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Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Blood Pressure

Those numbers are for either case. You will have to get a DOT physical before you can get a CDL permit. The physician who does your DOT physical has to follow 49 CFR 391.43(f) regarding BP. I don't believe exemptions are possible.

As for the job. That is a good question for your Schneider recruiter. I would try to get it documented before you go to orientation if he promises a regional job. I would also suggest you try other companies in your job search. Nothing against Schneider but you would have more opportunities to find the right job for your area and situation.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Blood Pressure

It depends on how high your BP is. If you fall in a certain ranges they will issue you a medical card but require you to renew it more often. •140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate •160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion •Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

Posted:  8 years, 12 months ago

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How to determine to Team Drive

Teams usually get higher cpm than solos and more miles but consider that you will need to learn to sleep in a moving truck along with the other cons mentioned above. It is very stressful starting out for most people in this industry as a solo driver. I wouldn't recommend adding the stress of teaming on top of that.

If you are looking for income + hometime I would consider a solo job involving freight loading/unloading. Some companies will allow you to go directly to one of these type of accounts IF you train with a driver on the account. Ask your recruiters whats available.

I would also recommend spending an afternoon at a truck stop near your home. Most drivers are downright nice people. If you walk up and tell them your a new driver looking for a bit of advice most will help you out. You might find the job you need this way. Good Luck

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How many hours of OTR training do you get from a school ?

Different states have different requirement. Most truck companies will require a training certificate from a licenced truck shool. In South Carolina for example the state requires a program that provides:

"To successfully complete truck driver training, licensed persons eighteen (18) or older must complete a course consisting of a minimum of 50 hours of instruction, 50 hours of field instruction, 16 hours of behind-the-wheel driver training on the highway, and 32 hours of behind-the-wheel observation on the highway. This is calculated on a 3:1 ratio. Of the hours for BTW and observation, if the student has less observation and more BTW, this will be allowable provided the total stills adds to forty-eight (48) hours."

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