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Mountain Matt's Comment
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I ended up going with Wilson for their training. I think the only reason they would throw someone out of training is not passing their CDLP test. I failed the first time. Yeah. Nothing like pressure.

That's encouraging to hear, Vicki. And just to clarify (please correct me if I'm wrong), it's only in their Missoula terminal that you have to take the CLP test while there, since Montana requires you to get a Montana CLP. I'm going to the Springfield terminal, so I just took the CLP in my home state. One less thing to sweat while I'm in training!

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.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Trucking Company Reviews

Apply and send to many. Then go thru those who respond, whittle down to 3 or 4.

I can say for a fact that Prime will make sure that you get the information and help you go through the different steps. I had a young man of 46 get laid off out of the clear blue sky the week before Thanksgiving because the Rancher ran out of money. My friend is mentally slow, has a bad speech impediment and has been taken advantage of by different bosses. Amazingly, 4 days after he sent out apps to a number of companies, Prime contacted him and he is now in school. He did drive for a few months for C.R. England about 18 years ago, got into lease operator and lost his shirt. He has worked on cattle ranches ever since. So he does have knowledge backing trailers and farm equipment but his memory doesn't remember much of his driving, so he's being treated as a new student. He's not mechanically inclined and was very worried about the pre-trip. Prime has a very good pre-trip and they worked with him and he passed it. That gave his confidence a big boost. Now he's worried about hitting curbs, but I'm sure they will work with him and he will be just fine.

Now I really do have to take a nap.

Laura

I hope you had a nice nap Laura.

Sorry I took awhile to answer. We are on acreage and every time we get a big storm the power goes out. I want a generator from Santa for Christmas.

Hearing about your friend gives me hope. I feel like I need someone who’ll hold my hand. Never had that before and didn’t need it—but never did something where I could accidentally kill people with a heavy vehicle either.

Pretty sure I’ll be worried about pre-trips and hitting curbs as well. I’m mechanically inclined though, thankfully.

Prime sounds like a nicer company every time I find a thread about them.

I read in Rainy’s post they even put on balls for their lady drivers, and are socially conscious. They do DV awareness. That’s next level in my book for an employer.

Oil rolls out the red carpet, then treat you like royalty, and even they didn’t do things like that.

It got my attention for sure. Thanks for patient training company #1 for my list. :)

I appreciate you. Too bad we cannot do PM’s on here—but I saw your link and may just hop back on the chatterbox (after 2 years off) so I can connect with you.

As much or as little as you want—I know you are busy.

All the best, Lil’Red

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Good to meet you too, Nina! Yes, my philosophy is to plan everything that can be planned so that I'm prepared to absorb and adapt to the curveballs that come my way.

The 6 P’s! Prior Planning Prevents P*** Poor Planning.

Matt, we’re peas in a pod.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Good to meet you too, Nina! Yes, my philosophy is to plan everything that can be planned so that I'm prepared to absorb and adapt to the curveballs that come my way. For instance, I had everything planned out and in motion for my move to South Dakota and transition to company training

Goodness, SD? I’m familiar. We got family out that way. Nice state—no spring/fall and little rain—but very nice ppl.

(see my new diary thread),

YAY HE STARTED THE DIARY! —now if I only could figure out how to tag Anne..

and then the transmission on my car died over in Michigan after Thanksgiving!

Bummer. Transmissions aren’t cheap either.

I was still able to deal with that and work things out because everything else was planned and in motion.

The 6 P’s. There is no such thing as too much planning.

I have heard that Wilson has a heavy haul division out West, which would work for you. I haven't heard of them running up to Alaska (that would be cool!!).

I think I remember seeing them at the Carlile terminal in Deadhorse. But—it’s some years back, and I may remember wrong.

I'll let you know if I hear anything further about these when I'm there. I know Ashley Distribution just bought Wilson's western assets, so possibly things may change there (one way or the other).

I sure hope they keep the division. I’ve never heard of Ashley, so thanks for the name. Time to research.

Your Alaska stories and experiences sound AMAZING! You're right that Alaska spoils you for all else.

They truly were. I am incredibly blessed to have been given those experiences. And yes—spoiled. In every way LOL. Hubby & I were going to move there some years back. But when he learned that the thermometer at Fred Meyer in Fairbanks would freeze—because the air froze; he drew the line lol.

Now if I can only sneak him up there…. He’ll be hooked as well.

It's ok that you have some time... I had a similar length of time, and it was helpful to prepare, continue reading about the industry, study for my CLP , etc.

Thank you Matt. For me having the time is perfect. I have a sometimes tightly-wound personality that is relaxed by planning things out.

As to your other comments about fear, I understand, as I'm starting in two days! But I also know that I've prepared for this moment, and I'm 100% in.

That’s some really sound thinking right there Matt. 100% in is the way to go. Doing while afraid. Man I’m going to be such a mess 2 days before LOL.

As one of my favorite novels (now a new movie) says, "Fear is the mind-killer, the little death that brings obliteration." I.e., Don't let fear in.

Movie title please?

A Navy SEALS podcast I listened to on mental toughness says, "Never let a negative thought complete itself in your mind."

I love podcasts. Name please?

Preparation, hard work, mental toughness, and positive self-talk are what I'm relying on. You'll do fine.

AMEN!

And thank you. I keep telling myself that.

Now best of luck with that training! I think you’ll knock it out of the park.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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You are spot on; with Ms. Laura & Rainy (aka: Kearsey, lol!) I've yammered with them both; phone & otherwise. When I finally get to start my journey sometime in early 2022 (got the last kid, aging up, and my torn RC shoulder, which is 85% healed,) I'll be with ya!

Torn shoulder does not sound like fun. I’m glad you are almost there in your recovery.

So many nice people in here. You’re pretty great too you know. ☺️👍

Regarding the 'other' forums. Let's be candid, we all know TTR is a 'free for all.' Tom & I used to 'play there.' Eons ago. You could read his old posts (some WERE me, jsyk) but everytime we'd try to HELP someone, a 'GOOD OLE BOY BADARSKE' had to bash our attempts.

Garage, Beer, and Offtime thread was the end of the end.

I have been to TTR too. I fully believe you. The boys at Layover scared me so bad I didn’t even think of driving a truck for 15 years. I had WIA funding lined up and everything at the time. Told hubby, I’d rather work the graveyard shift at a convenience store on the bad side of Detroit; it’d be safer.

YOU'RE HERE NOW, YOU HAVE US!

Yes I DO! ☺️ I am so thankful for this forum and all of you.

Keep on keeping on, Nina. I had a permit twice, but never got my full CDL. Pulled tanks with Tom, as a 'student' for a private hauler. Don't follow my lead.

In all honesty, when MY chance arises . . . I may just go with company sponsored, as well.

You know what they say, the third time’s the charm. You’ll knock it out of the park Anne.

PLEASE imbibe the HRTP here....

Good advice, and don’t worry. I got a keg and a funnel. This punch is good! Do you think they spiked it? 😂

and get a laminate of Daniel B.' s pretrip, as mi mano Mt.Matt did. I want to, as well!

Funny you should say that. I’m buying a laminator off Amazon, just for that purpose. But I did not know (or recall) there was a pretrip sheet here. I found one via YouTube. Though the one I bookmarked may be perfectly fine, will use the one here instead.

Do you know... other entities actually USE Brett's HRTP and Daniel's PreTrip in their curriculum?!?!? Yes, Brett's aware. Cool though, eh?

Yes it is very cool. These guys deserve a swimming pool full of gold in good karma.

Now, we've got G'Town working on a pictorial of LTL stuff! Doubles...pintle hooks and dollies.

That is awesome Anne. These guys (and gals) just rock.

Lemme see: LTL - Less than truckload. Doubles - what the truckers drive in Europe. Also, UPS & Fedex, and Laura…

Pintle hook: What I use to fish the celery out of my garbage disposal when it clogs.

Dollies: That’s a no brainer! A round, crocheted tablecloth done in thin yarn. I got one downstairs! I never knew I could drive LTL with it. Whaddayaknow!😂

You probably don't even know what that means, but it's okay. You won't need to, but you'll feel better being out there, and underSTANDING everything. Just. Like. Me.

This is true. We feel better when we at least think we understand.

I really 'admire' your "go getted'ness" (I made that word up, haha! Urban Dictionary, here ya go!) You sound a LOT like me... in your enthusiasm and curiosity, and caring.

Thank you Ann. ☺️ I sense that in buckets from you as well. Makes life easier tho, doesn’t it.

I should confess, I learned mine the hard way. I’m stubborn as a mule, too curious for my own good sometimes—but hey. What’s life if we don’t get into some trouble? 👍

HMU anytime; and carry on, be safe!

I will sure do that Anne! You be safe as well.

BEST WISHES MONDAY, Mountain Matt~!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Past Anne—he started his diary.

Very best Matt—luck you won’t need, YOU GOT THIS!

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.

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

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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I could have written this early this year. In fact I probably did :D Just not all in one post lmao I ended up going with Wilson for their training. I think the only reason they would throw someone out of training is not passing their CDLP test. I failed the first time. Yeah. Nothing like pressure. I sucked at backing. I cried during my CDL test because I couldn't back (It's better now, but still not great.) I demolished the corner of a trailer with my first trainer. I went through 3 trainers. And guess what? I've been out here solo since early September. These companies are more forgiving than you'd think. Don't sweat that stuff. They definitely aren't looking for perfection.

Thank you Vicki! I keep feeling better the longer I stay in here. Wilson down for the next on the list of patient carriers. Now to find out what exactly the new owner is doing with that western division.

All in one post—that’s me LOL!! You should be around when I get long-winded. 😂

Crying during the test? Pretty sure I’ll be doing that. Demolish the trailer? Cry again. And hope the trainer won’t kill me.

In all seriousness though, that’s very valuable information. It let’s me lower my shoulders a little.

I appreciate it Vicki. Godspeed to you—and drive safe.

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.
Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Aarrrghh I forgot the closing (html) tag above.

I could have written this early this year. In fact I probably did :D Just not all in one post lmao I ended up going with Wilson for their training. I think the only reason they would throw someone out of training is not passing their CDLP test. I failed the first time. Yeah. Nothing like pressure. I sucked at backing. I cried during my CDL test because I couldn't back (It's better now, but still not great.) I demolished the corner of a trailer with my first trainer. I went through 3 trainers. And guess what? I've been out here solo since early September. These companies are more forgiving than you'd think. Don't sweat that stuff. They definitely aren't looking for perfection.

Thank you Vicki! I keep feeling better the longer I stay in here. Wilson down for the next on the list of patient carriers. Now to find out what exactly the new owner is doing with that western division.

All in one post—that’s me LOL!! You should be around when I get long-winded. 😂

Crying during the test? Pretty sure I’ll be doing that. Demolish the trailer? Cry again. And hope the trainer won’t kill me.

In all seriousness though, that’s very valuable information. It let’s me lower my shoulders a little.

I appreciate it Vicki. Godspeed to you—and drive safe.

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.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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Hey Nina,

I gotta get on the road shortly here, so I'll keep this brief. Hope everything is ok now with your property and power!

Thanks about the transmission... It was under warranty (my car only had 20,000 miles on it!), so everything was covered, thankfully.

The book/movie with the quote about fear being the mind-killer is "Dune."

The podcast is "The Official Navy SEAL Podcast." Many of the episodes are about physical conditioning, but the one I referenced is episode #4, "Mental Toughness."

Enjoy!

Matt

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey Nina,

I gotta get on the road shortly here, so I'll keep this brief. Hope everything is ok now with your property and power!

Thanks about the transmission... It was under warranty (my car only had 20,000 miles on it!), so everything was covered, thankfully.

The book/movie with the quote about fear being the mind-killer is "Dune."

The podcast is "The Official Navy SEAL Podcast." Many of the episodes are about physical conditioning, but the one I referenced is episode #4, "Mental Toughness."

Enjoy!

Matt

Dune . . . EPIC!

I'll check out the podcast(s) too! Heck, Brett LOVES pods.... hope he sees this! <<<< @Brett!

NINA (aka LRRH....) I was the FIRST to yap on Matt's diary! He's huge in my prayers, right now.

It's so awesome when m'lady Vikki shows up, too. ANOTHER female driver that beat the odds!! I keep in touch with her on F'palm, too. You can hit me up there.... I don't get on 'often,' but for friend requests and pm's, I do! (Ooops, Dm's .. my old arske, ha!)

Anyway..... Nina, if you go with Prime, Tiffany (Eichols) Hannah is a huge friend of mine on Fb. She doesn't do YouTube .. but maybe she did 'one' with joining Teams with Trucker Brown. (Please, no race cards OR tracks, haha!)

Nic & Carla are TWO MORE female (team) drivers to check out on y/T.... they are so hilarious, and REAL!

I'm SOOOOOOOO like you, I can't explain, you seem like a 'mini me,' haha!

Keep it up girl, you got this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best always,

~ Anne ~

Aarrrghh I forgot the closing (html) tag above.

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I could have written this early this year. In fact I probably did :D Just not all in one post lmao I ended up going with Wilson for their training. I think the only reason they would throw someone out of training is not passing their CDLP test. I failed the first time. Yeah. Nothing like pressure. I sucked at backing. I cried during my CDL test because I couldn't back (It's better now, but still not great.) I demolished the corner of a trailer with my first trainer. I went through 3 trainers. And guess what? I've been out here solo since early September. These companies are more forgiving than you'd think. Don't sweat that stuff. They definitely aren't looking for perfection.

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Thank you Vicki! I keep feeling better the longer I stay in here. Wilson down for the next on the list of patient carriers. Now to find out what exactly the new owner is doing with that western division.

All in one post—that’s me LOL!! You should be around when I get long-winded. 😂

Crying during the test? Pretty sure I’ll be doing that. Demolish the trailer? Cry again. And hope the trainer won’t kill me.

In all seriousness though, that’s very valuable information. It let’s me lower my shoulders a little.

I appreciate it Vicki. Godspeed to you—and drive safe.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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One more thing, LRRHood ... Nina ... this!

I can actually HEAR THIS! There's NO CRYING in Baseball !!! (Trucking, either!)

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Best wishes, m'lady!

~ Anne ~

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