From Driver In Training To Rookie Solo Driver

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BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
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WOW, what a trip.

Started CDL training on Sept. 30 and completed on Oct. 21. Three days of home time and then started OTR training with mentor on Oct 25. Today, Nov 7, returned to Memphis from LA, and successfully completed the final road test.

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Tomorrow I head for the Knight terminal in Gulfport, which will be my home terminal, and picking up my first truck!! Now the real learning begins. While I know I have had great instructors and driving trainers, I also know that I have just begun the learning process of driving a big rig.

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.

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.

Woody's Comment
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Congratulations Sandman!!!

Thanks for all your updates, I have followed them all with great interest.

Woody

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.
Michael B.'s Comment
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Good Luck! I hope to join you in 6 weeks.

WOW, what a trip.

Started CDL training on Sept. 30 and completed on Oct. 21. Three days of home time and then started OTR training with mentor on Oct 25. Today, Nov 7, returned to Memphis from LA, and successfully completed the final road test.

dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gif

Tomorrow I head for the Knight terminal in Gulfport, which will be my home terminal, and picking up my first truck!! Now the real learning begins. While I know I have had great instructors and driving trainers, I also know that I have just begun the learning process of driving a big rig.

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.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Way To Go Sandman !!!! You are what we hope for on this forum....a well trained, professional truck driver !!! Now you start your very own adventure !!!!! Keep us updated...

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.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Sandman! They're taking your training wheels off and now their gonna find out if you can keep it on 18 wheels by yourself. I'm betting you've got this, let us know how it's going, and certainly let us know if you need any help or advice.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome Sandman! Congrats! Steppin up to the big time now!

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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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Congratulations Sandman!!! Be a safe driver and don't be in a rush. Remember, the day isn't over until you parked so don't let your guard down. Good luck man!

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.
Ronald D.'s Comment
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Congrads I am looking at this career at 58 to take the wife and pet full time on the road she wont drive thou. That seems really fast on the road with a trainer after I read others that were six weeks so best of luck to you and I bet your stoked to get going on your own. My biggest fear would honestly be backing up in tigh spots .

Keep us posted on how it goes.

Ron and Kathy

Ronald D.'s Comment
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That was really fast compared to what Knight told me I live in Phoenix looking at training with them here is what I got from them for a time frame different than what you did it in, best of luck but here is the email I just got today:

You would be doing a one week orientation and then 7 weeks of in the truck training. So a total of 8 weeks. The orientation we pay you 100 dollars upon completion and the following 7 weeks in training we pay 400 dollars a week. Once you have completed the 8 weeks total of training you will start your 30,000 mile probationary period which should take you around 3months to complete. Once you complete the probationary period you may bring you wife and cat in the truck with you.

Thanks,

Brittany Hinds

Squire West Recruiting Manager

Office: 866-396-4238

Fax: 602-626-6831

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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