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Who has their CDL?

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  1. 92stoccord

    92stoccord Big Member VIP

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    How was the permit test, if you can remember? How many times did you take it before you passed?

    I ask this because I'm going to be working for a bus company, and am probably going to take the permit test either tomorrow or maybe saturday, and just wanted a heads up. I need my classB CDL with passenger and air brake endorsements. Any info will be much obliged.
     
  2. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Easy. Once. within 24 hours of picking up the handbook, I had a full blown CDL with airbrakes, combination, etc.. Just read it, learn it, and don't clip any double yellows with the trailer on your test drive, you'll be fine.
     
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    Double yellows? I'll be taking it in a bus anyway, but I think I"m gonna try for my permit tomorrow or saturday, just do some reading tonight and tomorrow. Thanks phyre.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    center lines. you clip a line, you fail, instantly. at least in texas.
     
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    Oh, shit. Well I guess I'll have to keep that in mind. I'm just going for my permit right now. It's just a written test, so we'll see how that goes.
     
  6. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Phyregod, If I'm not mistaken you don't have that job anymore, correct? Pepsi truck or something?

    If you don't mind me asking, what was the reason you quit? What was good about the job? I only ask because I need a job and I'm getting to the bottom of the barrel. I actually think I might enjoy a job like that.
     
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    If you're thinking Pepsi or Coke good luck. Even as an entry level merchandiser (stock stores and such) its pretty hard to get in. Especially now that the summer is coming to an end. At least thats how it is around here.
     
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    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I have a friend that walked into Poland Springs with a CDL and started as a driver. Only reason he quit was because a small bladder and driving all day don't mix.
     
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    Water companies are probably easier. Pepsi and Coke however are not. They had hella good benefits, schedules, pay, and vacation systems back when I looked into them. I worked with three guys who had each been there at least 10 years and they said that even with all of them as a reference it'd be 50/50. They usually hire in mid spring and when they do each depot gets hundreds of applicants that day and damn near every day until they take down the posting.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Still doing it. Shitty job. Near shitty pay. But, there is no bullshit to deal with. Do your job, and no one messes with you. Ok, there is petty bullshit, but nothing major. No one breathing down your neck all day. You get a truckload of shit to deliver in the morning, you deliver it all day, do 15 minutes worth of paperwork, and go home. No time filling, no stupid meaningless labor filling time, you are off when you finish, each and every day.

    I won't do this forever, it sucks. Its hard labor.. But I do very much enjoy the complete lack of stress or bullshit. There is almost no such thing as a stress free job.
     
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    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Definitely going to look into it.
     
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    It might be a sweet job if you were driving a beer truck. I hear you get to take home the out of date stock.
     
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    I have a german CDL, and yes, it was difficult. In the US it's easy though, just remember not to get sloppy, and keep the truck between the lines and especially between the cones.

    In the US, it's easy as anything. Just read the books, study, and remember, "slow in, fast out" and you'll do fine. :D Or maybe that's autocross... Just forget that last part. :D

    I'm the one in the family who gets stuck driving anything larger than a large sedan, so I got pretty good at it at an early age, then when I went for my Class A (German license for what in the US is a pretty light heavy duty truck) then my Class B (the really heavy trucks) it was pretty easy. All you have to remember is that you need to be steady, calculated, and look what seems like waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out there if you're used to driving a small light car. A good rule is to remember to look 2x as far as it takes you to come to a complete controlled stop. Study, practice (do what you can legally), and good luck.

    Remember that you can practice in your own car, just look out as far as the terrain will allow, brake soon, accelerate cautiously, then anticipate everything everyone else is doing, and have an alternate strategy for when the guy in front of you slams on the brakes.
     
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    Danke shoen pickles. Great advice.
     
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