The Many Benefits Of Others Blood, Sweat And Gears

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Boco's Comment
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My first post, been lurking, reading and learning... TYTY. I wanted to express my gratitude to the many here who have shared their Blood, Sweat and Gears, to the great benefit of others. I came to TTruth to learn from and (hopefully eventually share with others) about a field that I have always been intrigued by and never had an opportunity to pursue, as I have been living in the midst of a 35+ year corporate career, in my dream job and field, which I recently retired from... I am so tired of air travel.

I have always considered myself 'a driver', I do love to drive and pretty strictly dedicate myself to ~driving~ when behind the wheel, typically no radio, no phone chat, both hands on the wheel... whether driving my 5.5L V-8, 2 door performance coupe or my refreshed 03 WJ Jeep. I truly take driving seriously, do it well. I like working on my cars as well, generally know exactly what is between me and the road [inspires driving confidence] I do enjoy wrenching on my own wheels, learning in the process.

I have been studying the test books, DOT materials, have my CDL permit, with it in hand am in the starting phase of schooling, and realize that it is a long road ahead of me... I am very excited about this, the last chapter of my work career, that being an OTR driver... Taking my vehicle up several notches... from 2 WD, to 4WD to 18 wheels; a logical progression for me.

I am not feeling worried about studying, academic tests, driving skills and acclimating to new form of vehicle or an entirely new workplace... not concerned about background checks, lifelong driving records, personal habits and living, as the former corporate workplace was a life of considerable restraint (neck ties;) ~ I ..am concerned.. about navigating an 80,000 lb vehicle ~ on Americas hi-ways among those that are not paying as close of attention to their surroundings as the rest of us here.

I am a Grateful Newbie, studying reading and learning, I have found on this insightful forum, the exact types of perspectives that I hoped for... for the lingering question, what exactly is the OTR truck driving field about. I expect to work my butt off, am not looking for it to be a cake walk... know that it with be a tough, with the nature of my dedication it will be a rewarding road ahead. I am cautiously and optimistically hopeful.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Boco! Thanks for introducing yourself. We look forward to your participation.

Big Scott's Comment
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Have you seen these?

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.
Boco's Comment
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Welcome aboard Boco! Thanks for introducing yourself. We look forward to your participation.

Thank you for the welcome Old School, it means a lot 'to have the attention of seasoned veterans like yourself!!!

Boco's Comment
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Have you seen these?

Thank you for commenting Big Scott!!! I acted on (read) all 4 links that you post... I studied (used the CDL tests) like crazy that past week and passed with pleasing scores; and have CDL permit in hand, start classes on Monday the 24th... Have not responded sooner (sorry) I have been predisposed to getting everything in order before the time commitment ahead...

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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