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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Don't neglect to get a "Return to Work Authorization Letter" from your Dr.. (You may need it at orientation / DOT Physical).

Best of luck with whatever you decide!

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They wanted one from me. The only reason I got around it was that I was self employed, hence no one to write the letter for.

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I ALWAYS get them. Was self-employed when I had my surgery. Got one after catheter was removed and another after 1010-pound lifting restriction was lifted. Needed it for next training gig. As I am currently fighting a (mostly) paperwork battle again I will always err on the side of overkill in such matrers.

Just my $.02 Your mileage may (and probably will) vary.

I agree. But at the time, I had no plans of ever working for anyone else again.

Where are you located in WI again?

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I agree. But at the time, I had no plans of ever working for anyone else again.

Where are you located in WI again?

Ah... OK. Thought you hurt yourself just prior to going to training. For that I would have a letter.

Was in Kenosha. Currently staying with BF in Barrington, IL, working most days in and around Milwaukee area.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I agree. But at the time, I had no plans of ever working for anyone else again.

Where are you located in WI again?

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Ah... OK. Thought you hurt yourself just prior to going to training. For that I would have a letter.

Was in Kenosha. Currently staying with BF in Barrington, IL, working most days in and around Milwaukee area.

I broke my right ankle a year before starting CDL school. Broke both leg bones just above the ankle. My foot was hanging at a right angle. It’s held on by screws and a plate now.

This looks exactly like my xrays.

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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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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This one is mine.

Sorry for the hijack Cecilia

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Ouch!

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All better now, I hope!

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(And that should have been "10-pound" not "1010-pound" lifting restriction).

PackRat's Comment
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Man, you old people are just falling apart!

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Cece's Comment
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No worries Grumpy !! Lol. I read all advice and I appreciate everyone input, truly

Marc Lee's Comment
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Man, you old people are just falling apart!

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Hey! I resemble that remark!

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Nothing some new parts wouldn't solve! smile.gif (And who you callin' old?)

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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and another after 1010-pound lifting restriction was lifted.

Remember to bend at the knees

Rob T.'s Comment
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You cant go wrong with either company, definitely listen to your gut. Keep in mind your trainer you will have, regardless if at Crete or Prime, will create a different experience than what your sister in law faced. We have a ton of happy prime drivers here, and Jamie seems happy with Crete in his very short time there. With both companies they're very safety orientated and will not tolerate any form of harassment.

For me, had I chosen to go OTR Prime wouldn't be an option due to wanting/needing to be home more. If I'm not mistaken you're expected to stay out 4 weeks at a time, atleast in the beginning. Also I dont hear too much about Prime having dedicated or regional , I'm sure they have some it's just not talked about here hardly at all with the exception of Walmart.

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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.

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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