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Stacey L.'s Comment
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Hi, I start my OTR training with my mentor with PAM Transport. Any advice for a rookie fresh out of school? I'm looking forward to getting my first year in and more. I graduated from FTA in Asheboro NC, now I'm ready to get on the road.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations on your PAM orienTation Stacy.

A couple of thoughts; definitely take the time (if you haven’t already) to read Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Orientation is a protracted interview. Put your game face on and stay focused at all times.

In addition there are many articles in the Trucking Truth Blog section (click the menu bars upper left, top of page) that address expectations for the road training process.

Here is a relevant and representative example of what’s available:

What To Expect in CDL Road Training

We are here to help. Best of luck!

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Listen & ask questions

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, do a ton of reading. We have so much great information for you. Another great place to go is our CDL Training Diaries where people document their time in training. That will help you understand the road ahead.

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.
Stacey L.'s Comment
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Thanks for the good advice. I'm trying to learn all I can from my mentor while I'm with him to better prepare for going out on my own with a rookie teammate. I turn to Trucking Truth for answers and just for general knowledge. I'm proud to be a member here and value every article published.

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