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Jmart's Comment
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Man that definitely sounds like a lot of info and time put into a short time for sure. It was great to read about your progress and your days spent doing what. I am not gonna lie but this has given me a little anxiety just reading the process and what has to be done, but I want this so I will do what I have to in order to get my CDL and become a driver. I will be leaving in a little over two weeks for school and cannot wait to get started and fulfill my dream.

It is a lot of info. But focus and determination will get you through.

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.
Jmart's Comment
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3-2-18 Went to the DMV this morning and pick up my CDL license. While there, I also took (and passed) endorsements for hazmat , doubles , and tanker. Now, I'm waiting for CFI to set up my finisher.

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Awesome. Hope they will have one quickly. Good luck.

Jmart's Comment
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3-9-18 I will be heading back to Joplin, MO tomorrow to meet with my finisher early next week. I wasn't one of the lucky ones who could gave their finisher pick them up from home. Oh well, that's what happens when you live in Montana:).

Jmart's Comment
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3-12-16 I met my trainer this morning. Sounds like we will be going out later this afternoon. I will do my best to keep this diary updated through the training part until I upgrade.

Brandon M.'s Comment
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Look forward to hearing how it goes! Wife and I go to orientation next Monday so we're pretty excited!

Jmart's Comment
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Look forward to hearing how it goes! Wife and I go to orientation next Monday so we're pretty excited!

Congrats!

Jmart's Comment
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3-13-18 First day on road. We left Joplin mid afternoon, went to Frontenac, KS to pick up a load going to Mt Pleasant, IA. Drove about 286 miles today with the late start. We will drop this load in the morning and pick up an empty trailer. Hopefully by then we will have another load planned.

Chuck 's Comment
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Hey Jmart. I am at the hotel in Joplin after the first day of drug tests and contract signings. Great first day, leave tomorrow am for Crowder and will start school on Monday. Talking with Scott, he is gonna message you when he can for you to contact me so we can chat hopefully. He told me you are out with your trainer so I understand if you cannot right away. Whenever you get a chance is fine. I will be at Crowder this weekend so it's all good. Good luck with the trainer. Hope it all goes well brother.

Chuck

Jmart's Comment
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Hey Jmart. I am at the hotel in Joplin after the first day of drug tests and contract signings. Great first day, leave tomorrow am for Crowder and will start school on Monday. Talking with Scott, he is gonna message you when he can for you to contact me so we can chat hopefully. He told me you are out with your trainer so I understand if you cannot right away. Whenever you get a chance is fine. I will be at Crowder this weekend so it's all good. Good luck with the trainer. Hope it all goes well brother.

Chuck

Going good so far! We will have about 2700 miles by Monday. I will see if I can give you a call, most likely tomorrow evening. You will like Crowder.

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