My Maverick Transportation Diary

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Wolverine's Comment
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Hi Jeramy! I also was accepted (got the call earlier this week) to Mavericks CDL program. I will be looking forward to your updates on your journey through the program.

Good luck! I hope to be getting started sometime in October.

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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Congrats!! I'm hoping I'll be called in as an alternate next week.

If you have anything specific that you have a question on just put it in here and I will see if I can get an answer.

What division are you going to? I'm going Flatbed on the Midwest Regional account.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Wolverine's Comment
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If you have anything specific that you have a question on just put it in here and I will see if I can get an answer.

Thanks!

I'm going Flatbed USA.

Keep us posted, I haven't seen many Maverick CDL diaries on here, kind of surprises me. Maverick was my 1st choice!

Maverick is all automatic trans from what I understand, I've heard the school has manual but don't know if that's true. Do you know?

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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I know they have 2 schools. If I am asked to go in next week I will be going to Arkansas State University in Newton (I believe that was the city). I hear they train on 10 speeds. But you are correct, all of Mavericks tractors are automatic from what I have heard.

They are my first choice as well. My only gripe so far is they have quite a waiting list to get to school. I was approved June 20th and still no concrete date. They did tell me 1 or 2 months though. I'm just excited to get started is the only reason I have any issue with this. They have been straight up with me on everything so far.

Joe E.'s Comment
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Hello all,first time posting on here after reading through every thread imaginable. I look forward to following your journey with Maverick on here. I hope to be applying with them in the next few weeks aswell.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I write this from North Little Rock Arkansas. I got the call to come down here Sunday night as an alternate for someone that had to leave for some reason. I drove down on Monday. I will be reimbursed the price of a Greyhound ticket since I drove my own vehicle down.

Upon arrival I was sent through the medical and agility testing. First was the drug screen that consists of a urinalysis and hair folicle sample. My left armpit is a bit scratchy since that is where I decided for them to take the hair, stubble in the armpit is not much fun! :)

Then the medical, they took my height and weight and measured my neck. I was under the requirement to go for a sleep study which is a good thing for me. The physical with the doctor was very quick, lasted maybe 5 minutes. They put me in a walled off area with a curtain to get down to my socks and underwear. The doctor came in and listened to my lungs and heart, checked for hurnia, pushed on my abdomen to check for any tenderness. Had me touch my toes from standing, then squat. Basically a standard DOT physical. I was given a 1 year card because I have type 2 diabetes that is controlled with medication and no insulin. No big deal really.

After that I took the agility test. All was very easy I thought, some pushing, pulling, lifting, climbing, range of motion measurements...

As long as you do each thing safely and accurately there is not much problem here.

Plenty of classroom time, hours of operation, trip planning, pay and benefits, and other topics covered. All very good information to get us started right.

Tomorrow our class of 20 will head to Newport Arkansas for 4 weeks of CDL school. After successfully passing that we come back to Little Rock for our official job offer. Then 1 week of securement training since I am going flatbed. Then a PAID week at home to change my drivers license back to Missouri (where Iive). Then onto a trainers truck for a minimum of 21 days. No maximum time, whenever the trainer and trainee are confident in going solo that will happen.

I'm sure i missed some stuff, so feel free to ask questions if you have them. Everyone that I have met so far has been awesome. Top knotch professional training so far. I am happy to be here and excited to continue the journey!

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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Good luck.good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Wolverine's Comment
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Good luck!

I was told all divisions (flatbed and TCD) have to climb a ladder to the top of an 8-foot box that is on the back of a flatbed. What is the ladder like? A typical step ladder that is leaned up against the box? Or is it more like stairs with handrails. Do they make you do anything on top of the box? (carry a tarp, walk to the edge etc?)

Looking forward to keeping up with your updates as your time in Little Rock progresses.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Thank you sir! In Newport now, doing some admin stuff today and tomorrow then start school on Monday.

Good luck.good-luck.gifgood-luck.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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I believe it was a 5 foot box. I could see the top of the box while standing on the deck of the trailer. They had 2 tarps stacked on eachother next to the box. You have to climb on top of the box, stand up, then climb back down the box safely. Im 5 foot 9 and was able to do this quite easily. Their main focus was doing all of the tasks safely. No time limit or anything like that.

Any other questions just let me know. Craig Ryan has an awesome video on youtube where he fully describes the physical and agility test in detail. I found his video to be spot on with what we did. Hope that helps!

Good luck!

I was told all divisions (flatbed and TCD) have to climb a ladder to the top of an 8-foot box that is on the back of a flatbed. What is the ladder like? A typical step ladder that is leaned up against the box? Or is it more like stairs with handrails. Do they make you do anything on top of the box? (carry a tarp, walk to the edge etc?)

Looking forward to keeping up with your updates as your time in Little Rock progresses.

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