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Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Aaron, how big of a duffle bag or luggage are you carrying with your trainer? Carry-on and a sleeping bag or something bigger? Thanks!

Try these

Hope they help.

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.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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I can't remember the size I got on the bag but it's pretty big. I fit 7 days worth of clothes, my sweater, rainjacket and I stuffed my sleeping bag. They will run you up to Walmart also at some point. So you can grab whatever you need. I also brought a backpack, I use it now as my shower bag. But my trainer has been awesome he gave me tons of storage space. I do sleep with my bag on the bunk but I stored away things also.

But don't sweat it, bring what you can and like I said you can always grab the stuff later if you need to.

http://m.driving-tests.org/montana/mt-cdl-handbook/

Mobile site for the practice tests. That site had a lot of the same answers on the actual test. So it's a good way to study also.

Aaron, how big of a duffle bag or luggage are you carrying with your trainer? Carry-on and a sleeping bag or something bigger? Thanks!

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.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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Today was a pretty easy going day. We dropped our load in Illinois. We then headed over to the TA and had dinner, did some laundry and now just relaxing. We are heading to Wisconsin tomorrow morning, grabbing a postal service load of junk mail and taking it to billings Montana. Wonder if they're gonna shoot me over to Missoula to test out early or just route us out of Montana again. But I'm up for whatever they got.

Pretty funny we pulled into the TA parking lot and he told me to back it in, and I'm like, can I go to the empty spots over there, he told me no so I just put it between two trucks. Again I had to do a pull up but it's in there, nothing hit! 😂 But I guess I can do it I just rather not have to if I can park it around no one. But I see his point, practice it now so he can help and it'll help me also.

I've been out nearly 4 months and I still won't put it between two trucks. I always look for two or three spots together.

I'm sure I have the skills to do it if I had to, but I'm not taking the risks of I don't have to!

But good for you for doing it! Heck, it takes me 2 or 3 pull-ups most of the time. Don't pressure yourself to do it in a certain number of pull-ups. That only applies to your CDL test. In the real world, there's no such thing!

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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And Allie Knight always looks for pull throughs. rofl-3.gif

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Well, today was an interesting day. I started the day off, and I adjusted my seat this time. With the seat fully lowered and slightly pull up. I have short legs. 😂 But I finally was shifting smoother due to the fact I wasn't pushing the clutch as far. So I'm going to stick it out with that setup and see if I continue to do well with it.

The drive was smooth all the way till Milwaukee... Construction like crazy, tight roads and full of traffic. I had to switch lanes because mine merged and low and behold I thought I put it in 5th and bam stalled. I forgot to switch the splitter. So without beating myself up I put on the brake clutch in fired her up and got rolling rather quickly. I apologized to my trainer for doing that bonehead move and he told me not to apologize. He wasn't mad and said I acted quick and it wasn't to bad. I still feel it was terrible so I need to do a better job not getting so nervous when I'm in traffic like that and go through the proper steps.

So we arrive early for our appointment and its 11:30 they said no earlier than 4 hours our appointment time was 2:30. We slide the tandoms to the back and he told me it will act differently and I'll need to cut it sooner than normal. So I went ahead and made my cut and chased under it. Hit the dock perfect. No pull ups and I'm like yes that was awesome! 3 hours go by and they finally start to load us, but before they can they say it needs to be moved slightly. I guess it was off an inch or so on the passenger side. My trainer said don't worry about it, it was close and for the test I would of been in the lines.

Overall it's getting better, I need to work on my nervousness when it comes to that much traffic. Just not use to something that big and it got to me. But it's all a learning new experience so I'll do better with more driving and practice.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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The nervousness will ease with time and experience. I bet you were nervous when you first learned to drive.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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I'm sure when I go solo I'll definitely use the open space. To much pressure and making sure not to hit anything. But if it has to be done then I guess I'll do it with a million pull ups if it keeps me from hitting anything.

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Today was a pretty easy going day. We dropped our load in Illinois. We then headed over to the TA and had dinner, did some laundry and now just relaxing. We are heading to Wisconsin tomorrow morning, grabbing a postal service load of junk mail and taking it to billings Montana. Wonder if they're gonna shoot me over to Missoula to test out early or just route us out of Montana again. But I'm up for whatever they got.

Pretty funny we pulled into the TA parking lot and he told me to back it in, and I'm like, can I go to the empty spots over there, he told me no so I just put it between two trucks. Again I had to do a pull up but it's in there, nothing hit! 😂 But I guess I can do it I just rather not have to if I can park it around no one. But I see his point, practice it now so he can help and it'll help me also.

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I've been out nearly 4 months and I still won't put it between two trucks. I always look for two or three spots together.

I'm sure I have the skills to do it if I had to, but I'm not taking the risks of I don't have to!

But good for you for doing it! Heck, it takes me 2 or 3 pull-ups most of the time. Don't pressure yourself to do it in a certain number of pull-ups. That only applies to your CDL test. In the real world, there's no such thing!

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.
Aaron Placencia's Comment
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That is true. First time behind the wheel I was losing it. Haha

The nervousness will ease with time and experience. I bet you were nervous when you first learned to drive.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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ChickieMonster's Comment
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I always get out and go check when I bump a dock to make sure they are able to put the dock plate in. It takes 30 seconds and it's much better than waiting who know who's long for someone to come tell you!

And I hear ya about traffic. I was a nervous wreck every time I went through a city when I first started. But it definitely gets easier!

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