My Carter Express Adventure

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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Hi y'all!! Well will be picking up my rental tomorrow afternoon and heading to Anderson,IN. I'M SUPER DUPER EXCITED ‼️ it's a 7hr drive so will probably make it there around 6 or 7PM that night and than first day of orientation the next morning. For anyone looking to go with Carter Express in the future. Here's a some information to know about them (best to my knowledge): -They pay for lodging. -They provide you with a rental,keys will have to be turned in on the morning of orientation. -The hotel they provide you with has complimentary breakfast. -Lunch is provided onset during training. - They aslo provide an allotment to purchase dinner. - Their training is 4-6 weeks - Carter Express also has a shuttle for trainees to and from the terminal (they do not allow you to drive your personal vehicle,as there are limited parking) -Direct Deposit is available -They do haul car parts (which is a huge plus for me haha) -You're home every week (2 days out the week) -They also have home daily but someone on another forum has mentioned that it's for the one's with seniority. I think that's all I can bring out to the top of my head for now.

Wish me luck 😸🍀 y'all!!

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PJ's Comment
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Congrats keep us posted. It’s fixin to get real really fast from this point forward. You will experience alot of hurry up and wait at first, depending on size of class. I wouldn’t be suprised if you find the hotel not doing breakfast. Many have stopped that along with closing their pools because of covid. good-luck.gif

PackRat's Comment
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Tortuga 's Comment
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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks PJ,PackRat & Tortuga!!!! And yeah 9 times outta 10 the dinning area is gonna be closed. Thank goodness these a crackle o barrel just 3 (walking distance) minutes away from the hotel. And hopefully the class is smaller vs Roadmasters' 15 class size.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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How was Day 1?

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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How was Day 1?

Horrible completely horrible PackRat. I never got to go. In the beginning I told my recruiter that I had my paper clp in text message and over the phone. So I asked her could I still attend training with that. She gave me the ok. Ok look yall I already had a bad feeling about it because that means I would have to come back to Tennessee to get my actual cdl paper copy. I told her I haven't paid the $70 for my CDL yet because after my husband paid rent and everything,he didn't have any funds left to lend over for me to pay for my CDL. Still have me the ok and said that I can get my hard copy once I get back to Memphis. Still getting that bad feeling through. So I started out everything in my bags when she called me and ask " Wait,did you say you still have you clp and not your actual CDL?" I than told her "No ma'am I never went to the DMV to get my CDL because I'm low on funds to pay for it." She than tells me I will not be able to attend because they do not train on clp,that I would actually have to get my CDL. I told her I will be heading to the DMV on Wednesday. She apologized and told me she got it mixed and her supervisor (completely forgot who told her the correction) told her that I have to pay a fee to get my paper copy. Told her it was completely fine and she has me scheduled for next Monday. Praying things won't change. But it's all good. Really want to know what type of luck I have a newbie.

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Minor setback due to a communication mixup. It's minor, so good luck getting everything fixed up on Wednesday.

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Minor setback due to a communication mixup. It's minor, so good luck getting everything fixed up on Wednesday.

Thanks PackRat!! And yes just a small set back. Well at least I have a week to actually pack the right stuff. Can't even began to list everything (that's unnecessary) I decided to throw in my bags,goodness.

PJ's Comment
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Oh boy, slow down and breathe. Senior is right this is just a minor mixup and your already correcting. Don’t freak out. Also they should have sent you a suggested list of things to take with you. Don’t overpack.

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