What You Need To Know Before Beginning CDL Training: New Article By Rainy

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Great piece of work Rainy! I just hope my company doesn't find out that I made Jimmy Hoffa go away or that my alias is D.B. Cooper. I didn't reveal these things up front. My bad.


Thanks everyone! I appreciate it.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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This is a great example of what Rainy is talking about. These are hiring requirements for a good paying local job. Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 1 Year driving experience in either local, OTR , or regional within last 3 years.
  • No more than 2 moving violations within last 5 years. None in last year.
  • No more than 2 non-moving violations in last 2 years.
  • No speeding violations of 15mph or greater in last 7 years.
  • No refusal to submit to an alcohol or drug test within last 7 years. No more than 1 ever.
  • No DUI/or careless/wreckless conviction within last 7 years, no more than 1 ever. None ever in commercial vehicle.
  • No license suspensions for moving violations within last 5 years. No more than 1 ever.
  • No more than 1 preventable accidents within last 5 years. None in last 18 months.
  • No more than 2 careless driving conviction within last 5 years. None in the last year. Allmust be explained.
  • No improper or erratic lane change violations within last 7 years. None in last year.
  • No citations for following a vehicle too closely within last 7 years. None in last year.
  • No defaults/judgements for failure to pay child support/alimony in last 4 years.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.


Driving Under the Influence


Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Amazingly enough, people do not believe there are people out there who can meet all of those because of this driver shortage propaganda.

I got one speeding ticket when i was 19 for going FOUR mph over, and yes, the judge made me keep it.

I hate seeing new people apply and go to orientations thinking something was not impportant and it really was.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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