Profile For Chris W.

Chris W.'s Info

  • Location:
    San Diego, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 2 months ago

Chris W.'s Bio

43, happily married 10 years ( 3rd time really is a charm ). Living in beautiful Southern California

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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HazMat endorsement question

I recently (Wednesday 9-3) applied for my HazMat endorsement. Went to the collection center and they took my fingerprints. Friday (9-5), I got on TSA's website to check the status of my application and it said a letter was mailed to me regarding my application. Do I need to be concerned? Do they always act so quickly?

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Hello Everyone

Kinda what I thought. thank you

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Hello Everyone

Yes, Daniel, I know. just have to have a little mystery in my profile. good to hear from you. it's been a few months, but the time seems to fly by lately. any thoughts on the " lease purchase " plans that some trucking companies offer?

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Hello Everyone

just wanted to very quickly say hi to everyone. wanted to thank Brett and everyone else who helped me get through all of the anxieties of taking the driving test, which I passed. no better feeling than being able to hop in the cab and go....SOLO. much love and many thanks to all. will try a little harder to keep in touch

Posted:  6 years ago

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Just a question

I was told by a couple of drivers that the tractor is still a commercial vehicle and therefore I have to keep it at 55

Posted:  6 years ago

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Just a question

Driving bobtail in a 2 axle tractor, is the speed limit 65 m ph or do I have to obey the 3 or more axle speed of 55 mph? I've asked several people and get different answers.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Update

I'm pretty stoked about it. Going to a 3 day heavy training class this month. I'll be driving a beautiful KW with a 13 speed Fuller. Can't wait.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Update

I'm just aware of the reputation tow truck drivers have because of the actions of a few

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Update

Just wanted to say hi to everyone and give an update. I have made my career choice. My rig is going to be a beautiful 45' 45,000 lb. tow truck. Now before you start grimacing like you just bit a turd, please let me explain. I will be facing the same challenges as you do, navigating that beast through city streets and dealing with not-so-understanding drivers, but I'm doing it with somebody's 70 ft.+ rig attached to my already cumbersome rig. But know that there will be someone out there looking out for you should you need help. And please don't look upon me with disgust in my choice of careers. It will just give me a better understanding of the whole concept of trucking, as I will see it from both sides. Much love and respect to all.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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My big day is tomorrow!!

Hello everyone my drive test is tomorrow. Just wanted to thank everybody for the information and encouragement I have received from this forum. I'm still nervous, but I've got a handle on it thanks to you. Wish me luck and pray for me...HARD. Will let you know what happens tomorrow.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Thanks to all

Just wanted to give a heart-felt thanks to everyone. All of the advice and insight I have received on this forum has greatly helped with my nervousness about my drive test next week. You guys are the greatest and I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon this forum. God bless every one of you and may he keep you and yours safe while you're on the road.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Need advice on passing the CDL driving test!

I'm going for my drive test next week and I'm nervous.I'm being trained by two different people who seem to have different ideas about what I'm supposed to do and not supposed to do with the examiner in the cab. One of the issues is the clutch. While stopped at a traffic light one person says the truck should be in neutral with the clutch disengaged. The other says the truck should be in gear with the clutch engaged. Which one is correct? I don't want to get ringed for something like that. Please help. Thank you in advance.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Just a couple questions

I just recently got my learner permit and have started training with the "transportation" company I work for. Keep in mind I'm VERY new to driving a tractor and double-clutching is resulting in a lot of gear grinding. The person training me has 20+ years experience diving and is not very patient. I think they have tithe thinking that because they can do it I should be able to do it as well. Any tips or suggestions to help me out? Any advice would be extremely appreciated.

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