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Matt C.'s Comment
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I live in Oklahoma flat straight land. What do yall do in hilly country? Do you just set your cruise? or Speed up for hills depending on load? Do you worry if you go over the speed limit coming down? Mostly notice wheat and/or sand trucks round here; and neither of them seem to care about speed limits:-)

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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There are many variables that surround your question. To name a few: Truck-trailer age and braking systems. Tranmission (auto or manual) Jake brake usage. Service brake usage. Speed governing. No speed governing. Road conditions. Weather conditions. Company top speed policies. Load weight (up and down grades) Load stability. Dergee or steepness of grade. Traffic. Driver experience. Driver familiarity with road, or lack of. Driving habits / behavior (good or bad, safe or not)......

As you see there are all types of rigs, loads and drivers out there. That said,there are some basic safe operating fundamentals.

In short, there are many many factors involved with driving heavy large vehicles. Much more to it then one would think...lolol..

Matt C.'s Comment
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Sorry, guess I didn't understand what I was asking. Didn't mean to ask such a loaded question.

G-Town's Comment
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Matt, by all means you asked very good questions, no apology necessary.

Take a look at the TRucking Truth starter kit...likely the content in the first two links will answer questions you haven't thought to ask yet...

Good luck!


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.
OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Hey Matt, no loaded question. Got me thinking

You're in the right place to ask guys like G'Town and others questions regarding the nuts-n-bolts of trucking.

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