Coors - Got To Love'em!!

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Bj H.'s Comment
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So I got a phone call today, I'm going to drive for Coors!!! I'm so excited. Of course all this depends on me passing the CDL written test. And after using the 'Amazing' High Road Training Program course to get my CDL permit, I should hopefully be able to pass the whole test. I know it's not easy and I am going to have put my best effort towards studying but thank God for the High Road !! It truly is amazing!

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.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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So I got a phone call today, I'm going to drive for Coors!!! I'm so excited. Of course all this depends on me passing the CDL written test. And after using the 'Amazing' High Road course to get my CDL permit, I should hopefully be able to pass the whole test. I know it's not easy and I am going to have put my best effort towards studying but thank God for the High Road !! It truly is amazing!

So is this a dedicated account through another company, or is it a local account through Coors, or what?

Dave

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.
Bj H.'s Comment
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That would be local. It's a route delivery driver position for grocery and convenience stores.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Congrats! But in all honesty I hate doing beer loads lol. Once I had giant metal beer kegs that were shrink wrapped and double stacked. Every load is a pain to balance. My last load I was 33980 on my drives and 33960 on my trailer tandems. No joke!

But a local gig... I am jealous!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations BJ, those local beer delivery jobs usually pay very well, but require quite a bit of physical labor. Good luck with it! You're fortunate to get that job. I had a nephew who did that for a while - he got paid very well for his age, but eventually decided it was just too tough for him.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, congrats on the job and really glad to hear our High Road Training Program helped you prepare for the CDL permit exams. You're not going to have any problems passing the written exams once you work through the High Road.

I was looking up your scores and it shows you're only 6% of the way through and haven't used it since April. Have you been doing it without being signed in? Are you getting ready to get back at it? What's your status? smile.gif

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.
Bj H.'s Comment
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Here's what happened. When I first took the CDL permit exam I thought that exam consisted of the General Knowledge section (Chapters 1-3) of the Texas commercial motor vehicle handbook. I studied those sections until I had it down, using the High Road Training Program, of course. So, I take the test and right away realized that I have studied the wrong material. Crud!! I go back and study what needs to be studied and pass.

Now I am needing to pass the CDL written test. Which for me, at this point and time, I am needing to know chapters 1-3, (which I have a pretty good grasp of all ready) air brakes and post-trip. Eventually I will go back and get my Hazmat , Tanker and Doubles endorsements.

So yes I am definitely going to entrench my self into the High Road Program again and with its help, some coffee, and my iPhone, I hope to be taking the test this Friday. Wish me luck!

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

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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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Sounds great!

Here's a rundown of what parts of the training program apply to the exams and such:

Permit:

Rules & Regulations

Driving Safely

Transporting Cargo Safely

Air Brakes

Combination Vehicles

Pre-Trip Inspection

Driving Exam

The main sections for your endorsements which are optional but we highly recommend you get:

Transporting Passengers

Doubles And Triples

Tankers

Hazardous Materials

And two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road but the manual doesn't really cover it:

Logbook

Weight & Balance

Now I'm not sure if we've discussed this already or not, but the materials in our High Road Training Program are the CDL manual. Each state has their own manual but 98% of the materials are identical. The differences are so few and far between that they're either irrelevant or we've noted the differences right within the program. So there's no need to study the Texas CDL manual. Just make sure you cover the sections I've listed above that pertain to the permit and you'll pass the exams you need for your class A permit.

The endorsements you can get anytime. And the last two sections - Logbook and Weight & Balance - are extremely important for your everyday job but they won't be covered on the written exams. Unfortunately, they won't be covered very well at most schools either which is why we built it into our training program.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

Bj H.'s Comment
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Well thanks again. I will certainly study most of those sections this week. And if any body has any other words of advice I am all ears. Y'all are the pro's. I'm here to observe and learn as much as I can from this site and from any one who is willing to give advice.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg's Comment
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Congratulations on the local job right out of school, I run local as well, I hated otr id never do it again

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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