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Reaper's Comment
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Hey everyone, im hammer down on the studying on highroad. I am one section away from completing the minimum for prime reefer cdl permit testing. I just wanted to know,

How long do they give you to take the permit test?

Are the questions multiple choice like i remember my regular license permit trst was?

For the proofs of identity and citizenship, do i need multiple pieces of mail for that?

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rick S.'s Comment
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1 - don't know that there's a time limit "per se'" - it's not that many questions per module (general knowledge, combination vehicles, air brakes). Keep drilling the High Road Training Program and you'll breeze right through it.

2 - Yes - multiple choice - but TAKE YOUR TIME AND READ THE QUESTION. How they trip you up - is the same way folks get tripped up on the training modules here - BY NOT READING THE QUESTION.

3 - Check with DMV - passport works best. Original Birth Certificate (raised seal, etc.). Social Security Card - ORIGINAL NOT LAMINATED (if your SS card is LAMINATED, go down the the SS office and ORDER A NEW ONE). Bank statement and/or utility bills.

Again - different states require different proofs but they are usually STICKLERS for a CDL. If you already have a license for that state - you usually don't need any more ID to get one - but again - check with YOUR DMV.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

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

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.

Reaper's Comment
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Thanks Rick. I've noticed the modules are tricky for wording at first, after a bit I got used to it. That's comforting there aren't as many questions per module. Id go nuts if it were the same amount or more.

I am hoping rainy or people who went prime can answer the I'd questions that they took. I already got my license, social, I can get a few pieces of mail, I got pay stubs, I am having my w2 mailed to my parents housee, I should hopefully have enough id.

Reaper's Comment
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Oh also I have he paperwork to get a passport just no money

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime will give you a certificate of residence for MO and you will get a new DL and CDLP for MO. Birth certificate with a RAISED seal from your municipality not the hospital. They will not accept the hospital one.

Bring your current DL too as that is proof of ID as well.

I took the written on paper and they didn't time the test, but gave you two tries per day for each section. Once you pass a section you move on.

On paper there were four answers. Two were stupid. That means if you don't know the answer you have a 50/50 shot of getting it right.

Some of the answers are in later questions. Skip the ones you don't know and go back later.

On the computer version you can skip questions until you either answer enough to pass or answer too many wrong.

Most of the questions are almost word for word the same ad the high road. However a few were "basically the same but with different numbers". So high road might say " at 55mph it will take 300 feet to stop." The test might say "at 60 mph, how many feet does it take to stop? 150, 200, 400".

If you are going faster, then it will take longer/further to stop to you can reason 400.

And no...that wasn't a real question...just a made up example.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reaper's Comment
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Cool thanks rainy.does the dot physical want my medical records history? Im getting them regardless i just wanted to know if i should take them.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Cool thanks rainy.does the dot physical want my medical records history? Im getting them regardless i just wanted to know if i should take them.

Take anything you need to "explain".

Are you on any medications - ANY MEDICATIONS? BP, diabetes, psych? If you are - you will need a letter from the PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN explaining the diagnosis, prescription, that you are stable on the meds and are safe to operate a CMV.

If you are overweight, have a really thick neck - expect to be sent for a SLEEP STUDY to see if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you already have a diagnosis of OSA and are using a CPAP machine - you will need to have a machine THAT LOGS, and be able to prove you are using it.

2016 DOT Medical Long Form <-- This is the DOT Medical Form you will be filling out. Essentially - if you answer YES to any of the questions in the BLUE SECTION - you are going to have to EXPLAIN THEM and/or have some medical records to back them up.

Question 14: Anxiety, depression, nervousness, other mental health problems - may present an issue for you. We advise folks NOT TO LIE on these things - (in fact - lying on a DOT Medical Form is actually a Federal Offense). In your case, with mild asperger's that doesn't require meds, you might want to have some backup documentation from your physician (psych if you're seeing/have seen one) if you check YES on this question.

As a younger guy - you shouldn't have too much problem passing a physical. If you wear contacts for distance vision - you're "supposed to" have a pair of glasses for that prescription in case you lose your contacts or develop an issue wearing them. Never really heard of this one actually being enforced all that much.

Questions 30/31/32 - Obviously - we don't tell folks to LIE on these forms, but really. Don't cop to excessive alcohol or illegal drug use - if you have a problem with either - DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEM BEFORE YOU GO (this isn't directed at Reaper specifically, but for ANYONE). If you've failed a drug screen in the past, or been an addict - this might trip you up here, if you've been caught.

And OBVIOUSLY (though no matter how many times we say it, people STILL COME BACK AFTER GETTING POPPED) - if you've been SMOKING WEED OR USING OTHER DRUGS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FOR (pain meds, heroin, PCP, cocaine, etc. - don't laugh) QUIT USING AT LEAST 30-60 days before going. Prime is currently urine only. Heavy weed smokers can drop hot for 60+ days - don't argue. Other companies do HAIR TESTING - and substances can show for 6+ months.

If you HAVE A CHANCE OF DROPPING HOT - DO NOT GO TO ORIENTATION. DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT! If you fail a pre-employment/DOT drug screen - your chances of ever getting a truck job will drop to close to ZERO.

Rick

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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.
Reaper's Comment
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Do i need to bring paperwork for meds i previously had? Like acid reflux meds etc?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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ANYTHING you took in the last three years. I had a miscarriage and although I didn't need to prove it, they still wanted to know about it.

ANYTHING you hurt or injured in the last three years. Broke your leg? Ask your doctor to write a statement.

Usually people see a family doctor who can write "this patient has been under my care for X number of years and had the following conditions which are stable". Type of thing.

I never had health issues so didn't deal with it.

But you should disclose the aspbergers and get a statement from the doctor about it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Reaper's Comment
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Ok i should be able to do that. Full blown medical records should cover everything i could think of.

Instead of starting a new article ill just ask this here...

My fiance just got out of talking to a trucker my age for about 45 minutes. He said the following.

(Disclousure i understand leasing is a no no and i do NOT plan on doing it i am just quoting what was said.)

1) do not lease with prime

2) do not push your clock

3) you NEED a rand mcnalley gps.

Can anyone comment on this please? I know and am fully aware about topic 1.

The others i was curious about because i thought i would be fine ordering just a commercial road atlas and id be fine.

Also i keep hearing and reading how people wished they have more hours ans how they typically have too little. Why is pushing the clock a common problem? Or would he have mean my daily driving clock?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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