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Cece's Comment
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Hey everyone my orientation is set for October 21st. Is there anything I should be doing to prepare? The company sent me an email with a list of things to bring and stating I will have a hair follicle test, DOT exam, and a Drive Test along with company policy classes etc. But should I be doing anything ? Or is there nothing to do. I'm always thinking of how to be proactive. I passed my exam Sept 18th I believe so I havent been in a truck since so I'm a little nervous about the Drive Test but cant practice for that. Maybe just look over pre trip and get mentally prepared? Thanks all.



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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Oh, it's so much fun to be nervous like this! You'll be ok. Just remember to pack so that you can live in the bunk during your OTR training.

The beds are a long twin size. I'm 6'2" and kept my big duffel at the foot. I still had lots of room in the bed.

If anything, you only be "rusty" for no more than 30 seconds then your training will kick in. The big difference is now you'll be backing up between real trucks instead of cones.

Hopefully your trainer will allow you to mess up every once in a while - that's how you'll really learn. Best of luck out there.



Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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If nothing else...focus on this, do the work...get it done and be prepared;

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Good luck.


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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Don't forget to have your paperwork in order: birth certificate, SS card, blank check for direct deposit, medical card, notebook for taking notes.

PackRat's Comment
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Take a copy of your DD-214 with you, too. You may get special perks being a vet.

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