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Dave T.'s Comment
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Hey, my name is Dave and I’m a truck driver….not to be confused with a steering wheel holder. I’m new here and wanted to introduce myself. I live in SW VA not to far from the I-81 speedway (or so it seems anyway) in the Roanoke area. I got my CDL back in 2008 and started like most as an OTR driver. That got old pretty quick…my last big trip was it for me; dispatch told me to pick up a load in Maryland on a Thursday at lunch time and have it in Phoenix, AZ by Monday at 0800 after I had already been driving since Sunday morning in a 62mpg truck. They don’t call them comic books for nothin I reckon.

Anyway, I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the years. I’ve delivered beer, milk, building materials and water, hauled heavy equipment on a lowboy, jockeyed for about 6 years and now I’m hauling ethanol for a local fuel company. I’m just here for the party I guess, so I look forward to diving into these threads during my downtime at the railyard.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

BK's Comment
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Welcome Dave T. Always nice to have experienced drivers weigh in. Looking forward to your comments.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Welcome Dave T. Always nice to have experienced drivers weigh in. Looking forward to your comments.

Same, Same !!

Looking forward to your contributions here, as well.

~ Anne ~

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PJ's Comment
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Welcome Sir!!! Always nice to get new perspectives. Sounds like you have a vast knowledge.

George B.'s Comment
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Welcome. I am a little south of you near I-77. Around Hillsville/Mt Airy

Dave T.'s Comment
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Welcome. I am a little south of you near I-77. Around Hillsville/Mt Airy

I used to love driving across fancy gap, especially in the evenings around sunset. Got to drive it in my 4wheeler a few months ago coming back from Charlotte… much more enjoyable 😂

Thanks for the welcome y’all!

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