How Best To Prepare For Maine Class B Exam?

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David H.'s Comment
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Hi,

I live in GA and want very much to move to Maine to be in a place that has 4 real seasons, real winters where a person can snow ski and ride snowmobiles and be within reasonable driving distance of the coast unlike a 6 hour drive from my current location. I work as a wastewater treatment plant operator and have found that a lot of wastewater places in Maine want their operators to have or be able to obtain a Class B license. Can anyone tell me if there is a book to learn from, or what would be the best course to take, or what they feel would be the best approach for someone in my position? I see that there would be a driving test which of course makes sense, but any advice on how to start learning to prepare for the exam in advance now would be very much appreciated.

Thank you for any suggestions!

David

40 Days's Comment
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Pass general knowledge and potentially airbrake endorsement for permit. Permit is only written test. Then 2 weeks with permit then pretrip, skills test, then road test. Not sure what you are looking for but this is minimum.

David H.'s Comment
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Pass general knowledge and potentially airbrake endorsement for permit. Permit is only written test. Then 2 weeks with permit then pretrip, skills test, then road test. Not sure what you are looking for but this is minimum.

I'm trying to find out what exactly to get to study for the general knowledge and maybe airbrake tests, and where to get it. Someone in another forum suggested going to any DMV and getting their CDL handbook. From my position of total ignorance it does seem that there might be enough similarities between all states that there could be significant information in the GA book to help with the Maine tests. And in fact since truckers travel all over the country from state to state to state... maybe some or a lot of CDL required learning is federally regulated and would be in all state handbooks. I'll ask about that at the DMV, but at least this is a first step.

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Seabee-J's Comment
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Dave , use The High Road Training Program right here on this site,its got everything you need and then some for your tests, you could get the book but this is FAR superior.

Old School's Comment
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High Road CDL Training Program

Click that link and get to studying. This is by far the best resource out here. It works for all states.

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.
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