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CDL For 28 years. Zero Tractor Trailer Experience

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Keith T.'s Comment
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Hey all, so I've been in the towing industry for thirty years now. Los Angeles County. But I'm a medium duty driver. As I near my 60th trip around the sun, it's time for a change. My kid is successfully grown and the wife could probably use a break. I want to go trucking. I can pee clean and have a golden driving record. I'm thinking about going through Prime Inc. for my training and first experience. I have a current medical with tandems and tanker and I own a CPAP machine. I'm proud of my days in towing and the recovery work I've done but it's time to move on. Been with my current company for 20 years and there is just no future. I own a home and have nobody looking for me. I'm here to ask for your best advice and recommendations. Army Veteran, worked saw mills and coal mines. Talk to me.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The best thing to do is go through our "beginner's package" of reading materials:

The career guide and my book will help you understand this industry really well. The High Road Training will prepare you for any written exams you'll need to take and a ton of stuff you'll need to know out there to do your job, including the Logbook rules, loading cargo, getting your weights legal, calculating fuel weight and burn off, and all sorts of things.

Go through the career guide and my book and let us know what questions you have. We'll be happy to get ya going in the right direction.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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