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Scratch2win's Comment
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Getting into trucking is the same as spotting dry land through muddy water (IMO). There is so much information out there it's tough to figure out What's what. For the past year I have been preparing to enter the field both physically (keto has changed my life) & mentally. When I comit to something I want I'm all in. For the last 8 years I have been in car sales prior to that I was in college before that I was a entrepreneur building and racing cars A"street outlaw" before they had any idea for a television show. I stopped working full-time to invest more into myself & my journey into trucking industry. You could say it started with my quest for adventure and challenge or the many YouTube video's ( guilty718) channel directed me here. First stage eliminate any "bad habits" that could be detrimental to my goals cleaned up my diet stopped diping and quit smoking MJ i live in a recreational state. Second stage downsize & streamline my lifestyle/finance to suit my future plans. I'm in my third stage now studies & research. That's where the water gets murky due to the disinformation or lack of truthful information. I have been looking into the usual suspects of mega carrier's and mid size carrier's doing my due diligence. I have a open mind and know that wherever i decided to hitch onto for a company it will be wherever i make it to be.Success is up to me to through effort and strategy once I get my foot in the door. So here comes the studies part I have been using the App's DMV genie & CDL prep I plan on starting the High road training course on here this month. Both of the App's are different & I took a quick look at high road & that's different. Maybe im convoluting my progress by using different study guides I high 90's on the apps and got a 65 on a test on high road. I know it's not the end of the world however l want to eliminate any hurdle and sure up everything before I make my 1st call to a recruiter. I know some places want a CDL prior and some you do once your there . The App are 2018 spec is high road training up to date ? I Don't know what state I will be tested in yet that may play a part as well. I could be over thinking this part due to not knowing anyone in the trucking industry that's why I'm here to seek out guidance from those who have been in my place. I will most likely start calling around next month and chatting with recruiters and get advice from veterans of this fourm. All feedback is welcomed & appreciated.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Start with these.

After reading Brett's book, if you still think this is for you, start going through the High Road Training. Then as you go through the rest of the info, read through many training diaries. We highly recommend starting your career with Paid CDL Training Programs. Get paid while you train. That is the quickest way to go from application to solo. Feel free to put any questions or topics into our search bar at the top of this page for a plethora of info on any topic. Good luck.

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.
Mini Me's Comment
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Scratch2Win. I can in no way give you any advice about this career. I am just starting out with my first company next month. However I can tell you that the high road is the only testing or training material I used before going to the dmv to test for my learners. I passed without a problem the first time. So study the high road and use the training material provided and you should have no issues when you go to test for your learners permit. This is just my humble opinion, but it's the route I used and it worked flawlessly. Good luck and welcome.

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.

Bill F.'s Comment
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I cannot stress this enough. The high road training will prepare you for any of the testing the DMV tosses at you. It works. Believe that and the stress of testing will melt away.

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.

Scratch2win's Comment
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Thanks for the input. The testing doesn't stress me out. It's the multitude of different study formats available. I was looking over some YouTube videos and most of the comments were cussing out the poster because it was the wrong material they had used in the video. What I'm getting hung up on is making sure I'm not investing time in the wrong material. It is a confidence booster to see folks here that have good views of this platform.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Getting into trucking is the same as spotting dry land through muddy water (IMO).

The water is muddy because of all the time spent on YouTube and likely other internet sites that are focused on bashing the industry and the “usual suspect” mega carriers. It’s mostly head-trash.

If you want the straight scoop, invest your research time in the Trucking Truth blog section, and the Diary Forum.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks for the input. The testing doesn't stress me out. It's the multitude of different study formats available. I was looking over some YouTube videos and most of the comments were cussing out the poster because it was the wrong material they had used in the video. What I'm getting hung up on is making sure I'm not investing time in the wrong material. It is a confidence booster to see folks here that have good views of this platform.

I did the High Road training, and a $4 CDL prep quiz specific to my state on the iPhone, which I probably didn't need. The HR series covered the same thing. I did not study the state's CDL manual, and I should have at least looked it over, as there were quite a few questions that I didn't see on either the HR or the prep quizzes, BUT after doing the HR series, I was able to figure them all out.

So I would recommend at least reading through your state's manual once or twice, and the HR series, and you should be all set.

I will say the prep quizzes may have helped too, I did all 465 questions the night before my test, and again the morning of, and passed with flying colors General Knowledge, Combinations, Air Brakes, Tanker, and Hazardous Materials. So they were a good review.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

RealDiehl's Comment
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The only study materials I used was The High Road and DMV Genie for the state I was testing in. Do the DMV Genie over and over and you will begin to memorize the answers. Use the High Road to "learn". Both methods will help you pass. Good luck!

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I only used the High Road CDL Training Program to study for my permit. It is 100% free. On this site we do not try to get you to spend money. By the time I studied this site extensively and went through Paid CDL Training Programs with CFI, out with my trainer and into my first truck. My training was 100% free. CFI reimbursed me for my permit, endorsements, hazmat background check and CDL. I drove my year and owed them nothing. Get off YouTube and other sites. This is the only place you need. If you take your time and go through everything I gave you before you will increase your chance of success. Good luck.

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.

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

FliteRisk 's Comment
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I read my states official guide but I don’t think I would have passed without the high road. The high road helped me retain all the info. I studied for about 3 days. I took my CDL test and and some extra endorsements the same day. The folks at the DMV told me I would be there for a long time. I was finished in about 30mins. I was the talk of the DMV. They said they never had someone finish so fast and pass. I’m actually going to get my doubles/triples endorsement today. My state test was slightly different than the high road. No fault of the high road though.

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.

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.

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.

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