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Lorene S.'s Comment
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Hello new here will be starting my cdl training next month.So gald to have found this site so much information. I am so excited about starting my new career.Saying hello

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.
C. S.'s Comment
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Hello new here will be starting my cdl training next month.So gald to have found this site so much information. I am so excited about starting my new career.Saying hello

Hello and welcome to Trucking Truth Lorene!

If you haven't already, get started on the High Road Training Program. It's an awesome, free resource that Brett generously set up for new trucking students. It will allow you to breeze through your state's permit test. Additionally, there are some sections that aren't covered in the state CDL manuals (like log books and weight/balance) that are very helpful.

After that, try to research some companies and apply for pre-hire letters. Learn more about that here: Understanding Pre-Hires . Try to get as many as possible before and during your training. Then you'll have a variety of companies to choose from and a backup plan in place if one company falls through.

If you're done with all that and still looking for more trucking info (I know I was), read through Brett's Book. Very informative and captivating, and again completely free. There are also a ton of great Articles written by members here.

Again, welcome and good luck to you!

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OOS:

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.

Lorene S.'s Comment
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Thank you C.S. for all the advice on the information I can look at to point me in the right direction.I have been using the high road training program on here to study for my permit. I will be starting my CDL training January 5,2015!Super excited and nervous all at the same time.I will post again when I have started my CDL program. Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated or tips that you found that helped you out during your training.

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.
Chris B.'s Comment
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Thank you C.S. for all the advice on the information I can look at to point me in the right direction.I have been using the high road training program on here to study for my permit. I will be starting my CDL training January 5,2015!Super excited and nervous all at the same time.I will post again when I have started my CDL program. Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated or tips that you found that helped you out during your training.

I'm starting new on January 5th as well! Where are you attending if you don't mind. Just wondering if we were heading to the same place!

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.
Lena D.'s Comment
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hi I'm new here and set to possibly start on the 5th also. I'm going with PAM transport. I wish u guys the best of luck. And if any advice I'd love to hear it.

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Thank you C.S. for all the advice on the information I can look at to point me in the right direction.I have been using the high road training program on here to study for my permit. I will be starting my CDL training January 5,2015!Super excited and nervous all at the same time.I will post again when I have started my CDL program. Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated or tips that you found that helped you out during your training.

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I'm starting new on January 5th as well! Where are you attending if you don't mind. Just wondering if we were heading to the same place!

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.
Lorene S.'s Comment
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Hello chris and Lena, Yes I am super excited to be starting my training on monday! I havent picked a company yet that I will be working for.I am attending a private school here in New Jersey,after looking at many of the school I decided on going with New Jersey Trucking.I want to wish both of you good luck and best of wishes.I will post when I can on how its going,would like to hear how yours is going too!! So ready for this!!!

lil1ragamuffin's Comment
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Hello new here will be starting my cdl training next month.So gald to have found this site so much information. I am so excited about starting my new career.Saying hello

Hello! I am new as well....hoping to start sometime during this month.......wish you the best! I too am finding awesome information on this site!

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.
Photogirl 's Comment
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Congrats ladies!!! I just finished up school and passed my CDL test a few weeks ago. I'm currently waiting on my trainer to pick me up to get started on OTR training. I can't be more excited myself so I can imagine how ya'll feel. This is a great place so welcome! Just remember to relax and you will be fine.

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.

OTR:

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.

Photogirl 's Comment
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Oh, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me or anyone here.. good-luck.gif

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