Truck Driving School Days Two and Three: Our CDL Permit Test and DOT Physical

by Scott.P

Day Two of CDL Schooling

Well, today was another day in the classroom. The instructor does a nice job and is kinda funny also. Today we went over the DMV testing that we will do on Wednesday. We also went over logbooks, which we will not use much since Central Refrigerated is using electronic log books. But no matter what school you go to, I am sure they will teach you how the logbook works because you're going to have to know the rules no matter what system you are using.

The living area is getting better, and I need to get used to it since it is bigger than the sleeper of a tractor trailer. But at the same time I am looking forward to going to the hotel next week.

Today we did do some practice testing for the CDL exam and I did just fine. Just a word of advice for anyone wanting to get into trucking and will be going to a truck driving school that is only 15 days long - get online or get the CDL manual for the state you will be studying in and study, study and study some more. I am very glad that I did!

And by the way, we have online practice CDL tests here at TruckingTruth so check em out!

Well that is it for today.

Day Three of CDL Training

What a nice day in Utah. Unfortunately, we lost a few students yesterday. I think two of them were because they didn't pass the DOT physical and two because of their background check. Central Refrigerated Trucking will not mess around on the background check. If you have any criminal background, you are gone.

Today we went to the DMV and took our cdl tests. We had 6 students that did not pass. They have one more try on Thursday and if they do not pass, they are sent home. By the way, in case you are wondering, I passed!

So the next phase starts on Thursday when we will be watching some movies and taking some more tests. Central Refrigerated requires that we score a prefect 100% on our safety exam, and nothing else will do. But the good news is that you can take the test as many times as you need.

They do keep you busy around here though. Homework and studying every night. Well, I guess those 2am study sessions paid off for me today!

I do like the CDL training though. It is very fast paced but the instructors really do care and they want everyone to graduate and get their CDL. The one thing I really do like is the fact that they give you 5 days to decide if you want to stay or not. If you decide that trucking is not for you, they let you go home and you don't owe them anything.

Well I better run. I need to study and do my homework. Tonight we need to read 3 chapters and study the Smith System on defensive driving.

So far this school is working great for me!

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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.

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.
by Brett Aquila

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