Flatbed Training

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Eric S.'s Comment
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Hey group I hope you guys are all being safe out here on these roads. Just a quick couple of questions,I’m going out i with my trainer in the next few days for flatbed training and I just want to know any tips and things to look out for during load securement. I’m not trying to loose my cdl because of a missed step and lack of proper load securement. They taught us the basics back in orientation but I know for a fact I have a lot of questions and a lot of knowledge and training I’m going to need. I’m not a fool and I’m not going into this thinking I know it all when I really know squat. So ANY advice about PROPER load securement and things to look out for while I’m doing flatbed will be most appreciated.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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Which company?

Eric S.'s Comment
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Western express.

PackRat's Comment
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Well, hopefully Old School will see this and advise you better than most anyone here.

He started at WE many, many decades ago, back when they drove mules and wagons!

Turtle's Comment
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There are some very basic rules in flatbed securement that, if followed, will keep you out of most trouble. There are also more specialized rules when dealing with specialized freight. You'll have to learn them on an "as needed" basis.

I'm not familiar with WE's flatbed training program, but I assume they'd issue some kind of guidebook to go along with your Hands-On training. You can download a flatbed securement guide from the FMCSA to key in on specific nuances of different types of freight.

You can also look up and study the High Road CDL Training Program, specifically the chapters on securement. There's a ton of knowledge right there to help you.

Additionally, any of us here will be more than happy to help answer any specific questions you have along the way.

Bottom line: no matter how hot, cold, freezing, rainy, or otherwise nasty it is outside, do not skimp on securement. The few minutes it takes to throw extra straps or chains are nothing compared to the feeling of ease in knowing your load is safe. Allways be sure that no matter what you're hauling, it will stay right there on the deck where it belongs. Good luck.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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