Starting Driving School In A Week,might Fail D.o.t. Physical Because I Cant Get Glasses In Time.not Sure What Will Happen.

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Kenneth M.'s Comment
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Sorry if this is the wrong area to post this in or if people find it irrelevant. basically I am suppose to start my school on sept. 10th,have to sign up and take the dot physical but I might fail due to having poor vision in one eye...I have an appointment to get glasses, my admissions person didn't even know id have to keep one eye closed so I'm kinda worried....what if I failed my d.o.t. physical because of my eye sight....will they kick me out of the school because I already signed the paperwork? will the dot be understanding of my condition and offer some sort of extension until my glasses got here or would I have to postpone classes for 6 weeks to retake the dot physical? would it be bad to fail for poor eye sight in one eye if it was corrected within a week or would it put me in a bad situation...would it be better to just wait the six weeks until the next class starts and pass the physical on the first try? sorry in advance if this is all over the place and a lot of questions...im just really nervous, I really want to get my cdl a and start a career I just don't wanna blow it before I have the opportunity because of something so easily corrected. any advice would be greatly appreciated and if this post is in the wrong place, irrelevant, or just took all over the place feel free to delete it.

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.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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You should simply wait until you have your glasses or contact lenses before going to any schools or taking any physicals. They're not going to give you any exemptions or anything like that. Get on it quickly and you should have time.

Kenneth M.'s Comment
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I have an appointment tomorrow to try to get a pair or glasses or contacts....this admission person was really trying to push me to enroll and fail the d.o.t. physical, once they didn't want to write anything down and started telling me false information over the phone about the physical itself i was getting kind worried. they're probably a sales person who doesn't really worry about my success in the industry and are paid to put asses in classroom seats.i hope the instructors are not like that.. if i can get the glasses before the school starts ill still start on the 10th, if i cant i'm going to tell the person i don't feel comfortable signing up for the school knowing i'm not sure if i'm 100% ready to pass a d.o.t. physical and i can reapply for the classes starting in six weeks. i'm trying to put in as much work as possible now to get prepped for the cdl a road test, i can only watch videos but learning pre trip inspections and what is expected on the test and trying to understand what will be expected of me at the road test and techniques people use for backing and understanding the concepts,so hopefully even if the education is lacking i could still pass the road test, i know the school wont be the end of my education and a company that hires me will most likely have an experienced driver who can continue teaching me.id go the company trained route but I've been watching a few videos and vlogs about trucking and seen that one company trained a driver and six months later had him training. i'd hate to be put out there with someone with only 6 months experience, learn things the wrong way or be told to figure it out on my own and end up with a bad driving record or anything like that

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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You're watching way too much YouTube. Give yourself a break - that junk is killing you. What school are you planning to attend? Have you considered the Paid CDL Training Programs? They are a great way to get started at this with little to no up front expense on your part, plus they are invested in making sure you succeed. Here's a great article you should read. It will help you understand the benefits of the company sponsored training programs.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Kenneth M.'s Comment
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Thank you for the great advice,I was pretty anxious about starting school,I'm happy to say after giving an arm,a leg and my first born I was able to get glasses made today..500 dollars later I'll be able to see 20-30 out of my bad eye which is good enough to pass my exam!! I don't think there is such a thing as too much YouTube, but I do get burnt out so I'll watch an hour or so a night then switch back to my history and animal documentaries!I know I'll never learn everything on YouTube it's just nice to start somewhere and get a feel for what's going to be going on when I go to school and take my road test, I'm not the type to watch a video and think I know everything,in all aspects of my life there is always more to learn and the second you think you know everything is the second you stop learning....as far as what school I'll be attending it is ntts in upstate or western new york,my cost is covered through the Pell grant and Stafford loan and I have a good job on the weekends so I'd rather try school first,I don't know if it's the best option but it seems to fit well into my schedule and with no upfront cost I can stick with my current living situation for now and possibly be better prepared and be a better hire for a company or have more options when it comes to applying to company's to find a good fit for me.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I know I'll never learn everything on YouTube it's just nice to start somewhere and get a feel for what's going to be going on when I go to school and take my road test

Unfortunately about 80% - 90% of everything you hear on Youtube is either a blatant lie, a half truth, incessantly negative, or completely unhelpful. If you want to help yourself prepare for trucking then make sure you've thoroughly gone through the following resources:

That is the kind of stuff that's going to help you understand how the industry works, know what will be expected of you, and teach you the information you need to know to pass the CDL exams and do your job out there.

Trust me, listening to a bunch of yammering knuckleheads on YouTube never made anyone a better truck driver. Spend your time wisely. Get to work on those materials.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I don't know if it's the best option but it seems to fit well into my schedule and with no upfront cost I can stick with my current living situation for now and possibly be better prepared and be a better hire for a company or have more options when it comes to applying to company's to find a good fit for me.

All newbies get this stuff all mixed up thanks to the vast amount of misinformation that flows freely and unencumbered on the internet. You're not going to be better prepared or have more options by taking that route. I'm sure you're gonna stick with your plan, but just try to realize we always try to help people understand how to make a good start at this. We have no agenda other than the truth. Here's a couple of resources you should check out that may help you going forward.

One is an article entitled Busting The Free Agent Myth.

The other one is an excellent podcast on The Boot Camp Approach To Truck Driving School.

Kenneth M.'s Comment
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Yeah I haven't been following anyone on YouTube as far watching them day to day,just watching people go through pre trip inspections,backing techniques, and a few videos on the road test itself,performing straight backing,offset backing,parallel parking,backing into a dock,45° and 90° backing,and I take everything on YouTube with a giant grain of salt,as far as my options I think I understand that allot of companies will want to see at least a year or two experience with a clean driving record in order to qualify.but with the government helping me out with tuition I can obtain my cdl without uprooting myself to much,I mostly studied automotive technology and love engines,love working on things and fixing things,I may obtain my cdl and realize I don't like it,I'm a loner,I have no problem driving for 12 hours and like to just get in my car and drive but who knows,I may not like it,I'm fully prepared for that and I can turn around and become a diesel mechanic or something of that nature easier if I have the cdl,I was a furniture lumper for a while,I'd never ask one of them to go through the hassle of teaching me EVERYTHING about driving a rig but if I go to them with a cdl already who knows,I can take a lumper wage and get my feet a little wet that way as well.but I'm going to spend a little time going through what you guys have posted and I will definitely use all the training stuff that was posted instead of random YouTube videos....I guess my biggest problem would be like you stated before.the wrong information,I'll use any resources that are designed to help me learn more and further educate me on my road to obtaining my cdl and I appreciate you guys taking the time out to help someone who wants to try the industry..the scariest part of trucking to me is that people would rather laugh or call you stupid before they actually try to help. Nice to know I can ask a question or brainstorm without being made fun of for not knowing everything because that discouragment can really shut down any learning process

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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