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Chuck 's Comment
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I began my training with my finisher this week on Tuesday 5/15. Went out on the road beginning with a load on Wednesday putting in 2000 plus miles this week ending today. Waiting on a load today. May not be until Monday but time to relax so it's all good. I am enjoying my time driving, even with a couple of hiccups nothing major. I am happy to have my CDL and made this career move. I had some issues with my DMV but my state senators office helped me get that fixed. So if anyone else is looking to get into trucking, don't listen to the naysayers and go for it. CFI is a also a good choice. If you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Peace out.

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.

Don's Comment
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Glad to hear you got your CDL ISSUES fixed. I take my CDL tests at Crowder College on Wednesday. By the way, when you took your first road drive portion of the test with the ecaminer, do you remember a left turn in Neosho that you had to take on the test, but wasn't done during any of your graded drives? It's at the intersection of S. Neosho blvd and W. Harmony street (I would drop a Google map photo here but am having difficulty doing so). If you know the left turn I am referring to, how did you manuever it?

I began my training with my finisher this week on Tuesday 5/15. Went out on the road beginning with a load on Wednesday putting in 2000 plus miles this week ending today. Waiting on a load today. May not be until Monday but time to relax so it's all good. I am enjoying my time driving, even with a couple of hiccups nothing major. I am happy to have my CDL and made this career move. I had some issues with my DMV but my state senators office helped me get that fixed. So if anyone else is looking to get into trucking, don't listen to the naysayers and go for it. CFI is a also a good choice. If you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Peace out.

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.

Chuck 's Comment
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Yes I remember that turn very well. My suggestion is to get stopped at the red light so you can start from a stop. It's not to hard since slowing down for that intersection is necessary and the light doesnt stay green too long. Try and hug the white line on the left and enter the intersection going straight essentially and try to get your steer tires past the man hole cover in the road on the left of you just a little. You can see it fine. Once your wheels are slightly passed it cut it hard left and watch your left mirror, you also want to watch the curb just to the right of you where the merge lane is and try to hug that if you can. Once your tractor starts to come straight in the lane go slightly to the right if no cars are merging and you should clear the curb on the left with no problem. I had about a foot of room or so when I did it so its not impossible, we just never practiced it so it's all about the set up. I think I took that turn in 3rd or 4th gear so that I wasn't moving too fast. This way if you have to stop you can. Good luck on the test. You got this.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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