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Jeffrey J.'s Comment
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Hello I am Jeff and I just recently got my CDL permit after 3 strenuous days of CR England's "Fast" training program. 2 days of studying and 1 day to get the permit. I was planning at first to go solo 48 states but I don't know anymore, considering team/solo dedicated where I stick on one route pretty much with walmart. I have absolutely no experience behind a tractor trailer and it would be reall nice if i know a thing or two about this as my behind the wheel practice and test are 2 weeks long. Thanks and keep on trucking.

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.
Mike L.'s Comment
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I met a guy who ran Walmart dedicated with England and he says they run him hard but the money is there. Running hard can take its toll but getting a familiar route is also rather nice. I guess it depends on where in the US you are but dedicated is a good thing. Waiting around, not home and not making money is the worst.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Jeffrey!

That Walmart dedicated would probably be a great fleet but I don't know how much freight there is going to be after the holidays for a few months. But you generally can't go wrong on any Walmart account. It's usually a pretty nice job to have.

Ask a lot of questions. We're always here to help out any way we can.

Tracey K.'s Comment
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If you have apprehensions about your driving, Walmart would be good for you. Getting experience from them will be good. Dedicated runs give you the opportunity to get used to routine. It may seem monotonous but it really does help you learn. That's the name of the game right now for all new drivers. Learning. I drove a dedicated run at first for a little over two years with a Food Dist. I went to the same place every week. It taught me a great deal. It gave me the time to be comfortable with what I was doing. Not to say I didn't have my challenges. I did. Back hauls were always a blast.

Walmart is a good stable company too. Freight might slow down just after Christmas, but will be back up again in a month or two.

I would stick with the Walmart gig.

Let us know if we can help with anything else. That's what we are here for.

Good Luck and God Speed.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Mike L.'s Comment
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Oh and I forgot to say that when you're on dedicated with Walmart, Walmart won't treat you as bad as they do regular drivers from time to time.

Jeffrey J.'s Comment
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Thanks for the support guys, I been a bit worried that I won't succeed in trucking as a career, or end up screwing my CDL , heck, my life over because of the 17 DAYS of training I will be getting at CR England. I feel like it isn't enough practice for me but it may just be me. I been hearing stories of truckers that get caught in a one lane construction free way surrounded by cement walls and some car cuts infront of them just as it merges into one and immediately slams on the brakes and it'd still be the truckers fault because he "was too close to the car." and ends up getting fired etc etc

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.
Schism's Comment
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I have no commercial driving experience yet but as far as the single construction lane and being cut off by a four wheeler who then puts his/her brakes on is a main reason that drivers have to remain alert and not get complacent . You are supposed to be aware of potential threats at all times and check those side view mirrors often . If you know there is a soccer mom coming up on your side then you have time to react and prepare , if you are complacent and are not watching your mirrors then you are at the mercy of other drivers . Soccer mom does not care about your csa/dac score at all !! You should .

~S~

Thanks for the support guys, I been a bit worried that I won't succeed in trucking as a career, or end up screwing my CDL , heck, my life over because of the 17 DAYS of training I will be getting at CR England. I feel like it isn't enough practice for me but it may just be me. I been hearing stories of truckers that get caught in a one lane construction free way surrounded by cement walls and some car cuts infront of them just as it merges into one and immediately slams on the brakes and it'd still be the truckers fault because he "was too close to the car." and ends up getting fired etc etc

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Schism's Comment
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From the High Road trucking study guide !

www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-training-program/page17

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.
Jeffrey J.'s Comment
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From the High Road trucking study guide !

www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-training-program/page17

Already did all this at the DMV and on the website, I already know this stuff

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.

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