Prime: Let's Do This!

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Bran009's Comment
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So first off I'm typing on my phone, so please excuse the typos.

As I sit here at home thinking about this journey I'm beginning I can't help but being excited and nervous. This is something I really want to do, have to do. It has been on my mind for awhile and keeps driving me to make it happen. I have a mix of people close to me that either really don't like this idea or are rooting for me and this also drives me. Those that are against it I have to show them I am going to make it and those that support me give me hope.

I've decided to go to Prime, I really like how they do training and everything I see about the company is awesome. Living in Illinois I have to get my permit first since this state doesn't make it easy to transfer a CDL from out of state. Good news is I've passed my DOT physical and qualified for 2 years. Now within the next few days I'll be going and taking the permit test. I've been studying the High Road program and am confident in my ability to pass. Once I have the permit in hand I'll give an update.

Meanwhile I'm studying, watching videos, and planning my packing list. I've read the articles on here and I want to pack only what I have to, but not miss something I will need. Other than that I'm just trying to relax because I know once I get to Prime it is going to be a whirlwind of activity and learning.

Take care you all and safe journeys!

PS is anyone interested if I tried to do video vlogs to supplement my writing during training or should I just keep writing only?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Good for you. Best of luck.

PackRat's Comment
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Good pick! Make a plan that will work then work your plan. I feel confident you will become a complete success, and I look forward to following your updates and posts. If you get stuck, discouraged, or run into any problems, jump on the forum here for honest answers and more proven advice. I prefer written journals over moving picture shows.good-luck.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bran009's Comment
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Thanks! I have to make this work, I can't stay in the medical field. Also I need to invest in a Bluetooth keyboard smile.gifthank-you.gif

Nate's Comment
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Just follow the list they give and you'll have everything you need. I jumped the gun and brought my own pillow and sleeping bag because I thought the Walmart next door would be out but they had plenty. And without using my lifelines (recruiter), I brought some steel toed boots as well just in case I needed them for flatbed training and all of that was in an extra bag that I didn't even need to bring. Just a weeks worth of clothes, a black ink pen or two, and a positive attitude and you'll be fine.

Good luck!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Buckle up, strap in, and prepare for an adventure! (And for God's sake, man, buy a properly large coffee cup - you're about to be a trucker!)

Safe travels, brother!

Bran009's Comment
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So I had my first trial in the process of getting my CLP today. The closest DMV that does CDL stuff is about 35 minutes away from me. I get there right as they opened and quickly get called to the counter, one problem though, I forgot my Birth Certificate. I shrug it off because it was a "my bad" and run home and get it. Another drive to the DMV and I am thinking I am good. Nope! For some reason their computer is requiring prove of my address. I have nothing in my car due to cleaning it recently, so another drive home and I grab it plus anything else that could possibly be needed. I hop back in my car to make another trip to the DMV and even though I have drove 2 hours and spent time in the DMV already I'm still in good spirits. Thankfully at this point all is good and I start my test.

I get a little discouraged because first couple questions but don't remember reading or studying any where. After those it was smooth sailing and I passed all test and tanker endorsement in no time all thanks to the High Road program and DMV Genie. The lady at the testing area was shocked at how easy and quickly I passed the test. I just smiled and said it was due to a really good online study program.

I have some more I wanna write but I'm hoping I'll have a keyboard later.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Congratulations! That driver's seat is getting closer all the time! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

PackRat's Comment
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YAY!!! Great news!!!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Splitter's Comment
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Great news Bran! Congrats. Remember that attitude that you took with the DMV & use it every time stuff happens. As I’m sure you’ve read on here, “stuff” always happens in trucking. Enjoy the small victories such as this one. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifdancing.gif

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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