Another Team Driving Thread...

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Splitter's Comment
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Thank you guys for all these responses and links. Tbh I have been thinking of more solo lately. For peace, less stress, alone time.

The thing w team was for a little more money and so I’m not stuck figuring things out alone too, I guess.

I can’t lie I’m nervous about being alone after training bc for some reason I feel like I’m going to forget everything and get stuck out somewhere not knowing what to do. Right now this is kind of like all I have going for me. Dropped out of college (long story). Lost my fam. Lost everything.

I’m going thru a lot right now and trying not to let my depression show. 🙈 apologies.

I just really really wanna do this. Overthinking everything I guess.

I been actually traveling for the past 30+ days going nowhere and exploring the US - driving nearly 12 hour days. Lost in thought and Just kind of on a sabbatical type thing. 🤷🏽‍♀️

.....Rambling. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Thank you guys.

Rinaa, life will always throw us curveballs. It’s up to us to keep swinging or put the bat down. Either option is not wrong depending on the individual’s present circumstances. It’s essy to get past that simple fear of yours. Keep swinging!!

I have a notebook full of notes I took throughout my training. On my pretrip, I wrote the speeches over & over again until I memorized them. I was so nervous the first time I got in the driver’s seat I had to run & take a dump while in a backing maneuver. I failed my backing & road test twice! Missouri allows you 3 chances but I’ve heard of special instances where some failed more times.

The underlying truth to our getting that CDL is not giving up. The thing that sets you apart from those sitting at home reading this & those of us living it is simple. Initiative, grit, perseverance & taking control. You can sit there & research all day, everyday but I suggest you take advantage of the resource links posted earlier.

Start with High Road Training & the Pretrip tutorial. Those two are huge on getting a leg up in everyone else in your rookie class. It’ll get you the CLP faster than many other students. And if you know most of the pretrip, it’ll get you trainer faster than most others too. There’s a great video by ace driving school on the pretrip that’s an hour long. Not only will it teach you the speeches but it’ll show you the components you’re talking about.

Other than that, it’s just slowly grinding it out. Backing, going into shippers & receivers, trip planning, budgeting your hours of service, etc. It’s a system of sorts. Once you have a routine in place, the rest takes care of itself.

I’m on track to be debt free by year end, except for my SUV which my daughter is thrilled to be taking care of it for me. I’m researching available programs for first time home buyers. So it’s a great career for gypsies like us. If you have contacts in either FL, GA, TX or OR? I’d reach out & see if you can use their address to save on state & local income taxes. All I get deducted is federal.

Prime is a great company! Are there moments where I lose sight of this? Hell yeah!! At the end of the day, I have a decent salary, affordable health benefits, access to 401K but most importantly, lots of support. I just have to ask.

Lastly, use the search bar at the top of the page. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Dive into the High Road Training & pretrip tutorials. If things click? Then go for it. All the best!!

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rinaa V.'s Comment
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Another question, sorry. Umm... for team do you still have 14 hour clock? I know 14 solo and 11 hours driving.

Old School's Comment
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Yes, same rules apply to each team member, just like they do for a solo driver. One person is driving while the other is trying to sleep in a moving truck.

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