Where Do I Store My Atlas

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Mouse's Comment
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Hey, TT lurker here.

Just got my CDL a few weeks ago. I finished team driving with my trainer and now I'm in my own truck as of this week. I bought an atlas and I'm using it during trip planning. My only problem is literally where do you store the thing? It's quite large so it doesn't fit in most places but it keeps dive bombing at me during traffic whenever I put it in a more accessible location. My trainer never used hers so it was buried under the bunk somewhere and I only saw it once. We always relied on the GPS to be right and it got us into trouble on a few different occasions in the eight or so weeks I was on her truck.

Rainy I know you talk about using yours. Perhaps you have some tips?

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I keep mine in a milk crate in between the seats.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Hey, TT lurker here.

Just got my CDL a few weeks ago. I finished team driving with my trainer and now I'm in my own truck as of this week. I bought an atlas and I'm using it during trip planning. My only problem is literally where do you store the thing? It's quite large so it doesn't fit in most places but it keeps dive bombing at me during traffic whenever I put it in a more accessible location. My trainer never used hers so it was buried under the bunk somewhere and I only saw it once. We always relied on the GPS to be right and it got us into trouble on a few different occasions in the eight or so weeks I was on her truck.

Rainy I know you talk about using yours. Perhaps you have some tips?

If driving solo buy a seat back organizer with big deep bottom pocket, put it on the passenger seat but facing forward

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.
Chris M's Comment
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I have a seat back organizer like Michael said, but mine is on the back of my driver's seat. The large pocket on the bottom holds my atlas perfectly and I can quickly reach around and grab it if I've stopped and need to reference it quickly.

Brian's Comment
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Have the same thing as Michael and Chris. Got mine from pep boys. Has a large pocket on the front big enough for both my atlas, and metal clipboard container. Mine faces forward.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Honestly, its on my dash so i can grab it easily. in my old truck i had it on the passenger door slot.

be sure to get some erasable markers. Susan uses then to trace her routes with her students.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Mine is at home on the passenger seat right under the clipboard that has the trip sheets and bills for the current load.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yes I do.. I buy large multi packs of dry erase markers to trace the route on an atlas and to also write the route, fuel stop, and local directions on the window or windshield. I carry spare markers and give them to trainees who find that system helpful, so when they get in their first truck, they're already "armed" for route/trip planning, with something they're comfortable and familiar with using. Hopefully it will prevent them from having those first load "uh oh" moments and getting lost or missing turns like I did.

3 years in, I still use that system, especially if it's somewhere new or that I've not been to in a while. When I started, I stuck post-it notes all over, which created a kind of mess, then saw on here how someone wrote directions on their window. I adopted that and it works wonderfully.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mouse's Comment
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I knew y'all would come through with helpful storage places :)

And Susan I've been using post it notes so far, I find it hard to read marker on a window in some situations. Same concept though. I gave up real quick on trusting a GPS to do what I needed it to do and started scribbling my route down before rolling.

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