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Christine P.'s Comment
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well tomorrow is the last day of my first week at trucking school.. my tuition is being paid by the state so im very happy about that because upon graduation i can go anywhere and not tied down to just one company for a year. i started monday took my cdl tip tests on wednesday and passed first try yahhhh me. 7 questions wrong on general knowledge, 4 questions wrong on combination (close one)and 2 wrong on air brakes. just was told theres 2 companies in michigan that do local runs so im going for both because i have a 16 year old that i cant leave behind. Now next monday is the start of yard work. ive never touched a stick in my life and to get behind the wheel of a semi truck is soooooo scary. Ive driven an ambulance and an armor truck in my past life. how hard can it be? right lol.. im new on these forum and looking forward to learning as much as i can ffrom you ladies in the next 3 weeks :)

christine

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.
ColeTrucker's Comment
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Hey Christine, welcome to TT!

Congratulations on getting your permit!

Suggestion. Before you finish your course, go face to face with the local companies that you mentioned (and any others) to let them know your intentions and interests. If possible, ask to do a ride along. Some people say it is difficult to get a local job right out of school with no experience. However, difficult is not absolute. Don't wait until you finish school to start looking for a job. Speak with your instructors about local openings, they usually are a wealth of information.

Please keep us updated with your progress! Cole

Christine P.'s Comment
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Thanks Cole...2 weeks under my belt now....we worked on left and right offsets...one more day then start 90 degrees...anybody have any suggestions on being better at the offsets friday the only way I was able to get it was getting out for look see then I did it perfect. Some students make it look so easy but going the opposite way of your tractor is sooooo hard for me until I did the look see

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