2nd Day Of CDL School (Chattahoochee Tech Program)

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UpNorthTrip's Comment
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Wow soooo much information to be bombarded with at a time and try to retain it smh

In only 2 days of school i have a new respect for professional truck drivers their is so much more to it than getting in the truck in driving .

i dont see how anyone who is unstable can even attempt to operate such a vehicle the correct way and do it safely.

My instructor awesome guy over 40 years exp we also have about 4 or 5 others who will be on the driving range who also have between 16-35 yrs exp.

i was getting into this for a reason i have now changed the MONEY!!! and kinda change my thought of going OTR lol although i know i would learn so much more and master this craft

paper logs are giving me a hard time i will make sure i go with an elog company but as my instructor said thats good but computers always breakdown so its something you need to know.

NOW the part that has been stumped is i have not heard this man talk of any mega carriers he recommends except Old Dominion and ConWay only because they dont have any training and they always pick the top students out his class that he recommends because its tells them that student knows n operate the vehicle as if he has 2 yr exp.

he talked very very very bad about Swift lol (and this is who i got a prehire with) absolutely nothing about them positive he also talked about CDL MILLS and how in his program you will EARN your CDL hes not gonna just pass you he has a reputation to upheld lol.

he talked about something called Black Mountain and some others in Knoxville & North carolina.

he also has recent grads who came out of his class Owner Operators,Lease Purchase (he said honestly dont do a Lease Purchase unless you making 1.10 or higher making 75,80, cents isnt worth it)

sorry for the long read but honestly its short we covered so much in 2 days.

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.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brett Aquila's Comment
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UpNorthTrip, I highly recommend you pretty much ignore everything he says about the companies and the industry. This industry is rife with crabby old timers that hate pretty much everything about trucking. They hate all the big companies, they hate the DOT , they hate how the industry has changed, they hate this "new breed of driver" - it never ends.

Do not look to him for advice on choosing a company. Choose a company based on what you're looking for - home time, types of freight, pay & benefits, etc. Ignore his opinions about it. He's just another crabby old timer. Whatever advice he gives about choosing a company just smile, say "thanks", and then pretend you never heard it.

Swift is a great company with a ton of different opportunities and they handle new drivers really well. That goes for any of the major companies that hire new drivers. Most of them have been doing this for decades.

Just ignore all of that baloney and focus on learning your trade. Once you've been out there for a little while and you understand how the industry works you'll see what I mean about the crabby old timers.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

UpNorthTrip's Comment
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UpNorthTrip, I highly recommend you pretty much ignore everything he says about the companies and the industry. This industry is rife with crabby old timers that hate pretty much everything about trucking. They hate all the big companies, they hate the DOT , they hate how the industry has changed, they hate this "new breed of driver" - it never ends.

Do not look to him for advice on choosing a company. Choose a company based on what you're looking for - home time, types of freight, pay & benefits, etc. Ignore his opinions about it. He's just another crabby old timer. Whatever advice he gives about choosing a company just smile, say "thanks", and then pretend you never heard it.

Swift is a great company with a ton of different opportunities and they handle new drivers really well. That goes for any of the major companies that hire new drivers. Most of them have been doing this for decades.

Just ignore all of that baloney and focus on learning your trade. Once you've been out there for a little while and you understand how the industry works you'll see what I mean about the crabby old timers.

Thanks brett also ive been halted 4 times but my answers were correct .

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks brett also ive been halted 4 times but my answers were correct .

You're 2 for 4 on one of the questions and you're 2 for 5 on another. You're missing the same questions several times, that's why you're being halted. Make sure when you finish a set of questions you review the answers and find out what the correct answer was.

And make sure you read the questions carefully. A lot of them are tricky, like they end with the word "except".......

UpNorthTrip's Comment
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Thanks brett also ive been halted 4 times but my answers were correct .

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You're 2 for 4 on one of the questions and you're 2 for 5 on another. You're missing the same questions several times, that's why you're being halted. Make sure when you finish a set of questions you review the answers and find out what the correct answer was.

And make sure you read the questions carefully. A lot of them are tricky, like they end with the word "except".......

Yessir that i am finding out between your program and my school curriculum its almost as if im taking a law class WORDING is everything!

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