I Started School

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HeavyHauler's Comment
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It's been awhile since I've been on and thought I would update y'all. I finally got approved for WIA and started training today (14Oct2013) here at Miller-Motte Technical College. They operate two 2011 Volvo's and accept no more than 8 students per class every 4 weeks. So that is 4 students per truck.

I look forward to getting my CDL-A and start driving again. keep me in your prayers.

Chris

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Dewey, we haven't forgotten about you! That's awesome how the school limits the class size! Consider yourself blessed!

Good luck with it Dewey and keep us updated. Remember you'll have days when you'll want to quit but hang in there it's all worth it in the end.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great man! Definitely keep us updated on how things go for ya there.

Old School's Comment
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Congrats Dewey! Work hard and keep us informed on how things are going. And of course if you have any questions or concerns we will be glad to address them.

HeavyHauler's Comment
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Quick update as a C-17 flies low rattling my windows....wtf.gif are they doing up there at 2330 tonight. Damn.

We spent ten hours bouncing between video's and practicing Pre-trip outside. Those trucks just teasing me sitting there static, not doing anything except being molested by 6 newbies, and one (ME) guiding them along as the instructor keeps receiving calls back into the building for admissions to sort out paperwork. Good thing I have done this before.

We take our permit test Friday and talk to 4 recruiters from Southeastern, Averitt, Con-Way, and Trans-Am. I have appointments for some interviews with a couple of local port authority companies. All in all, an interesting day.

I'll keep y'all updated as I go along.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Good luck man! And remember, just because they're bringing in recruiters doesn't mean that you don't have other options. Explore every opportunity!

HeavyHauler's Comment
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Okay, so first week down, and 3 more to go. We attend school 10hrs a day Monday-Thursday with Friday spent for make up days. I found a new website I suggest EVERY driver look at. http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/ This website gives you all information for any DOT company. Including violations, OOS , Power unit numbers and driver numbers and if they are currently under "Intervention". I suggest you all visit this and check out how well your company is doing.

Tomorrow I go for my CDL permit and have decided to take my Tanker and Double/Triples endorsement too. PTI is SLOWLY coming along. I'll keep ya updated.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.'s Comment
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Get in the High Road CDL Training Program on this site. You will really benefit from it and enjoy it at the same time. I don't think anything I have seen compares to it. Good luck and come join us at Averitt Express.

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.
HeavyHauler's Comment
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Get in the Highroad training on this site. You will really benefit from it and enjoy it at the same time. I don't think anything I have seen compares to it. Good luck and come join us at Averitt Express.

I talked to an Averitt rep yesterday at our schools job fair for the Columbia terminal. The only problem is they require a Hazmat endorsement. And I dont have the funds to obtain a Hazmat in order to get hired quite yet.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

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