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Luke O.'s Comment
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I was just sitting here, reading some various articles, taking a break from the studying, both here on TT, and it just occurred to me that TT really is the best new driver resource out there as far as the internet goes. When I first got into this whole thing about 6 months ago, I was confronted by so much conflicting information. And what I thought I knew was not true, and what I thought others said was true, was not true. I remember getting into it once or twice with the mods here.

I remember at first I was like wow, "TT is a bunch of people who claim they arent super truckers, but man they are high up on their high horses" Thats what I felt at first. But after spending time in other forums and discord servers, and seeing the sheer amount of negativity, I realized over time that while TT might seem like its a group of super truckers, its really just people who care about making sure theres no BS, hence the name Trucking Truth. I have learned more from TT then from anywhere else, their CDL training materials are very thorough and very well put together, and although the mods can seem a bit gruff or blunt at times, theyre speaking the truth, and it'd be wise to listen to them. At least 3 times they helped me keep from making the wrong choices and screwing myself.

Im fairly sure that as I sit here and write this, I will do just fine on the CLP tests, and Im pretty sure I will be able to survive the first year. I know that the turnover rate is super high and many have sat in my shoes and in my mindset and still failed, but I think the one thing that I have going for me, is the ability to admit when Im wrong/be humble, and actually listen to what the folks here on TT have to say, not just on the forum posts, but in their articles, their diaries, and their videos as a whole. Ive been in some pretty ****ty and dangerous industries before, and I dont brag about surviving them, however I believe they have taught me to keep my head up and just roll with the punches. I know its gonna be tough eitherway for me, but im fairly positive that with the helpful insight of TT, I'll be able to succeed. And if I dont? **** it, try try again I will.

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I Completely agree with you. Too many people unfortunately get upset because this forum doesnt feed in to the negativity that many forums feed into. I owe so much of my success so far in my career to this forum and thats why i stick around to try to pay it forward.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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I am looking to get my CDL in 3 years (when my twins graduate HS) and I cannot wait! I know there will be great challenges and difficulties and also some amazing things. This site (and Brett and SO many of the other drivers like Rainy, Turtle, Scott and too many others to name) has taught me so much already. I'm grateful for all of the advice, tips, tricks and stories all have shared.

I think I'm in a great position right now as I have quite a bit of time to soak it all in and learn all I can. I'm currently doing the High Road Training Program and I read as many of the forum topics and training diaries as I can.

Thank you Brett (and all) for sharing your knowledge and experiences! Stay safe everyone =)

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.
Aubrey M.'s Comment
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Im fairly sure that as I sit here and write this, I will do just fine on the CLP tests,

Definitely, I just took mine today along with the Hazmat , Tankers, and Doubles/triples endorsement and easily passed. Nothing on the exams was any surprise to me (not saying I got 100% on everything, but that was only my fault).

Maybe you've already been doing this, but in hindsight, I personally would have just completed the permit and applicable endorsement sections that I was intending to take. This way, when going back through the questions again to review (as I did last night and this morning), I wouldn't have been getting bombarded with HOS , weight balancing, and load securement questions, just a nice review of what I would actually be tested on. I know I could have reset the scores, but did not want to risk losing the extra review of questions I had missed previously in a given section.

That being said, the "job duties" sections are awesome, and made the split berth sleeper rule easy, as well as load balancing and securement. I can imagine myself coming back to these in the future if I went the flatbed route or needed clarification on other issues. My only gripe is the metric figures being included/first rather than SAE, which is what this country still operates with and will continue to be tested on (I still remember the talk in the 80's of us switching to the metric system). Even this gripe only came to be when I was hurrying through the last sections of the job duties training; I'm used to skipping past redundancies in parentheses while reading. Anyway, don't take me as negative; the training overall is an A, and being free may just add the +.

Again, if you do the training and don't cut corners, then the tests are a breeze. Many of the questions are nearly identical. The only caveat was sometimes the answers or a question might be worded slightly different than you're used to, but if you take a moment then it becomes clear. Also, the tests at SOS only have 3 answers to choose, not 4, and on all of mine there were no "all of the answers are correct" or "none of the answers are correct" as in the training on here. So the High Road Online CDL Training does an awesome job at over-training you for the tests, and probably gives you a step up on many actually already doing the job as far as knowing rules and laws.

Oh, another thing I personally did not know about the SOS test. You see as you answer whether you get a question right or wrong, and if you get one wrong, you find out the correct answer immediately. This could be good or bad I guess depending on the type of person you are, but I liked it despite missing the very first two hazmat questions in a row. :P You also do not have to answer all 50, 30, etc. questions; once you get enough correct in a section, the system tells you you've passed and moves you on to the next section.

Sorry for running on, but I don't remember reading anything on here about how the actual written tests are administered and scored, so I figured I'd throw that in for anyone who'd like to know.

I also second most everything Luke O. posted. Great forum, great tools, and great people on here from what I've read.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I am looking to get my CDL in 3 years (when my twins graduate HS) and I cannot wait! I know there will be great challenges and difficulties and also some amazing things. This site (and Brett and SO many of the other drivers like Rainy, Turtle, Scott and too many others to name) has taught me so much already. I'm grateful for all of the advice, tips, tricks and stories all have shared.

I think I'm in a great position right now as I have quite a bit of time to soak it all in and learn all I can. I'm currently doing the High Road Training Program and I read as many of the forum topics and training diaries as I can.

Thank you Brett (and all) for sharing your knowledge and experiences! Stay safe everyone =)

The problem is once you start scratching that itch, it starts itching more and more until you just HAVE to get the ball rolling. :)

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.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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Grumpy, you are 10000% right! I spend WAY too much time at work reading, researching and working on the High Road program LOL

(I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the damn "quote" thing here - I always either quote too much or not the right stuff =P )

Rob T.'s Comment
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(I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the damn "quote" thing here - I always either quote too much or not the right stuff =P )

If you want to quote an entire post just push the quote button thats on the reply. If you want to quote only a certain part (as i did above) copy it and when you're at the box to type your comment above that box is "quote" if you press that it'll pull up the code in the reply box. Just paste the quote between the >< of the code. Use preview button to ensure it worked correctly

JoAnne EC's Comment
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If you want to quote an entire post just push the quote button thats on the reply. If you want to quote only a certain part (as i did above) copy it and when you're at the box to type your comment above that box is "quote" if you press that it'll pull up the code in the reply box. Just paste the quote between the >< of the code. Use preview button to ensure it worked correctly

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I almost got it - Thank you!!! =D (only took me like 50 tries)

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Nevermind, I'm a dork =P

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving all and READ BRETT'S BOOK!!! (I mercilessly plug his book to anyone who'll listen!)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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If you want to quote an entire post just push the quote button thats on the reply. If you want to quote only a certain part (as i did above) copy it and when you're at the box to type your comment above that box is "quote" if you press that it'll pull up the code in the reply box. Just paste the quote between the >< of the code. Use preview button to ensure it worked correctly

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I almost got it - Thank you!!! =D (only took me like 50 tries)

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Preview is your friend. instead of deleting the part you don't want, use cut. then preview, if you took too much, you can paste it back

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