Got My CDL Permit Today

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Tigersfan93's Comment
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I got my permit today and I have selected roehl transport as the trucking school Im going to be attending in my 30 yrs of being on this earth I never thought I'd get into trucking but when we got laid off back in September because of the auto strike I was sitting around the house with out a clue of what to do. So the third week in I decided to look into trucking school and let me say I've been grateful for all the forums I have read here on trucking truth it has gave me a great insight of what to expect just a little nervous about it but I know I will do good I'm trying to not only better my self but also make sure my family is looked after my biggest supporters in my life are my mother, my grandfather and my grandma if she were still here today she sure would be proud of me. But I want to thank the drivers who have gave me advice on being nervous. Thanks JC


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.
FR8 M4N's Comment
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That's awesome, Tigersfan93!

It's sure a pretty good feeling achieving that CDL A. I was so nervous I didn't pass the first time. Seemed devastating at the time, but power through it, because it's not the end of the world.

Good luck with your future endeavors!


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.
Tigersfan93's Comment
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Thank you for the encouraging words Im just a bit nervous as this is my first time getting into the trucking gig but I believe I can do it I didn't do a lot of studying the first time around but when I failed the first time I hit the books and made it a habit to study for two to three hours every day or night so I could ensure I would get to where I wanted to be.

Michael R.'s Comment
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Congratulations on starting your new career. Once you gain experience and keep a clean record with passing inspections your value will go up in the industry. After about a year or two, you will be able to work local with most businesses. This will give you more time with the family. Just remember never to let your guard down or become complacent. Driving a truck is a huge responsibility and can be very dangerous since we share the road with those who have no training. It is not a job, it is a lifestyle that can take some getting use to. Keep in mind that trip planing is paramount. Always check the weather and road conditions along your route before you start your day. This will make the time smoother and more productive.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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