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Llandros's Comment
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Well, get the dancing bananas out because I just passed the CDL exam - all the grief is so worth 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.
Nancy F.'s Comment
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Yaaaaaaaaaaaa! Congrats! Pfew!

John M.'s Comment
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Great news! Congratulations

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations! Now the real fun begins!

Mitch P.'s Comment
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Congrats Teach! :)

Well done, way to "Persevere, Overcome and Adapt"! Would love to hear more of your experience with JPT; I've been in contact with them along with a couple of other company's. Best of luck and stay safe!

Seminole Wind's Comment
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dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif Congrats on passing Teach !!!

Llandros's Comment
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The first week of my 30,000 mile requirement is over. This week we got in just a little over 5,000 miles. It's still stressful and difficult since I have the same trainer but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I really like the company and have enjoyed most aspects so far - the downfall has been the luck of the draw in trainers that I got. Still, at this point it is best to just grin and bear it so that I can start making all the calls.

I am getting to back the truck now. It sucks getting my head bit off or yelled at but at least I get the experience. This week it took 7 days to get a shower - nasty but I managed. When training is over I'll be sharing some of my experiences with the necessary people but at this point I just want to finish up with the minimum of delays. I can't take any more days or weeks of no pay and am at least getting what I need for this half of training. I've caught up with other trainees from my company and my experience has been the worst and not typical. At this point it's best to just stay focused, get what I need from this part of training, and then move on to being solo.

One thing is certain - I do not want to team or train when this over - going through this once is more than enough. Hopefully the miles go quickly as these weeks pass - will keep you posted!

Seminole Wind's Comment
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I was so glad to get on here & see that you had posted. Im keeping you in my thoughts & prayers for the endurance to bear this & to brighten the light a lil more so you can see the end of that tunnel !

Llandros's Comment
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Coming to the end of another week on this training journey and it's just never ending apparently!

Today marks my 11th week of being gone. During this time I have not seen home, family, friends, pets, or anything resembling normalcy. I have to admit that it is a bit much. My life consists of a tiny upper bunk with barely any room to move - and it does affect you mentally - believe me, it's taking its toll.

I know many truckers do long stretches like this all the time but there's one difference here - only got paid for three of those weeks. I'm enjoying the job, love the company, despise the training, and just really ready for a break to at least go home for a day or so.

Still plugging away but mood and enthusiasm are taking a hit - hopefully it passes and this program can move forward - still about 19,000 miles to go - I feel like I will never get off this trainers truck but I know I will. Sorry to dump my frustrations tonight but it's a valid part of this process - anyone have any tips on how to make this a bit more manageable?!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Nancy F.'s Comment
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I think you're doing it. You're focussing on the day it's all over and you'll have your own truck and you'll drive off into the sunset with that big smile on your face. Cant imagine what ur going thru but sharing is giving away some of the pain. We'll take some of your pain away and toss it aside. Hang in there.

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