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Polor Bear's Comment
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Hello my friends, Have to tell you that truck driving is a lot harder than you guys make it seem. After going through school, I have a lot more respect for you. I will be going to DMV tomorrow and hope I pass. I wish I had researched Truck Driving Academy in Sacramento, before putting down my $6,000. If I pass DMV tomorrow it will be by the skin of my teeth. I will pass the skills because that seems to be the only thing I have been doing for hours. I learned to up and down shift on a closed road, going up to 55 then down shifting. I have been on city streets twice, and OMG so different. Yes, they teach you with 10 speed, rather than automatic, so I can get job with standard shift if need be. But I need so much more time on city streets. What I would like to know from you, is where should I apply for a job? I am in San Francisco, CA, and would like to do long haul.


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.


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.


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.

BK's Comment
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Good luck, Mr. Polor Bear. You can check out these links:

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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.

BK's Comment
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And you will need to think about what type of driving you want to do. Flatbed? Dry van? Dry van is probably the easiest to start with, but many rookies like flatbed.

But first concentrate on that test. Research everything you can in your spare 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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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But I need so much more time on city streets.

If you're able to pass your tests, you definitely don't want a city driver (P&D) position.

Many of the large OTR carriers do not require much city driving. They do require a period of training with a trainer who can act as a co-pilot if you find yourself in difficult driving conditions while training. This includes city driving, mountain driving, inclement weather conditions, etc.

The length of training varies greatly from company to company. If you think you will benefit from a longer training period you can choose a company whose training period is longer than average.

When speaking with a recruiter ask how long the training program is. If you have a specific company/companies in mind, you can post a question about them here in the forum. Some of our members might have experience with whatever companies you are considering and will be able to give you more information to help you make a decision.


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.


Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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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