Thanks To The High Road, I Am A Permitholder!

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Sandman J's Comment
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On Thursday morning, I went to get my DOT medical exam, and got my two-year card. That was exciting in and of itself, and I decided immediately after to go the DMV to see if I could take the written for my CLP or had to make an appointment. I was able to do it right then and there. I did the three standard tests (Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles) and the Tankers endorsement, as that's the only truck-driving-related one Illinois allows on the permit.

I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that! This is all very exciting for me, feels more real now! In a few weeks I will start the application process using the link here and any other companies I might like if they're not included on it.

My heartfelt thanks to Brett for making this amazing site, to all the knowledgeable contributors here, and for creating the HRTP that allowed me to confidently breeze through the written!

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that!

Congrats, Sandman! Nice work!

Yes, our High Road CDL Training Program is rather awesome.

On to the next step!

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.

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.
Sandman J's Comment
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Thanks Brett...yes, can't wait to get this going!

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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On Thursday morning, I went to get my DOT medical exam, and got my two-year card. That was exciting in and of itself, and I decided immediately after to go the DMV to see if I could take the written for my CLP or had to make an appointment. I was able to do it right then and there. I did the three standard tests (Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles) and the Tankers endorsement, as that's the only truck-driving-related one Illinois allows on the permit.

I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that! This is all very exciting for me, feels more real now! In a few weeks I will start the application process using the link here and any other companies I might like if they're not included on it.

My heartfelt thanks to Brett for making this amazing site, to all the knowledgeable contributors here, and for creating the HRTP that allowed me to confidently breeze through the written!

Congrats from me, as well!

That's a huge hurdle, and KUDOS ! .. I could probably pass the 'paper' test for the CDLP, but still shy of passing the physical; rotator cuff still not 100%.

Yeah, the HRTP is by FAR the best! Brett gets accolades, even OFF site... LoL!

Keep us in the loop, and don't forget, we have this, too:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Happy for you, for sure! dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif

~ 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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations! You’re on your way!

Highs… don’t let ‘em get you too high. Lows… don’t let ‘em get you too low.

Even keel… steady.

Good luck!

Sandman J's Comment
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I appreciate all the excellent advice and encouragement you all so willingly share here. I will update on my progress, but it'll be a couple weeks before I send out applications. In the meantime, I'll still be here perusing and doing more research.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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On Thursday morning, I went to get my DOT medical exam, and got my two-year card. That was exciting in and of itself, and I decided immediately after to go the DMV to see if I could take the written for my CLP or had to make an appointment. I was able to do it right then and there. I did the three standard tests (Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles) and the Tankers endorsement, as that's the only truck-driving-related one Illinois allows on the permit.

I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that! This is all very exciting for me, feels more real now! In a few weeks I will start the application process using the link here and any other companies I might like if they're not included on it.

My heartfelt thanks to Brett for making this amazing site, to all the knowledgeable contributors here, and for creating the HRTP that allowed me to confidently breeze through the written!

Congrats. I got mine on Friday. The TT high road quizzes made the tests a breeze.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

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.

Sandman J's Comment
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Thanks Johnny! Yes, I'm so glad that you, me, and everyone else who's used the program found it here...it definitely took the stress out of what otherwise would be a stressful situation. I'll be using it again after I have the full CDL to brush up on the other endorsements my state doesn't allow for on the CLP.

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.

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Thanks Johnny! Yes, I'm so glad that you, me, and everyone else who's used the program found it here...it definitely took the stress out of what otherwise would be a stressful situation. I'll be using it again after I have the full CDL to brush up on the other endorsements my state doesn't allow for on the CLP.

Sandman; (and Johnny!)

In the meantime, you & Johnny could sure keep 'fresh' by reading the blogs; TT Blogs ~ Always Fresh! & For those of you newer to TT, Rainy is the 'now' Kearsey. That's her former (fka) handle! The story of that, is actually within, haha! G'Town and Old School are HUGE contributors, as well. Epic stuff in here.

If you're at the gym, or your current monotonous job; education continuum, here: High Road Podcasts, .. by Brett. Great stuff!

Dave Wickenhauser, a published author, used to do a weekly: Friday 'Short Haul.' There wasn't as much reception/interaction, as was hoped, but .. still some great articles, condensed from many trucking publications on the 'Net.

As y'all enjoy your LABOR day, put some labor in, LoL !

Best to y'all, always ~

~ 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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Congrats to you and here's to a long and safe driving career for you.

I look forward to future posts as you choose a company and begin training.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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