Military Drivers, CDL Waiver, Starting At Prime

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SweetLew's Comment
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Anne,

Thanks for replying. I’ve read both training diaries you mentioned along with every post on this website (I think) about Prime flatbed. I’ve also watched a large portion of Kearsey’s videos. As I said in a previous post, I don’t like being under-prepared. I’m just wondering if anyone has knowledge of coming to Prime with a CDL already and the following evaluation.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chief Brody's Comment
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Re-read the section in my training diary where I first start out. I was paired with two CDL holders. You'll drive around and you'll do the backing maneuvers. Then the trainers will give you an unofficial test.

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.
Chief Brody's Comment
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By the way it's good to have a healthy level of nervousness and anxiety, but don't let it consume you. And use the training time to really fine tune your backing. Try alternative setups and different angles just to begin to get the feel of how the trailer moves. Unlike the non CDL holders all you're going to be doing is backing no pre-trip. So all you're going to be doing is practicing backing

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.
SweetLew's Comment
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By the way it's good to have a healthy level of nervousness and anxiety, but don't let it consume you. And use the training time to really fine tune your backing. Try alternative setups and different angles just to begin to get the feel of how the trailer moves. Unlike the non CDL holders all you're going to be doing is backing no pre-trip. So all you're going to be doing is practicing backing

Thanks Chief. This is exactly what I was looking for. I would say that I have a healthy case of nerves. But having a good plan and good information going in goes a long way to keep me calm.

Also now that you mention it, I remember reading about the CDL holders in your training diary. I’ll read it again.

Thanks everyone for replying. This forum is the best resource I’ve found.

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.
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