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Rhino's Comment
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I start night class at a private school here in Vegas on 2/8. Excited but nervous to specially because it is at night.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I start night class at a private school here in Vegas on 2/8. Excited but nervous to specially because it is at night.

I remember ya~!

My driver'man is a night driver. By choice, by differential, as well.

Wish you the best; thinking you'll learn a ton, in the evenings. Not sure why you didn't go company training, however.

Wish you well;

~ Anne ~

Zach 's Comment
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I start night class at a private school here in Vegas on 2/8. Excited but nervous to specially because it is at night.

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I remember ya~!

My driver'man is a night driver. By choice, by differential, as well.

Wish you the best; thinking you'll learn a ton, in the evenings. Not sure why you didn't go company training, however.

Wish you well;

~ Anne ~

It sounds like he is going to school at night so can continue working in the day and have income instead of having to go 5 or 6 weeks without any money coming in which would be his case if he went to a company sponsored school. I didn't see my first paycheck for almost 2 months since they took forever to get me a trainer

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It sounds like he is going to school at night so can continue working in the day and have income instead of having to go 5 or 6 weeks without any money coming in which would be his case if he went to a company sponsored school. I didn't see my first paycheck for almost 2 months since they took forever to get me a trainer

Yeah, bet you are right. Didn't think of that part. When my hub went to school (Roadmasters) the state paid for it, but he already had a CDL , just wasn't 'legal' per se.

We went MONTHS without his income; just mine, waitressing and bartending at first. He started at Transport America in 2003. Didn't see a dime for a month. Of driving, AFTER school. Lots of Mac & Cheese, Ramen, and PBJ's.

I get it. Sorry, Ryne. Didn't consider that part.

ps: His job in IT/switch got 'RIF'd' ... we had no choice.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Good to learn at night, that way you are already experienced in it.

Still going with a LTL company?

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Rhino's Comment
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Thanks. Ya Anne it’s ok lol I decided with just school for now instead of company training because I’m not trying to go otr at the moment. Yup working my full 40 and doing this at night. Only 5 weeks so I’ll be ok. Plus I’m using vac time to so I only work half days. Yes sir bobcat I’m gonna apply to all I can. Od said they would need atleast 160 hour class. So I’ll contact them again once I graduate.

Good to learn at night, that way you are already experienced in it.

Still going with a LTL company?

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Rhino's Comment
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Took the permit today, only had to do combinations. Did tanker and doubles/triples to but failed the dbl/triple. Was bs because I’ve read the manual and did so many practice tests and the questions it asked Were not on any of the practice tests and I guess was in a different section then dbl/triple section. Oh well will have to go back next week.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Jammer a's Comment
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Better at night especially in Vegas traffic wise you’ll be fine I live by there weekend are bad at night !! But for the most part driving ng at night over there is better

I start night class at a private school here in Vegas on 2/8. Excited but nervous to specially because it is at night.

Jammer a's Comment
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It’s all in the wording man you’ll see just brush up and run it back

Took the permit today, only had to do combinations. Did tanker and doubles/triples to but failed the dbl/triple. Was bs because I’ve read the manual and did so many practice tests and the questions it asked Were not on any of the practice tests and I guess was in a different section then dbl/triple section. Oh well will have to go back next week.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Rhino's Comment
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Ya traffic better at nice not worried there I’m more worried on skills. Backing and **** at night. Will be a lil nervous driving a big rig in this kinda traffic at first. Wel I know the wording can **** u up but these questions weren’t even on any the practice ones and i had to guess. Guess gonna have to read other sections that it referenced in that section

Better at night especially in Vegas traffic wise you’ll be fine I live by there weekend are bad at night !! But for the most part driving ng at night over there is better

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