This Forum Has Good Lessons For Class B Drivers Too

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I came to this site a little more than a year ago and started reading and learning, it has paid off. At the time I was about to retire from the Air Force Reserves and being that I had the opportunity to drive straight trucks and heavy equipment as part of my duties I took advantage of having my commander sign a form stating I had these skills I was able to get my class B with air brakes by showing the form and taking the written test. How did I study, by reading and studying the "High Road" study material provided on this site. Keep in mind this was before the new FMSCA rules went into effect in 2022. I was also able to knock out the tanker and Hazmat endorsements before the new rules!!!!!!

The information provided by just reading the posts has helped me know what to do and what not to do. I have now been driving in a part time position delivering propane cylinders while still working my full time job in an office. I think what had a great impact on getting this job was understanding parts of the trucking industry through reading information here.

For others considering a career and maybe OTR or the class A route is not in the cards right now look at a class B gig and see where that leads you. From personal experience this is the right fit for me now but it has given me the ability to see a little of the trucking world without going in the deep end of the pool and getting in over my head.

Regardless of the path you take absorb the information of this forum and take advantage of the resources either by asking the experienced truckers (not me yet) or training materials. Thanks to all the kids and experienced contributes you have helped me.

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

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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