Tennessee Truck Driving School. (Starting Mon. Dec 5th)

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Maurice R.'s Comment
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Hey all just getting this thread ready for whats to come definitely exciting and I will keep you all posted on the details.! God bless!

Maurice R.'s Comment
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Day 1: there was alot of paper work. On this day we went through the cdl handbook sections part by part and read through and took the test at the end an afterwards we were given an actual test! On this day we met our teachers who are some awesome people! We also ( for those of us out of towners like me) got assigned housing this day and it was pretty awesome! The housing was great! Washing machine dryer, upstairs/downstairs, cable, fridge and nice beds with towels and rags included for washing haha. The class on Monday was from 8/8 and today it was from 7/7 and the permit test is on Friday! I have my permit so I'll just go over the pretrip and also go over the sections with everyone else!!! Met my roommates who are awesome!

Day 2 Spent more time going over the handbook and also watched some videos! We take a break after each test on each section! Today I had to go take a drug test and physical and also an optional hair follicle drug test, I'm going to Melton truck lines and they do hair follicle so here at ttds they give you one just so you can be assured that everything is ok before going to a carrier and seeing that it's a no go and having to deal with the hassle of what that brings! After this I came back to the classroom and began to go over the handbook again and then we left! Not much of an explanation I do understand! I'm very tired lol will keep all 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TNTrucker73's Comment
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Waiting for updates Thank you

Maurice R.'s Comment
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Day 3&4: these days consisted of going over the rest of the cdl handbook, videos about airbreaks, slack adjusters and what they do, stopping distance, and some other things. We usually have lunch at either 12 or 1 and it's 30 minutes except for one day it was 45.! Class is definitely the hardest part of the whole process because Its hearing about things you've never touched lol on Thursday the instructor took us out to the yard and taught us the proper way to couple and uncouple trailers and the dos and don'ts, it was awesome!

Day 5: PERMIT TEST! The dmv mobile unit and some testers came and brought all of their equipment, those who didn't have their permit filled out more paperwork for the dmv and took the permit test! 1 person that we know of failed one section and we are waiting to hear back from one other person everybody else from out class of 13 passed, side note if you come to this school and your from out of state it would be best to get your permit before you come, you have to have your permit from the state your in and if you don't you will have to go to your home state to take the test and come back to the school! So if you don't live in Tennessee, I would encourage you to get your permit already, it'll save you time and money!! We went over HOURS OF SERVICE and all it entails and we left early that day.

Two groups return next week, group A and Group B

Group A returns on Monday and will start learning their pretrip and all backing maneuvers from Mon - Fri and have Saturday off

Group B will return on Tues from a three day weekend and go from Tues - Next Friday

Every one gets three days off but group B gets them consecutively and group A has theirs split.

I'll post more updates as I go! Thanks for reading and if you have any questions ask away I'm sure I may have left something out!

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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