Should I Complete My Permit Before School?

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Tyler Durden's Comment
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I got my paperwork all in order to start school next Monday. School says first week will be studying to prepare for going to DMV for permit test on Friday. Would I be better off getting my permit completed before school or just take that first week and continue to study.

I do not believe completing my permit would get me in the truck faster so I also worry about just sitting there bored for the first week.

About 30% thru high road trucking program and know I can complete it by Friday if I wanted to. Also not sure if it would **** of the instructors or show iniative

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Yes get that out of the way if you think you are ready.... You will be ahead of the game if you do...

Scott O.'s Comment
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You won't **** anyone off... It shows your willing to do whatever you have to to get your cdl... ( they love that)

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.
The Original Hairyman's Comment
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I wish I had gotten my permit before I started school. I was all set to get my DOT physical and take the tests but I let a recruiter from the school talk me out of it because they got a deal on the physical and drug test together and it would save me some money. I should have spent the extra $40! I did however get all the stuff done for my TWIC card before school which saved me time and money on getting my HAZMAT endorsement. As long as you can schedule and pay for the DOT physical and then go take your permit tests, I say go or it!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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I wish I had gotten my permit before I started school. I was all set to get my DOT physical and take the tests but I let a recruiter from the school talk me out of it because they got a deal on the physical and drug test together and it would save me some money. I should have spent the extra $40! I did however get all the stuff done for my TWIC card before school which saved me time and money on getting my HAZMAT endorsement. As long as you can schedule and pay for the DOT physical and then go take your permit tests, I say go or it!

Physical and drug test is done. So now just a matter of deciding to get permit done as well before school or not

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Absolutely. Go get your permit. Then you have time to work on sections in the High Road Training Program like logbook rules and truck weight and balance which you'll need pretty much every day of your life out there on the road but no one covers them well.

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.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Absolutely. Go get your permit. Then you have time to work on sections in the High Road Training Program like logbook rules and truck weight and balance which you'll need pretty much every day of your life out there on the road but no one covers them well.

Thanks Brett. Going through Hazmat right now on High Road program. Will complete that as well as pre trip and driving exam hopefully by tomorrow. If so I may go Friday and try and test out. If I pass I will then focus on finishing up the program next week. I don't know what I would have done had I not found this site and your book.

Curious. Do you still drive Brett?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Curious. Do you still drive Brett?

Nope, not anymore.

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