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!

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

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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.

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Awaiting your success story as well, man!

~ Anne ~

Hi Anne! I'm heading back to Schneider next Monday. I spent some time at home with an ill family member. I'll be going back to nights at Walmart Dedicated at .60/mile plus accessorial pay. Cook and Lake County (Chicago) are easier to deal with at night.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Congrats! I'm on my way back in after a stay at home.

Good luck!

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

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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.

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Awaiting your success story as well, man!

~ Anne ~

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Hi Anne! I'm heading back to Schneider next Monday. I spent some time at home with an ill family member. I'll be going back to nights at Walmart Dedicated at .60/mile plus accessorial pay. Cook and Lake County (Chicago) are easier to deal with at night.

Dean, if you're ever looking for a change, or a 'home daily' in your area.... KEEP IT CLEAR I AM NOT RECRUITING; Tom's company of 6 years has done him VERY solid, as well as our friend on here, @ Don .. who started with CFI.

FAB Express..... HQ in Joliet/Lemont .... FAB Express on the Web ! Their largest (main) company is Int'l Paper; and it's mostly delivering corrugated (boxes) .. in boxes, obviously, in a vehicle like this, (below) to places like Campbell's, Smuckers, Heinz, Chewy, and some Victoria's Secret. Don H. (on here..) Tends to HOG the Campbell's runs, as shown in HIS photo gallery, haha!

There's also single screw.. depends on weight, and weather. Mostly autos, anymore...often your choice; Tom often gets a manual because he doesn't have a restriction; it's no big deal, either way! (I'm trying to get him to apply for the shag driver position in Mt. Vernon, coming open soon, tbh!)

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Keep us in the loop however which way, Dean!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne! I'm heading back to Schneider next Monday. I spent some time at home with an ill family member. I'll be going back to nights at Walmart Dedicated at .60/mile plus accessorial pay. Cook and Lake County (Chicago) are easier to deal with at night.

ps: to Dean ~

I'm hoping all is well with your family member, good sir!

Re: Nights; Tom drives 2nd shift (well, 2nd point 5 if that's a thing) by choice, and gets 'incentive' (shift differential, but not the one under the wheels, haha!) of $100/week for the 'late' shift. As well, he prefers it!

Best again & always;

Sorry to hijack, OP!!!

~ Anne ~

Thomas D.'s Comment
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Another quick update.

I earned myself a Homer Simpson award (for those not familiar with that particular award, for outstanding boneheadedness, it's a palm slap to the forehead, followed by the exclamation "DOH").

You may be wondering, "What did you do to achieve this wonderful honor?".

Very simple my friends, my first at bat with the CDL permit test, and I went down in flames within sight of the finish. I failed out at question 47 out of 50. Yes, that close.

I'll be back over at High Road Training, starting at page one, for the remainder of the week until my retest next Monday.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Oh SNAP! I was within sight of the pass for hazmat , and had been on the fence about picking up that permit, and well, I don't have the hazmat endorsement! 🤣

Slow down, take your time, and pay super close attention to how the question is worded. The few that I missed were because of verbiage, not lack of knowledge.

Another quick update.

I earned myself a Homer Simpson award (for those not familiar with that particular award, for outstanding boneheadedness, it's a palm slap to the forehead, followed by the exclamation "DOH").

You may be wondering, "What did you do to achieve this wonderful honor?".

Very simple my friends, my first at bat with the CDL permit test, and I went down in flames within sight of the finish. I failed out at question 47 out of 50. Yes, that close.

I'll be back over at High Road Training, starting at page one, for the remainder of the week until my retest next Monday.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas D.'s Comment
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Thanks NaeNaeInNC,

I know what got me, nerves. But this week going back thru the High Road Training program is helping me refresh my memory, and I feel good about my retest on Monday.

G-Town's Comment
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Awesome news! Congratulations!

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I hope Monday brings even better news G-Town, and I can proudly report being a CLP holder and have a training start date. Here's to buckling down and studying to knock this test out of the park.

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.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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That's a huge huge thing that you need to be aware of. I watched so many people get taken out by maneuvers they had done hundreds of times, because they got nerves for the test.

I was super nervous on my backing test, but knew I had a lot riding on it. I knew I could do them, and had consistently been near perfect on the pad. I was just praying to make it through unscathed.

Funny thing? I got a perfect score on the maneuvers, didn't touch a single cone or line. Zero error points. Pre trip? I was scared I would miss something, after spending 26 recordable hours studying it, on top of reciting "The Prime way" while shampooing my hair. I nailed pre trip too, but almost missed the windshield/wipers/mirrors, and realized it while doing the applied pressure part of the air brake test, and picked that part up at the very end. (90 out of a possible 90, needed 61/90 to pass.)

I picked up 7 error points on the road test. (I think you can have up to 29 in PA) and I know exactly what they were, as I kept doing the same bloody thing in the two spots that got me.

The bottom line is, even though I was going through sheer terror at the thought of failure, I owned that test, and made it mine.

You got this!

Thanks NaeNaeInNC,

I know what got me, nerves. But this week going back thru the High Road Training program is helping me refresh my memory, and I feel good about my retest on Monday.

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I've gone over every part that concerns the permit testing, and I'm about to go over it again without reading the study material. I'm going to treat the permit sections like the test itself, just go straight to the questions without reading the study material above each section and see how I do without it. I'm less than 17 hours till my second attempt, so here's to finding out if I got this, or is it an all night cram session. I'll let everyone know the outcome in 24 hours, please stay tuned for the next episode.....

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