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Alexander D.'s Comment
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I'm still waiting on ,now, Federally funding for school (I feel grateful I can apply) my "State" funding fell through. This has actually been good cause I've been able to really see that I'm excited about this Industry as I do more and more research here and Youtube vid's and company's. I am attempting to get into a school and then Train with some company and get my year under my belt no matter what. Thanks to you at this website I've learned that Trucking is all about Attitude, listening, work ethic. My intention is to play my cards right and enjoy a good lifestyle of Trucking being an asset to a company - a valued employee and then doing my best all the time. I won't lie, I get nervous thinking about what's ahead of me but if I stay away from those negative people on the internet then I feel real hopeful about a good future. I've looked at Terminal's in my area thinking that I should work for a company with one close to where I live. Well having said all that I'll keep focusing on the practice tests right here! I'm actually thinking I can re-home my two dogs and not re-new my lease and just go all in on being an OTR Trucker. With kids all grown and me being single again............Integrity and bank rolling is my goal in a nut shell. Any advice? Does my plan seem realistic? Anyone else not have a home and just lead a nomadic life? Have a good day.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh yeah. For many years I lived in my truck. I didn't have a vehicle or a home or anything. I would just stay with friends and family or take time off in fun places around the country. You can save up a lot of money that way for sure.

It sounds like you have the right attitude and the right approach. I see you're showing only 4% of the way through our High Road Training Program. Focus hard on that and make sure you also do the sections on Learning The Logbook Rules and Truck Weight And Balance because you'll desperately need that information to do your job every day out there and the schools don't cover that stuff nearly as well as they should. Doing the practice questions is ok, but it's not nearly as helpful as using The High Road. You don't want to just memorize some practice questions. You need to truly understand the materials. Remember, it won't be long before you're rolling down a six mile long mountain with 80,000 pounds surrounded by SUV's full of families. That is not the time to discover you didn't learn everything you needed to know to be safe out there!

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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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Alexander D.'s Comment
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True enough on the studying part and definitely interesting on the bank rolling nomadic lifestyle ........

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