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Keys man's Comment
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Just want to thank all of you for making this site a one stop source for any information someone looking to get into trucking needs! After reading brett's book and soaking in all the good info in the blogs and forum, I have decided after years in the printing business to make trucking my new career. My son is grown now and I am looking for new challenges and trucking is one of the few vocations that welcome older folk (I am 55). I am starting Coastal Pines Tech here in Baxley on Monday and already have permit w/Tanker/doubles/passenger/school bus done. In Georgia there should be no reason not to get a cdl. The entire 220 hour course costs only 1450.00 with 1000.00 of that paid by a grant without income requirements. The 450.00 you pay is for stuff like dot exam/permit/mvr record drug test and books. 450.00 and 8 weeks for a new career? SOLD! Since I have clean mvr and no criminal history I am hoping for something regional. Schneider has openings for regional tanker out of savannah at present. I can go otr if need be for six months or so to check that box but in a perfect world I would like to avoid the far north once it get nasty. Thank you all once again for all you do for new drivers!

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Wishing you well with your new career, from a fellow musician.

Schneider bulk is a solid entry into tankers, and a solid company to stay for a career.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Also, Savannah is huge for intermodal - rail yard and port trucking.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Oops. Keep forgetting to not feel the need to define terms anymore, with Brett's new glossary feature.

Keys man's Comment
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Thank you six string. My ultimate goal is to try to run southeastern states after paying my dues. I really have no desire to see Montana in february behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler and I greatly respect and admire all those truckers that have the balls to do that year after year.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Keys man's Comment
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Sorry about last comment. Mean't no disrespect to all those fine lady truckers out there getting it done.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Carter's Comment
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. I really have no desire to see Montana in february behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler 

LOL, from the guy sitting in a restaurant in Shelby Montana waiting for our next load...

There is less snow here right now then there was when I last drove through New Mexico.

Tracy W.'s Comment
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I really have no desire to see Montana in february behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler

LOL, from the guy sitting in a restaurant in Shelby Montana waiting for our next load...

There is less snow here right now then there was when I last drove through New Mexico.

Dang....I'm sitting in Billings, MT right now, my home terminal. My wife is having a hip replacement operation, so have been here a couple weeks. If you roll through, give me a yell!

Tracy

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Carter's Comment
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Hey Tracy, I hope everything goes well for your wife. My trainer and I are still sitting in Shelby. Long story. At least the prime rib was good last night...

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Hey Tracy, I hope everything goes well for your wife. My trainer and I are still sitting in Shelby. Long story. At least the prime rib was good last night...

Thanks! The operation was successful. Now both her hips are bionic. shocked.png

Going to go back to work Monday, my company has arranged for me to drive locally for two weeks before going back to OTR (one more reason I love this company). She's getting around pretty well and has abandoned the walker for a cane, which she'll probably be able to stop using in a couple weeks. Life with no more pain for her will be good. Took the Indian Health Service over a year to approve each of her hip surgeries, but at least they are paying for them.

Tracy

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.

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