Getting Into Trucking

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Imoto299's Comment
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After a year of research I finally decided to get into trucking. I’m heading to prime inc orientation on November 30th. I’m extremely nervous not for the driving and backing up, but I’m really nervous about the pre trip inspection. I will be heading to there Pittston pa terminal

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PackRat's Comment
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Take a look at these links, especially Daniel's pre trip guide and you should be okay.

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Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Howdy and be welcome, Imoto! There are plenty of Prime drivers on the forum (including myself) who can answer any other questions you might have. Good luck during orientation. Be sure to watch those videos (Computer Based Training... CBT's) as soon as you can in order to get them out of the way. Even though it is only orientation, be sure to act professionally while attending classes. Be respectful, pay attention, and be on time or early for classes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Imoto299's Comment
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Thank you. I’m definitely going to study everyday its a must pass!!

High Road CDL Training Program

Take a look at these links, especially Daniel's pre trip guide and you should be okay.

good-luck.gif

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Imoto299's Comment
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Awesome!! I cant wait to get it started. Plan is to knock out the CBT’s the first part of orientation to get them out the way. Do you know how many points that allow to to miss on the pre trip. I know some sections is a pass or fail

Howdy and be welcome, Imoto! There are plenty of Prime drivers on the forum (including myself) who can answer any other questions you might have. Good luck during orientation. Be sure to watch those videos (Computer Based Training... CBT's) as soon as you can in order to get them out of the way. Even though it is only orientation, be sure to act professionally while attending classes. Be respectful, pay attention, and be on time or early for classes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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How many points can you miss on the pre trip?

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I honestly have no idea! wtf-2.gif

I gotta turn in my CDL now. I'm sure someone else can answer that for you. You definitely want to learn the entire air brake section 100%. If you mess up one of the parts of that, or leave something out it is an automatic failure.

Check out the pre trip instruction guide on this site and watch videos on you tube of people actually doing the pre trip. It will help you become familiar with the name of the parts, what they look like, and where they are located.

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.
PJ's Comment
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Congrats on starting your journey. The brake part is the biggie you have to have down. Proper order.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Pre-trip inspection just requires repetition. I suggest developing a "flow" and breaking it down into "groups." For example the engine compartment.

1. Passenger side a. general hoses. b. Alternator and belts.

2. Drivers side. a. Fluids: water, water pump, oil, power steering fluid. b. From power steering reservoir, follow the lines to i. gear driven power steering pump and ii. gear driven air compressor. c. Then follow the lines back to the power steering gear box. Flow from the pitman arm, to the drag link, to the tie rod. Include castle nuts in the process. d. When you point at the tie rod, the shock absorber is right next to it. So, flow to the "suspension group next." e. Shock absorber connects to the leaf springs, so just point to everything connected to that. f. The brake chamber is right next to the suspension group. Brake chamber, slack adjuster, hoses, brake drum and pads. g. Then go to the "outside" of the tire from "inner" to "outer." Hub, lug nuts, valve stem (air pressure), and rim. h. Then finish with the "top" of the tire. Tread, side walls, etcs.

Packrat already included Daniel B's pretrip. I would print that (the full color version) and have it bound at Kinko's or some place like that.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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