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Thanks RobT

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Day 4 class started at 630 but of course I got there around 540 because I hate this Charlotte traffic lol and ended at 3pm. We went to the dmv to take our cdl permit test, the Swiftys passed our test 3 others have to retake there test tomorrow they didn’t do too bad only got one section to do and the other guy already had his. After everyone was back we chilled and cut the fool cracking jokes with our instructor, after that we watched a video on pretrip. Tomorrow class starts at 7am, for the ones that got there permits we will be learning to back, the other ones have to go do there retakes, after backing I’m going to take that 2hr 34min drive home, this week has went by fast, thanks everyone for reading my journey.


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.


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.


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.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations! Enjoy that visit home!


PackRat's Comment
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You're doing great! Enjoy your weekend off at home.

icecold24k's Comment
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Congrats!! Well done!! Keep it up!!

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Day 5 which was this past Friday. The ones who didn’t get there permits on day 4 retook them and passed we were all happy, after the excitement calmed down we did straight backing I did it twice the 1st time I tore them cones up lol but the 2nd time I got it in the hole, after that I left to beat traffic, my only issue was easing off the clutch because I’ve never driven a manual but I’m working on it.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Day 6 class started at 7am. We’re split so it’s 3 at one site and 3 at the other, so we started off our morning by watching a pretrip video, after that we did a pretrip of the truck and trailer, after the pretrip I was the 1st on in the truck so we did some straight line backing we each got 20 reps we went 4 times each with 5 reps each go around. I did great only hit a cone once. After we came back from lunch we started doing offset backing, my 1st time doing was rough lol but the 2nd time was way better 3rd I over corrected a little bit but I did a pull up and put it back in the hole, overall we all did decent on the offset nobody has been hitting cones like that so that’s a plus. We had to stop backing because during my last back we heard a loud pop and a swoosh, I think it was the air bags and suspension, our day is almost over with so we’re doing pretrip while the truck gets fixed.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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The air bag suspension busted the shocks but everything is good we’re back in moving.

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