What To Bring With Your Trainer And After You Get Your Own Tractor?

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Brian's Comment
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I got my CDL this week. I was going to go with Schneider or Werner on one of those Dollar Store accounts, but things didn't work out. I signed up with a local company instead. They have a 600 hour training program that only pays $500 per week, but I'll be getting $.68+ CPM after training because I have all my endorsements and a TWIC card. They don't offer reimbursement for CDL school though and I paid out of pocket, oh well.

I was just wondering what to bring with my trainer and then what else should I add once I get my own tractor? I'll be out with my trainer 2-3 weeks at a time until I get 600 hours. I was planning on bringing a duffle bag with clothes and a backpack with everything else. Is there typically enough room to fit food for two people? We'll probably be in a KW T680.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.
BK's Comment
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Hi Brian. This is a question that comes up on a regular basis on this site. You should be able to use the search feature to pull up lots of information on this issue.

I always recommend putting a back scratcher at the top of your list.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi Brian. This is a question that comes up on a regular basis on this site. You should be able to use the search feature to pull up lots of information on this issue.

I always recommend putting a back scratcher at the top of your list.

Yep, BK . . . typing that in the search bar will yield articles ad nauseum.

Here's another set of links, easier way to get there, in the 'links on TT' above:

I got my CDL this week. I was going to go with Schneider or Werner on one of those Dollar Store accounts, but things didn't work out. I signed up with a local company instead. They have a 600 hour training program that only pays $500 per week, but I'll be getting $.68+ CPM after training because I have all my endorsements and a TWIC card. They don't offer reimbursement for CDL school though and I paid out of pocket, oh well.

I was just wondering what to bring with my trainer and then what else should I add once I get my own tractor? I'll be out with my trainer 2-3 weeks at a time until I get 600 hours. I was planning on bringing a duffle bag with clothes and a backpack with everything else. Is there typically enough room to fit food for two people? We'll probably be in a KW T680.

Brian, you'll be glad you DIDN'T go with the Dollar Store accounts; good luck in your new endeavours. Start a thread if you like; we would!

What product(s) will you be hauling, anyway? Dry van? Reefer? Flatbed? Tank?

Re: The food ~ That's something you'll have to ask your trainer, if he is willing to share his refrigerator space with you. If he's got a way to plug one in, a Dometic cooler would work. Is this a sleeper or a daycab, anyway????

We wish you well~

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.
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