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Grandma Day's Comment
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I am officially a CDL A holder as of today. It’s been a long road but persistence pays off.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job EARNING that cdl!!!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Awesome!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

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I've been kind of wondering what was up with you. I'm really glad to hear of your success! What happens next?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, congrats Grandma Day! That's awesome news!

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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.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

PJ's Comment
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Congrats!!!!

Grandma Day's Comment
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Congratulations!

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I've been kind of wondering what was up with you. I'm really glad to hear of your success! What happens next?

I still have 2 weeks left in school. Our school is ran a bit different. We actually get our CDL after pre trip, skills test but we then we go through a pretty challenging qualification for the school having to qualify on a 9 speed with one instructor then qualify on a 10 speed with another instructor. Only then can we DOT road test. We then get our CDL license.

Now our school is one of very few schools that allow students to start solo driving (with another student with CDL). Now we will have the school side of skill testing to obtain our school certificate.

It’s taken me awhile to figure out what route I wanted to do as far as hauling. I have decided not to do flatbed and really have little interest in refrigeration.

I want to do tanker. Dry van is an option as well.

I would really like to be involved in relief help but have no idea if there are companies that specialize in such.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Old School's Comment
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I don't recommend starting with tanker, but if it is your end goal then it would be smart to start with a company that does both dry van and tanker. Schneider would be a good example, but there are many others. Get accustomed to handling that rig first, then switch to the tanker division within that same company. There is a lot of powerful forces working against you from inside that tank - it's no walk in the park for a new driver. Here's an article you might consider reading on this very subject.

Getting Started Right

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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