Finanlly Starting School!!!!

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Jamie S.'s Comment
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I've been planning this for a while now. I chose to go through private school, because being on disability, I qualified to get the school costs covered by the state. The only thing is, I didn't realize how long that would take. I submitted my request back in November, had an appointment in February, a follw-up appointment last week, and as of today I've been approved!

I went to the school today to do some basic paperwork. An interesting thing is that the manager told me that having to start off OTR is bs, but I politely interupted him to say that I WANTED to go OTR, and he seemed pleasantly surprised. He thinks that if I remain diligent, I could have my CDL by the end of April. He also told me that I would have to do the physical/drug test by the end of next week, and I asked if I could just do it today, and again, he seemed surprised by my eagerness. He told me most people are not as gung-ho.

I went to the clinic and did my DOT physical/drug test. Pretty basic, almost a rush-job. Pee in a cup, check my vision/ hearing/ bp, turn and cough... And now I have my medical card, good for 2 years.

Anyways, I start school monday morning! Can't wait!

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.

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.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Jamie! I hope you've been studying your way through the High Road Training Program it will put you miles ahead of your fellow classmates. If you haven't there's no time like the present to get started.

You know it doesn't surprise me that the manager said that about it being BS about going over the road , sometimes these schools will do or say just about anything to get paying customers in their door. Also, at the school I attended they had a list of local companies that sometimes were willing to hire student graduates from their school, and it wouldn't surprise me if most of them had a list of a few local companies that might have an interest in their students. One of the students at my school tried to go that route and found out pretty quickly that none of the companies had any openings at the time. They were on that list, but that didn't necessarily mean they were actually hiring right now.

Work hard in school, your diligence will pay off. Keep us posted on how things are going for you, and if you come up with some questions feel free to ask.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Justin G.'s Comment
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Awesome. Good for you. Hopefully I will be in school by the next month. Good luck!

Jamie S.'s Comment
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I hope you've been studying your way through the High Road Training Program

I have indeed gone through the high road training program, a few times. I haven't got my permit yet only because if I waited to get approved for school, they cover all the dmv fees. The manager emailed me a ton of questions and answers from the written dmv tests, and most of it I already know from the high road. Though there are some that I didn't, I think state specific questions.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats on getting started on Monday - that's awesome!

Though there are some that I didn't, I think state specific questions

No, we cover all of the state-specific differences. Contrary to popular belief, programs like ours and other cdl practice tests you'll find across the Web do not necessarily contain the exact questions you'll find on the CDL exams or on the exams that truck driving schools or trucking companies may give.

Our High Road Training Program has 700 questions we've created from the CDL manual and we know the type of stuff they like to ask about, but we don't have access to the actual exam questions you may come across.

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.
Tami P.'s Comment
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Well, best of luck for that. After seeing that how much you are full of passion, confidence and eagerness, i think you'll do just fine. And obey your teacher :). Just one more thing, Give in your 100% for whatever you do. Good luck,

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