CDL School Done

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Danny S.'s Comment
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Finished Up 8 weekends of CDL School today. Going Thursday to DDS to test. Our truck the brake lights quit working on trailer and the steering shaft has bad squeak in it, so concerned they will switch trucks on us Thursday, sure hope not. I will post Thursday the outcome of test.dancing.gifnullconfused.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.
Schism's Comment
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Danny , Did you start school with a permit or endorsements ? What did you think of the 8 week course ?

Good luck getting the process finalized with up and coming tests .

~S~

Danny S.'s Comment
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No, that was part of school process, 2 weekends were classroom going through drivers manual then you go get you permit. I already had my class B so I only had to take the combinations test. But most have take that plus General Knowledge, and Air Brakes. While I was there I took the tankers, doubles triples, plus a few weeks later I took Hazmat I already had Passenger and School Bus, so now I have every endorsement. They weren't required but better to get them now than later. I did the weekends because I still was working it was good for me in my situation but if I would recommend doing the 3 week course if possible get it over and move on if you can.

Are you going to a private school, technical school or company sponsored school? Good luck in school!!

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.

Schism's Comment
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Im starting a private school Jan 6th to Feb 18 . Commercial Driving School of New Hampshire . There are very few options in NH , the other choice was White Mountain Comm College....but that did not start until March , and its a MUCH longer course .

160hrs with the breakdown setup like this : 84 hours in classroom 52 hours in yard skills 24 hours in private drive appointments

Still trying to figure out if I can financially get my permit/twic started/endorsements done before hand . Its the worse possible month to be pulling outta the house funds .

~S~

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Good luck on the test Danny! Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

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Danny S.'s Comment
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Im starting a private school Jan 6th to Feb 18 . Commercial Driving School of New Hampshire . There are very few options in NH , the other choice was White Mountain Comm College....but that did not start until March , and its a MUCH longer course .

160hrs with the breakdown setup like this : 84 hours in classroom 52 hours in yard skills 24 hours in private drive appointments

Still trying to figure out if I can financially get my permit/twic started/endorsements done before hand . Its the worse possible month to be pulling outta the house funds .

~S~

I know how it is, trying manage your funds while trying to change careers is a balancing act I have been purchasing a few things along that I knew I would need to get started with and trying to do these things without building a large debt. So far it's ok and I believe I can get through orientation and training ok until I start making a regular check.I'm thankful that I could keep working up until this week. This Friday is my last day so I will get my Dec check and still will get another in January. Good luck will be waiting to hear about your journey.

By the way thanks Brett will keep you posted.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Richard O.'s Comment
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Good luck Danny. I know you will do well.

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