After Several Pre-Hires I've Made My Choice - I'm Headed To Truck Driving School

by Ranting Warrior

Well, it wasn't an easy decision, but I finally made my choice. Over the last two days I've been on and off the phone with my recruiter doing some last minute paperwork and getting all my stuff in order. After today things are going to proceed pretty fast. They are sending me my bus ticket tomorrow and I will be in Missouri by Sunday. I just cant wait, getting that adventurous feeling again.

I want to say something real quick to those thinking of becoming truck drivers that live in the southeast. Every company i talked to were willing to hire me. Every company i talked to were hiring in the southeast, though a few of them were not hiring in Florida. I am not going to tell which company i went with, but here are some of the ones that offered me a job and as of April are hiring in the southeast:

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I didn't choose any of these, but it wasn't because I didn't think they would be good to work for, I just had a different company who kept after me and I liked their offers and persistence. But those companies are definitely hiring and they are good leads to follow if you are just getting started. Remember, talk to all of them, and more. See which one is best for you.

As far as me, I got my lease signed over to my sister, my bills are in order, I have my bag pack, and now...i wait. Once I get to Missouri I will have a four day orientation, after which i get my permit, then, from what I gather, I go out and get some one on one with an instructor for about 3-4 weeks. Then I come back and obtain my CDL. After that I go out and drive with a trainer for about 3 months after which my training will be complete. Then I go out solo and continue my learning experience on my own. Very excited!

I have been studying constantly and urge those thinking of becoming a trucker to do the same. I have a training book from my local DMV. I've gone over it more than a few times, then i goand take the CDL practice exams TruckingTruth has here. It helps to be prepared.

OK, next time i talk with you folks my orientation will be complete and i will be behind the wheel learning the basics, God help you all.

Take care everyone.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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