Got My Permit!

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Scott L.'s Comment
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Missed 5 out of 100 between the three tests. Was also told that since I've passed Gen knowledge, air brakes, and combos, I don't have to worry about taking them again. I wasn't aware of that. I thought I'd have to take them again during the CDL exam. Nice! First step has been accomplished! Next week I'll go for my DOT physical and drug test.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Outstanding! The only written tests you would have left for your CDL would be your endorsements. Hopefully you'll get those because otherwise you're really limiting the job opportunities you'll have.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott L.'s Comment
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Outstanding! The only written tests you would have left for your CDL would be your endorsements. Hopefully you'll get those because otherwise you're really limiting the job opportunities you'll have.

I'm at least going to get my tanker and hazmat. I don't really see a need for doubles and triples, although I guess it makes sense to just get them out of the way.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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It definitely makes sense to get them all. It's a matter of a 15 minute written test which is super easy and bam - you have your endorsements for life. Hazmat is the exception - you have to renew that every two years. But the rest of them are a simple written test and you're set for life.

Remember, you want to think long term. This isn't a summer job in a grocery store that's going to get you through for a few months. This is a whole new career. You don't want to limit your opportunities for years and years to come simply because you didn't want to take a 10 minute written test.

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

Scott L.'s Comment
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It definitely makes sense to get them all. It's a matter of a 15 minute written test which is super easy and bam - you have your endorsements for life. Hazmat is the exception - you have to renew that every two years. But the rest of them are a simple written test and you're set for life.

Remember, you want to think long term. This isn't a summer job in a grocery store that's going to get you through for a few months. This is a whole new career. You don't want to limit your opportunities for years and years to come simply because you didn't want to take a 10 minute written test.

Great point Brett. Makes complete sense just to get them all done when I test and be done with it..

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

James D.'s Comment
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Scott, did you use the high road training test?

Scott L.'s Comment
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Scott, did you use the high road training test?

Absolutely, and it helped a TON.. I only had to skim through the book the DOT gave me. The high road program more than prepared me for the test. I can't recommend it enough..

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.

James D.'s Comment
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Scott, did you use the high road training test?

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Absolutely, and it helped a TON.. I only had to skim through the book the DOT gave me. The high road program more than prepared me for the test. I can't recommend it enough..

Ok thanks. I am going to take my permit test in a couple of days

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Way to show em you know your stuff !!!!!! Now on to bigger and better things !!! Keep on studying, and keep us informed...And as always, if you have any questions...feel free to ask !!!!

Scott L.'s Comment
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Scott, did you use the high road training test?

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Absolutely, and it helped a TON.. I only had to skim through the book the DOT gave me. The high road program more than prepared me for the test. I can't recommend it enough..

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Ok thanks. I am going to take my permit test in a couple of days

Good luck!

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.

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