Flatbed Tarp Test

Topic 27292 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Josh J.'s Comment
member avatar

I am just a naturally lean person and no matter how much I eat I cannot gain weight unless I start adding a lot of protein shakes into my diet. I do work in a labor-intensive field currently and spend my day lifting heavy parts all day long. I am still worried about this tart test though. I'm above average height but only weigh 150 on a good day. My physical strength is well above average but I have no idea how much I can actually lift. Should I be worried about this tarp test that some companies give on the first day of training? It would be pretty embarrassing to quit my job, show up and fail, and then have to come back to my family all because I couldn't lift 80-120lbs. For reference, I can sling a 50lb bag of dog food around like its a sack of potatoes. But a 50lb bag of dog food is not an 80lb-120lb tarp.

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Hey Josh, it sounds like you're gonna be fine. They will demonstrate the technique they want you to use. They will also give some extra attention to anyone struggling. Typically you just need to put the tarp where they tell you. It's not like a contest on your style or how easy you make it look.

I remember at one company I was at they told us, "Put these two tarps on the trailer." The tarps were on the ground right beside the wheels. A girl in our orientation group stood the tarp up on it's end against one of the tires. Then she tilted it over against the tire, tipping it up so one end rested on the tire as she lifted the other end. She then just flipped it up onto the trailer. It was unconventional, but the man observing just grinned and said, "Nice!"

You've got a lot more things to concern yourself with than lifting those tarps. Have you started school yet? Do you have your CDL yet? Give us a little more information on how you're going to be starting your career. We will be glad to help you. There are drivers here who've started at most of the companies out there. We can give you helpful advice and knowledge of the process.

I've got a file saved on my laptop that explains the proper technique for lifting tarps. Later today I'll get it out and post it on here for you. Technique is more helpful than brute strength.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Josh J.'s Comment
member avatar

Havent started yet. Going to school soon. So far just asking questions about stuff that concerns me. Thanks for the reply!

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Josh, are you considering Paid CDL Training Programs? We highly recommend them. People who are new to this don't realize the advantages they offer, but they really are the most successful programs.

We regularly have people in here who thought private schooling would be the best way to set themselves up for success and then they discover they're struggling and can't get a job. It's a completely different dynamic in these company sponsored programs. They have money invested in you which gives them an incentive to help you get to the point of being productive. A private school gets your money up front and has no incentive to stick with you if you're not doing so well.

Here's an article that might help you see our point of view on this...

Busting The Free Agent Myth

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.
Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More