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Finished Up Second Weekend in Driving School

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Canton, GA
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Just finished up second weekend of driving school (doing it on weekends) this week going to get my Class A permit also going to get my doubles triples endorsement and tanker, still waiting on my background check to come so I can get my hazmat endorsement. Next weekend start road and range training. Be doing that for the next six weekends hopeful graduate first weekend in December. Then in January headed to H O Wolding in Wisconsin to start my driving career. I want to encourage all of you that are considering getting into trucking to use the High Road Online CDL Training on here to study for your CDL. Start before you even decide on your school because it will help you tremendously in school. I didn't make anything less than a 94 on any of my test in school. I know that I am not going to have any problems passing the written exams at the state. In my class I was the only one who knew what the weight of fuel was a

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.

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Canton, GA
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Oops my finger hit the wrong button. I was saying that I was the only one in my Class that knew what the weight of fuel was and that's because I had studied the weights and balance section on the High Road Training course. It pays off so study it. Most of my class were 20 and 30 year olds and it makes you feel pretty good when you do better than most of them. I am 57 so I know that if you apply yourself and stay committed no matter what age you can succeed, don't settle for just getting by. Will keep you posted as I go through the next phase.

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Sounds awesome Danny! Glad the High Road has gotten you ahead of the class. That's awesome.

I know that if you apply yourself and stay committed no matter what age you can succeed, don't settle for just getting by

I love that attitude. I wish more people would truly strive for excellence when it comes to the important things in their lives. A lot of people try to get by with the absolute minimum. That's a shame because you really don't enjoy and appreciate your accomplishments in life if you didn't put everything you had into getting there. To really give it everything you have and succeed at a high level is a feeling that's nearly impossible to beat.

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You nailed it Danny. I'm in the same boat as you. I'm taking the weekend course at my school as well and just got through my first weekend. Doing the High Road training was completely invaluable to me as I too was way more prepared then anyone in my class. I even told a couple of guys were I was learning all my information. TruckingTruth of course. I think one of them even started the High Road on the second day. I hope to read more about how your time at the range and on the road goes as I get ready to do the same.

Good Luck

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Awesome Danny. I will tell you when you go to DDS to take the permit exams make sure you CAREFULLY READ the questions. I missed 5 on the general knowledge and 2 of those were because I read them to fast. My own stupid mistake. If you take all those at one time it's going to be a big load. I just took the general knowledge, air brakes, and combo vehicle and it was in close to 100 questions. Since being accepted to Roehl I have been going through all the material again in the high road program so I can hopefully do as you and have a leg up in the classroom. I'm sure Brett won't mind you recruiting for the site....lol....And I agree with your comments if it wasn't for this site and the high road program I would not be near as far along and successful if it wasn't for it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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I'm sure Brett won't mind you recruiting for the site....lol....And I agree with your comments if it wasn't for this site and the high road program I would not be near as far along and successful if it wasn't for it.

I certainly do not mind! smile.gif

I can't tell everyone what a thrill it is to hear how helpful this site has been to people. And I can't thank our forum moderators enough for everything they do in here every day. What a blessing!

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PJ
Elberton, GA
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Brett I can't tell you enough how great a service you are providing to the trucking industry and folks wanting to start a new career. You have done and continue to do an awesome job. Everyone involved in the makeup of this site are amazing people. It is so great to find people in general to help others much less a group as are here. It is nothing short of a God sent blessing. I feel blessed to be able to be a member here and will hopefully be able to follow the example you all have set forth. thank-you.gif

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He has set a VERY GOOD one hasn't he! To have a place like this to come and experience first hand what the career will be like, learn the true in's and out's and know that you have a support system behind you, makes all the difference in the world.

I see this taking on a whole new future after the first of the year.

What we need now ARE T-SHIRTS. XXL for mewtf.gifrofl-2.gif

I can promise you I would wear it proudly. We need some flyers too that we can leave at truck stops and schools to let them know about how great this site is.

Good Morning Bret!embarrassed.gif

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I'd be more than glad to take some fliers and stuff to the 2 local CDL schools in my area !!! BRETT.....the freight is now in your wagon..... I think handouts that the school could give to the students would be great...

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.
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