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Jimmy O.'s Comment
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Just wanted to say how great this program is , I'll be starting monday at Jim Palmer for the paid cdl program and i feel confident for the written exam ! Thank you TT !!

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.
Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Congratulations!

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I have nothing but great things to say about everyone at Jim Palmer Trucking! Check out my diary in the diaries section. Haven't up dated in a week because I've been a little busy driving. LOL

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Just wanted to say how great this program is , I'll be starting monday at Jim Palmer for the paid cdl program and i feel confident for the written exam ! Thank you TT !!

I've been slowly doing the program (through section 22 w/ a 99%! Yeeeha!) and agree that it is amazing!! I love how it repeats the earlier questions as you move on so you can get ongoing refreshers. Thanks Brett for the program and to all of the drivers here, no matter the experience level, for all you contribute!

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.
Doug C.'s Comment
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I to have been using the High Road Program materials and love it. The review aspects of the program are wonderful. My weak points have been remembering where to place the safety triangle signs when broke down and remembering everything about skids.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I agree. I used many materials, including State of WI manual, J.J. Keller (class text book) and High Road materials.

Examiner referred to section in the regs. (forget what), added "It's in the manual. You didn't read it did you?" I replied "Actually, I read it twice! BEFORE class started." "Our class uses the J.J. Keller Guide." He replied "That's useless!" I replied "Guess I better read it (State Manual) again!"

I spent a lot of time... used a lot of different tools. Even made my own study cards out of pre-trip checklist our school uses.

But I credit the tools here with much of my success. Once I was able to score 90% on the tests here, I was able to pass all my tests successfully when attempted.

This included CLP: General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination Vehicles, endorsements: HazMat , Doubles and Triples and Tankers, as well as the pre-trip.

Admittedly I do test well. But I believe if you put in the time and do the work with the right tools, almost anyone can do this. I tried to steer classmates here. Most of them said things like "I got this" and "I have my own way of doing it" (pre-trip). Many of them failed the pre-trip and never got to the backing and (after passing backing) road test.

Pre-trip tools are the most awesome-est!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

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.

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.

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