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Andrew J.'s Comment
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I just wanted to check in and thank you for the support. Back in the first part of June I was navigating my CDL class, applying to different carriers, and figuring out the type of driving I might prefer. Well, I landed on my feet driving a refrigerated trailer , in the equivalent of a regional position with DOT Foods. I have several more weeks of training with the trainer. I am enjoying the adventure so far.

Thank you.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great news Andrew! Glad to hear it!

How are you and the trainer getting along? Is he a decent guy?

Andrew J.'s Comment
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My trainer turned out to be a good one. He stays awake when I am driving and is somewhat patient; provides constructive feedback and is encouraging; answers my questions as best as he can, and is showing me the ropes as situations arise. I just need to remember as much as I can.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John B.'s Comment
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Which Company?

Andrew J.'s Comment
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DOT Transportation, Inc. - They are based out of Mt Sterling, IL. They have a Distribution Center in CA - I think it is north of San Diego though.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's great news about your trainer. Sure makes life nicer out there when you get a decent one.

Starcar's Comment
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A great trainer can make you or break you...be sure and treat him right, so he will be a great trainer for the next rookie !!!

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