Two Thumbs And A New Clp!

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K.R.'s Comment
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Yep, that's right. (Here I figured the number of thumbs I have might be in question, so clarification helps.)

As of this morning I have my new commercial learner's permit for class a (and the doubles endorsement because I might as well get that at the same time).

My last day with my current employer will be Tuesday and then I'm taking March to get things in order before starting with Swift. Might have a few chances to practice and such before getting to school though (several friends of mine are owner ops).

Here we go, the end of one journey and the beginning of the next.

Doubles:

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.

Sneaky Pete's Comment
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Congrats and good luck!! I agree that getting your doubles endorsement at the same time is a great idea. I would also add, and highly recommend that you also get your X endorsement at the same time while all of the information is fresh. It's more cumbersome to do it after the fact and since you'll be on the road, finding the time to study, go to DMV for testing and another place to get fingerprinted will be difficult. You'll also be tired of studying and testing. The hazmat portion is well worth it as hazmat will likely be the most requested/required endorsement when applying for work. The tanker portion of the X is so you can haul totes, even if you never intend to drive a tanker.

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

Doubles:

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.

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.

K.R.'s Comment
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Thanks for the recommendation about the x endorsement— it's not on my plans at the moment, but I'll look into it again and see whether that can change. There are some logistical factors and such that are too long to go into on a forum post when I'm going to work n a few minutes.

Mostly I just can't swing the additional expense on a fairly tight budget (although I do have enough to get by for a few months).

I got my clp from already having a class B license to drive passenger buses, so the only tests I had to take were the combination vehicle and doubles/triples (in California though, so doubles) test.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

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.

CLP:

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.

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