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Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Got my duffle bag packed and ready to go tomorrow. Today was a day of good-byes and see ya'll later. It's going to be a long night, I leave tomorrow for Mesquite, Tx. School starts on Monday, way too early for this night owl. I'm nervous, miss my doggie all ready and just hope for the best. I'll post Monday about the first day, if I get a chance.

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Waiting on my ride to the bus stop. I hate waiting, seems to go by slow. It's a 5 hour drive up to Dallas.

Rockin' Rick's Comment
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Good luck, Svetlana! I start my class tomorrow, also.

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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I'm not really good with words but I will try to explain my trip to Mesquite, Tx. My ride came to pick me up at 1100. We went to the bus stop and right off the bat a lady comes to us saying she needs to get to Midland, Tx and lifts up here pant leg and has a huge pitting 3rd degree burn on her leg. I look at her like lady why aren't you getting this treated. I was a nurse in the army and worked at the burn ward here in San Antonio. She told me she signed herself out of the hospital and needed to go home. Well, what a start. I board the bus and the person sitting in back of me was talking to someone saying that he is going to Stevens for school. We start talking. The lady in front of me has 2 kids and for 4 hours of the trip one of them is crying. I have a huge headache. I finally get to the hotel and I have a roommate. It's ok. Our day starts at 0500 to get to school by 0700. hopefully it will be better than today.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Well, your introduction to trucking school sure has been an interesting one...hope your week gets better...and yes, you meet ALL KINDS of different people on the dirty dog...

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Well, it was an early day, filled out a bunch of paperwork, classroom instruction was going through pretrip inspection, air brakes, combination vehicles and a tour around the place. We start bob tailing around the course parking lot on Thursday, guess that's when the fun begins. Tomorrow is drug test and DOT physical, we all need to be at school at 0600. I have homework to do, they are very serious about getting your stuff done. Trainers seem to be nice, hope it stays that way.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Is this company training? If so, what company.

Dave

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Company training with Stevens transport in Mesquite, Tx

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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So today was a real busy day, School started at 0600 and ended at 2000, we did our DOT physical which put half our class on medical hold, we have lost 4 people so far, and the people who can't get their blood pressure down by tomorrow will know if they can stay, we get our red Stevens cap tomorrow if all is good with us. I hate seeing the people leave, our class is great, we all get along and help each other, an office worker commented how polite our class was which our instructor said that was rare that they commented on us. We are going for the same goal to pass this class so we can get on with our lives. We are going to DPS tomorrow to take the test we need to finish, I only have 3 to take but some have 5. Really glad I listened and got my permit before coming up here. The school feed us pizza for dinner since we stayed so late, that was real nice of them. Tomorrow is another busy day, if we can get through tomorrow, Thursday should be a fun scary day of bobtailing, (our trucks without the trailer attached), next week we will be hauling a 53 foot trailer around the course. Sounds fun!!! I just hope all goes well! So now I need to get to studying

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Passed all written tests, now onsmile.gif to driving

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