Things Needed For Class And Otr Training?

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Chris B.'s Comment
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Well it is a couple of weeks before i quit my retail job and start schooling before my new career as a otr truck driver. What are some of the bare bones items needed to start off right in the trucking industry? want to do it right.

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.

Delain T.'s Comment
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Well it is a couple of weeks before i quit my retail job and start schooling before my new career as a otr truck driver. What are some of the bare bones items needed to start off right in the trucking industry? want to do it right.

delain taylor

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Along with a truckers atlas ( don't buy the cheap 4 wheeler model..lol)...here's a list that will help you. Items To Pack

Its different with everyone. But the one thing you don't do is OVER PACK...you will be in a trainer's truck, it will be cramped...don't flood him with your stuff.....You will be so tired most of the time that you won't be using any toys that you take with you...make sure you have good shoes for outside, and comfortable shoes for in the truck. Layer your clothes, so you are ready for any weather. a good pair of leather gloves, for work, and cheap rubber dipped ones for fueling. if you over anything, it should be sox and underwear...you may not be able to shower everyday( probably not, in fact) but clean clothes next to your skin makes it bearable.

Any other questions ?? just ask !!

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I showered twice a day most days when I was on the road. But sometimes I was too tired to shower lol. Definitely extra socks and underwear. Also painkillers because you WILL have a headache or stomach ache or whatever. Your trainer may have some, but better be safe. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SHOWER SHOES!!! I'm sure we all agree on that.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Showered twice a day? Good Lord what we're you doing? Playing in the mud?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I like playing in the mud! But really the days when I had to drag around hoses in 90 degree heat I NEEDED to shower lol. I remember the first time I had to wear that stupid pickle suit... 90 degrees in Illinois at 1pm. I thought I drank enough water... but boy was I wrong. Nearly passed out. I was completely soaked throughout after a 30 minute unload.

But I did enjoy showering right before bed, it calmed me down. And most of the time at the start of the day it just seemed appropriate because there was no line for a shower.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Petro Hauler's Comment
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I showered twice a day most days when I was on the road. But sometimes I was too tired to shower lol. Definitely extra socks and underwear. Also painkillers because you WILL have a headache or stomach ache or whatever. Your trainer may have some, but better be safe. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SHOWER SHOES!!! I'm sure we all agree on that.

What's the going rate for a shower nowadays in a truck stop if you don't have shower credits? I remember back in the day it was about $5.00

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I showered twice a day most days when I was on the road. But sometimes I was too tired to shower lol. Definitely extra socks and underwear. Also painkillers because you WILL have a headache or stomach ache or whatever. Your trainer may have some, but better be safe. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SHOWER SHOES!!! I'm sure we all agree on that.

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What's the going rate for a shower nowadays in a truck stop if you don't have shower credits? I remember back in the day it was about $5.00

9 to 12 dollars. Depending on the truckstop. Some smaller truck stops still charge $5.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I never paid for a shower. I just fueled more than once a day my first week or two to "build up" some credits. Was nice to have extra credits when I wanted a shower but didn't want to fuel.

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