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Yellow_Wolf's Comment
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Hello TruckingTruth and member. I have been seriously considering a career in trucking particularly OTR. I have done research on the lifestyle and believe that being single would help, but i'm not sure. In the past week so far, i have gotten a DOT physical exam with my 2 year medical, studied the CDL Manual and watch somewhat boring but worth it practice test on YouTube. Yesterday i went to my local DMV to take the written test. I received a 90% on General Knowledge, 95% on Tanker endorsement, and i forgot which but 85% and 90% on Air Brakes and Combination Vehicles. So far I feel relieved. I've also taken the time to utilize TruckingTruth forum for extensive research. Not sure if there's something wrong with my computer, but i'm not able to access the search feature for this forum or if i'm too new on here so i ended up googling "truckingtruth (topic i'm looking into)". Right now i'm preparing myself for a greyhound bus trip for cdl training since i saw a few topics on greyhound. I have so many questions that i would like to add on later especially the job application, transportation to cdl training, food/meal, housing, recruiter, DOT and permit beneficial, and a few more. Thank to any future replies. I'm quite stoke after receiving my CDL/CLP even thought i have a temp and the 6 months won't come for the next 30 days. Thank you.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

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

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.

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 T.'s Comment
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Glad to have ya! Have you looked at these links?

Are you planning on attending a Paid CDL Training Programs ?

The search bar is at the top

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Dont be afraid to start new topics over in the general discussions section of the forum if you cant find information, its outdated or you just seek clarification. The only dumb questions are the ones not asked.

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.
Yellow_Wolf's Comment
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I have already look at those links before but i've already just got my permit. As for Paid CDL training, i'll check it out.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Some companies are not sending by bus due to covid. They are reimbursing car rental. Be sure to ask about that. It might be extra money u need to fork out upfront.

Yellow_Wolf's Comment
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Some companies are not sending by bus due to covid. They are reimbursing car rental. Be sure to ask about that. It might be extra money u need to fork out upfront.

Thank you Kearsey, if some companies are reimbursing car rental then it would be convenient for me. But i don't mind the Greyhound. Now i do have some cash saved up that i do plan on using if needed. I wonder if it's any rental agencies and i just did a quick research on young drivers fee and most agencies are waiving it also due to covid through august 31 for renters ages 21-24. But i actually turn 25 on the 27 so lucky me.

PackRat's Comment
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The last few company orientations I attended, all I had to do was get to the rental location. The trucking company had taken care of the reservation and the rental fees beforehand.

All I needed to turn in were gas and toll receipts for reimbursement.

Yellow_Wolf's Comment
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The last few company orientations I attended, all I had to do was get to the rental location. The trucking company had taken care of the reservation and the rental fees beforehand.

All I needed to turn in were gas and toll receipts for reimbursement.

That's good information to know PackRat, ease my mind a little.

Wiky Wiky's Comment
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Have you thought about what company you want to work for?

Yellow_Wolf's Comment
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Have you thought about what company you want to work for?

Well i used the Paid CDL Training Programs link and it applied me to Prime Inc., CRST, and Wilson Logistics. The applications is also connected to my Driver Pulse tenstreet app. So far CRST is interested in me despite a somewhat slow response through text. Not quite sure what to do next.

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.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Have you thought about what company you want to work for?

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Well i used the Paid CDL Training Programs link and it applied me to Prime Inc., CRST, and Wilson Logistics. The applications is also connected to my Driver Pulse tenstreet app. So far CRST is interested in me despite a somewhat slow response through text. Not quite sure what to do next.

Have you seen this link, with 'individual' company reviews, that Brett put together? Also... Millis has a 'direct' app link on here, and I know they are currently hiring; a gal pal of mine is leaving this week heading their way, with her CDLP.

Trucking companies: Reviews and more!

I've been following you; and wishing you well. Happy 'early birthday' by the way ~! (My husband's is today....and we can't 'do' much due to this Covid crap, so... chilling and this! LoL.)

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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