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Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Yesterday we started going through the CDL guide for general knowledge until lunch. After that we GOT TO DRIVE A TRUCK!! :)

Now it was back and forth to practice straight line backing, but getting behind the wheel for the first time was very cool. The range trucks are definitely older, but are perfect to learn in. Today we get a little more classroom then more practice with the straight line backing.

My first few attempts were a little rough until I found my points of reference that worked for me. After that I was able to do it no problem.

For those that come this route, be sure to study your general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles before coming. They do a good job of getting us prepared, but its a ton of information in a short time. I already had a Missouri permit, but it was not accepted in Arkansas, so I have to test again here. That test is Thursday. I have been studying hard and feel prepared, so hopefully all goes well.

Any questions just let me know! You all have a great day.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wolverine's Comment
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Good info. I was wondering about getting my permit here in Michigan, glad to know it will be of no use to me in AR.

Are you in a hotel while in CDL training? Or a dorm room at the school?

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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They have a 10 room house we are staying in. Each room has a separate bathroom and most rooms have 2 people. There is a large living room with a TV and a kitchen. Older place, but not too bad.

Good info. I was wondering about getting my permit here in Michigan, glad to know it will be of no use to me in AR.

Are you in a hotel while in CDL training? Or a dorm room at the school?

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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One other thing, when we started orientation they gave us a 50 dollar prepaid card to help cover expenses. For CDL school we got another card for 520 dollars. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the cafeteria on campus.

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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After a ton of studying, today is test day for my permit.

Army 's Comment
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Good Luck!!

Wolverine's Comment
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Good luck!

Joseph L.'s Comment
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Good luck

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Permit test done...I PASSED!!! I got a chance to get out on the road with a trainer this afternoon for a few hours. Was a 10 speed... I have driven lots of vehicles with a manual transmissions before, but nothing like this. Once I figured out the shifting a bit I really enjoyed it. So now 3 weeks of driving training then the driving portion of the CDL and I will have that done (hopefully). Very relieved to have that test out of the way!!

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.
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Congratulations!! dancing-dog.gif

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