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Joe S.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, ive been stalking in the background a couple of months now making sure i can get a medical card before i really jump in. I know You Tube is not a good place to learn but i came across TruckerBrown he seems legit from what ive seen and been reading here any thoughts??

PackRat's Comment
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The only trucking-related youtube videos I watch, aside from maintenance issues, are crashes and crazy drivers. It makes me think "what if?" and keeps me extra cautious. So far, I've not been featured on any videos (knocks on wood).

Joe S.'s Comment
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Well that's a good thing you haven't been featured and glad to hear everything is going well for you. Ive been following . Taking my son back to University of Pittsburgh sunday going to stop at Knight Transportation on Monday in Carlisle but i dont think they take students ftom Pennsylvania.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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They'll take students, but you need to have your permit in hand.

PackRat's Comment
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As Old Scool wrote, just have your CLP in hand. Have you talked to recruiting? Carlisle is my home terminal. The terminal manager is Billy Taylor.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Nothing wrong with YouTube. Probably hard to learn a whole lot but you'll get an idea of how things are. TB is alright too but, I have to be pretty bored to watch truckers talk about trucking for entertainment. But I talk to truckers all day usually so there is that. I did watch a ton of Dale Clay's videos on flatbed stuff when I made my mind up that i would start in flatbed.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Thank you Old School was going to stop in Monday and ask questions.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the comments still reading and gathering information, my place of employment is still hanging on. 27 years waiting for severance when close. Trying to be as prepared as possible when its time to go all in, should be soon. Getting last piece of paperwork for transplant center end of month for DOT physical

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.

midnight fox's Comment
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Check out "My Trucking Skills". If you use his videos right, I'm convinced it'll give you a big leg up when it comes to backing. On a lot of them he's got cameras on each mirror, his head, over the steering wheel, and in the air. I watch the same video multiple times, paying attention to different cameras at different times, until I gain an intuitive sense of which visual cues to use to know how and when to turn. I can tell things start to click when I put on a new video and can predict when he'll start turning, how much and in which direction he'll crank the wheel, etc. etc. Since it's all what you'd actually use and see sitting in the driver's seat, it helps the mind create a model that would otherwise be blank when you do begin.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Good Morning Joe:

I'm from Limerick, I'm also starting the process. I hope to start training after September, My kid starts school in a couple weeks. I'm trying to get things organized at home and things settled with wife. I would be interested to see what path your taking. Since we're from SEPA.

I'm also considering Knight, along with Swift and Prime. I have family in Phoenix, so if I go with Knight, I'll be covered with living arrangements.

Good Luck!

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