American Truck Simulator

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I have no connection with the trucking world before I start school so I discovered American Truck Simulator. Although its seriously lacking for realism I have learned some basics about shifting and backing up. I have also been able to apply some of the things I've learned from studying for the CDL manual. Things like checking your mirrors, watching the gauges and watching for the safe stopping distance in front of you. When I drive I'm always thinking of perception distance, reaction distance, and stopping distance. I have logged over 60,000 miles and besides its a lot of fun. I was wondering, though, if I have to be careful not to pickup any bad habits that might carry over to the real world. It seems like a good way to get, at least, a rudimentary exposure to driving. Please let me know what you think and if you have used the simulator yourself and your experience.

Also about 3:00am this morning I started reading Brett's book and am enjoying it a lot. It's easy to read and very informative. I'm interested in buying a hard copy so I can make notes as I go through it. Before I found this website I stared a sketch book of questions and answers to review. I have compiled about 400 questions so far. I have included a section on road signs and terminology. Throughout the book there are some pictures of semi rigs, truck stops and various diagrams. This sketch book used in conjunction with the High Road Training Program I'm sure will help me pass the test when the time comes. I try to study at least a few hours a day. Finding Trucking Truth has already re-enforced my efforts to learn. That's good because at my age I need all the help I can get!


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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