Obtained A 1-Year Med Card Today

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SRJ's Comment
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Good news this morning. For quite awhile I have been a bit stressed and worried about obtaining a med card due to some medical issues related to A-fib and the medications I have to take to keep it in control. I went in with a positive attitude and figured if unsuccessful in obtaining it, I would have to move on from my desire to become a driver. Dr. said based on the medications I am taking, he could only be able to issue a 1-year card and not a 2-year. So I can check that off the list of things to do.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Congrats on getting your card. I just got mine also. Next step is the CLP. Good luck on ur journey!

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

PJ's Comment
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That is great news. Congrats!!!

SRJ's Comment
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Thanks. I was overly stressed out about it. Now I may head over to the DMV and test for the permit.

Congrats on getting your card. I just got mine also. Next step is the CLP. Good luck on ur journey!

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rob. D.'s Comment
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SRJ,

On the combination vehicles portion of my Missouri written test, I had the following question regarding coupling:

After connecting the airlines (but before connecting the fifth wheel to the kingpin) you should:

a. Pull forward to test the strength of the airline connections.

Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was rather humorous.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Rob thinks this is funny...

SRJ,

On the combination vehicles portion of my Missouri written test, I had the following question regarding coupling:

After connecting the airlines (but before connecting the fifth wheel to the kingpin) you should:

a. Pull forward to test the strength of the airline connections.

Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was rather humorous.

FYI Rob, one of the most common rookie mistakes is to uncouple and pull away from a dropped trailer before disconnecting the airlines and electrical connection. Most of the permit questions are common sense...many of the failures occurring out here are due to a lack of common sense.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Delco Dave's Comment
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.many of the failures occurring out here are due to a lack of common sense.

There is a severe lack of common sense in the world today. I can see why some of the questions are worded the way they are!

I have been taking lots of permit practice tests from different states to keep the info fresh and know it like the back of my hand. Some states word and ask the same questions differently, I find seeing it worded different ways really keeps my attention and helps me memorize the info. Some of the questions I’ve come across have made me chuckle as well

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Rob T.'s Comment
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That's great news about getting your medical card. I'd still recommend mentioning the condition or medications when talking with a recruiter as they'll expect you to see their doctor for a new medical card during orientation. I've heard of members going to Prime Inc. Being able to speak with the clinic before orientation to be sure they aren't taking a banned medication. It shouldn't be a problem since your condition is under control, but ya never know where the company wants to be more strict than the DOT.

Some of the questions I’ve come across have made me chuckle as well

You mean I'm not supposed to check my oil or fuel level using a match/ lighter?wtf.gif

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.

Delco Dave's Comment
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You mean I'm not supposed to check my oil or fuel level using a match/ lighter?wtf.gif

The one I remember off hand was

Which of these do not apply to stopping distance? A. Perception dist, B. reaction dist. C. Throwing dist. D. Braking dist.

You get that one wrong they should take your regular license away!

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Good news this morning. For quite awhile I have been a bit stressed and worried about obtaining a med card due to some medical issues related to A-fib and the medications I have to take to keep it in control. I went in with a positive attitude and figured if unsuccessful in obtaining it, I would have to move on from my desire to become a driver. Dr. said based on the medications I am taking, he could only be able to issue a 1-year card and not a 2-year. So I can check that off the list of things to do.

Since I was in AFib for 4 mths (VA docs like to take the conservative approach), I was concerned about that also. I take Metoprolol and Gabapentin (blood thinner). As long as the blood thinner isn't in the Coumadin/Warfarin family, I'm good to go. My next physical is by 13 June.

Laura

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