DOT Physical, How Long Til Results?

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JakeBreak's Comment
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And....TT has new new driver in training, start 3/24 with Prime!

Excited and apprehensive at the same time.

Class is 500 miles away with deadline of Tuesday 5pm car rental return. Maybe this is the first test for otr trip planning? If i leave 8am will have just enough time for 2 gas stops, eat while driving, with little time for traffic jams.

Perhaps leave Monday afternoon, overnight at a Love's, become a Love's fuel member, shower for $10 in the morning. Of course would expect zero sleep at the truck stop in a car.

So leave earlier if you want to make it ontime lol you have 11 hrs of drive time 😉

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.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Sir! It's really happening now.

CajunWon's Comment
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So leave earlier if you want to make it ontime lol you have 11 hrs of drive time 😉

Since i won't be driving Wednesday: use the back seat as sleeper berth for 1st leg 2hr split and extend the 11hr clock. (Srry, trying to make a joke).

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

CajunWon's Comment
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Day 3 of otr training. Longest drive so far at 8.5 hrs I get the dry eyes.

Sleeping in parked truck not as bad as feared. Getting just enough so far.

Baby steps

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.

CajunWon's Comment
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Everything is moving along here. Day 14.

CDL Exam this Friday.

Have driven about 1,900 miles. Last load from Charlotte NC to Staten Island NY: plumbing supply yard in a heavy traffic and small streets, telephone poles have deep truck scrapes. Told trainer wasn't safe for me to navigate that corner with traffic.

Really like the truck stop (Love's) shower rooms! Clean and large.

Truck is slow!! 57 or 62 when on the cruise, but it gets the job done.

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Slow truck or not you can really rack up the miles with that truck.

Did you pick up your load at Charlotte Pipe?

CajunWon's Comment
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Yes, about 47k lbs iron pipe

CajunWon's Comment
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OK, now have a, paper, CDL.

Where do I pickup a "Rookie Driver" plate? jk

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.
Old School's Comment
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Where do I pickup a "Rookie Driver" plate? jk

Don't worry about that. Everyone will know!

Hang in there man! You are in for an exciting time. I think I lived on adrenaline my first three months. I was thrilled to be driving a big rig across the country. The great thing about driving flatbeds is that it seemed my customers were so happy to see me show up. I seldom ever waited to get unloaded.

Give us an update occasionally. We love hearing from you guys.

CajunWon's Comment
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Don't worry about that, Everyone will know!

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Everyone who followed me around NYC area highways with the loaded flatbed - already knows! 😨

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