CDL Training With TransTech School

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Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Class started this morning at 8am tomorrow it will be at 6:30am for traffic reasons we voted on it so it’s from 630am until 3pm, for those who don’t know TransTech is a private school but they also partners with Swift so this company sponsored training for me. We watched a couple of 45 minute videos about the whistleblower complaint, HOS and how to do paper logs, the videos had our attention, after we got done with the videos we took a break and watch some of the other students do offset backing and straight line back no lie it looked fun lol, I guess I’m saying that because I wasn’t behind the wheel lol, we did 2 tests on the videos we watched which was easy because it was still fresh in our minds, the instructors name is Greg very funny guy he really teaches he jokes a lot but he’s making things easy for us, after we took our last break he gave us some paper logs which we have to do everyday that we’re in class he explained it pretty much everyone caught on except for few but it came easy to me, after we got done with them he dismissed the class so I left to go take my dot physical which I passed I got a 2 year medical card, he told us to download the CDL permit app which I didn’t want too because of the high road study guide but I downloaded it, it’s a total of 10 students 2 of them are weekenders, it’s 3 of us Swiftys, 1 guy for Mclane and another with DHL, I’m sitting here thinking they should of took the company sponsored training route but oh well that’s them, some recruiters came out today but of course it you’re with a company you have to stay outside, overall I enjoyed my first day of class, after the 1st week there are no classes on fridays except when it’s time to test out and another things TransTech instructors perform there on road tests I guess this helps might be less nervous if someone trained me is the one conducting the exam.

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Good luck, Ryan. Looking forward to following your journey. Stay sharp and focused.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Thanks Turtle I will

Good luck, Ryan. Looking forward to following your journey. Stay sharp and focused.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Day 2 class started at 630am ended at 330pm. Basically all day we watched videos on Air Brakes, Defensive Driving, Left & Right turns and Safety then we took some tests. It’s down to 2 Swiftys. Tomorrow we’ll be going over the permit test and he’ll be showing us how to uncouple an couple, that’s it for today I’m about to go eat some hibachi buffet which is next to the hotel.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Day 3 Class started at 630am. 1st thing we did was do our log books after that we started watching videos on air brakes and coupling & uncoupling, one thing I can say about our instructor is that he really teaches he answers all of questions whether he thinks they’re stupid or not, after we got done with the video on air brakes we took a 50 question test on air breaks, after we got done watching the coupling & uncoupling video he took us to the yard to show us how everything works with the 5th wheel, kingpin, how to move the tandems , right now we’re at lunch, the class is down to 6 students, guy left us yesterday because he couldn’t get a medical card because of a stroke, another was a Swifty have no idea about his situation and the 2 weekends.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Day 3 class is over with, after lunch we talked about combinations and we took the combinations practice test I aced that then we did the general knowledge test out of 100 questions I missed 3 that’s after we went over it, it’s basically the same stuff I went over on here, I’m enjoying school. Tomorrow we go to the dmv to take our permit tests I can’t wait for that, the instructor was telling us once we get them he’s going to teach us how to drive a manual, one thing I like about being in school up here is because of all the hills, I get to learn how to do an upgrade and down and I can get them nerves out of the way, I recommend TransTech for anyone that going the private school route the instructors are very hands on.

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.

icecold24k's Comment
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Very good stuff.. Good luck and keep these updates coming. Even though you may not get a lot of replies I assure you people are reading these.

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Thanks and thats cool

Very good stuff.. Good luck and keep these updates coming. Even though you may not get a lot of replies I assure you people are reading these.

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Guys & Gals I just passed my cdl permit test, I missed 8 on General Knowledge stuff that I knew, 3 on Air Brakes and none on Combinations, I’m so happy

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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dancing-dog.gif Awesome! Let the fun of driving begin shortly!

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