School And Physical Fit Test

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ANGELIQUE B.'s Comment
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I have interview with Roehl tomorrow. I am worried about physical fit test and drug test. I have had some pain meds from ER. Also I am just concerned going that far from Texas to Wisconsin.

Then there is also KLLM I am thinking about. I went to Pam I had leave due getting sick an in hospital and my family emergency when I came back. Now almost a year. I am ready to get my cdl and start driving. I all ready drive buses. I am excite. I am studying and serious about this.

What advice can I get with help. Please I am going next month. Stuck thinking of 2 school maybe 3 swift.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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What advice can I get with help.

Angelique, welcome to our forum! You give me two big concerns.

1) You've tried this before and it didn't work out.

2) You make this statement...

I am worried about physical fit test and drug test.

Let's talk about number one first...

You need to learn from that first experience. I can't even count how many times I've heard people say they had to leave orientation/training due to a family emergency. This job is crazy different than any other. I can't tell you how many times I've wished I could be home when I couldn't. Most people refer to those times as "family emergencies." You have got to commit to this or be satisfied with a normal type job. Settle that in your mind. If you've got too many ties and responsibilities at home that require your presence (like young children or other needy relatives) you might as well get those things taken care of until you can feel more free to commit to the sacrifices of being absent from home regularly.

Okay, number two is a huge reason to not get started. If you're concerned about a drug test DO NOT GO! if you fail the drug test you are done. You might as well even give up your hopes of driving a bus again. You will put the final touch on sealing your fate as the most unlikely person to ever be driving a big rig. I don't know why people do that to themselves. Get clean. I don't really care why you needed the meds, but if you can't provide physical evidence (as in a written prescription, and a pill bottle with your name on it and a doctor's letter showing why you were taking it, and now you are off of it) DO NOT TAKE THE CHANCE.

A high percentage of people fail when starting this career. You're admitting one failed attempt and some serious reasons why you're concerned you might fail again. You have to be 100% committed to this or you will not make it. I would push the reset button and evaluate your approach and reasons for doing this. Get things prioritized and in order before taking this plunge. If you really want to do this you'll be glad to have things in order before you get started. It will ease your mind and give you less distractions.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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If you have any questions about the drug test do not risk failing. A failed drug test will kill your career before it can start.

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