Hazmat Endorsement

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Red Beard 's Comment
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If you have never taken the exam before and are not familiar with the acronyms and procedures of transporting hazmat then I would suggest going online and finding free practice exams. Those helped prep me the most for passing the exam.

I went to several websites that offered practice exams and took them over and over until I could ace them. Try and find updated sites that aren't too old to ensure your being quizzed on the latest material/ dot requirements. Good luck!

There's an open regional spot with Knight running Hazmat back and forth between Kansas City and Denver that I'm considering taking, 4 days on 2 off -- I'm gonna use the High Road stuff to dig into that but also wanted to see if anyone here has any other tidbits that may not be there?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Regional:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PlanB's Comment
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Just another reassurance.

I also used the high road hazmat section to study, nothing else. Had zero issue passing my hazmat on first try.

I took my CDL and birth certificate to a tsa location as a walk in. They got me in for my interview by that afternoon. Was only 5-10 minute interview. Once my letter came in the mail I went to local DMV and took the hazmat test. Had my new hazmat endorsement in hand that day.

One thing I learned pulling my first hazmat load...bring extra placards. I luckily asked for two extra "just in case" before I left my shipper. One of my trailers placard brackets was bad and I lost 2 placards in transit. Ended up stopping at the last truck stop before every weigh station just to make sure I hadn't lost another placard.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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