The B Team Returns To The Road

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We have been waiting to update our status until we had some news to share. We have some great news… Cheryl and I did our road test for our CDL this morning and WE PASSED! We now have Class A Commercial Drivers Licenses!! All the studying, shifting and backing practice has paid off. Thanks to the staff at Trenholm Community College; our instructors there are the best! Our tests went great. We both had to perform a pre-trip inspection for the first part of the exam. I had to do an “A” inspection. That is the front of the tractor; the exterior, engine, suspension, steering, and braking system, Cheryl got the “B” inspection which is the tractor from the engine compartment through the rear of the tractor, including the rear axle, suspension, tires, and braking system. We both had to do the coupling system; the fifth wheel and all of its components. Following that, we both had to do the three backing test required by the State of Alabama; a straight line back, and offset back, and a 90 degree alley dock. After that, we headed out with an examiner for the actual road test which is about a ten to twelve mile loop of divided highways, city streets, and interstate driving. Every turn, curve, intersection, and stop is graded. We both did very well, it really went by pretty fast. After a celebratory lunch at Mickey D’s, we went to the DMV and got our actual licenses. We have a few more nights of classes; we will cover subjects that we need to know that are not part of the testing, and we will graduate and receive our diplomas on Thursday (12/7). We have decided to go to work with Werner Industries. They are a large, national trucking company based in Omaha, Nebraska. We will be over the road (OTR) team drivers and will be traveling in 48 states. We will begin training at their Atlanta terminal on Monday, December 11th. We plan on doing some clothes shopping this coming week since us southern folks don’t have much real winter gear. We hope to be ready to report to work next week. Thanks again for your prayers and good wishes, keep them coming as we begin our training phase with Werner. We’ll post about our progress as time allows. More updates soon!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

B Team's Comment
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By the way, please pardon all of the verbose explanations about things that are commonly understood by those in the industry. These same posts are shared on FB for our friends and family. Hence the long explanations.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jim F.'s Comment
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Congrats you guys, good job. I start in Jan.

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