Driver solutions

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by jugs, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Locdrjr

    Locdrjr Light Load Member

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    I went through the Driver solutions/C1 school in Indianapolis, I answered a Pam ad in the local newspaper , but was refered to USA truck once I was there. I paid for lodging and my license fees up front but USA truck took the tution and my 1 year contract, I had a good time there and had a group of friends, who coming in didn't know each other, but as the class went on we study the pre-trip and went to lunch daily together. I graduated and went on to USA , finished my training there, 5 weeks because of a holiday, and got my 1st truck. I stayed with USA for 2 years, at the end of my contract year I received a check from driver solutions for almost $1100.00 in money that was over paided , as the payment plan is set at $45.00 a week deduction, it adds up to a whole lot more then the $995.00 I signed to owe for C1 school. C1 was a good place to get my CDL, they made sure I knew what I needed to know before I was sent to test. I also did my part before I went to school and got my state's book on the rules and requirement for a CDL and studied before going to the school, I was the only one in our class to pass all the written tests the 1st day and thus gave myself more time to practice pretripping the truck.
     
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  3. IUfanforever

    IUfanforever Light Load Member

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    Have you been to Indianapolis and seen their new School? The one you went to was distroyed by a Tornado 3 years ago. They rebuit on the same spot. The new school is really nice.
     
  4. 777lonewolf

    777lonewolf Bobtail Member

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    Man I pray to GOD that you don't go threw driver solutions, read what I wrote on my thread and you will understand why
     
  5. colts832000

    colts832000 Bobtail Member

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    777lonewolf i'm sorry but i think u got bad information or something i just graduated from there last week. First off it is 1 week classroom then you start driving 2nd week. The 3rd week monday is fine tuning day then they test you on tuesday of the 3rd week to see where you need more training at or if you are ready to move on. I failed range on tuesday they practiced with me rest of day i retook range test wed morning and wed afternoon took state and failed driving but retook thursday and passed but c1 offered to retrain me for a day first but i turned them down. Now if you don't pass test of c1 they will not send you to state to take the test. Now at the end of the 3rd week you must have passed 2 of the 3 test to get a 4th week of training. I had never been in semi before this and i feel comfortable behind wheel now you get roughly hour a day driving time starting 2nd week on the street. PLus hour a day or more on range practicing. If you are having problems they will have you stay over and give you more training. I actually had problem with my instructor went in talked to them about it they got me switched to different one i loved this school i don't think i could have asked for better training anywhere people where overall very friendly helped me when i had questions and when i had problems with range they showed me what i was doing wrong thats how i learned to correct problem. Everyone's opinion of driver solutions C1 is just that opinion i not saying C1 or driver solutions is best for everyone but it was for me. NOw if you pay cash you don't have to go with no company there where 2 people in my class of 30 who paid cash they where going with different company then driver solutions offered but there tuition was only 3995 good deal in my opinion seeing how my local community college charges 4400. Now Pam and Usa is main company's they try to put you with but if something goes wrong then they normally fall back on swift or one of them. I did see few people get dropped by pam for medical reasons but they got picked up by swift. When i left out of 30 people 2 went home for personal reasons death in family but both said they where coming back to restart the course. Out of the 28 left i had probably 12 graduate and pass state before me. I did call and check on friend i made there and he said everyone else but 5 have or 6 now have passed. I can honestly say if you fail at C1 you would fail anywhere in my opinion they give you every option to pass they don't get paid if you don't get cdl and go on to be first seat driver. They are very up front about this day 1. THEY DO NOT TRAIN YOU TO BE TRUCK DRIVER THEY TRAIN YOU TO GET CDL YOU WILL LEARN TO BE TRUCK DRIVER WITH YOUR COMPANY OVER THE ROAD DRIVER TRAINING. Sorry you had bad experience but i would recommend you didn't tell people not to go i not telling people to go i just telling them of my experience there out of respect you should do same just tell them what you didn't like but everyone must make there own opinion thank you. I have heard something negative about every training company out there espically swift but i considered them when i was getting into this profession. Once again thank you to all if you are considering C1 in indy i liked it you may or may not if you want they will show you around and you can walk away from school first 6 days without being locked into contract.
     
  6. MGASSEL

    MGASSEL Road Train Member

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    If you read his post he was po'd at the arkansas school he failed his test at the dmv to get his permit then bailed and they are trying to stick him with a full bill even though he was only there for 4 days.
    Apparently his instructor was always telling the class what a bad a he was and how he nailed everything that walked instead of teaching the class.
     
  7. colts832000

    colts832000 Bobtail Member

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    Well i don't know about getting stuck with the whole bill thing. I got contract and it plainly states you can walk away in first 6 days and not owe the tuition bill you have 6 days to change your mind. All i was saying is one bad's bad expierence is opinion not that school sucks just like i had great time there and thats my opinion. Thats all i was saying it shoudln't tell someone else not to go just tell them about your experience and let them make up there own mind thats all.
     
  8. panhandleswife

    panhandleswife <strong>Florida Girl</strong>

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    well my husband went to the arkansas school ASU in Newport and he did great and had great teachers and the people where great he said you have to do whats right for you .
     
    panhandlepat Thanks this.
  9. jasper_truck86

    jasper_truck86 Light Load Member

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    There are positive & negative reviews to every truck driving/CDL school I have researched. I am considering going to the C1/Driver Solutions school in Little Rock and I was told I would be placed with P.A.M. I think this would be a great opportunity for me as I don't have the $$ to pay for school and being only a high school grad, I haven't been able to find work since being laid off from the local factory. Any advice/info would be greatly appreciated!
     
  10. x_nail_driver

    x_nail_driver Bobtail Member

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    Im looking to go to C1 indy myself. and yes i have heard the horror stories, yes i have heard the praises.. but the bottom line for me is this.. i have to make a living..some how some way.. now dont get me wrong i didn't just stumble upon the ad and decide to do this on the spot.. on the contrary. i have been a carpenter since my dad started to take me to work with him when i was on summer vacations in high school.. i thought i would never have to change professions.. BOY WAS I WRONG!!! i have had to do some work for a local farmer and he put me in a truck haulin grain down to richmond.. i loved it i applied to almost 30 trucking companys only to be turned down time and time again for lack of cdl work history.. i called driver soulotions and they are gonna give me a shot.. so i will accept it for what it is.. a foot in the door.. so what if the school sucks? so what if the company sucks? i need to provide for my family and i cant do it against swinging the hammer anymore.. DS makes you use e-gears to help you prepare for the cdl test.. i took the e-gears program missed one question on the whole cdl practice test.. also i dont have a doubt that i can drive a semi have done it a few times before. i drove a 72 r modle with the old all brass 5 speed tranny through down town richmond got off at maury street to go to the southern states granery inloaded and came back up the road about 6 or 7 times a day when we where hauling corn....so i might be better than the average newb that enrolls with DS.. but i think i know what im getting into..if i never drove a truck before i wouldn't be trying this.... i think the economy being in shambles makes people thing that this is a good solution for them when in reality they have no buisness behind the wheel of a truck.
    but all the same wheni talk to my recruiter again tomarow i will ask him some of the questions i have about the stories i heard.. and the fears i have but from the info i have read on here i feel more confedent about me going to c1.. the school cant make you talented beyond a certain point.. they are there to give you your cdl and thats it.
    do i care if they care about me? no i dont and if all the horror stories i hear about hem where true i dont think they would be in buisness anymore but i will walk through hell if it means my family will live a lil easer.. i think.. i hope this is a good choice.
     
  11. jasper_truck86

    jasper_truck86 Light Load Member

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    Yes, the economy is one reason I am looking into become a truck driver - but no, it's not a new idea to me. My uncle has been driving for about 10 years and it's been a dream of mine since I was in junior high - I've just never made a move on it. I, too am using the E-Gears and being a newbie, I've learned a ton in just a couple of days but a lot of the stuff on there is common sense.
     
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