is decided on that same day, and it goes like this… I get a text from the director (he may also be the owner) saying, “Today will meet at the yard at 0930 houars” or “Training today at 1400 hours – airbrakes training” or “Standby”, or “Off for today”.
In the last 4 weeks, I have had (5) days of either watching an out-of-date video for an hour or having the whole day called off (this has happened 3 times). Last night (Sunday) I got a text at 10:23pm saying “Off tomorrow”.
It’s been like that for 4 weeks: no consistent hours and no plan of training. The last time I worked on my skills (backing, parallel parking) was 10 days ago. Before that I had about 5 hours total of actual skills practice. I now have had about 8 hours of on-the-road driving. Last Thursday I drove for about 3 hours, sharing that time with another student. The secretary/recruiter mentioned that the next week (meaning this week) we would probably be going to the DMV to test. I said great, and we were dismissed for the day.
That same night, I received a text from the director saying, “Congratulations, you have been scheduled for your DMV test. Please meet @ 0500 hours @ the yard tomorrow Friday.” That really rattled me a lot because I wasn’t expecting it, but I just replied “thank you”and did as I was told. I passed the Pre-trip Inspection and Airbrakes portion of the test, but didn’t pass the skills test. I couldn’t get oriented or something. I did good on the straight line first test, but after that I was a mess.
I haven’t written or blogged on my daily experiences at this school because I didn’t want to sound whiny, but I sure could’ve said something on every day of this “training”. Today, on another “off” day I feel stuck and with no end to this experience. I just want to get my CDL. I’m trying not to make this a personal thing against the Director/trainer/controller (whatever he is) but it is sure getting to me.
Any advice or comments would be appreciated.August 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm #1234
be polite and friendly, and walk into the owners or directors office and request additional backing training and tell them you would like a ‘scheduled graduation’ date which will require specific training, obviously
always be polite, but be a honey badger (dont stop, even if youre bit by a cobra, and die for a little bit) until you get the training you need and the diploma you paid for
ask, ask again, then ask some more
politely honey badgery and all
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