Advice Preparing For Company CDL

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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Question for somebody looking to get into trucking and going to a company sponsored school. Right now I’m looking at Roehl or Prime and I’m probably going to want to start in July or maybe August. What can I do leading up to the school to make sure I’m 100 percent prepared going into this? I want absolutely a 0 percent chance at failing. I have to pass and get my CDL. I have been studying the high road and will be taking my test here in a few weeks. Should I completely memorize the pre trip? Anything else? Thanks truckers. Failure isn’t an option. I want to be prepared.

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.
Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Well like you said keep with the high road training here of TT. Yes Daniel's pre trip will be good. I printed all 149 pages of it. I have also gone thru the online training here. I also downloaded an app that Brett has to for time when I have like 10 mins to practice. I read alot of diaries and stay active here. You will learn a ton, just from reading what people post.

Good luck

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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The high road really worked for me. I can't say anything about pre-trip yet until I get my license.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Before you spend money on your permit and DOT physical, you might want to ask the companies for their policies. Prime in MO requires you to get a MO permit, but Prime in UT has you get the permit at home. Prime will aoon be testing in PA as well, and god only kmows what their laws will require. lol

Keep up with the high road, do the pretrip, and Apex driving school has a great pretrip video that helped me.

read the blog here about what life on the road is really like to give you clearer expectations and good luck.

if you have company questions we have many represented here. im with prime. good luck

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.

Cwc's Comment
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Honestly the High road should do it. If your not comfortable speaking phrases that are pretty specific you might wanna practice. My roommate while in school felt on the spot about the "test" for the pretrip because they wanted to hear specifically "Broken loose or missing " type phrases for each and every part.

I made him say it out loud to me a few times and after a little studdering and I'm sure humiliation he got it.

Each place may have a different set of numbers in relation to tests as far as air brakes so just keep that in mind.

Otherwise Brett dis an awesome job with the Highroad.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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Retired army would you mind telling me what app that is?? Also where would I get Daniels pre trip? Is it on the high road? I’m only finishing the safe driving tonight. Thanks.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Search trucking truth in app store. You will find one with Brett's name....something like cdl practice test

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.
Jose R.'s Comment
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Get your endorsements prior to showing up. Get your permit in hand. Get your tankers, hazmat (fingerprints and background check with TSA $89 cost), doubles/triples. In the long run it will help you move on if you choose to use those with other companies. I drove for Prime good company. Above average pay after training from what I was told by other companies.

Question for somebody looking to get into trucking and going to a company sponsored school. Right now I’m looking at Roehl or Prime and I’m probably going to want to start in July or maybe August. What can I do leading up to the school to make sure I’m 100 percent prepared going into this? I want absolutely a 0 percent chance at failing. I have to pass and get my CDL. I have been studying the high road and will be taking my test here in a few weeks. Should I completely memorize the pre trip? Anything else? Thanks truckers. Failure isn’t an option. I want to be prepared.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jose R.'s Comment
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Use DMV genie helped me pass my endorsements and 80% similar to test I’m CA only difference was the wording But apps won’t do much help if you don’t study the hand book. Or other things in this post as mentioned.

Retired army would you mind telling me what app that is?? Also where would I get Daniels pre trip? Is it on the high road? I’m only finishing the safe driving tonight. Thanks.

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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