Any Tips For NYC?

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Ironmonger's Comment
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I just finished Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving , and I'm now convinced more than ever to get my CDL. While I take breaks from studying for the tests, I'm studying a map of NYC and watching POV trucking videos on YouTube to prepare myself in case I ever have to go there. I've checked NYCDOT's map of low clearances in the city, and it's... borderline unhelpful. Does anyone know of a better resource to find out where those hazards are hiding?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
icecold24k's Comment
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Hey there! I got the pleasure of going to New York City a few times during my first year (sarcasm).. I still go there or through there quite often. All you can do is plan, plan, plan.... Always look at the directions you have for your customers and break out google maps. Go into google street view and literally follow your whole route through the city on there. Look for tight turns, low clearances or any kind of hazard. While in the city try to always go in super early like 1-2 am. It takes a long time to navigate the city. I had a delivery to Brooklyn last week and it took about 3+ hours just to leave and get back across to Newark. Allow extra time, plenty of it. Go slow and methodical. Be careful with any turns you make and keep your head on a swivel.

Ironmonger's Comment
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Hey there! I got the pleasure of going to New York City a few times during my first year (sarcasm).. I still go there or through there quite often. All you can do is plan, plan, plan.... Always look at the directions you have for your customers and break out google maps. Go into google street view and literally follow your whole route through the city on there. Look for tight turns, low clearances or any kind of hazard. While in the city try to always go in super early like 1-2 am. It takes a long time to navigate the city. I had a delivery to Brooklyn last week and it took about 3+ hours just to leave and get back across to Newark. Allow extra time, plenty of it. Go slow and methodical. Be careful with any turns you make and keep your head on a swivel.

Thank you for the advice! When I started my non-trucking-related classes several months ago, I got into the habit of always checking my routes with Google Map's satellite and street views, so I'm very glad to know that it'll be helpful for this.

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