Graduated Friday And Passed CDL A Test On Saturday.

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Bad Bob's Comment
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Hey Guys and Gals:

Just letting you know that I graduated from National Training Inc. Truck Driving School in Green Cover Springs on Friday and Passed the CLD A on Saturday.

This has been a struggle and a huge hurdle that was overcome. The Open Road is ahead.

Chase Your Dreams and Never Give Up and You Cannot Fail!

Sincerely Bad Bob

Scott D's Comment
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Congrats Bob on your "one and done." Huge feeling of relief? Get ready for some more struggles and hurdles out on the road lol. You going OTR , local, line haul? Best of luck and be safe.

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

Bad Bob's Comment
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Thanks Scott & Steve:

Expecting to go over the road with May Trucking Company. I did extensive research about them and they offer exactly what I want. I am looking forward to this.

Take Care Bad Bob

Over The Road:

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.

Sam H.'s Comment
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Hey Bad Bob - I'll be getting my CDL here in Texas at the end of the month and will be going to May around the middle of next month. I'm 67 now so I'm really feeling old to be getting back into OTR. I drove OTR around 10 years ago but had to stop due to a family emergency and I didn't think I ever would go back but things have worked out so that I can. Are you going to the Pensacola terminal? I have to say that I did a lot of research in trying to find a company that I felt comfortable with and May seems like the right one. Everyone I have talked to there has been helpful and nice. Good luck and hope to see you there in the near future. Please keep us filled in on how it goes as you go thru orientation, etc. It will give me an idea of what to expect. Be safe.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Bad Bob's Comment
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Hey Bad Bob - I'll be getting my CDL here in Texas at the end of the month and will be going to May around the middle of next month. I'm 67 now so I'm really feeling old to be getting back into OTR. I drove OTR around 10 years ago but had to stop due to a family emergency and I didn't think I ever would go back but things have worked out so that I can. Are you going to the Pensacola terminal? I have to say that I did a lot of research in trying to find a company that I felt comfortable with and May seems like the right one. Everyone I have talked to there has been helpful and nice. Good luck and hope to see you there in the near future. Please keep us filled in on how it goes as you go thru orientation, etc. It will give me an idea of what to expect. Be safe.

Hey Sam:

They are still doing the background check but since there is nothing bad to find I expect to go with May. Yes, I will be out of the Pensacola terminal. Right after I passed the tester asked me who I was going with and when I said he replied that they are a great company. He knows people who work for them and they love the company. Knowledge is power and I did a whole lot of research. May just seemed to be perfect for what I wanted. Maybe we will meet in Pensacola. I haven't been in that area for over 30 years but it was really nice back then. Good luck with everything. Since you are a veteran of the highway you'll do great!

Bad Bob

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Bad Bob's Comment
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Congrats Bob on your "one and done." Huge feeling of relief? Get ready for some more struggles and hurdles out on the road lol. You going OTR , local, line haul? Best of luck and be safe.

Hey Steve:

Forgot to reply the the "Huge feeling of relief?" HELL YEAH!!! I was hardly sleeping and not eating a whole lot because I was so tense. The last few days I've been sleeping good and eating so much I better slow down or it will be Round Bob. Yes, I am relaxing. I am ready for the next step in this.

Bad Bob

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Sam H.'s Comment
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Bob,

I think we made a good choice. Who are you talking to in the recruiting department? I've talked to Zena out west and Darlene in Pensacola and they have both been really helpful. I got back behind the wheel on Saturday, my first time since 2007 and the feeling was great. Drove the course I will get tested on a few times and I really feel confident. So glad that I remembered so much. Just need to shine up my backing and parallel park and I'm ready to go. Hopefully I'll drive good enough to not have to be with a trainer for too long, but I'll do that for as long as they want until they let me go solo. Best of luck to you and be safe. Hope to see you at the terminal or out on the road. Looking forward to meeting you.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bad Bob's Comment
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Bob,

I think we made a good choice. Who are you talking to in the recruiting department? I've talked to Zena out west and Darlene in Pensacola and they have both been really helpful. I got back behind the wheel on Saturday, my first time since 2007 and the feeling was great. Drove the course I will get tested on a few times and I really feel confident. So glad that I remembered so much. Just need to shine up my backing and parallel park and I'm ready to go. Hopefully I'll drive good enough to not have to be with a trainer for too long, but I'll do that for as long as they want until they let me go solo. Best of luck to you and be safe. Hope to see you at the terminal or out on the road. Looking forward to meeting you.

Hello Sam:

Yeah, I'm taking the attitude that I'm going to do whatever I need to do to get this career back off the ground. From everything I've heard May is a great company so I am very excited about all of this. Whatever needs to be done shall be done. That's all there is to it. I look forward to meeting you sometime around Pensacola. Be safe out there!

Take Care Have Fun Bad Bob

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bad Bob's Comment
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Sam:

I forgot to say that Jolene is the lady who's been taking care of everything for me. I think she's from out west. Not exactly sure which office. She's really good. I am looking forward to this.

Bad Bob

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