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Idono's Comment
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Bout done with week 4. I am on track to finish after 6 weeks still instead of 8 weeks. Talked to H. O. Wolding recruiter today that came in to talk to the class and I am seriously considering them. I have logged 365 miles (in 2 days) on the road for the class and it's been a blast. Day 2 I was much more relaxed and things went very well. I just have to remember to not pull up to close to other vehicles when stopping for the intersections.

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I know , you have to be able to see the tires of the vehicle in front of you, but even still it is just a good habit to give more space and then you can change gears especially if you are just clutching from forth to fifth to get started. I do the same at stop signs or when turning left onto another street and have to stop for traffic to pass. It gives you more time to gear. Under bridges when making a U-turn so you can see the traffic coming that is making a left and again you have time to gear before making your turn while concentrating on not hitting that curb. Great to hear you are enjoying it.

I will be doing a 5 week school at Sage which starts in 10 days, I'm hoping to get done in 4 weeks. I've taken these CDL pretests online and I'm usually 99-100% on them all. I've looked up a couple practice tests online and there are a few questions I haven't seen before but for the most part they are the same questions. Sage is fast-paced and usually expensive, 4973.50 to be exact (unless you're prior military and still have the GI Bill like me). I hear they have high reviews so I'm really looking forward to this. I will be clocking 1000 driving hours in 4 weeks which is awesome! If anyone has taken the DoT license test, please share with me your insight. I like to be prepared. Thanks. This is a good forum

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.

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Thanks Jeff. Yeah, I always make sure I can see rear tires and asphalt, but better to leave more room like you said for shifting and in case they break down in the middle of the road. Did some city driving today, whew, what a bunch of idiots running around today. LOL, guess that'll be every day once I get out with a company.

Idono, I got my permit pretty much just from taking the High Roads Training on here and then going down to take the test. Best of luck to you!

Diver's Comment
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Well, 5 weeks done! Doing the last of my day time miles on Monday and Tuesday and doing my road test on Wednesday. That leaves me with 200 night time miles needed and apparently we will do those in week 7. Once I get my night time miles, I will be done with everything needed to graduate the course.

We had a recruiter in from Comcar Industries the other day. I applied with them for CCC Transportation to go with their dry bulk tankers for a SE regional spot driving FL, AL, GA, SC and NC with most weekends home. They called me the next day and after talking for a bit, I was offered a spot for May 11th orientation in Auburndale, FL. The terminal I'll drive out of is in Newberry, FL about 20 miles from my house. I'm really looking forward to it.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Diver's Comment
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6 weeks down, 2 to go! Took my road test this week and only got 8 dings for the whole trip. Scheduled to go out Monday night for my 200 night miles which will give me the 1000 needed for graduation. All written tests completed too. Now we're waiting for one other person to do their road test so that we can all go down to the DMV and get our actual CDL. Part of our school tuition covers the cost so we have to all go down together with one check from the school to cover the costs. I will only be required to pony up the extra money ($21) for my endorsements.

Got a call from CCC Transportation this week as well. They said that once I have CDL in hand to let them know so that they can complete my file which they said is ready to go for me to report May 11th orientation. WOO-HOO!

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.

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