Am I Lost Or 1 In A Million

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Jason E.'s Comment
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So I have been in cdl school and after talking with other student I'm not understanding how this is hard. I have my permit plus doub/trip and tankers just waiting on my hazmat from big brother. Passed all test in school with 96-100 not one time did I open my school book or cdl hand book. I just don't get it it does not seem hard to be a steering wheel holder and not hit ****. Can someone tell me how this job is hard


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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Well, I'm not sure how to answer that one. I think that it's great that you're passing everything! Good Job! I think (humbly and really trying to not sound like a smart @$$) that we'll all be in for a rude awakening when we actually hit the road. Some of us have an easier time of it than others, but I think the true test of perseverance and character and strength (and any other words you want to throw in there) will come once you're on the road. Between balancing time schedules, log books, compliance, sleep, showering, peeing in a bottle, eating crappy food, away from home, vehicle emergencies, traffic emergencies, etc all of the current drivers and future drivers have our work cut out for us. Bask in the sunshine of easiness now, darlin', because unless you're one of the few, $#!t$ about to get real, real fast. Best of luck to you and stay safe out there!

Hoofinit's Comment
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I concur with SunshineMelly. Going to school or learning from books is one thing, out on the road is a whole other situation. This is why the turnover rate in trucking is so large. 105% I think I heard. If you have never been on the road with a trucker then your going to learn really fast that life is totally different then sitting at home, school or having a regular job. Good luck and keep us posted!

Errol V.'s Comment
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You might say there's three parts to your driving education:
* Classroom - I guess that's your zzzz part, Jason.

* Road - wheel in hand, driving that 18 wheel beast in traffic and on freeways. Not all that bad, once you get used to the size and length of your truck.

* Backing - it might take you a week or two to tame that rear end, making it (sort of) go where you want it to. This is the part that drives most students to the edge of sanity.

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Ive been on the road two months,had driver cut over into my lane in heavy traffic,come through Dallas road construction,where the heavy road spray made it nearly inpossible to see,and ran down a road through a 5 minute,where it was Impossible to see. Your responsible for the truck and the safety of others. Sitting in a sunny classroom is the easy part.

Jason E.'s Comment
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Started my range training this past Monday my pretrip is about 90% I'd pass if my test was tomorrow we have started backing and this is way easier to back up than anything I ever driven. Next week we start full driving with traffic can't wait

Shantanic (Shannon F.)'s Comment
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The only thing I would caution about would be not to get too confident. Maybe this is your thing, you're a natural at it. But to me having a healthy fear and respect of the ship you're sailing helps to keep safety at top of mind. Keep kicking tires and lighting fires!!!

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Don't get too ****y and don't feed your ego. That's how you start getting comfortable and that's when you start slacking and becoming less aware and before you know it you've had a preventable accident. There is always room for improvement at anything in life.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Woops. I scared the censor with my dirty talk. I meant don't get a big head.

Jason E.'s Comment
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I' don't want to get too confident it's just by far the easiest thing Iv done sofar in my short life. I was a recovery agent for 2 years and these trucks don't have any off track compared to dragging a suburban down the road taking up 3 lanes smiling at the cops as you go by lol. Being serious for a min here I know what a laps in thought can do and how others safety and my own is at stake. I wish the drunk pick last night would have cared before he sent me flying across the hwy but no one hurt just a smashed truck

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