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Travis's Comment
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The ERG was covered in the course as optional for drivers but recommended. If/when I ever do haul a hazmat load I'd probably have already purchased one at that point.

Definitely don't plan to do the work right off as I don't want to be doing actual learning to drive and the day to day minutiae on top of hauling hazmat.

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Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 & 18 2022

Drove Tuesday and backed Wednesday (today). Confident in my abilities to pass the CDL exam. Everyone is coming along for the most part. Of course each of our problem points isn't always the same across people.

Did a school and CDL pre trip practice in the afternoon and only missed a couple items on the school list(more comprehensive than what the DOT requires)

The school's hazmat course paid off as I also passed the hazmat endorsement exam this AM.

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Travis;

It sure sounds like you are doing AWESOME!!! I'm always following, sometimes even with the fat head (hubby in my avatar) along, or over shoulder, haha!

Seriously; sounds solid. He says so, so.. there's that too!! He went private school in 2003, as well. Worked .. and still is; just took us a while to pay off the loan note, LoL.

Anyway..re: the HME .... did your school provide you with an ERG (Emergency Response Guidebook) from JJ Keller, for HZ endorsed drivers? I'm just wondering. Tom's always kept his up, although not currently needed, and his company reimburses us the seven bux for the book; Dennis (diary nearby) at Prime, just hauled his 1st HZ load (and maybe 4th altogether?) without that book.

I really DON'T KNOW (miss ya, Rickipedia!) if it's a requiem, or a suggestion, but you might want to look it up and look into it, having the endorsement, good sir!

Sorry to derail; I'm always following! CONGRATS, from us .. on ALL !

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Please, if you have a moment, reply to Dennis' recent thread, about if/when you got an ERG book.. thanks!

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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The ERG was covered in the course as optional for drivers but recommended. If/when I ever do haul a hazmat load I'd probably have already purchased one at that point.

Definitely don't plan to do the work right off as I don't want to be doing actual learning to drive and the day to day minutiae on top of hauling hazmat.

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Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 & 18 2022

Drove Tuesday and backed Wednesday (today). Confident in my abilities to pass the CDL exam. Everyone is coming along for the most part. Of course each of our problem points isn't always the same across people.

Did a school and CDL pre trip practice in the afternoon and only missed a couple items on the school list(more comprehensive than what the DOT requires)

The school's hazmat course paid off as I also passed the hazmat endorsement exam this AM.

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Travis;

It sure sounds like you are doing AWESOME!!! I'm always following, sometimes even with the fat head (hubby in my avatar) along, or over shoulder, haha!

Seriously; sounds solid. He says so, so.. there's that too!! He went private school in 2003, as well. Worked .. and still is; just took us a while to pay off the loan note, LoL.

Anyway..re: the HME .... did your school provide you with an ERG (Emergency Response Guidebook) from JJ Keller, for HZ endorsed drivers? I'm just wondering. Tom's always kept his up, although not currently needed, and his company reimburses us the seven bux for the book; Dennis (diary nearby) at Prime, just hauled his 1st HZ load (and maybe 4th altogether?) without that book.

I really DON'T KNOW (miss ya, Rickipedia!) if it's a requiem, or a suggestion, but you might want to look it up and look into it, having the endorsement, good sir!

Sorry to derail; I'm always following! CONGRATS, from us .. on ALL !

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Please, if you have a moment, reply to Dennis' recent thread, about if/when you got an ERG book.. thanks!

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How's it going, Travis? You've not been up in here, in awhile; hope all is okay!!

Stop in!!

~ Anne ~

ps: The ERG is only six bux on Amazon, and yes, it's the JJ Keller version. :)

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Travis's Comment
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Doing testing (school's graded tests, not CDL yet) all this week. Got a 99 on the pre trip and 100 each on coupling, uncoupling, sliding fifth wheel and sliding tandems. Also pass the pass/fail school qualifying which let's them give me the graded school driving test.

I should do the graded test tomorrow, if not, Tuesday. Friday is still driving training, I imagine mostly for those who still failed the qualifying driving. Monday of course is a holiday. We'll do school backing testing and finish the graded school drives the rest of next week.

CDL testing starts the week after next and I should test end of the day Tuesday June 7 or early June 8. Barring some absolute disaster I'll pass with no issues and they put it in the system that day and I will hit the DMV the next day and get my CDL. Hopefully my HME fingerprints and background will be back by then so I can put hazmat on. I'll have all but passenger endorsement.

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The ERG was covered in the course as optional for drivers but recommended. If/when I ever do haul a hazmat load I'd probably have already purchased one at that point.

Definitely don't plan to do the work right off as I don't want to be doing actual learning to drive and the day to day minutiae on top of hauling hazmat.

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Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 & 18 2022

Drove Tuesday and backed Wednesday (today). Confident in my abilities to pass the CDL exam. Everyone is coming along for the most part. Of course each of our problem points isn't always the same across people.

Did a school and CDL pre trip practice in the afternoon and only missed a couple items on the school list(more comprehensive than what the DOT requires)

The school's hazmat course paid off as I also passed the hazmat endorsement exam this AM.

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Travis;

It sure sounds like you are doing AWESOME!!! I'm always following, sometimes even with the fat head (hubby in my avatar) along, or over shoulder, haha!

Seriously; sounds solid. He says so, so.. there's that too!! He went private school in 2003, as well. Worked .. and still is; just took us a while to pay off the loan note, LoL.

Anyway..re: the HME .... did your school provide you with an ERG (Emergency Response Guidebook) from JJ Keller, for HZ endorsed drivers? I'm just wondering. Tom's always kept his up, although not currently needed, and his company reimburses us the seven bux for the book; Dennis (diary nearby) at Prime, just hauled his 1st HZ load (and maybe 4th altogether?) without that book.

I really DON'T KNOW (miss ya, Rickipedia!) if it's a requiem, or a suggestion, but you might want to look it up and look into it, having the endorsement, good sir!

Sorry to derail; I'm always following! CONGRATS, from us .. on ALL !

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Please, if you have a moment, reply to Dennis' recent thread, about if/when you got an ERG book.. thanks!

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How's it going, Travis? You've not been up in here, in awhile; hope all is okay!!

Stop in!!

~ Anne ~

ps: The ERG is only six bux on Amazon, and yes, it's the JJ Keller version. :)

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Sounds like it's coming along GREAT, man!!

Maybe Stevo Reno would rent you his VW Bus . . . he IS somewhere in Cali, too!!!

Then you CAN get the passenger/bus endorsement!! confused.gif rofl-3.gif confused.gif

Best always,

~ Anne ~

Travis's Comment
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100 on my school driving test yesterday (5/31/2022) should do backing today and then the final exam online. We've the rest of the week to do the exam online. CDL testing next week and then to the DMV to make it official. Can't wait

Sounds like it's coming along GREAT, man!!

Maybe Stevo Reno would rent you his VW Bus . . . he IS somewhere in Cali, too!!!

Then you CAN get the passenger/bus endorsement!! confused.gif rofl-3.gif confused.gif

Best always,

~ Anne ~

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Travis's Comment
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99.6 backing exam

Hit final 2 cones straight line backing a day cab and pup on a 9' wide alley

RIP the fender of my tractor if it was IRL.

We do atlas reading and trip planning tomorrow and afaik driving again Friday though now it's more just to get driving experience than learning any one particular thing I think. ie more experience in traffic where having to stop quickly is unpredictable at best.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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99.6 backing exam

Hit final 2 cones straight line backing a day cab and pup on a 9' wide alley

RIP the fender of my tractor if it was IRL.

We do atlas reading and trip planning tomorrow and afaik driving again Friday though now it's more just to get driving experience than learning any one particular thing I think. ie more experience in traffic where having to stop quickly is unpredictable at best.

Still 'killin' it' Travis? (NOT the cones, haha!)

It's been a few . . . (?!?)

~ Anne ~

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Travis's Comment
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At Kenly, NC Petro rn. I CDL test Monday so it's all but over. Wife's due any day as well so I'll have 2 things to celebrate.

Ever heard of or know anyone working at Howard Transportation? Looking at them hard. Indeed has good reviews, only a couple not good and those sounded like whingers tbh.

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99.6 backing exam

Hit final 2 cones straight line backing a day cab and pup on a 9' wide alley

RIP the fender of my tractor if it was IRL.

We do atlas reading and trip planning tomorrow and afaik driving again Friday though now it's more just to get driving experience than learning any one particular thing I think. ie more experience in traffic where having to stop quickly is unpredictable at best.

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Still 'killin' it' Travis? (NOT the cones, haha!)

It's been a few . . . (?!?)

~ Anne ~

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Hay, Travis! I'll post in the 'general' area, what I've learned from my Hubby, re: Howard! It's not much, but something.

Wow, MONDAY . . . rest up & be good to go, good sir! As much as you can, haha!

Which comes first, the B(aby) or the A ?!?!? Gawsh how exciting; Wishing you well on BOTH! Our son was born when Tom was 1 year in, driving for Transport America. They gave him ample (AWESOME) time off. They are now T'Force; wonder if you've looked into them, as well?

Excited for you !~ Say hi to the missus for me; and my email is in my profile if she ever needs to commensurate with a 'trucker's wife!' Congrats, you two!!!

~ Anne ~

Travis's Comment
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How's your Spanish? Ella no habla ingl├ęs, o casi nada

Hay, Travis! I'll post in the 'general' area, what I've learned from my Hubby, re: Howard! It's not much, but something.

Wow, MONDAY . . . rest up & be good to go, good sir! As much as you can, haha!

Which comes first, the B(aby) or the A ?!?!? Gawsh how exciting; Wishing you well on BOTH! Our son was born when Tom was 1 year in, driving for Transport America. They gave him ample (AWESOME) time off. They are now T'Force; wonder if you've looked into them, as well?

Excited for you !~ Say hi to the missus for me; and my email is in my profile if she ever needs to commensurate with a 'trucker's wife!' Congrats, you two!!!

~ Anne ~

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