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Penny's Comment
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Oh my do I ever have a lot to learn.

And it was just the first night!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Knock knock knock Penny, knock knock knock Penny, knock knock knock Penny. Sorry, I could not help myself. Too much Big Bang Theory in my brain.

On a more serious note....... Congrats on the big leap, you'll do just fine.

Sheldon

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Penny's Comment
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I LOVE "Big Bang Theory"!!

Should I just call you Sheldon, Tractor Man?

And thanks! It IS a BIG leap.

I am currently an Administrative Assistant. And I don't know jack squat about this, but I'm determined!

I need to update my diary soon as I have time!

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.
Mitch P.'s Comment
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I am currently an Administrative Assistant. And I don't know jack squat about this, but I'm determined!

Hi Penny,

I'm admin also! Congrats on making the leap! I'm still pondering but I do know I can't stand the Cube anymore!

Best of luck!

v/r

Mitch

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.
Penny's Comment
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Thank you, Mitch. Yes, I am ready to leave the "cube" so to speak!

I'll update my school diary shortly, but I wanted to give some encouragement to others in school as well as let you know that even with some challenges, you can do well if you are determined.

I am very determined to do this.

In fact, I am so determined that I did not let a stomach virus hold me down this week in school. It was not fun or pleasant, and I excused myself a couple times during class, and I tried to stay far away from classmates so I would not share the tummy yuckies, but I also knew there was no way I could afford to miss the amount of material we would go over in a couple of nights.

As a result, I made 100% on the General Knowledge quiz we had in class and 100% on the Air Brakes quiz we had in class.

This is a big challenge for me, maybe the biggest challenge since raising children, but I am determined. Scared a little, but mostly determined.

I realize that not everything goes as planned in life, but some things are falling together that I never dreamed might and I am so ready for this next chapter.

Next week, we will have quizzes on Combinations and Tankers and I think on HazMat and Doubles/Triples.

I do intend to take all the endorsement tests when I go to get my permit (Hopefully by the end of next week).

(Yes, SC allows you to take the Haz Mat test for the permit, but they won't put the endorsement on until you have your CDL and background check done through TSA, but they do keep the test on record for 6 months. I figure I might as well take it while the information is fresh. I'll go towards the end of class to TSA to get the background check done and hopefully have the TSA letter to present to the DMV prior to getting my CDL and all of that will be taken care of at one time so the endorsement can be on my CDL.)

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Penny, I love your attitude. That willingness to do what ever it takes will serve you well in this business. Congratulations on your successes!

Are you aware of our High Road Training Program?

It is a whiz bang of a study guide for those tests you are taking. I highly recommend 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Penny's Comment
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Thank you, Old School!

I appreciate your encouragement and your advice here on the forum. I've read and admired many of your replies to others!

And yes, I've been using the High Road to my advantage. It's an AWESOME help! I've even told a few of my fellow students that they should be using it as well! In fact, class seems like a great review, and that's okay. It's working for me.

I just updated my CDL school diary that reviewed this week in class a little.

I'm happy to be getting one step closer to getting there!

Thank you again! I'm gonna do this!!

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.
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