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Liz H.'s Comment
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I've been lurking and reading the forums for months now. I just passed my DOT physical And drug test. I start taking my DPS exams next week so I have my CLP before my Classes start. I have learned so much from everyone here, and I wanted to thank everyone for all the helpful advice. I'm going into my new career with eyes wide open and a great attitude. I know my success is all on my shoulders and plan to milk everyone I can for knowledge and advice. I can't wait to start being the best professional driver I can be! Again, Thanks to everyone. Sam

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

G-Town's Comment
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Hey that's really great. Best wishes for success in school.

Old School's Comment
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It sounds like you've already got a handle on this, but remember we are glad to help you when you hit a snag.

Don't be a stranger!

Susan D. 's Comment
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Awesome. We're all more than happy to help. The biggest thing on your written tests is to study. So many apparently don't. I know in my CDL class there were only about 4 who had no problems passing their written tests and 8 who sat in class looking bored and playing on their cell phones. One guy got sent home to change shoes when he showed up wearing sandals, and another for wearing flip flops.

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.
Liz H.'s Comment
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I've already got a good pair of work boots and, I spend 2-4 hours a day studying. I'm basically rewriting the dmv book. Maybe overkill but, that's how I learn best. I want to be as prepared as possible for the tests and able to concentrate on learning the new things that come up in class. After 25 years of caregiving I'm looking forward to "me" time. Doing something I've always wanted to do. I've got the "breathe" down after dealing with a Father with Alzheimer's for 4 years, not to mention raising 2 daughters.😂

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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Best of luck to you. Have you tried the High Road Training Program? It is an awesome study tool for your written tests. Like Susan said we are all here for you.

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.
Sno-boy's Comment
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I saw the same thing in an initial class of 10. By the end of week 2, we lost 3 and were down to 7 at the end of the 6 week course. I think only 6 of us passed and were awarded our certification and CDL and that person was a phone carrier/user addict. I turned my cell off and left it in my car to even eliminate a possible misconception of looking or using it. Make sure your personal hygiene is projecting a person that is not a slob or uncaring. Dress respectable, you don't need to over dress but don't arrive for class looking like you're on a beach vacation. Do not doze off, pay attention so you don't need a second prompting to reply to an instructors question.

Awesome. We're all more than happy to help. The biggest thing on your written tests is to study. So many apparently don't. I know in my CDL class there were only about 4 who had no problems passing their written tests and 8 who sat in class looking bored and playing on their cell phones. One guy got sent home to change shoes when he showed up wearing sandals, and another for wearing flip flops.

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.
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