I downloaded the Texas CDL manual and have been reading it to get ahead of the program. Of course I have to get a permit before I can get the actual license. It makes you realize that in our personal lives we just get in the car and drive, almost without even a first thought. While there may be truckers that follow that same non-routine, that ain’t what the manual says you gotta do.
Also, in conversations with my recruiters (I’ve been dealing with two of them), it’s pretty clear that there are a few zero tolerance mistakes you can make that will get you drop kicked out of the profession right freakin’ now! The start of the list includes:
- Drugs or booze
- Lying about your background
- Tipping a trailer
Depending on the company, I guess, you can also add using the special U-turn lane to head back the other way on a freeway or freeway feeder. The rule is, you must go to the light and make a legitimate left and then another left on the other side of the freeway.
School starts at 7:00 in the morning and that will require an alarm set to the earliest time I can recall in many years. They provided a list of “things to bring” and I believe the only thing I don’t have is a pair of work shoes or work boots. Never need ’em. I have a pair of black shoes that looks like work shoes so I’m hoping I can pull it off. Daddy can’t afford a new pair of shoes.
I’m certain the first few hours will be spent writer’s cramping my way through a dozen or more new hire forms.
I expect a very diverse group of trainees and I hope I do not hear the following words: “My, this is the biggest training group we’ve had in a long, long time.” Selfishly, I want all the attention I can get.
I’ll let you know how things go tomorrow.