Advice For A Long Bus Ride To CDL School

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John M.'s Comment
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Well I've been studding the The High Road Online CDL Training Program on here for the last two weeks and feel pretty comfortable with my knowledge at least for those questions.

I'm In Los Angeles, I board a greyhound bus tomorrow for a two day trip to Prime in Missouri. I'm just trying to think of a strategy for studying on the bus ride without internet. I have a copy of the CDL Missouri handbook. and my phone with a VERY short battery life (yes I have the TT CDL test app on my phone). How can I take advantage of my time with effective studying without the internet any ideas?

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.
3rd Generation's Comment
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You will probably have to study some the "Old Fashioned" way. My New Mexico CDL manual has review questions after each section and yours probably does as well. I would suggest reading each section and then writing down the review questions with the answers in a spiral notebook. I read both the N.M. manual and answered all the section review questions and did the High Road Training Program (Twice) before starting school. My average on the six MVD/DMV tests I've taken so far has been a 93% because of the studying, no doubt about 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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

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.

TWIC:

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.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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1st. I suggest you take a good pillow and a fanny cushion. Those seats are seriously uncomfortable. 2nd. Most busses have wifi on them, and also plug ins. Take a laptop 3rd. Take a permit book to study as a back up, but i HIGHLY recommend Bretts High Road Study Guide. Its the best way to prep for your exams.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris L.'s Comment
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I took a bus from Portland OR to Salt Lake City UT for orientation with Prime and I had a plug to charge my phone and wifi. Wasn't as bad as I expected, plus I had two seats to myself the whole trip.

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