Profile For Sandman J

Sandman J's Info

  • Location:
    Chicagoland, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 4 months ago

Sandman J's Bio

I've been doing the same job, with the same employer, since I was 19 years old. For a long time, it was the greatest job ever and I thought I'd retire from here. But it's finally time to make a career change, and I've always wanted to become a truck driver. My wife is on board with this, and looks forward to one day being able to ride with me after I get some experience as the future company allows.

So far, got my CLP with Tanker endorsement (the only one IL allows on the permit aside from schoolbus and passenger), had my appointment for TWIC and awaiting the card, and seeing what I can do at this stage to facilitate getting my HME when the time comes, and anything else I can do to make this journey happen. So looking forward to getting out there!

j.klein1@yahoo.com

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Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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California Hazmat

This was brought up recently in the training thread "Florida State College ..."

The site recommended to me was midwesttruckdrivingschool.com. I signed up, paid the $89, watched the class of just over an hour, then took the test online. This was a Saturday night. On Sunday they had already sent the results to the TPR (training provider registry) that I believe is what the DMV pulls to see if you passed the test.

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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First six month solo in the books

Inspiring post Bill, especially for those of us just getting started in this.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

Yep, I see it now. Good catch, Dennis, and good game, BK!

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

Did you hit an unpredicted weather event which allowed you to extend your clock past the normal limits?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) - Commercial Vehicle Driving

Sandman J, I went here and was able to do it online. It was $69 total.

https://www.midwesttruckdrivingschool.com/hazmat-eldt-online-course/

It showed up on my record approximately 10 hours later by doing a check at https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Check

Good Luck!

Yes you can do it at anytime Sandman. You do not have to wait until school starts.

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I took my ELDT training online for the Hazmat endorsement to satisfy the new law.

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Seatack, were you able to take the online training/class for the Hazmat endorsement on your own before you started school, or were you already enrolled? I'm wanting to get this done but having trouble finding the info I need.

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Sandman, everything that Mark stated is 100% correct. Even down to the website I got my training on!

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Awesome, thank you so much for the info, Mark and Seatack. That's exactly what I'm looking for!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) - Commercial Vehicle Driving

I took my ELDT training online for the Hazmat endorsement to satisfy the new law.

Seatack, were you able to take the online training/class for the Hazmat endorsement on your own before you started school, or were you already enrolled? I'm wanting to get this done but having trouble finding the info I need.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Michael, here's my observation from recently going through the permit testing. I like what Charles has taught you, read each question twice, think about what questions have to be wrong. I'm in Illinois so your experience could be different, but at the computer, I had to have headphones on and a robot voice read each of the questions. This threw me off at first because I was trying to read at a pace normal to me but which was not in line with the voice. So I waited for her to finish her script, then I read the question myself and pretty much did what Charles told you to do. I think that helped me a lot.

Swift is high on my list so I'm eagerly following your journey. Anyway, if you happen to see this before your test, hope it might help. Good luck!

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Just a few random thoughts

I guess we hope that we are contributing to the education of other members in some way.

BK, please don't doubt that ALL the stories read on here by people starting out are helpful in so many ways. For one, it helps paint more realistically what we might or will encounter when we finally make it out there. It shows that not every day will be perfect or go smoothly, but it's worth it because how much you all love your chosen profession clearly shines through. For me, this site shows me that I'm making the right move for me by entering this industry, leaving a stable career but one I've grown to hate. All stories/discussions, good bad short or long, are so helpful and I thank you and every other contributor here. (Personally, I like your sense of humor too!) Don't stop!

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

Thanks for the encouraging words. I soak so much up reading yours and everyone's journeys on here. I've always been amazed that you all can do such fantastic journals while in training, and it's my goal to try to do the same, but we'll see. It's an amazing feeling knowing I'll have a lifeline with this site for anything that comes up out there, that will make it less scary when the time comes!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

Thanks, I will be more active here posting-wise as I get more in the process. I do stay current as a reader though for sure. Long and safe driving career is indeed the goal!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

Thanks Johnny! Yes, I'm so glad that you, me, and everyone else who's used the program found it here...it definitely took the stress out of what otherwise would be a stressful situation. I'll be using it again after I have the full CDL to brush up on the other endorsements my state doesn't allow for on the CLP.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

I appreciate all the excellent advice and encouragement you all so willingly share here. I will update on my progress, but it'll be a couple weeks before I send out applications. In the meantime, I'll still be here perusing and doing more research.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

Thanks Brett...yes, can't wait to get this going!

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit test

Congrats on the permit Johnny!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

On Thursday morning, I went to get my DOT medical exam, and got my two-year card. That was exciting in and of itself, and I decided immediately after to go the DMV to see if I could take the written for my CLP or had to make an appointment. I was able to do it right then and there. I did the three standard tests (Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles) and the Tankers endorsement, as that's the only truck-driving-related one Illinois allows on the permit.

I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that! This is all very exciting for me, feels more real now! In a few weeks I will start the application process using the link here and any other companies I might like if they're not included on it.

My heartfelt thanks to Brett for making this amazing site, to all the knowledgeable contributors here, and for creating the HRTP that allowed me to confidently breeze through the written!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

I'm not from Illinois, but I've always done my physicals in whatever state I'm in when it's due. You just have to make sure it gets certified in your state. I used to take my new card to my home state (TX) and self certify it at the DMV. This last time I did my physical in Mississippi and the place that did the physical emailed it to Texas and certified it for me. I got online two weeks later to confirm the certification and it was done.

Thanks for sharing how you do it, Old School. I think I just found a good place near me so I'll call them to set up an appointment hopefully for next week.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

Sandman;

Sadly, I do NOT know... however, Tom (my guy) living here in Ohio, took his 1st DOT physical with the company he's driving for now, at their IL location (homebase) on their dime.

Illinois, however, is a picky state... IF you are from there... it appears. I'd call your local DMV and ask, personally. I see no reason it 'shouldn't' be reciprocal, but .... double checking would be a good idea, IMHO.

~ Anne ~

That's a good idea. I have to renew my plate sticker anyways so I'll do that at one of the few facilities near me that handle CDL matters and ask there, as well as see if an appointment is needed or if I can walk in for the CLP test when I'm ready.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

Thanks Anne, will do. I was out of town for a bit so now I want to go back through the High Road to make sure I have it down before testing. I found a couple local places that are on the registry to do the Med card, so I'll be giving them a call to see when I can get in.

For you or anyone else that may know, does the med examiner have to be from the state issuing the CLP? I only ask because I remember my dad saying the exams are expensive and I've seen it advertised cheaper in Indiana. Not sure if the fact they're advertising is a bad sign or not though.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

Johnny, I am also in the preparation stages and no expert, but I think it might be state-specific. I was hoping to get all the endorsements before heading off for company sponsored training but according to the Illinois DMV website, the only endorsements they allow on the CLP is Tanker (N), Passenger (P), and Schoolbus (S). I'd recommend checking the CA DMV site.

Not sure if this link will work, but just to show what I'm going off of...

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/drivers_license/CDL/cdl.html#:~:text=Tanker%20(N)%2C%20Passenger%20(,temporary%20CLP%20will%20be%20issued.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Can’t hold me back..

I was unaware of this myself until I looked at the Illinois DMV website just yesterday. Good to know, that would've been a wasted trip. On the plus side, that gives more time to keep tackling the High Road and practice tests.

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