Time To Jump In The Deep End

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Dean R.'s Comment
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Congrats! I'm on my way back in after a stay at home.

Good luck!

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I want to thank everyone for the well wishes. If it weren't for all the support from everyone here, I may not have taken the plunge. I'll keep everyone updated ask I navigate the next steps on my journey.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Congratulations Thomas and best wishes. I’m assuming that is you in the picture with your name. You sure look like a trucker.

But who is the older guy in the picture with you? Grandpa? Lol

Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you. Looking forward to your updates.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Congratulations Thomas ....You got this dude. I'd looked at Rhoel too a year or so back, they seem to be an OK place to go. Best of luck time will fly by faster than you think !

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I now have my physical and drug test scheduled for next Friday. One more step now in the rear view mirror. after that I get to wrangle my way thru the bureaucratic nightmare that is the West Virginia DMV. That hopefully is the last hurdle between me and Wisconsin. Until next time, be careful out there....

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.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Congratulations Thomas and best wishes. I’m assuming that is you in the picture with your name. You sure look like a trucker.

But who is the older guy in the picture with you? Grandpa? Lol

LoL, questions !! I was wondering, too! Lil' man looks SO rockin'ready!

I now have my physical and drug test scheduled for next Friday. One more step now in the rear view mirror. after that I get to wrangle my way thru the bureaucratic nightmare that is the West Virginia DMV. That hopefully is the last hurdle between me and Wisconsin. Until next time, be careful out there....

Man, I can feel ya, re: the DMV!!! If WVa is 'any worse' than Cali (or IL or OH) please lmk!

I had an accident in Parkersburg on the i77 MANY years ago ... 1998 in my PV, and to be honest, they were easier to get accident/etc. info from, then my OWN state of departure, haha!! (Here!) Needless to say, I never made it to destination, but I'm alive to tell about it, and I wasn't at fault, nor in a CMV. One was not involved, either.

But for, a Valley Transport driver (from Ashland Ohio, by me) kept me on the CB, and gave me his jacket; I've still got it. Truckers ARE good peeps! Yep, those flatbedders!! ;)

Best to ya, good sir.

~ Anne ~

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
Thomas D.'s Comment
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My thing is that in order to take the written exam, I have to fill out the forms, including my papers (medical, birth certificate, etc) pay the fees, then wait for an appointment card to be mailed back to me. I can't just walk in, hand over my stuff and sit for the test. Craziness, just craziness.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Congrats! I'm on my way back in after a stay at home.

Good luck!

Are you back out there, Dean? What took you away ?!?!? :(

My thing is that in order to take the written exam, I have to fill out the forms, including my papers (medical, birth certificate, etc) pay the fees, then wait for an appointment card to be mailed back to me. I can't just walk in, hand over my stuff and sit for the test. Craziness, just craziness.

Awaiting your success story as well, man!

~ Anne ~

Thomas D.'s Comment
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So, another hurdle cleared. I have my DOT physical completed, and I have my "test card" to sit for my written exam. My plans are to be at the main DMV when they open at 8:30 in the morning to take my test, so I'm on here running thru the High Road Training Program for a refresher before tomorrow morning. This is it folks, the last hurdle before entering training.

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.

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