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Mike L.'s Comment
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So, I graduated CDL school last week, and I started orintation today.

It seems the people so far are pretty upfront and honest with things. I definitely like that my recruiter used to be a driver, and his situation coming into trucking was much like mine. I'm dead broke. He gave me some tips on how to limit my expenses since I had $20 left when I left home.

They give us company vehicles to use to drive to the stores and stuff, so once I'm eligible to get an advance, I'll take it to get my bedding and toiletries. Meanwhile, I'll use what's at the hotel.

Nothing really special to say about day one of orientation. I'm pretty sure the last time I filled out this much paperwork was either when I joined or left the Navy...

Since I've read many many people say "don't take advances," I'll add I'm taking the full $100 they allow us the first week, then I'll drop it back to no more than $80 the next week and keep decreasing by at least $20 until I'm not using it anymore. Like I said, I came with $20 to my name, and I actually overdrew my account to have that $20.

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.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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That's actually a really smart move... the backing off by $20 each week. It will be tough but so worth it once you're completely off advances. You could probably even just go $10 off a week and be fine. I'm proud of you guys that start from the bottom like this and show your dedication; you're an inspiration for guys like me. I look forward to reading about your journey (please do a training blog) and wish you success. Check in when you need to and we will provide all the help and encouragement we can.

Mike L.'s Comment
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That's actually a really smart move... the backing off by $20 each week. It will be tough but so worth it once you're completely off advances. You could probably even just go $10 off a week and be fine. I'm proud of you guys that start from the bottom like this and show your dedication; you're an inspiration for guys like me. I look forward to reading about your journey (please do a training blog) and wish you success. Check in when you need to and we will provide all the help and encouragement we can.

Thanks!

The people on this site are amazing! I'm still learning my way around the site, so once I get with my trainer, I'll figure out how to start a training blog. I've always been a hard worker, and never have I taken a hand out. I've been homeless and worked 2 jobs to get out of it.

Mike L.'s Comment
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Should be meeting my road trainer today! I was told to meet him at 12, and it's 12:20, so I'm guessing he got held up and isn't in yet, or he's not done with his 10 hour yet.

I'll start a training thread once we get going, and I have a chance.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Looking forward to your training blog. Which company did you choose to train with?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mike L.'s Comment
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Which company did you choose to train with?

Wel Companies is the company I chose.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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