Vehicle Lighting Is Very Complex Especially In Big Trucks.

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Mr. Groves's Comment
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There are all these special terms for lighting used in the High Road Training material but I would like to find some tutorial with pictures and diagrams that explains all these lights in detail. The High Road basically explains what is required by law in terms of lights.

How does one identify lights on the vehicle? What is their purpose?

I've heard the term "running lights" but I'm not sure of that meaning.

When I saw "identification" lights in the Training, I assumed they were the lamps that illuminate the license plates at night but I don't think so. I looked it up on Google and some sources claim that "identification lights", "marker lights" and "clearance lights" are one in the same. Is this true?

I would like to get to know each and every light on any truck I drive, how to turn them on or off and what their function and proper name is. There are a bunch of vehicle interior lights too. On cars, sometimes they have special names like dome light, vanity light, reading lamps and courtesy light. I call the ones on the dash to indicate trouble "idiot lights". Do truck interior lights have special names?

Some trucks have a "bubblegum machine" style light on top of the cab or two of them that are amber. What are those called and what are they used for?

Vehicle "light-ology" seems to be a branch of science all its own. Reflectors can be something of a challenge to learn about too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Here yah go Todd...

FMCSA Light Regulations for a Combination CMV

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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Here yah go Todd...

FMCSA Light Regulations for a Combination CMV

How many TT "personalities" does this dude have??? rofl-2.gif Thanks for the link though, G-Town; helpful article!

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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How many TT "personalities" does this dude have???

Three as of this morning but I didn't approve any comments from the 3rd, so it's just Todd Holmes and Mr Groves.

CK's Comment
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How many TT "personalities" does this dude have???

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Three as of this morning but I didn't approve any comments from the 3rd, so it's just Todd Holmes and Mr Groves.

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So we have confirmation then.

Todd/Groves.... As Rainy said before, please seek help.

Old School's Comment
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It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

Dave Reid's Comment
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It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

I have that problem every day rofl-3.gif

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I swear this is the same guy who told me that new trucks never need repairs and i should go work for a good company with good equipment so i don't have to drive on US routes and can stick to Interstates. Remember that guy who said he would work for a good company that wouldnt send him out in extreme weather????

I love the "reflectors can be challenging to learn too". uh, if you cant figure out whar or where the lights and reflectors as, please dont drive.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

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I have that problem every day rofl-3.gif

Thanks Dave. Water spews from nose while laughing!

Dave Reid's Comment
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Glad you weren't drinking milk!

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It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

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I have that problem every day rofl-3.gif

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Thanks Dave. Water spews from nose while laughing!

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