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Mike O.'s Comment
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Hello, This is my first post on here & first time reading the forums I think. I have had my CLP & DOT card since 9-18-17. The High Road training program here on TruckingTruth REALLY helped me a LOT. I spent quite a bit of time on it & my state's CDL manual. So now, after about 3 weeks + of applications, phone calls, etc. , I think I've found the company I want to go to work (training) for. I talked to my recruiter today & if everything goes as planned, I should be starting training on Nov. 13th. I've done oil changes, grease jobs on trucks, tire repairs, trailer wash outs, but driving, not so much! I am kind of nervous about it, just trying to get everything ...I'm sure I'll make mistakes, but it's all part of learning, right? As for what company I'm going with, I had it down to 3 (I'll post who I go with once everything is finalized). The 3 are: TMC, Knight, & KC Transport. I will keep this updated as much as I can.


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.


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.


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.

PackRat's Comment
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I look forward to reading on your progress. Good luck.

Mike O.'s Comment
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Still waiting patiently by the phone :) I've got it narrowed down to KC & TMC. Knight never called back & I'd have to pay my own way to Phoenix & pay for my room, etc. to stay out there I guess it's not worth it (for me anyway)? KC is supposed to call with where / when training will start (they're using a private school paid for by them). & I'm told my TMC app is being reviewed by their hiring committee.

Mike O.'s Comment
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I decided to go with KC Transportation. It was down to them & TMC. I passed on TMC as they didn't offer a local (home daily) option, & I wasn't sure about lugging the tarp(s) on a maybe slippery flatbed in the winter (my back isn't what it used to be). Anyways my orientation day was yesterday. The class is me & 1 other guy. After the safety videos & a pile of paperwork, we went over to the driving school 20 miles away. More forms to be filled out, then a tour of the building & they let us go until Monday. The actual class is 5 people; myself & the other person from KC included. So far everyone has been really nice also, no issues at all with anybody. Just gives you an all around better feeling about what (I think) I'm getting into :)

Mike O.'s Comment
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OK week 1 in the classroom is over & everyone passed (all 3 of us - 1 guy decided he didn't want to do it I guess & the other was an observer from my company to make sure the training program was what they expected). Next week we begin pre-trips & in-truck stuff (backing up, etc.)

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