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Andrea's Comment
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What’s the name of that truck stop? That woodwork is beautiful!!! How do you know what truck stops are decent? Is there an app for that? I would love to be friends and communicate with you off the forum. What is the best way? If that’s okay with you?

This is a truck stop in MN that has a fabulous restaurant, bakery, and sandwich shops. they make their own breads and salad dressings etc.

Now my mom.says "can you swing by that place with the great horseradish?" as if i can just run to MN anytime i want. She even told.me "Tell Matt your 80 yr old mother really wants it". yeah, she talks about my FM as if she knows him lol.

You gotta find things OTR to entertain you. it keeps you motivated and from burn out.

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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.

Fm:

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Andrea, CFI fuels at Pilot/Flying J. That is where we earn points and shower credits. However, that doesn't require you to stay at one. TA/Petro have the nicest, cleanest showers of the big chains. Rainy likes many of the smaller brands and mom & pop places. She keeps a list of her favorites. Trucker Path has reviews, you must take those with a grain of salt. As you drive, you will discover, in the beginning, most days will end with you parking and climbing into bed. Looks forward to discovering the different places. Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Christy S.'s Comment
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Hi! Did you start their school yet? I'm set for the 25th and had a few questions. Thanks!

Thanks everybody! I have been in touch with Big Scott. It really was just a question out of curiosity. CFI amd Pam cdl schools were the only ones that would extend me an offer. I applied to everyone on the Trucking truths Paid CDL school list that had a pet policy. So, I really didn't have much narrowing down to do since I only got two offers.. I have chosen to go to CFI. I just love the reviews of the schools and companies on this website, and wondered why they weren't on there? Lord help me If you ask for an opinion on Facebook. Talk about opening a can of worms and making your head swim! I have spent the past month taking the High Road CDL course and doing practice tests. If everything stays on course I will be going to Joplin, MO the first week of January!good-luck-2.gif

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

X100 Fan's Comment
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Hi y'all,

CFI was(is) quite high on my list of prospective companies.

However, I am now concerned that their being bought out by Heartland Express could have a negative impact? I have watched many of Riding with Dave's videos and hope he will address this issue.

Today I passed the Michigan CLP written tests which are good for one year if one waits for the six month mark to actually acquire the permit. My DOT is good for one year from late August.

Brad

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I am now concerned that their being bought out by Heartland Express could have a negative impact?

What is the basis for your concern?

X100 Fan's Comment
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Well, it seems like CFI has a reputation for being a company where one is not just a number. There is one lady, Stephanie I think, who has been there for 39 years as mostly a driver.

My concern is they will fall into the mega carrier trap.

Brad

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

G-Town's Comment
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Mega Carrier trap? Please explain…

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Well, it seems like CFI has a reputation for being a company where one is not just a number. There is one lady, Stephanie I think, who has been there for 39 years as mostly a driver.

My concern is they will fall into the mega carrier trap.

Brad

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

Fleet Manager:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

Fleet Manager:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Oops… hit submit before writing…

Big Scott most companies put safety first before anything else. Nothing unique about that… and certainly not something that sets CFI apart from other companies.

Wish I had a dollar for every time me and others “check” you when you “sell” CFI…

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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

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BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fleet Manager:

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.
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