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G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

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JT's Comment
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Thanks everyone. It wasn't pretty but I passed. That's all that matters. After the test we started working on logs and trip planning and getting an understanding of the HOS. All I can say is thank goodness for elogs...lol...All in all it wasn't too bad. It would just take some work getting a routine down doing it by paper. But we have to know how to break out the pen and paper should the elog go down. It is, after all, just a computer and computers never crash right? Yeah riiiiiight. Have a good night everyone.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations JT! Nicely done!

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JT's Comment
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Thanks Old School.

Day 14: Not much to report today. They finished up the testing today. It was a large class. I'm pretty sure everyone passed. On Thursday I go to the DMV to get my official CDL. I worked on mapping and doing paper logs today then we had exams on Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge. Probably not much happening tomorrow either. If I can I'll see if they'll let me practice some backing as long as they aren't doing any third party testing. The school has three certified testers so a lot of companies come here to test for their CDL's. I would like to be able to practice backing without an instructor yelling cut the wheel all the way left, no your other left!!! Now right, right, right. Get back under the trailer. Stop, pull up and straighten out!...lol...

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Thanks Old School.

Day 14: Not much to report today. They finished up the testing today. It was a large class. I'm pretty sure everyone passed. On Thursday I go to the DMV to get my official CDL. I worked on mapping and doing paper logs today then we had exams on Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge. Probably not much happening tomorrow either. If I can I'll see if they'll let me practice some backing as long as they aren't doing any third party testing. The school has three certified testers so a lot of companies come here to test for their CDL's. I would like to be able to practice backing without an instructor yelling cut the wheel all the way left, no your other left!!! Now right, right, right. Get back under the trailer. Stop, pull up and straighten out!...lol...

Honestly, real world backing is much more different than what you learn in the pad. It’s a foundation but most my real world lessons come from watching others & trial/error with lots of GOAL’ing.

On mapping, pay close attention to the sections of the atlas that list restrictions on certain roads. It’s listed state by state in the red tab section. I almost sent someone down an interstate with two low clearance bridges thinking all interstates could handle 13’ 6” trailers.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

JT's Comment
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Thanks Old School.

Day 14: Not much to report today. They finished up the testing today. It was a large class. I'm pretty sure everyone passed. On Thursday I go to the DMV to get my official CDL. I worked on mapping and doing paper logs today then we had exams on Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge. Probably not much happening tomorrow either. If I can I'll see if they'll let me practice some backing as long as they aren't doing any third party testing. The school has three certified testers so a lot of companies come here to test for their CDL's. I would like to be able to practice backing without an instructor yelling cut the wheel all the way left, no your other left!!! Now right, right, right. Get back under the trailer. Stop, pull up and straighten out!...lol...

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Honestly, real world backing is much more different than what you learn in the pad. It’s a foundation but most my real world lessons come from watching others & trial/error with lots of GOAL’ing.

On mapping, pay close attention to the sections of the atlas that list restrictions on certain roads. It’s listed state by state in the red tab section. I almost sent someone down an interstate with two low clearance bridges thinking all interstates could handle 13’ 6” trailers.

Thanks for the advice Splitter. I'll be purchasing a trucker's atlas in the next few days to get accustomed to reading it correctly. As for backing, I know that will be a continuous work in progress with lots of practice and observing others.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

JT's Comment
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Day 16: Today was the last day. I am now a CDL-A license holder. I don't consider this the end of a journey but the turning of the page to the next chapter. That is life as a trucker. I report July 3rd for orientation in Dallas, TX. with Schneider. That's where the true journey begins. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain and will do all I can to soak in as much information and insight from others that I can get. I am both excited and nervous for this adventure. I hope I have a good trainer and that all goes well so I can be out on the road learning and doing the job as a CMV operator to the best of my ability. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the valuable learning tools that I feel gave me a leg up entering school. This site has been a God send for me. Now it's on to the next chapter!

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Splitter's Comment
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Day 16: Today was the last day. I am now a CDL-A license holder. I don't consider this the end of a journey but the turning of the page to the next chapter. That is life as a trucker. I report July 3rd for orientation in Dallas, TX. with Schneider. That's where the true journey begins. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain and will do all I can to soak in as much information and insight from others that I can get. I am both excited and nervous for this adventure. I hope I have a good trainer and that all goes well so I can be out on the road learning and doing the job as a CMV operator to the best of my ability. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the valuable learning tools that I feel gave me a leg up entering school. This site has been a God send for me. Now it's on to the next chapter!

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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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
JT's Comment
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Day 16: Today was the last day. I am now a CDL-A license holder. I don't consider this the end of a journey but the turning of the page to the next chapter. That is life as a trucker. I report July 3rd for orientation in Dallas, TX. with Schneider. That's where the true journey begins. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain and will do all I can to soak in as much information and insight from others that I can get. I am both excited and nervous for this adventure. I hope I have a good trainer and that all goes well so I can be out on the road learning and doing the job as a CMV operator to the best of my ability. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the valuable learning tools that I feel gave me a leg up entering school. This site has been a God send for me. Now it's on to the next chapter!

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Thanks Splitter.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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