My Maverick Transportation Diary

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Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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That’s awesome! I got the call 30 minutes ago that my application was approved and I have a spot On the waiting list! I’m really excited!

Currently at home for some hometime before going out with a trainer. We do get paid for the week at the 600 a week training pay. They will reimburse me the cost of a greyhound ticket for the drive home, and again to drive to my trainer.

My trainer should contact me by Thursday to plan everything out. I will be out with him for a minimum of 21 days. Once we both feel I am ready to go out on my own I will graduate the training program, get my truck, and hit the road.

I have enjoyed everything so far. I have learned a ton, and still have a ton to learn.

Just a quick update, you all be safe out there!

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Good deal! If I can answer any questions just let me know.

Once I get out on the trainers truck I will post a bit more often. Just enjoying some hometime for now. Got my wifes honey-do list knocked out, so I am ready to get out there.

Hoping to hear from him soon. I know he is on the regional midwest account, so home most weekends. I am guessing I will meet up with him this weekend to head out Sunday or Monday.

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.

Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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Thanks! I appreciate it. Be safe out there!

Good deal! If I can answer any questions just let me know.

Once I get out on the trainers truck I will post a bit more often. Just enjoying some hometime for now. Got my wifes honey-do list knocked out, so I am ready to get out there.

Hoping to hear from him soon. I know he is on the regional midwest account, so home most weekends. I am guessing I will meet up with him this weekend to head out Sunday or Monday.

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.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Just wrapping up week 1 on the trainers truck. Was a bit nervous going into this, wasnt sure how being in a truck with a strnger. All has gone very well! My trainer is certainly a knowledgeable guy. Been with Maverick for 8 years, with 8 years of safe service.

We started with runs in Texas, as far South as Loredo where it was hot and humid. Had runs in Illinois and Indiana where I'm wearing a hoodie.

Lots of securing loads, tarping, unloading, learning the peoplenet system, all the paperwork, lots to this job for sure. Far more than just "driving a truck".

Sleeping on the truck, showers in truck stops, brushing my teeth in the morning at the truck stops all have not been nearly as bad as I thought it might be. Got used to all that pretty quick.

Headed back to my trainers home town for the weekend. They put me up in a comfort suites, nice hotel for the weekend. I will get my laundry done, relax a bit, and back at it next week.

Still very happy with my choice. Still having a good time and have no regrets.

If anyone has any specific questions, send them my way and I will get an answer.

You all be safe out there!!

Wolverine's Comment
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Awesome Jeramy! Keep us posted.

G-Town's Comment
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Really good update Jeremy.

Best wishes that it continues going well. Safe travels.

Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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“If anyone has any specific questions, send them my way and I will get an answer.”

Hey Jeremy, hope training is going well! You’ll have to let us know when you graduate. Anyway, I do have a question about the CDL school part. Do they do any endorsements or is it just what I call the core (general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicles)?

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.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Just those "core" tests.

There is an app called "CDL Prep" if you know those questions on there you will do very well. Good chance you will see many of those questions again (word for word) ;)

“If anyone has any specific questions, send them my way and I will get an answer.”

Hey Jeremy, hope training is going well! You’ll have to let us know when you graduate. Anyway, I do have a question about the CDL school part. Do they do any endorsements or is it just what I call the core (general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicles)?

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.
Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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I have that app! Lol. I also downloaded the Arkansas CDL Manual and have been studying it. (I like to be prepared). Between the High Road, CDL Prep, and DMV Genie, I have seen a bunch of questions multiple times. I appreciate you getting back to me. Stay safe out there!

Just those "core" tests.

There is an app called "CDL Prep" if you know those questions on there you will do very well. Good chance you will see many of those questions again (word for word) ;)

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“If anyone has any specific questions, send them my way and I will get an answer.”

Hey Jeremy, hope training is going well! You’ll have to let us know when you graduate. Anyway, I do have a question about the CDL school part. Do they do any endorsements or is it just what I call the core (general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicles)?

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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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Any updates, Jeramy?

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