Passed My State Exam

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Brett 's Comment
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I finished Truck Driving School last Friday, and I passed my Michigan State Exam on Wednesday. I want to say thank you to Brett, and the members of this awesome site. I've learned a lot of valuable information from this website to get me through all my training. Thanks again!!

PackRat's Comment
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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, congrats on getting your CDL! You're for real now!

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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.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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Congrats!! Looking forward to hearing about your future endeavors.

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Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

It feels great when you get that accomplished doesn't it. I remember watching others when I went through truck driving school. Everyone just stresses out over that final driving test and pre-trip. Part of the problem is that in reality we lack the skills at that point to be very good at it, and we're quite aware of it. There's still a long ways to go for all of us at that point. I still remember my excitement after passing my state finals. It was much the same when I got handed the keys to my first solo truck and got my first load assignment. I was pumped. I was scared. I was proud. I was about to start a great journey. I still get those same feelings almost everytime I crank my diesel engine and put this rig out on the interstate. It's an awesome job we have!

Take care driver. Now, go get that job and show 'em how it's done!

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Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike B.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

It feels great when you get that accomplished doesn't it. I remember watching others when I went through truck driving school. Everyone just stresses out over that final driving test and pre-trip. Part of the problem is that in reality we lack the skills at that point to be very good at it, and we're quite aware of it. There's still a long ways to go for all of us at that point. I still remember my excitement after passing my state finals. It was much the same when I got handed the keys to my first solo truck and got my first load assignment. I was pumped. I was scared. I was proud. I was about to start a great journey. I still get those same feelings almost everytime I crank my diesel engine and put this rig out on the interstate. It's an awesome job we have!

Take care driver. Now, go get that job and show 'em how it's done!

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Old School, your description of finishing school and going solo for the first time is awe-inspiring! I love this site and the wonderful and positive comments from members like you!

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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Congratulations, like has been mentioned already this is only the beginning of your learning. Now it is time to get a job and actually drive and learn how to run. Be safe out there and hope to see you one day on the open road.

I have always been amazed at the feelings of pride and accomplishment when people first get their ID, Drivers License, CDL , endorsements, new classes, twic , passport etc. Some of those things simply cost money and very little effort yet other require a lot of effort and come with a lot of responsibility. It seems to me people and companies tend to start looking at people differently based on how they present themselves and how prepared they are to do things. I may be wrong. Either way you have attained a level that allows you to drive commercial motor vehicles that is a great thing.

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • TWIC:

    Transportation Worker Identification Credential

    Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

    Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett 's Comment
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Thank you everyone, for all congratulations. It was a little stressful, I did really good on the driving part, and I know I'm just learning the basics, and I have a ton to learn still. The pre trip was a little overwhelming, but I studied hard and I did just fine. Thank you Old School!! I know, I still have a long ways to go, but, I can't wait to get handed the keys to my own truck.

Big Scott's Comment
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