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Christopher L.'s Comment
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Hello everybody. I'm not a driver yet, but looking into it. I'm 41 years old with a son who's going to be 17 this year and lives with his mom in another state. I love driving and long hours don't bother me. I was in the Army for 5 years so I know directions (well I hope anyway) Is there anything else to this?

Chris L.'s Comment
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I suggest reading some of the diaries here to get an idea what other peoples experiences are like. There's a lot more involved than just driving and long hours. Adventures of Daniel B. is a good thread to read very detailed and informative.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Christopher!

The perfect place to start is our Truck Driver's Career Guide. That will take you from A-Z through all sorts of topics pertaining to getting your trucking career underway. Just follow all of the links you come across and you'll learn a ton about what it takes to get started in this industry.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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Got a[[roved for a school and start Monday. After I get my CDL (I hope I do) I start driving for Celadon Trucking, wish me luck.

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.
Randall H's Comment
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Got a[[roved for a school and start Monday. After I get my CDL (I hope I do) I start driving for Celadon Trucking, wish me luck.

Wishing you great fortune, and some luck if you need it.

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Good Luck....and you should have gone thru the High Road program....it would have really helped you thru your cdl school......

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.
Christopher L.'s Comment
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Good Luck....and you should have gone thru the High Road program....it would have really helped you thru your cdl school......

thanks for the best wish's folks. I started the program but got sent to the school the following day I started the program. So far so good as the practice tests go except the Air Brakes. Air Brake tests is killing me but the more I take the practice tests the better I get. 9 wrong the first time and 6 wrong the second time.....

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Couldn't tell by your responses, and I know at least one person already suggested it, but if you're not using the High Road Training Program you are seriously doing yourself a disservice. I merely glanced at my state's CDL manual (PA) when preparing for my exams. I know of no other method that will help you retain the info more efficiently.

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.
Woody's Comment
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thanks for the best wish's folks. I started the program but got sent to the school the following day I started the program. So far so good as the practice tests go except the Air Brakes. Air Brake tests is killing me but the more I take the practice tests the better I get. 9 wrong the first time and 6 wrong the second time.....

Your school will get you through the basics for your CDL but afterwards I still recommend using the high road training. If you have time use it to get your endorsements like tanker, doubles and triples, and hazmat. You REALLY want to get these early because you never know when it may open a door for you and except for the hazmat the endorsements are easy to get.

And you MUST go through the log book and weights & balances sections. These will help you in your day to day operations of your job and teaches these subjects better than any other material I have seen.

Woody

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.

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christopher L.'s Comment
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Thanks Woody, tomorrow I have some study time then before lunch I test for General knowledge, Air brakes and combination.

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