Just Passed North Carolina CLP ( Written Test) But Will Need DOT Physical Before They Will Issue Permit.

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Night Crawler's Comment
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Passed the gen knowledge, combination and air brakes today. the NC Dmv said my test scores are good for 90 days. but would not issue the permit until I had the DOT physical cared. I plan to get my physical this week. I walked into a clinic after the test and they said the cost for the physical would be 109.00. Now I just need to find a company to go with that doesnt team after the training is over. I want to be otr and solo in 8 to 10 weeks!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the Forum Night Crawler. Congratulations on passing the permit exams. However you might want to slow down on the medical exam...many companies will want you to go to their approved examiner or Doctors. No sense paying for it twice. My suggestion is to also invest some time in reading the following links:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Truck Driver's Career Guide

The Company-Sponsored Training Program link is a fairly comprehensive list of companies that will teach you how to drive a truck just enough to pass the CDL A tests and then road-train for 4-6 weeks depending on the company. There are however teaming companies within this link as well; like CRST. Read the fine print.

Use this link to discover additional details, and determine if a company is solo or all-team. Trucking Company Reviews

As you develop your short list, visit their individual websites for current, up-to-date information.

Good luck.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Night Crawler's Comment
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Finally got my DOT physical and was issued my commercial learners permit. I got and offer letter from Roehl and a class start date. I went out and bought a new duffel bag and now I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to pack it in terms of 4 to 6 weeks of class necessities, clothes and other odds and ends that could save me money eating, like a small can opener,ultra small electric glass top burner, 12 volt tea kettle, glass bowl w/lid , small pot and small skillet. I put my two weeks in at work so that I don't burn any bridges. I don't plan on ringing out in the first few weeks but I'm going to be nice to these guys since they have told me I can come back anytime if it doesn't work out. count down 11 days....super excited!!

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.

Night Crawler's Comment
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Welcome to the Forum Night Crawler. Congratulations on passing the permit exams. However you might want to slow down on the medical exam

...many companies will want you to go to their approved examiner or Doctors. No sense paying for it twice.

My suggestion is to also invest some time in reading the following links:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Truck Driver's Career Guide

The Company-Sponsored Training Program link is a fairly comprehensive list of companies that will teach you how to drive a truck just enough to pass the CDL A tests and then road-train for 4-6 weeks depending on the company. There are however teaming companies within this link as well; like CRST. Read the fine print.

Use this link to discover additional details, and determine if a company is solo or all-team. Trucking Company Reviews

As you develop your short list, visit their individual websites for current, up-to-date information.

Good luck.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. I'm from NC. I am with CFI and very happy. They will send you to one of two schools and when out with a trainer you are dispatched as a solo truck. You do all the driving. Here's a link to my training diary.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Don't worry about the double DOT physical. In my state, you had to have a DOT medical card on file with the state before they'd even allow you to take the written tests. My physical was included in my school tuition and we did those the first day of class.. no sense admitting students who can't pass a DOT and a drug screen. Naturally as soon as I got my cdl-a and went to West Side, I had to get a new DOT physical from their doctor, even though I had a relatively new 2 year card. I didn't have to pay for that either. They pay for our renewals too... Route us to Cedar Rapids and let us borrow a company van to go get it done. I thought most companies did that.. am I wrong?

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin'Rey's Comment
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I went out and bought a new duffel bag and now I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to pack it in terms of 4 to 6 weeks of class necessities, clothes...

Think in terms of one week, just 7 days worth of clothing. Some clothing can be worn more often than others, shorts and pants for instance. You don't need 7 pair of each, a couple of jeans and a couple of shorts would do just fine. Maybe even three pair of each. Then you'll want one or two seasonal items, but think in terms of layers for when it starts getting colder. A long sleeve shirt, long sleeve hoodie, and a medium jacket would keep you warm in almost any weather type. If you do bring a lot more of extra stuff, give it a couple of weeks and see what you haven't used up to that point. More times than not, you don't need it weighing you down. Regarding the food and other utensils, maybe someone else on here has a better idea on what you should bring as I'm not sure where to begin. But the subject probably has been discussed and you should be able to do a search for what you need in these forums.

Good luck with training, enjoy the ride!

Tre4Trucker's Comment
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Congratulations Night crawler

Passed the gen knowledge, combination and air brakes today. the NC Dmv said my test scores are good for 90 days. but would not issue the permit until I had the DOT physical cared. I plan to get my physical this week. I walked into a clinic after the test and they said the cost for the physical would be 109.00. Now I just need to find a company to go with that doesnt team after the training is over. I want to be otr and solo in 8 to 10 weeks!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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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As far as packing, don't take to much. Many companies put you in a hotel with small kitchen. Some companies feed you one to three meals per day. Have you chosen a company yet?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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