I Made The Grade Today!

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Chris L's Comment
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'East bound and down, loaded up and truckin' We gonna do what they say can't be done We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there I'm east bound, just watch ol' bandit run' 'H/T to Jerry Reed'

As of 12:00 P.M. EST today I officially be came a proud possessor of a New York State CDL "A" drivers license! I was kind of bumming last night because I had failed my road re-test to graduate and I wasn't sure if I would take the actual NYS road test this morning. But I got to school this morning the training director sent me out with a trainer and one of the road trucks down to the test site. I passed my School road re-test and then about an hour later I passed the NYS road test. It was kind of funny when I first got into the truck the Examiner could not find my name on the test schedule so she called Albany to find out the disconnect was- got it fixed and I started the test. For my Pre-Trip I got Front of Truck, Under Hood, drivers side and the 5th wheel. I finished the under hood on the drivers side and I started to drop the hood back down and I realized that I forgot the to point out the items on the passenger side so I yanked the hood back open and checked those items. I also realized that I did not point out the suspension components so I pointed them out also and it saved me from blowing the under hood. The skills test went ok I got lucky on the Box parallel I was real crooked and I thought I was not in the box but the Examiner though otherwise. The road test went good also- I lucked out because the traffic was light for a Wednesday morning. So now next is to start looking into trucking companies to drive for, I'm leaning towards driving Flat Bed getting experience under my belt then sliding over to specialty transport. I can only say the if wasn't for my beautiful and supportive wife that kept me from totally wigging out I would be posting this today! I'm looking forward to the next adventure see you all down the Road! East Bound and Down!!!!

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

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations !

Tractor Man's Comment
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It feels GREAT doesn't it. I will never forget the feeling I had when I passed my tests. Congrats. Now the REAL learning begins!!

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Congratulations!

Check out Gypsum Express, they are a flatbed company that has its HQ in Baldwinsville, NY. They have a dry van fleet and also pull double flats, too.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Chris!

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Keep us posted on how your job search is going.

PackRat's Comment
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Turtle's Comment
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Awesome news! Congratulations driver!

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B_Dawg's Comment
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Awesome man! congrats! don't sweat not passing on the first try. lots of people don't. I didn't (failed parallel). the important thing is you got back to work and got it done. one of the proudest moments in my life when I walked up to my instructor and he said: "nice job, DRIVER!" and I still remember the look on his face. some advice: when things happen out there on the road, and those moments hit where you're wondering what the h*ll you got yourself into, remember that feeling. remember what motivated you to go for your CDL and all the work it took and all the sacrifice your wife made to support you. it will help get you thru those days. best of luck to you out there!

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

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