GPS Question

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John O.'s Comment
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Hello! I didn't know where to get a quick response to a question I have so I'm trying here. I am a recent Truck School graduate and have my CDL. I have a phone interview with Schneider in a few days and hope to be driving soon. I have a GARMIN NUVI 755T CAR GPS. Do I need this gps for my future job? Reason I'm asking is because I have bills to pay and I would like to sell it. I'd appreciate any opinion on this matter. Thanks! John O.

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.
Chris L.'s Comment
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I don't know about Schneider but my company has electronic logs with GPS in the trucks, but I bought a truck gps anyway. It also helps to see your route on a map too.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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THAT particular GPS you can sell. It's a car GPS and will get ya in a load of trouble if you follow it due to truck routing restrictions. You will need to buy yourself a truck GPS. But until you get a truck gps you might keep and use that one but you will have to be careful and avoid areas that trucks are not allowed in.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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When you can you should but a truck GPS. The Qualcomm directions are horrible at Schneider. . . Speaking from experience.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Echoing the sentiment to get yourself a truck-specific GPS as soon as you're able. Fair warning, though, they're a little pricey. Especially if you go for one of the 7" screens with all the bells and whistles.

One word of caution as well: never rely solely on your GPS. It can (and will) lie to you. Mine has tried routing me on roads that have weight, height, and/or length restrictions. It has also tried to take me on some of the most retarculously long scenic routes imaginable. As an example, I had put in the Flying J in Texarkana, which is right off I-30 at exit 7. My stupid GPS tried telling me to take exit 17, follow the old highway for 10 miles, turn left, go another mile down the road, make a U-turn, then go back a mile and a half to the truck stop. wtf-2.gif

GPS should be just one tool in your arsenal.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Echoing the sentiment to get yourself a truck-specific GPS as soon as you're able. Fair warning, though, they're a little pricey. Especially if you go for one of the 7" screens with all the bells and whistles.

One word of caution as well: never rely solely on your GPS. It can (and will) lie to you. Mine has tried routing me on roads that have weight, height, and/or length restrictions. It has also tried to take me on some of the most retarculously long scenic routes imaginable. As an example, I had put in the Flying J in Texarkana, which is right off I-30 at exit 7. My stupid GPS tried telling me to take exit 17, follow the old highway for 10 miles, turn left, go another mile down the road, make a U-turn, then go back a mile and a half to the truck stop. wtf-2.gif

GPS should be just one tool in your arsenal.

My GPS did the exact same thing last night.

Dave

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Exit 7 flying j has done it to me also. I figured out that the road near the exits there are not recognized by the gps as a legal truck route therefore tells ya to go up to exit 10

Chief's Comment
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I have the Rand McNally 520. It gives me a hazmat violation warning as soon as I get off exit 3 I-20 for the Flying J at Shreveport. (There is no hazmat restriction there).

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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Uuummmm, Fatsquatch, they don't make a GPS for the kind of lengths and weights your loads some times have on them!

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Uuummmm, Fatsquatch, they don't make a GPS for the kind of lengths and weights your loads some times have on them!

Huh? I pull a standard 53' reefer with a standard 80,000 GVW.

Unless that's a commentary on my own "personal" length, in which case, all I can say is gee, thanks! smile.gif

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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