Getting Ready For School.

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Chris B.'s Comment
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I just got a call from my recruiter and i am scheduled to start school on march 10,2014. I am really excited and nervous about it. At least i get to spend the first week of school in Sacramento. Then two weeks in fontana,ca. 3 days of oreintation then 5 weeks on the road with what i hope will be a good trainer. After that some more orientation then i get assigned a company truck that they said i could take home. where in the world am i supposed to park a big rig tractor at home? Super excited.

Starcar's Comment
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Good Job Chris !!!! now tell me you have been doing the High Road Training Program...you HAVE to get ahead of your class in knowledge, so you will SHINE....then those good trainers will pick ya !!!! So get with the studying !!!! And keep us in the loop...we are here to help,

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's awesome Chris! Hopefully you'll be able to keep us updated on how things go for ya!

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Chris B.'s Comment
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I have been studying and using this websites High Road Training Program. It is very well thought out. And i have completed general knowledge combination, and air brakes along with rules and regulations with a score of 93 percent. Thank you for an awesome website.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to hear you're using The High Road! It's an awesome system. People come back from the actual state CDL permit exams with outrageous scores! We've had many people say they've gotten 95% or higher on their exams and several have aced them - 150 questions - didn't miss a single one. You keep working through that program and watch how far ahead of the rest of the students you will be once school begins.

And don't skip the Logbook and Weight & Balance sections. They're not included on the CDL permit or endorsement exams but obviously it's stuff you'll need to know every day of your life out on the road. And believe it or not most schools and company trainers do a terrible job of teaching them or leave them out altogether. I can't tell you how many solo drivers have come to me saying they had no idea how to adjust the axle weights properly, calculate fuel burn-off, and use the more advanced rules of the logbook to keep rolling when most people think they're out of hours.

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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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Chris B.'s Comment
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Im about half way through logbook and will do weight and balance. i have also been told by some regular customers who drive trucks giving me some pointers like not push the clutch all the way down because some trucks have a clutch brake? And that why some new drivers always grind gears until it spins up to speed. and i have them ask me questions about different things and i have answered there questions correctly all the time. i will go through the entire High Road Program again in between the days off before i start class. I also have the mobile app to. And go thru things on my lunch break. Thank you again

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Starcar's Comment
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There's no need to depress the clutch clear to the floor, as the clutch releases within 1-3 inches from the top. So you can learn to time your double clutch with a short "jab" at the clutch, just enough to get the release, so you can shift to neutral, then into your gear...

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Steve K.'s Comment
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I too am new here. I have wanted to make this transition for over 10 years but have not been in an ideal situation to do it. I have taken most of the online course but am failing miserably at log times. I plan to start at Swift in Richmond, VA in 2 weeks. Very nervous about backing and hitting someone in a curve. Just want to make sure this is a good fit for me.

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