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Dan67's Comment
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Well today was my first day of CDL school at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC. Started off filling out paper work and going over class expectations, class rules and the likes in the first part of the morning. Then started going over the SC CDL manual. watched some videos and took some open book verbal testing at the end of sections in the CDL manual. Went over log books at end of today's class. We are to fill out daily and turn in logs weekly to our instructors from here on out. Class is going to be about 9 weeks long with the first two weeks learning all we need to pass the CDL permit and endorsements. It seems like a much slower pace then the other company owned 3 week schools which is fine for me. But we where told it will get very hectic as the class continues and we are required to have a C or higher to pass. This class is set to start with nothing and by the time you graduate you will be not just a CDL holder but a professional driver with a SC CDL-A in hand. Let you guys know more as class continues.. For now I need to get back to hitting the book and knocking out the practice tests.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big Scott's Comment
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Good luck and keep us posted.

Dan67's Comment
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First week is in the books. So far I have a passed all the class tests on General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination, Doubles and Triples, Tanker, Hazmat , and Passenger with a 94% average. Tomorrow I plan to go to the DMV to get my 10 year driving history for the school. While I'm there I'm going to take the tests and get my CDL Permit. Next week is the FMCSR Book. We have to learn sections 390 to 397 and test on them. We hit the range on week 3. Looking forward to it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Hey, best of luck to you neighbor. I'm from Spartanburg .

Dan67's Comment
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Just a little update. Finished the classroom portion this week and start next week on the driving range. Got my permit and now looking forward to driving on the range.

Dan67's Comment
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Finished the first week of driving range. Every day this week started with Pre-trip and then heading over to the driving range. At the driving range practiced 100' straight line backing and driving around an obstacle course of cones, barrels, and stop boxes. Toward the end of today got out on the back portion and started learning to double clutch shifting up and down through first to seventh gears. I still do not have the shifting down but I will get it. Have not driven a straight drive in over 18 years. Monday we start driving the perimeter road around Donaldson Center. It is an old WWII airbase that was converted to a industrial park.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dan67's Comment
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It has been awhile so time for an update.. Been doing alot of range and road driving. On the range I passed the 300' straight line backing tests. Off-set left side backing. Coupling and uncoupling tests. And yesterday tested out on PTI.. Did a really good job on it and only missed one little thing.. I completely brain cramped and forgot the lights on the rear of the tractor.. Today started the parallel parking portion. Gotta love SC.. Parallel is not as hard as it seems. First time was 3 pull-ups and the next time right in w/o a pull up. We have our final written exam coming soon and then final road test before we start the night driving portion. Afterwards we will spend a bit more time on the range getting ready to take the CDL-A test at DMV.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Yosemite Sam's Comment
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Hello Dan67 Was reading my thru your blog. Congrats on the permit. Not sure what the rules and regulations are for SC. when u took ur permit test did u take ur hazmat exam as well. If so you will need to get fingerprinted for the TSA background check. Take about 2-3 weeks to get approved when u have the time u should get this out the way before getting ur car so u will be all set after passing ur CDL test because they will not put ur hazmat endorsement on ur actual license til TSA clears u. Just wanted to let u know I'm going thru this right now. I will eventually have to pay another for $42.50 to have this added because I needed to have my are in hand before starting orientation and wasn't after of this whole TSA BG check. Good luck !

First week is in the books. So far I have a passed all the class tests on General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination, Doubles and Triples, Tanker, Hazmat, and Passenger with a 94% average. Tomorrow I plan to go to the DMV to get my 10 year driving history for the school. While I'm there I'm going to take the tests and get my CDL Permit. Next week is the FMCSR Book. We have to learn sections 390 to 397 and test on them. We hit the range on week 3. Looking forward to it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Dan67's Comment
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Graduated from school yesterday! Made it through and my CDL test is scheduled for next tuesday at the SC DMV. Spent the week practicing range skills and going over the PTI. I got it down and actually looking forward to getting my new license picture taken.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TNTrucker73's Comment
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Where are you going to work?

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