Looking To Get My Cdl

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Quon M.'s Comment
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I’m looking into getting but I want to make sure that my system is entirely clean before I go sign up. I am currently saving my money for my class, I plan on going to Dalys truck driving school in Buford,Ga. How far back does a hair follicle test go back? Do schools do hair follicle testing?

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I’m looking into getting but I want to make sure that my system is entirely clean before I go sign up. I am currently saving my money for my class, I plan on going to Dalys truck driving school in Buford,Ga. How far back does a hair follicle test go back? Do schools do hair follicle testing?

Howdy, Quon and welcome to Trucking Truth!!!

Seriously, nobody knows for sure. The MINIMUM we often suggest is 6 months; MINIMUM. Failing is the kiss of death. You'd have to ask your specific school; WE can't even keep up with who does/doesn't ... many changes since the ELDT laws of 02/07/22. The amount and the duration of your partaking, also can have an effect. Golden Seal (and related/similar products) DO NOT HELP anymore!!!

Any reason you don't want to go company sponsored, as we recommend?!? Apply For Paid CDL Training!

Here's some great 'starter' reads for you, as well:

Also, PLEASE at least put your STATE in your profile; laws DO differ, between one another, in many facets of trucking.

Thanks, and welcome to TT !

~ 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.
BK's Comment
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9 months to a year. Wait a year just to be safe.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Shave your head too lol... A year it will all be fresh, and new...As long as you quit the.....puff, puff, pass cycle

Klutch's Comment
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Depends on the substance.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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I’m looking into getting but I want to make sure that my system is entirely clean before I go sign up. I am currently saving my money for my class, I plan on going to Dalys truck driving school in Buford,Ga. How far back does a hair follicle test go back? Do schools do hair follicle testing?

It's a huge YMMV type of thing. How much you used, how long you've been a user, the potency of the weed you used, your metabolism and your percentage of body fat all factor in. Weed isn't like alcohol where after you're done using it your body processes it out in a few hours and you're clean. Your body stores THC and marijuana components in your body fat. If you're a lean individual with a low percentage of body fat and high level of activity in your day it can take less then half the time it takes an obese couch dweller who plays video games all day. Obviously, a regular, heavy user will have more stored up in their body than a light, infrequent user.

The range of 6 months to a year is accurate. Which end of the scale you're on will depend on your:

Percentage of body fat (cross country runner or couch potato) Daily activity level (resting heart rage below 60 bpm or not) Level of consumption (daily for the last 20 years or once or twice a month for a year or two) Potency of the weed you smoked (entry-level/home grown or max potency special blend)

Of course, if you guess wrong your career is over before it's begun. Better to be safe than to be on the FMCSA's black list. Some driver candidates decided to test themselves before going to school only to find that the cheap, home test they bought was less sensitive than the professional grade one they had to take at school. While hair testing isn't mandatory yet it's not going away and seems to be growing in popularity. It's driven by the insurance companies and the trial lawyers.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Hey Quon, welcome to our forum!

Let me give you the "Readers Digest" version of what Pacific Pearl said...

It's best to wait a full year.

Do schools do hair follicle testing?

A school you pay for will not hair test you. They want your money up front and they don't want to waste it on costly testing. Most companies will hair test you. They don't want lawsuits when you have an accident. It's quite possible to get your CDL from a private school yet never able to get a job because you failed a pre-employment hair test.

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.
BK's Comment
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Moral of the story: Don’t do drugs. Ever.

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