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PacMan's Comment
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Hello Drivers,

I have been lurking on these forums for the past couple of weeks and I am very impressed with how this website is setup and how it is ran. I am a 41 year old US Army Veteran that started my driving career in 2000 with Schneider National. At that time, they ran their own school, which provided me with better training than the military did, as I was a Motor Transportation Specialist (88M) in the Army. I still believe hands down that that training is the best of the industry. During my time in the industry, from 2000 to 2013, I drove for Schneider, JB Hunt, US Express, Covenant, and an O/O.

In 2013 I left JB Hunt and got with an O/O who I thought was a "friend" as he promised me certain things that sounded good at the time. Looking back now, I should have stayed where I was. After this incident and not understanding the changes that were being implemented in the industry; electronic logs was just getting started, I felt that I needed to get out of trucking. So, I went to the DMV and surrendered my CDL to force myself to not use my CDL as a crutch to fall back on while I went to school to get my degree in Psychology. During this time, I did not keep up with trucking in the least bit, but when out and about my eyes kept being drawn to those beautiful vehicles delivering freight on the roadways.

As many of you experienced Drivers may have heard at some point in your career, "once that diesel is in your blood, it's hard to get it out," that is exactly how it is with me. I started regretting giving up my CDL, but everything happens for a reason. Although I am experienced, I see how the industry has changed and I know I need to go back through training. Not for the operation of the truck, but for the new Qualcoms and the new HOS. Now that the industry is going to automatic trucks and they are putting restrictions on license's stating that, I will make it a point to go to a school that uses manual transmissions to test on.

I pray that I am able to go to the Roehl school and drive for them as I have read nothing but good things about their program and company. My alternate is Prime, as I read the same about their program.

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.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Welcome PacMan, it's always nice to see new faces around here. Jump right into any of the conversations we have going on. Good luck. We don't bite.

Well, then again there is Rainy...

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Good luck. We don't bite.

Well, then again there is Rainy...

HEY!!!!

I resemble that remark. i mean resent.

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And yes...welcome. We have some awesome people here and as you can see....some of us are a little twisted but all are well meaning.

If you check out the diaries section you will see various students posting from all different companies to give you an idea what to expect.

If you have a company specific question feel.free to ask. we have many members from mega to small companies that are here to help.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome Leroy!

You shouldn't have any trouble adjusting to the changes the industry has gone through. To be honest, it hasn't changed all that much. The HOS rules have changed a bit, and seem to be changing more even now, but overall the trucking industry is still much the same as it ever was.

It's not hard to get accustomed to Electronic Logs. I've had to go back and forth to paper logs occasionally due to issues with my electronic log device, and I realized I'm quite comfortable with either way of keeping records. The main thing is that you understand the HOS rules and how to make them work to your advantage as you're out here earning your living.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David D.'s Comment
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Welcome. Actually Turtle told a little fib, a couple of folks around here do bite, but kind of like an old tom cat, it's a display of affection. Rainy on the other hand I can't figure out, her truck beeps at her. Maybe you can solve the mystery.

PacMan's Comment
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Thx for the warm welcome .

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