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VooDoo777's Comment
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This is a great diary 👍 When do you think you'll be able to go home and get your CDL?

5-16-17 Day 16: Beautiful weather today. This morning, as usual, I helped some of the newer people with their pre-trips. Then I got to uncouple and re-couple a trailer. After that I relaxed. I called my home state DMV and found out they have my test results from Missouri in their system already. All I need to do is go to any DMV office in the state to pay for my licence. The rest of the day I relaxed, helped some people, and relaxed. I did a trip plan and tomorrow, I'm supposed to go drive it. It's about a two hour round trip. I'm excited about that. Other than that, I'm just counting down the days of this final week of school. That's about all for now.

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-17-17 Day 18: Today was a very windy day. Due to the wind nobody went driving. As usual, first thing, I helped some of the newer people with their pre-trips. We did find a mouse in the glove box of one of the trucks that has been sitting for a while. I start orientation on Monday. After four days of orientation, I will be sent out with a trainer. At that time we will be dispatched home, so I can get my CDL. I am looking forward to Monday when I can start making money. I will keep this updated until I finish training and upgrade to solo. That's about all for now.

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.
Tastebuds's Comment
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Every time I read your title, I think it says "Duck Dynasty Driving Academy"!

Big Scott's Comment
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Every time I read your title, I think it says "Duck Dynasty Driving Academy"!

lol

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Every time I read your title, I think it says "Duck Dynasty Driving Academy"!

I'm sure they had to pick this name for that exact reason! It's a great marketing idea.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-18-19 Day 19: Today was beautiful. This morning I broke out in hives. The only place open at 5am was the J. I walked there to get some benedril. While I was there I got some breakfast as well. Then I walked back to the hotel to wait for my ride. FYI the J is 1/2 mile from the hotel. When I got to school I relaxed for the morning. After lunch we went driving. I'm getting better each time. Tomorrow is my last day of school. I'm excited for the next step of this journey. That's about all for now.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-18-17 Day 19 Part 2: First I just noticed the date I typed above is off by a couple of years. I had planned to rent a car to go from Springfield to Joplin. I made the reservation on line last week. I get there today and find out Enterprise does not rent one way with a debit card and out of state licence. This is the second time I tried to rent a car from their site only to have the plans blow up in my face. It will be a very long time before I ever think of renting from them again. Thankfully my awesome recruiter got me a bus ticket for tomorrow. Have I mentioned that I love CFI?

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I won't use Enterprise ever again myself; two occurrences. One, I was on a business trip for two weeks and rented a car from them. Three days into my trip, they called and said the car I was renting had been sold and could I please drive it home so they could swap it out. I replied "uh, no way in hell... we have a contract and I'm hundreds of miles away from your location. If you want the car so bad, you can drive someone out here with a replacement car and we can swap." In the end, they waited the two weeks till I returned.

Two, they frequently overbook car rentals similar to airlines overselling seats. At least the location out by me does that. They don't count on everyone adhering to their plans. I've had a number of time where I rented a gas saving economy only to be leaving in the pickup or full size van after arguing with them that I'm stranded and they already took my money.

Hope your hives clear up; they're probably due to all the stress.

Big Scott's Comment
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I won't use Enterprise ever again myself; two occurrences. One, I was on a business trip for two weeks and rented a car from them. Three days into my trip, they called and said the car I was renting had been sold and could I please drive it home so they could swap it out. I replied "uh, no way in hell... we have a contract and I'm hundreds of miles away from your location. If you want the car so bad, you can drive someone out here with a replacement car and we can swap." In the end, they waited the two weeks till I returned.

Two, they frequently overbook car rentals similar to airlines overselling seats. At least the location out by me does that. They don't count on everyone adhering to their plans. I've had a number of time where I rented a gas saving economy only to be leaving in the pickup or full size van after arguing with them that I'm stranded and they already took my money.

Hope your hives clear up; they're probably due to all the stress.

Thanks. The hives are not from stress as I have none. CFI and Truck Dynasty have been awesome.

Big Scott's Comment
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5-19-17 Day 20: School is done. Did some paperwork this morning, said my goodbyes. I'm now at the bus station in Springfield waiting for my to Joplin. They told me the bus is running about an hour late. The wonders of Greyhound travel. I'm filled with nervous excitement. This bout of nervousness will end when orientation starts. That's about all for now.

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