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Cornelius A.'s Comment
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Millionmiler if you only knew how many people are with you on this site...... God has put a whole family behind you

G-Town's Comment
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The main version of that Pre Trip is 95 pages long and the Printable version is 96 pages long. I thought a printable version would be more condensed. Anyway, the Checklist link, I cant get to work because it is in a .doc format, G-Town, do you have a pdf version of that link? I seem to have better luck with pdf's. Thanks. Much appreciated.

You should be able to export the .doc format when you are in Word to a .pdf. You need Adobe to do this. There is a free downloadable version for performing basic things like exporting and reading. Even so it will still be 96 pages of print content.

James H.'s Comment
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06/14/2017:

I woke up this morning, had breakfast, a quick review of the High Road Training Program and then went to the permit class. My test time was set for after lunch (13:00). When I got into class, since there was no WiFi, I had to use the practice tests they gave me yesterday to study while I was waiting to test. DOT came to the school to test us. We didn't have to go to the DOT office. That was really nice of them. Also yesterday, Brett, you will be happy about this: I referred some more drivers to truckingtruth and the High Road Training Program and proved to them that this site is by far the BEST way to study for your tests. I am just like yall. I want everyone in this business to succeed and since it is my mission in life is helping others, I thought if I refer drivers to this site, it would help them. Anyway I took my tests and scored:

General Knowledge: 46/50 92% Combination Vehicles: 18/20 90% Air Brakes: 25/25 100%

Yes, I got a PERFECT score on Air Brakes. I was surprised when I saw that! As I have stated before: Brett, thanks so much for starting up this site. Also thanks to the other moderators for yalls advice and also in helping Brett keep and maintain this site. I LOVE that High Road Training Program. It is truly a GODSEND for everyone. It is truly the BEST way to study for your permit exams. I was able to score 90% or better on ALL my permit tests on the FIRST attempt. After the testing, I boarded the shuttle to Iowa DOT here in Cedar Rapids and I obtained my permit. When I got back, I had the permit instructor note my new permit in my file. After that, I showed my friends here my new permit and let my best friend in Florida know I got my permit and she was so happy. If it wasnt for her and 2 churches down there plus yall here on TruckingTruth, I wouldn't be able to do this. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! My gosh I am turning into Rick here. I can't help it. I LOVE THIS! Anyway after dinner, I went to the room for some much needed rest.

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As yall can see. I am GOING BANANAS!!!!! Wait.......I AM ALREADY BANANAS!!!! ROFLMAO!!!

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Congrats on the permit!!

I got mine yesterday, I have a birth certificate issue. Had to get my NC CDL permit before going to class in Miami, Florida. Flying down thursday to goto class. Then I have to come back to NC to transfer my cdl to NC. Then off to Schneider tanker school.

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.

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.

millionmiler24's Comment
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The main version of that Pre Trip is 95 pages long and the Printable version is 96 pages long. I thought a printable version would be more condensed. Anyway, the Checklist link, I cant get to work because it is in a .doc format, G-Town, do you have a pdf version of that link? I seem to have better luck with pdf's. Thanks. Much appreciated.

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You should be able to export the .doc format when you are in Word to a .pdf. You need Adobe to do this. There is a free downloadable version for performing basic things like exporting and reading. Even so it will still be 96 pages of print content.

The computers here only have Windows Wordpad on them. When i opened the document up in there, it was a mangled mess.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Millionmiler if you only knew how many people are with you on this site...... God has put a whole family behind you

For this I am EXTREMELY THANKFUL.

millionmiler24's Comment
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06/14/2017:

I woke up this morning, had breakfast, a quick review of the High Road Training Program and then went to the permit class. My test time was set for after lunch (13:00). When I got into class, since there was no WiFi, I had to use the practice tests they gave me yesterday to study while I was waiting to test. DOT came to the school to test us. We didn't have to go to the DOT office. That was really nice of them. Also yesterday, Brett, you will be happy about this: I referred some more drivers to truckingtruth and the High Road Training Program and proved to them that this site is by far the BEST way to study for your tests. I am just like yall. I want everyone in this business to succeed and since it is my mission in life is helping others, I thought if I refer drivers to this site, it would help them. Anyway I took my tests and scored:

General Knowledge: 46/50 92% Combination Vehicles: 18/20 90% Air Brakes: 25/25 100%

Yes, I got a PERFECT score on Air Brakes. I was surprised when I saw that! As I have stated before: Brett, thanks so much for starting up this site. Also thanks to the other moderators for yalls advice and also in helping Brett keep and maintain this site. I LOVE that High Road Training Program. It is truly a GODSEND for everyone. It is truly the BEST way to study for your permit exams. I was able to score 90% or better on ALL my permit tests on the FIRST attempt. After the testing, I boarded the shuttle to Iowa DOT here in Cedar Rapids and I obtained my permit. When I got back, I had the permit instructor note my new permit in my file. After that, I showed my friends here my new permit and let my best friend in Florida know I got my permit and she was so happy. If it wasnt for her and 2 churches down there plus yall here on TruckingTruth, I wouldn't be able to do this. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! My gosh I am turning into Rick here. I can't help it. I LOVE THIS! Anyway after dinner, I went to the room for some much needed rest.

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As yall can see. I am GOING BANANAS!!!!! Wait.......I AM ALREADY BANANAS!!!! ROFLMAO!!!

rofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif

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Congrats on the permit!!

I got mine yesterday, I have a birth certificate issue. Had to get my NC CDL permit before going to class in Miami, Florida. Flying down thursday to goto class. Then I have to come back to NC to transfer my cdl to NC. Then off to Schneider tanker school.

Gratz on your permit also sir. Stay safe out there.

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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.

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.

millionmiler24's Comment
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As you can probably tell, I LOVE those BANANAS! Theres the other 4 I owe ya.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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06/17/2017:

Today was as boring as I thought it would be. I slept til 11:50 and then got up, had lunch, studied the written guide for the pre trip, had dinner, got a MUCH NEEDED SHOWER and then back to the room for more studying. I am going to sleep in about an hour so I can get up and be ready to start my skills training at NADTA tomorrow morning early. I am getting up at 0400 shocked.png so I can be on that shuttle right at 0515 to NADTA. I want to make sure I have breakfast first though. Breakfast is at 0430. By the way, for those of you wondering: CONFIRMED: Sunday they have dinner around 1700, Mondays thru Fridays they have Breakfast from 0430 to 0630 and Lunch from 1215 to 1315, and Saturdays is just Lunch only from 1215 to 1315. Anyway yall stay safe and if I can, I will update yall on my first day at NADTA.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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06/18/2017:

Today was my first day over at NADTA and I can tell you that right now as I type this I am EXHAUSTED! I got out of bed at 0415 this morning and caught the first shuttle over there. I arrived there by 0525 for the first class which began at 0730. Better to be way early than even a minute late. They really value punctuality there. Anyway, I had 2 cups of coffee, then did a morning class which went over more expectations and then we watched some videos on defensive driving. We went over the Smith System briefly. Then we had lunch at 1145 to 1245. After lunch the class was split up into 3 groups: one for the road track, one for pti and one for more classroom stuff. The road group was split between 2 instructors and the PTI group was split with 2 instructors also. My order was classroom then PTI and then road track. The road track also got to practice straight line backing. The first couple of days out there, we will be in an automatic truck to get a feel for how the truck works and then when we got a feel for the old girl as I always say, then we will move into the 10 spd manuals and learn to shift. NONE of this is new to me, however it felt so good being back into a truck after over 2 yrs off of the road. There was a little residual rust on my abilities, however that will be removed fully over the next couple of days. The automatic truck is great to have on the highway, however when we are on the yard, I PREFER a MANUAL. We had 3 people from the class 2 weeks ago pass their final road tests today and were sent to the DMV to get their full CDL. One of those it took him 4 attempts to pass the road test. One of them got the coveted white hat after he successfully passed all his tests in the FIRST attempt. I shook his hand and told him legendary gratz. I know the day I pass and get my CDL , it is going to be a very emotionally overwhelming day to say the least. CDL's now days are so tough to earn that it will truly change your life once you have it in your hand. Everyone on here, please heed my advice: once you have that CDL in your hands: keep your driving records (DAC, PSP, and MVRs) SPOTLESS CLEAN. Also, keep your MEDICAL CERTIFICATE CURRENT. If you certify as a NON EXCEPTED INTERSTATE driver, make sure you have a current physical on file. If you do not you WILL LOSE YOUR CDL. That is why I am back in school and doing this all over again. When I have my CDL back, DOT and the DMV will have to PRY IT OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HANDS if they want it, because I am going to keep everything CLEAN and CURRENT. That license is YOUR LIFE. Cherish it, maintain it and take great care of it. It truly is a life changing thing to have. That license when you have it and heed my and the moderators and experienced drivers advice on here will open up so many doors for you, you have no idea the proper potential it offers.

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.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Milion, if you still need any docs converted to PDF, let me know. I have a conversion tool and would be happy to email them to you. Just tell me which docs and leave your email address and I'll get them to you ASAP.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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