Profile For Ozzy

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  • Location:
    Ellerslie, MD

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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    6 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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TMC

Well,

Things did not turned out the way that I had planned but they are still on track. My wife, daughter and I were half way down to SC and we ended up having to turn around and moved in with my mother-in-law in Ellerslie, MD. I called TMC Monday and they told me that my move wasn't a problem. I have to call Gus back on Thursday for my 8 digit confirmation number for my bus ticket and I will be taking a bus out of Frederick, MD on Saturday at 8:50 p.m. and arriving at Des Moines, IA on Sunday at 5:50 p.m. I guess everything worked out. My mother-in-law's husband has lived here his whole life so he knows everyone in this little town. He made a few calls and he got me permission to park my truck behind the local post office. The gravel lot there is owned by the fire department. So, I am all set and am beyond excited to go to orientation.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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TMC

Just an update,

I talked to my recruiter, Gus, at TMC this morning and told him that I got my CDL hard copy in the mail yesterday. He confirmed my moving date again to SC and told me to give him a call on June 24th so he can set me up with my bus ticket and hotel reservations for the weekend of June 29th. I will be staring orientation July 1st. The only thing I am not looking forward to is the 34 hour bus ride with 4 stops.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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When can I get my CDL endorsements?

Patrick,

You can get the endorsments when you get your permit. They are fairly cheap (in VA), only a couple of dollars per year. The one that costs the most is the HazMat and in VA is $90, you take your test on the computer and get your finger prints done right at the DMV ( only certain DMVs do the finger prints so look it up before you walk into one) and it takes about one week for the background check.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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DMV road test experience

Thank you. Yeah, I let the school know. They actually have know about it for about 3-4 weeks and one of the instructors tried to fix it but he told the school that the truck needs a new gauge cluster. I guess the school is a little cheap and don't want to pay for a new one.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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DMV road test experience

Rebel,

In VA the point of no return isn't a law. As far as the stale green lights, I know all about them. My problem was that I had just started going and was only in 3rd gear when I crossed the white line. The green light was only green for about 10 seconds at most, and we were on a major avenue (Not sure why it turned yellow so quick). Guy is right about the ticket, in VA if any part of your vehicle is still in the intersection and the light turns red you can get a ticket for running a red light.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Curious Youngin' Needing advice?

You can get your CDL when you are 18 but most likely you wont be able to find a job until you are at least 21-23. You have to be at least 21 to be able to cross state lines with a commercial vehicle.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Accepted By Roehl Transport!!

Congrats on the start to a new career. Keep us posted on your progress. I am relatively new to trucking and I am heading to Iowa at the end of June to go to TMC's orientation, so I enjoy reading updates from people that are in the same boat as me and just starting their careers out.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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DMV road test experience

That is what I figured. Our instructors however, told us that our vehicle is supposed to be fully out of the intersection before the red light comes on. Either way I wasn't about to stop past the white line and take a automatic failure, I figured I take my chances and it worked.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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UPDATE FOR OHIO-trucking companies that offer free, or nearly free, truck driving schools and CDL training

Joe,

There are schools that will allow you to finance the price and then you could look into a company that reimburses you that money. That is the route I took. Just throwing it out there.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Steven's Driving Academy....Am I going?

I would just recommend for you to look closely at their pay. I have been pre hired with them and what turned me away from them was the pay. According to the pre hire letter that I got and pay chart, they star you off at 31 cpm I believe. But, to reach their maximum pay which is 41 cpm it takes 14 years of working form them.

I am not saying that they are a bad company, just wanted to point out something that I found out after digging around a bit.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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DMV road test experience

I wanted to share my road test experience with you guys and see if yall had similar situations. I tested on a 07 Volvo day-cab with an 8 speed tranny and a short trailer. I blew past my pre-trip and I had to do a pull up on the curve back, but other than that everything was going smooth. Then came time for the road test. We tested in a commuter parking lot right off of I-95 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Its about 15 miles from DC. As soon as we left the parking lot I realized that the speedometer on the truck was not working properly and that it was stuck at 15 mph. I remembered the instructors at school tell us not to mention anything wrong with the truck because the examiner would shut the truck down for the day and nobody would get to test that day. So, as far as I was concerned, the speedometer was working perfectly, that is until the examiner said to me "I don't think the speedometer is working". I just looked straight and didn't say a word to him, hoping that he would leave it at that. He brought it back up about 4 minutes later and said "You are in 6th gear, but you are only going 15 mph?", I looked at him and gave the dash a good couple of taps and to my relief the speedometer went up to about 35 mph. I said " Nah, it was just sticking a little bit but it's working fine now". He wrote something down on the Ipad that he had and we kept on trucking.

We came up on a red light, so I slowed down and came to a stop about 3 cars back. Light turns green and I started back up from 2nd gear. Now, in VA for whatever reason they do not allow you to shift while in an intersection and they do not want you going through yellow lights, I understand the reasoning for the second half. I hit 3rd gear before going past the white line, and as soon as I went past it the light turned yellow. The truck is only doing 15 mph tops in 3rd gear and now I can not shift. The examiner starts yelling "Whoah, Whoah, Whoah", to which I responded " I already had crossed the white line when the light turned therefore I couldn't stop or I would of been blocking the intersection, and I can not go any faster because you people wont let me shift until the truck is out of the intersection". I know the light turned red before the truck was out of the intersection, so I basically ran a red light. Again, he wrote something down on his Ipad and we kept trucking.

I was freaking out as we were pulling back into the commuter parking lot because after "running" a red light and the problem with the speedometer, I was almost 100% that the examiner was going to say " I'll will see you next time". He had been having guys come into the lot from the front, which is nice and wide and there is no chance you can hit a curb unless you try. He told me to go in the back way, it was really tight with about 4 90-degree turn and rows of cars on either side of the truck. I just took it nice and easy and made sure to make nice wide turns. To my surprise, after parking the truck he said "I was impressed with the way you drive and specially after making it look so easy to come around the back way. Most new guys have to pull up and back up to make those turns. I will go ahead and write up your certificate that you can take to DMV".

At this point I jumped out of the truck and started skipping around like a little school girl, but I did not care, I had gotten my CDL and that was all that matter to me. I though about maybe doing a backflip but then I figure fat people and backflips don't mix.

Anyways, this is my crazy road test experience.

Ozzy

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Just wondering. am I the youngest one here?

I will be 25 next month. I will be celebrating my birthday at TMC's orientation.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Road test # 2

Good luck man!!!!

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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DPS Road Test

Man I was cheesing like a fat kid with a whole cake for himself

. You should of seen me when I passed mine yesterday. I jumped out of that truck and started skipping around the parking lot like a school girl. Whatever works lol.

Congrats bro, keep us updated on your progress.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Tuition Reimbursement

As far as I know, a pre-hire letter is not a guarantee that they will hire you. Look at it as more of an invitation to go to their orientation. Once go make it through their orientation and training you get hired.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Got my CDL !!!

Thank you all for all of yalls support. It has been a great help being able to share this journey with yall and hearing the positive feedback.

Im sure this is one of those moments I will remember for the rest of my life. With that being said, Im sure the guys and gal that were testing the same day as me wont forget me either. As soon as the examiner told me I had passed and to go ahead and get out of the truck, I jumped out and started skipping around like a school girl. Sure them guys wont ever forget that. But I had not a care in the world, I passed and thats al that matter to me for those whole 5 minutes of skipping around.

Again, I want to thank you all for the great advise and support.

Ozzy

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Tonight's the night

Go get 'em......Im sure if I did it this morning, you got this too!!!!

Update us on it.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Got my CDL !!!

I passed my CDL test this morning. As of 10:45 this morning, I am the proud holder of a Class A CDL!!!!!!!! My nerves were killing me and I think I probably had a mini heart attack and stroke while I was waiting for my turn, but I got through it on the first time. All its left to do is pick up my completion certificate from my school in 5-10 days and get the hard copy of my license in the mail in 5-10 business days.

Everything is finally starting to fall into place for once in my life. Hard work and determination. Black and Chrome, here I come.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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TMC

I passed my CDL test this morning. As of 10:45 this morning, I am the proud holder of a Class A CDL!!!!!!!! My nerves were killing me and I think I probably had a mini heart attack and stroke while I was waiting for my turn, but I got through it on the first time. All its left to do is pick up my completion certificate from my school in 5-10 days and get the hard copy of my license in the mail in 5-10 business days.

Everything is finally starting to fall into place for once in my life. Hard work and determination. Black and Chrome, here I come.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Work history

Your best bet would be W-2's. When you fill out the applications they will ask for phone numbers and addresses. As far as speeding tickets, I believe most companies only go back 5 years for driving records. You can get those from the DMV for around 5 or 10 bucks I think.

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