3 Years Today

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ButtonUp's Comment
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Today is 3 years since I passed my CDL test on the second try. After a few months of training, and switching companies, I have over 2.5 years with my current company and will be with them 3 years in September.

I got the driver of the month last month, which was kinda cool.

Just wanted to jump on and say thanks to Brett and everyone who was there for me when I was starting out. TT was a big help when I was in school and wondering if I could pull it off.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's awesome man! Really glad you came back to say hi and check in.

And driver of the month is huge!! Congrats on that!

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Congratulations!!! I'd say it's time to change your profile from "rookie solo driver" to something more appropriate

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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Good for you buddy.

ButtonUp's Comment
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Hey everyone,

I always mean to get on here and report in, but it never happens, so I stopped myself in the middle of Jack Ryan and forced myself to boot up the pc and post this.

In June it will be 8 years since I got my CDL.

The time has really passed.

I'm still on the same account I've been on over 7.5 years as it's really suited me.

I think about this forum often, and how much a part of my CDL training, and even later on with Hazmat , it was.

It was not easy to learn to drive a truck for me, and I started backing hay trailers in with the old pickup when I was 8. There is some debate as to whether experience actually hurts when learning for the first time, but I think it just takes getting used to, like most things in life.

I started training a little over a year ago, and it has been interesting, to say the least. I wanted to support new drivers in a way that wasn't there for me when I started. I basically just sacrifice my time to let them practice themselves, keeping an eye on things, and interceding when needed, but I don't stand at the door and tell them what to do, I stand next to the spot, and watch what they're doing, and once they get it spotted I'll offer feedback on what I saw, then have them do it again. It works very well, except when the trainee doesn't understand what I'm saying, and I can't understand them. I'll leave that... at that.

If there is one thing I mention for new drivers regarding backing, it should be this: You are not steering the trailer... you're pushing it. The trailer will turn on its own once it starts to go that way. At that point it's all about getting your tractor back in front of the trailer so it doesn't get away from you. If it starts to turn too much, stop, then pull up just enough until it feels like it's back on track. Repeat.

I asked one of the safety guys at the terminal about backing once, and what he said to me was frustratingly simple but true. "Backing is one of those things you just get better at the more you do it."

Anyway, good luck to those of you starting out, and an inadequate Thank You to those of you that have sacrificed so others could have a place here.

Thanks, Brett.

I'll try to keep in touch more often, but you know how it can be!

ButtonUp

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

Change your status "Rookie"!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Today is 3 years since I passed my CDL test on the second try. After a few months of training, and switching companies, I have over 2.5 years with my current company and will be with them 3 years in September.

I got the driver of the month last month, which was kinda cool.

Just wanted to jump on and say thanks to Brett and everyone who was there for me when I was starting out. TT was a big help when I was in school and wondering if I could pull it off.

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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.
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