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Tim H.'s Comment
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I start training at the Keensburg CO school for Stevens Transport on 3/13/17. Woohoo! Many thanks to this site and its members for making the beginning of this journey less intimidating. I've discovered through my travels the world is not really as scary as we can be led to believe and there is much kindness and generosity and understanding and positive people afterall. And Trucking Truth is just another example of this.

God bless and be safe everybody

Tractor Man's Comment
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Congrats. Hit the Highroad hard and yousmile.gifgood-luck.gif will breeze through your CLP Exams. Get your Tanker, Doubles/Triples and Hazmat too. It is too easy to say "I'll get them later". Right now is the time.


Hazardous Materials

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


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

PackRat's Comment
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That's where I went to school. Great school where I learned the basics from great instructors. Take plenty of cold weather gear. It's cold and you'll be outside in the elements at least six hours a day.....backing, backing, and more backing.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Living here in the northeast I'm well prepared with cold weather gear. It's 6° right now. Burr. Taking lots of toe warmers for sure. Yeah high roads been a huge help. The practice tests they sent me are worded a little differently and throws me off a bit. Plan to write out in long form the pretrip. I've found that method to help greatly in other areas of study.

Be safe out there

Tractor Man's Comment
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Plan to write out in long form the pretrip. I've found that method to help greatly in other areas of study.

Good plan. I did the same thing while in school. Good luck!

Tractor Man's Comment
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The practice tests they sent me are worded a little differently and throws me off a bit.

If you have been thru the entire HR and consistently score 90-95 percent, the wording will not make a difference. You are not trying to memorize the questions / answers word for word. The HR makes sure you LEARN the material


PackRat's Comment
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It's not so much the actual temps out there, but the biggest factor is the wind. Food is not cheap in that town either. There's one local "fast food" place, one grocer and one laundry mat. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. From the two apartments where you will be rooming, it's more than half a mile (one way) into town. There are no shuttles except to and from school and to and from at lunchtime. You will get each Sunday off, though.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Thanks a ton for that info about the town that's helpful. I love walking so if I've got the time I'll enjoy the walk. Great time to meditate and good for the body. I think I'm supposed to get there on Saturday and I'll get food on Sunday for the week. Anymore helpful tips greatly appreciated.

PackRat's Comment
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This is all how it went when I was attending. You'll be sharing rooms with three others, sleeping on bunk beds. Make sure you bring linens and your pillow. At the driving area, we were split into two groups. One group would hit the road in two rigs with their trainer for half the day driving. The other group would practice backing and pre-trip inspection procedures. And backing. Then more backing. After lunch, the groups swap. This is the plan for the first two weeks. On the third week, the groups will move on to alley docking and offset backing. Week four was for testing out for your CDL. There are also trips to the CO DMV in Greeley for getting the CO Learners permit, skills tests, and ultimately your new CDL permit. Not too much indoors classroom stuff, most of the time you'll be at the driving range or on the roads with the trainers. A new batch of students arrives each weekend, so there are always new faces around. Most of the instructors have over a million safe driving miles, so they know their business.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.


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.


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.


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.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Not that it matters but curious, will my drivers license be transfered? Kinda plan to relocate to CO later on anyway possibly. I live in and drive a short school bus that I converted to a tiny home so relocating anywhere would be just a matter of driving there. Not taking it with me yet due to funding this portion of the journey. Thank you much for the info.

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