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Rick S.'s Comment
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What if i choose to not go home after training and i request to start working instantly. Lol i could always ask for a load to the northeast and my fiancee could meet me at the town where ill be at.

You're going to have to get home at some point after you road test - to get your CDL back in your home state.

Rick

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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What if i choose to not go home after training and i request to start working instantly. Lol i could always ask for a load to the northeast and my fiancee could meet me at the town where ill be at.

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You're going to have to get home at some point after you road test - to get your CDL back in your home state.

Rick

Forgot he was going with Prime. Rick is correct.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Reaper's Comment
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What if i choose to not go home after training and i request to start working instantly. Lol i could always ask for a load to the northeast and my fiancee could meet me at the town where ill be at.

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That's what I did.

Awesome thanks. Im sure that might make me look better to my dispatcher lol. I might need a day or two to go to wally world for supplies, and wait for my fiance to arrive should they be ok with that typically?

Dispatcher:

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Awesome thanks. Im sure that might make me look better to my dispatcher lol. I might need a day or two to go to wally world for supplies, and wait for my fiance to arrive should they be ok with that typically?

Dude - LIGHTEN UP.

While yes - it's helpful to plan ahead, you are so "cart-before-the-horse" with all this minutia, when you have SO MUCH FURTHER TO GO.

You're not leaving for orientation until APRIL. Assuming the usual time-frames during training, you probably won't be going solo until JULY - and I believe you have to be onboard for 6 months total (or at least a couple of months solo) before taking on a rider.

So you've got a least 6 months (or maybe more) from today - before you have to worry about "looking good for your dispatcher" - assuming you make it to that point.

OCD much?

Rick

Dispatcher:

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Dude - LIGHTEN UP.
OCD much?

Rick, You crack me up sometimes!

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Reaper's Comment
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Actually i have aspbergers, so i can have some similar qualities of ocd. Honestly i jjst want to be able to plan aheadand get things taken care of and prepped. Honestly i understand that i have a little while to go but is it really wrong to want to learn and try to get my career started on the right foot? Is it wrong to want to get as much advice on interacting as i can before i do? Aspbergers has always made me utterly fail at interacting with people. Even on the internet, i have to read and re read three times or so before i hit submit or speak due to my awkwardness and nervousness. I have quite a bit of crap going on in my life right now as voiced in previous posts and threads. Me asking this is only because i am trying to distract myself from my current situation to look forward to the future. With all due respect, no, i will not lighten up because that is how i am. I am sorry if that upsets you.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Kanelin's Comment
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Actually i have aspbergers, so i can have some similar qualities of ocd. Honestly i jjst want to be able to plan aheadand get things taken care of and prepped. Honestly i understand that i have a little while to go but is it really wrong to want to learn and try to get my career started on the right foot? Is it wrong to want to get as much advice on interacting as i can before i do? Aspbergers has always made me utterly fail at interacting with people. Even on the internet, i have to read and re read three times or so before i hit submit or speak due to my awkwardness and nervousness. I have quite a bit of crap going on in my life right now as voiced in previous posts and threads. Me asking this is only because i am trying to distract myself from my current situation to look forward to the future. With all due respect, no, i will not lighten up because that is how i am. I am sorry if that upsets you.

I'm pretty sure he was kidding, Reaper. At any rate, I have mild aspbergers/autism as well. Social anxiety, exaggerated startle and over stimulation anxiety being my main symptoms. Along with the ocd stuff. Study and prepare all you need to. And ask any questions you may have. Personally, I think this is the perfect career!

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Reaper's Comment
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Those i experiance tol. I jump wicked easily and i get over stimulated way way too quickly (when in large crowds or loud music like concerts where therea a combo etc) i didnt realize he was joking i thought he waa serious. Another issue with asbergers is unable to tell if someone is joking or is serious (sarcasm is difficult). Thank you for the clarification.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob's Comment
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Rick, is it wrong for him to be excited and wanting to have a plan? I understand we don't typically see people waiting so long but he obviously has reasons for it. For some reason you seem to have a problem with him. Instead of offering advice you fire off some snobby response such as one I seen last week(?) "Never heard of Google?". He's stated previously that he may be going out earlier than April if he can get things straightened out and get taxes back. Are you butthurt because you've been hanging around here for a couple years yet can't get a job? Quit taking your own short comings out on an excited young man that is wanting to improve his families life. I know you were hanging around here when I first came here intending to make the leap until I seen the pay. financially it's going to be a while until I can afford the pay cut with 2 young boys at home so I come to live vicariously through drivers currently living my dream, but you don't see me here shooting someone down. I think your better fit for "that other trucking forum".

Reaper- I just wanted to give you a heads up that if you are on medication for your disorder to verify that its not going to prevent you from passing a DOT Physical/getting medical card. With it being a little ways away wouldn't hurt to talk to your doctor about changing your meds if you are indeed on something that isn't allowed. I don't know you, but I'm proud of you as I know a couple people with asperbergers define who they are and make others feel bad for them, but it appears your not letting it get in the way of your dreams.

Best of luck :)

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If i am going prime for reefer , do i need to even look at hazardous materials, double triples, new york coil endorsement, and passenger? I plan on getting hazmat and multi trailers later on in trucking but if theres stuff i can put off to the side then ill do it so i can focus on the stuff for now.

Hey Reaper, sorry it took me so long to respond. Right now focus on everything you need for the permit and endorsements first. We always recommend that people get all of the endorsements their state will allow right away. Some states won't allow you to get a Hazmat endorsement with your permit. They require that you wait until you have your actual license to get the Hazmat endorsement. But you should be able to get the rest. They're all just really simple written exams you take one time and you're done.

The other two sections you'll definitely want to study are Truck Weight & Balance and Learning The Hours Of Service Rules. You're going to need to know that information to do your job out there but the schools don't cover a lot of that stuff very well at all.

I wouldn't worry about the flatbed courses unless you know you're going to be pulling a flatbed. You'll have more than enough to cover with the materials I've mentioned already. Here is how our High Road breaks down:

To Get Your CDL Permit:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Driving Safely
  • Transporting Cargo Safely
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Driving Exam

To get your CDL endorsements which are optional but highly recommend:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Doubles And Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials

Two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

Two sections for anyone considering flatbed:

  • Cargo Securement
  • New York State Coil Endorsement

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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