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Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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So I found out this past Friday I have been accepted to start orientation with McElroy Truck Lines. Since I am not done with school yet and do not have a set graduation date just yet, I am planning on starting August 1st. If I get done with school sooner, then I will start earlier. Scared, happy, nervous and excited all at the same time. If anyone has any tips or suggestions as to what I need to do to prepare for the start of my new career/lifestyle, I would be happy to hear them.

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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Thomas congrats my man.

I don't know enough yet to give you any specific advice, but I will remind you of what you have read in here a lot.

You are going to be going thru a learning process that can be uncomfortable and discouraging at times. Remind yourself often that everyone who drives has had to go thru what you are going thru.....to get to where they are now. It's kind of a badge of honor that you are going to earn just like everyone else.

Try to relax, have some fun and stay safe always.

Not many can do what you do, otherwise they'd all be doing it.

All those years thinking about doing this and now you are actually doing it! How cool is that, right? And you are going to kick butt at this just like you did at training.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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Welcome aboard....Good company to work for

Parrothead66's Comment
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There's a page on here for McElroy that has a lot of the training and company info....I'd add the link but not I don't know how. You can pull it up under the search though

C T.'s Comment
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McElroy was my 1st Choice before I switched to Maverick. I've heard good things about them. I rarely see them where I pick up and deliver for some reason.

SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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So I found out this past Friday I have been accepted to start orientation with McElroy Truck Lines. Since I am not done with school yet and do not have a set graduation date just yet, I am planning on starting August 1st. If I get done with school sooner, then I will start earlier. Scared, happy, nervous and excited all at the same time. If anyone has any tips or suggestions as to what I need to do to prepare for the start of my new career/lifestyle, I would be happy to hear them.

Welcome to the brotherhood. Like parrothead said, good company. I've been with them almost 2 years

Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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Welcome aboard....Good company to work for

Thanks. I will be going to the Pleasant Hill, NC location for the first two weeks. I am excited and have heard really good things about this company. I have only heard a few small bad things from a former driver but it could happen anywhere.

Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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Welcome to the brotherhood. Like parrothead said, good company. I've been with them almost 2 years

What kind of stuff do I need to take with me to orientation? I wasn't provided with any information yet but I have heard that I need to show up with at least collared shirts. Is that true and what else do I need?

Parrothead66's Comment
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Motor Carriers edition of Rand McNally. Something to take notes with. Gloves. Small ruler if you've got one, if not they'll give you one. A positive attitude

Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome to the brotherhood. Like parrothead said, good company. I've been with them almost 2 years

What kind of stuff do I need to take with me to orientation? I wasn't provided with any information yet but I have heard that I need to show up with at least collared shirts. Is that true and what else do I need?

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.

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.

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