Lil'Red Ridinghood's Journey Into The Forest Of Trucking

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Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Yes, it can be repeatedly completed.

Thanks Packrat. :)

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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So for now, I give him information from here, but I would rather he stay away... At least until he is done with school.

Laura

Thanks so much Laura. That makes a lot of sense actually, and for all of us, not just him. Listen to what the instructors are saying, not the internet. Stay safe out there, bad weather across the country ATM I hear. Snowing here in the PNW as well.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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You ALSO, m'lady!! Thanks! :)

Also, Dave Wickenhauser, who did some articles/blogs for Brett on here, has a couple 'fiction' trucking related books published; available on Amazon. The kindle version is on Prime, as well, for 99 cents!

โœ” Crimson Highway

โœ” Road Test

โœ” TBA!

Good reads; I bought the paperbacks.

~ Anne ~

ps: He's on TT as DaveW ; Here's his TT publications: DaveW 's publications on TT. . He's out of the country for a bit; hasn't posted recently due to.

Thanks so much Anne! I look forward to reading them! Hope you and Tom had a good holiday, and that you are staying safe in this weather we're having across the country.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Haya Nina!

Hope you've finally gotten the HRTP under your belt (twice, haha!) and all is well. Miss hearing from you, m'lady!

Just me,

~ Anne ~

Hi Anne, not quite; have had lots going on over Christmas and New years. One roadblock (not for HRTP) has been my ride, still in the shop after a month, who knows how much longer. We're A-OK--I'm just stuck at the house until it comes back. I'll get there though, just a little slower than planned.

I have found time for YouTube, anything from Junior Rodriguez teaches backing to Trucking with Kearsey, Driver Lineup, N-A-P Transport, couple of flatbedders; --how come ALL these ppl drive for Prime LOL... Yes they have sailed to the top of my list. I'll be happy with any good carrier though, for the first year. But would be NICE to get on with them. Read Matt's diary too.

FINALLY the whole "no private school" clicked. I have just one reason left--passenger bus endorsement as a backup, although at this point that is mostly just BS on my part as I have no desire to drive passengers, and my backup could easily be anything from hotshot, snow plow, milk truck, moving van, dump truck and so forth.

What made the "no private school click you say?

When Matt said, I go test for my CDL , and now I'm going on the road for 10,000 miles, and AFTER that I go (again) with a trainer for MORE miles. I said "they do WHAT? - 10K hours and you're STILL in school at this point? As in 10K miles on the road are PROVIDED as part of the CDL training?"

To my understanding, if you do private school, 1-3 week refresher right? So just the last part with the trainer... In other words, you pay for school you are cheated out of at least 10K hours with an experienced driver next to you.

THAT one brought it home to me. The school I had in mind has 1 on 1; will for sure take you through some challenging conditions--but they will NOT give you 10K miles. I want those miles. I'm greedy.

So, I'm running a little behind, but all will be well. I'll start panicking if I get into a timeline where I am going solo JUST as the first snow hits.

All the best lady, say hi to Tom & tell him to drive safe.

Lil'Red

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Hirshnach? Kllm? Stevens? Should have PNW options

Thanks a bunch Kandyman! :) I will put those and TNT on my list for sure.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Progress! Get my vehicle tomorrow; so now we are just dealing with office closures due to Covid interspersed with snow storms and massive flooding. Finding workarounds for each one. It's fine, I'll get it all done.

Did come across an important piece of information for prospective drivers from WA state, like me. WA is now the only state in the union with these rules, so the rest of you may want to scroll.

Thank you Kearsey for alerting me to this, and also for the great conversation. You are really an awesome lady!

HERE'S THE STORY

Up until this year, you can only get your WA CDL through the approved schools (private, college and carrier) listed on their website.

Link: https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/cdlapprovedschools.html https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/cdltraining.html

In other words, if you want to attend an out-of-state school put on by a carrier, you were out of luck. They would not accept you, and if they had, your WA CDL would be invalid. Only the carriers approved by WA DOL to school students were acceptable.

You can find the details in the links to the WA laws below. If the carrier isn't listed--you cannot take their training.

Laws:

WAC 308-100-033: https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=308-100-033 WAC 308-100-035: https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=308-100-035

However; as of February 7th, 2022 things change. WOOHOO!

Excerpt from WAC 308-100-035:

Beginning on February 7, 2022, an employer may only certify that an applicant for a CDL has the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely if the employee has successfully completed training with a training provider listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry established under 49 C.F.R. 380.700.

Links to info on FMCSA: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/entry-level-driver-training-eldt https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/

TL: DR As of February 7, 2022; prospective students from WA state can also apply to any training carrier of their choice, across this great nation.

I am however unsure about folks wanting to enroll prior to February 7. I'm thinking a phone call to your recruiter or FMCSA should answer that one.

Lucky me!!! dancing-banana.gif

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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

    DOT:

    Department Of Transportation

    A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

    State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

    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.
Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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I see I hosed up both paragraphs and links. I'll stick the next one in VSCODE, promise.

This makes my OCD go off really bad....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I see I hosed up both paragraphs and links. I'll stick the next one in VSCODE, promise.

This makes my OCD go off really bad....

LoLoL... Awwwh~!

You're FINE girl, you were just 'quoting' yourself! We get the gist, trust me. You did really well with the enlarged FONT !!!

Maybe next time, just 'bullet point' the extra stuff to pull attention, instead of quote.

That's awful interesting; glad you are getting some awesome data gathered, m'lady!!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Brett's 'drop in' link function should work, when you include your links, as above.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Got my 2-year DOT certificate, wooohoo! NOW it is pedal to the metal. NOW I can call employers and so forth.

This is really really happening.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BK's Comment
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Got my 2-year DOT certificate, wooohoo! NOW it is pedal to the metal. NOW I can call employers and so forth.

This is really really happening.

Very happy for you!!!!!!!!! Congratulations dancing-banana.gif

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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