My One Year Anniversary

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dirtrocker's Comment
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Today I have officially had my CDL for one year. I have managed to get by with no tickets or accidents. And yes, it's been with the same company.

Thank you the everyone on this board. Especially to all those who stressed to stay at your first company for a FULL year. If I would have left early I would not have been accepted to COTC.

My start date will be 7/10. I'm still driving for CRST at the moment and have nothing bad to say about them. They did everything they promised me.

I'm going to finally be a part of the flat bed family. I can't wait.

Sorry for rambling. I'm just excited.

Again thank you to everyone here. You guys/gals are amazing people

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats man, especially for getting through with no tickets/accidents! Yeah, sticking with that first company for a year comes with some great benefits. Good luck!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment! Most people who start never make it that far, especially with no tickets or accidents.

Have fun flatbedding!

G-Town's Comment
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Fantastic accomplishment! Congratulations! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats man! That's really awesome, and as you would expect I'm thrilled to hear you stayed with your first company for one full year. I always try to emphasize that because when you're new to the industry you have so much to learn about how these companies operate. If you keep jumping around from company to company you'll never learn how dispatch and load planning operates, you won't get to know any of the right people, and you won't have time to build up an awesome reputation so you'll get all the perks and great miles that the proven drivers get.

Having a CDL doesn't mean squat. Proving that you can move freight productively and reliably over a period of time is everything. That's what gets you the great miles, better opportunities, and special favors the top tier drivers get. Not only that, but now you know a lot more about the industry and about your own personal preferences for what you might want to do next. Some people find awesome opportunities with the company they're at, others find awesome opportunities with a company that's a better fit or offers something completely different. Either way, you're now making an informed decision based on knowledge and experience instead of just jumping blindly at anyone who offers a good marketing pitch.

Congrats on that first year and best of luck from here! Keep us updated and keep coming back. We'd love to know how you like flatbed.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rick S.'s Comment
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Here, have a banana (just one, don't be greedy).

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It's different to hear someone have something decent to say about CRST, as they seem to be right there at the top of "most reviled" of all starter companies.

Congrats for your year of safe driving, and for sticking it out.

Rick

Kat's Comment
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Congrats!!

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