"Soft skills" and self learning

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by LeadFarmer, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. LeadFarmer

    LeadFarmer Light Load Member

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    I decided to go with the local school by me that is focused exclusively on passing tests and driving skills. They do only 1 on 1 driving and charge based on how many hours you spend there. They have two instructor classes five days a week for DMV test and then pre-trip and you can go as many times as you want.

    I noticed that there's a real absence of "soft skills" in all of the schools I looked at. Things like map reading, interstate systems, HOS/logging, weight restrictions and tandem sliding, air suspension for coupling, DEF/emissions systems, different types of transmissions (they only teach 10spd).

    I've been using online research to fill in the holes but was wondering what some of the other folks are learning that I might be expected or benefit from learning before starting a company's orientation.
     
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  2. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

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    Good luck to you.
     
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  3. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Most of what you are wanting to know is what you will learn on the job. Just hope and pray you get a decent trainer that knows something about the industry you are entering. Most drivers don't.
     
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  4. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    After a few months, Its not the driving thats going to get drivers.. its all the other stuff that they were mentally blocked on when they were learning to drive. Its all important. but at first, the minds of the learners are crammed full of the mechanics of shifting, turns, intersections etc etc etc.
     
  5. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    CDL driving schools, often called mills or some other derogatory name, are really for a limited number of things.

    Teach you the very basics of operating a large vehicle.
    The basic skill set you will need to know and be able to demonstrate in order to pass the state and DOT written and skills tests.

    The rest of the education process is up to the training company that the student signs on with.

    And here in the problem exists. Most of the companies and training people fall very short on that function.
     
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    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    School will teach you to pass a CDL test without killing anyone.

    Then your real education will begin, usually paid for with blood, sweat and tears by you.
     
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  7. LeadFarmer

    LeadFarmer Light Load Member

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    Everyone is repeating my initial complaint. I'm aware of what my and most schools are lacking.

    I'm looking to get advice on what I should be learning on my own time.
     
  8. W9onTime

    W9onTime Heavy Load Member

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    Watching videos and reading posts here are only so much help , if you can shift a 10 speed you can shift an 18 speed , you just need to get your hands on one .
    Most of the soft skills as you say are just common sense and hands on , I'll bet you do just fine , you seem to have the right attitude
     
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  9. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    The schools who taught these things went out of business as they are simply not in demand.. the demand is for cheap training (free training). Truckers by and large do not care about any of the things you mention.. Just wait till you get out here and see these people in action. The war cry is "no one every told me _________" and its their fault that I "______________". If you have the driver to know and understand then that's a plus for you. But you are going to be the exception, not the rule. Ask some drivers how they check their brake lights... the answers will amaze you.
     
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  10. W9onTime

    W9onTime Heavy Load Member

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    Look at it like this , I can explain to you how to fry an egg , or you can just do it and get a feel for it .
    A lot of trucking is like that , once you do it and it clicks you got it , now some folks have a hard time getting it and some just get it .
    I see your avatar says lead farmer , speaking for myself and others that grew up farming , there is a lot of cross over skills and it just comes seemingly natural .
    If you like tropic thunder you can't be all bad
     
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