Progressive Truck Driving School - Chicago

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Walter T, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    After spinning my wheels for the last 8-months, I decided to get the CDL through an actual school. No more borrowing trucks, etc.

    I signed up at Progressive Truck Driving School. They are based in Chicago, IL. I will be attending there south suburban location.

    They have a holiday special price - $1800 for the 160hr program. :biggrin_2555:

    I will try to journal my experience for any who might be interested.
     
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  3. ronron85

    ronron85 Bobtail Member

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    Hey, do you know when that special is over???
    Thanks,
    Ron
     
  4. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    As of today, the special is still going on. I'm not sure how long it will last.
     
  5. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    35/160 hours in the books.
    I don't think I will even sit in the driver's seat until I have 80hrs of 'class time' in. I had no idea how much 'school' was required in trucking school. :biggrin_25514:
    Two things jump out at me:
    1.) The knowledge and experience of the instructors.
    2.) The equipment is clean and well-kept.

    The school is PTDI certified and we have very thick text book.
    We do Pre-Trip everyday and have to take chapter tests.:biggrin_25510:

    Biggest thing that I have learned, is that I know nothing.
    From what I see in this forum, I would do well to keep that in mind throughout my trucking career.
     
  6. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    Had my first hour of 'behind-the-wheel'.
    Icy road, at night. :biggrin_2551:

    I was able to down shift with relative ease, dispite just having watched others. Several 4WD's felt that I was going too slow, so after tailgating me, they sped (slid) by me.

    Instructor was very helpful and calm.
     
  7. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    Out on the road again. More improvement in downshifting.
    Noticably tired after 2hrs of road work. (great reference point for the HOS).
     
  8. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    Skills training went well last night. 45 degree dock backing is coming along nicely.
    Still a little week on the Trailer Pre-Trip.
     
  9. Walter T

    Walter T Light Load Member

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    Driving at night, in the snow is scary.
    Just 6 inches between me and an ABF Double!!! WTF!
    I was almost puckered shut.

    Level of comfort:
    Pre-Trip - 85%
    Range/Skill - 95%
    Road - 90%

    On schedule for February graduation. :yes2557:
     
  10. phroziac

    phroziac Road Train Member

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    You dont seem to have gotten a lot of responses, but 45 degree dock backing? wish my school woulda taught me that.

    Did anyone mention to you that when youre driving in the winter, and cars are wrecking around you, what you do? DO NOTHING. Steer straight dont move your feet. Dont let off the fuel. Dont touch the service brakes. Nothing. If you react to avoid them you will likely be in a ditch. If they hit you they will do less damage! If you go work for werner, there is a totalled out daycabn sitting in the corner of the yard in Indianapolis by the tractor parking area, with caution tape around it and seals on the doors sitting next to a trailer. That truck was built in september 09. I was the very first driver of it for a total of 500 miles, but the driver after me did exactly what i said not to, ended up in a ditch, destroyed a brand new truck that had never even had an oil change, and a trailer, and who knows what happened to the cargo, and destroyed her career as well. Because she steered to miss someone wrecking into the median.
     
  11. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    Does your school do anything like job placement assistance? Be warned, you'll need to be employed within 6 months of graduation, or you may not end up working as a truck driver.
     
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