New Driver Experience

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Tom L.'s Comment
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Started Saturday Feb 20th 2016. Drove from San Diego to Chelsea Mass with Trainer partner. Dropped off a load of oranges. Drove to Bordentown NJ empty through New York city over the George Washington Bridge. Picking up a load in the morning and heading to San Francisco. Seems like a good start. Plenty of miles anyway. And yes I almost had a heart attack driving through NYC with all the road construction!

Kris F.'s Comment
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New York sounds Scary to drive thru.

Tom L.'s Comment
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Scary yes. But I've had a CDL for 2 weeks so no worries!


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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! So much for breaking you in slowly, right? Just take your time and remember the golden rules - never panic and don't hit anything. Anything that happens is just a great story to tell your friends someday as long as you don't run into anything.


Tom L.'s Comment
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So just for grins pick up another load after San Fran and head back to the East Coast. LOL. Gotta love the miles though!

Tom L.'s Comment
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Hoping to get enough experience and miles to get a nice home weekends job in Oregon in 3 to 6 months.

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