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Taylor Lambert    Posted 01-15-2004 at 17:03:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well yall my worrying is over lol I passed my CDL test today. The ladies up front were mumbling about how many the fella had shot down this week. When we did the walk aroun he told me he had a bad rep but he was there to help. On the walk around i missed 2 out of 60 on it He told me that was ok because my truck wasnt equiped that way.
The driving test got me 2 points for parralel parking but he said i had done better than most. THe dock parking I got 1 point deductted for pulling up 1 time because i lost the cones in my mirror. On the driving part halfway through the test the officer asked me how long Id been driving a truck without a Commercial permit. He stated that I was nt making enough mistakesand grinned. I told him since i was 16 Ive driven single axle trucks for my brother and dad had owne a small trucking company. We made a big circle throu downtown Tupelo and the rules say if you run over a curb or let a light get ya you fail. I made it good and now have a nice Class B liscence. I believe the prayers worked lol.


~Lenore    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:01:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great, Taylor, I never had a doubt you would pass with flying colors!!


willie j    Posted 01-16-2004 at 07:39:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Taylor
Congrats on passing the test. Hope you have a safe & rewarding career. I did just the opposite yesterday. Retired 2 years ago, & my license was due for renewal later this month, so gave up my class A, went back to class D. Had class A with haz-mat, air, tanker, school bus,& passenger endorsements. Started driving commercial in '58, anything that had wheels under it except motorcycle. Now I have a valid excuse in case anyone asks me to help them out for a quick trip. Be safe. Remember that no load is more important than your or someone elses life. In bad weather the only vehicle that HAS to go has red lights on the roof & a siren.(fire, ambulance etc)
Willie J


Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2004 at 03:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congrats...


TO35    Posted 01-16-2004 at 02:22:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congrats....keep the painted side up...now you have a dollar waiting on a dime...get in that truck and get to work.....


best wishes
TO


Redneck    Posted 01-16-2004 at 01:32:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Way to go youngun'!


Colin in WI    Posted 01-15-2004 at 22:12:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good for you, Taylor. Next time you're in Tupelo say hey to my old friends at JESCO and be sure to look out for Elvis too!


Taylor Lambert    Posted 01-16-2004 at 17:37:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Colin in WI WHat division of JESCO did you work for I have a friend the runs a crane for them. Dad has worked a few jobs along side them and one time they tried to hire me to work in there Tupelo Machine shop. I dont think even seeing Elvis would have gotten my attenion off theat road lol.


KellyGa    Posted 01-15-2004 at 20:15:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you passed, the hard parts over now! Good Luck and Congratulations! :)


Ron,Ar    Posted 01-15-2004 at 19:55:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
congratulations, I would have gave you mine for free.


Les    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:37:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a CDL-A but I didn't have to go through what you did. I had one of the old state tractor-trailer licenses so when they went to the CDL, I only had to pass the written test. Good thing.


Bob/Ont    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:29:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Must have been me that riged it for you Taylor. Got the map book out and took all day lookin at it tryin to find Tupalo Alabama.
Later Bob


Willy-N    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:26:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great! You must have known what you were doing or they would not have passed you. Congrats and never let it expire again so you won't have to repeat it again. I get to take a Tanker Test next week most likely for another endorsement on my Class "B" CDL I have Passenger Bus and Air Brakes but needed the Tanker part. Only a written test but you allways get a little hyped befor it. Mark H.


ret    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:18:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, just don't turn into one of these idiot truckers that thinks the hy belongs to him. Too bad the trucker union owns the politicians who let them get away with the kind of driving that is seen all too frequently.
REt


Newgen    Posted 01-15-2004 at 22:41:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree there are some bad apple truck drivers out there who have no business driving anything bigger than a tricycle , but the majority are decent hard working people. And statistics show that the majority of car/truck collisions are caused by the car driver. And as for the truckers unions, most of those guys are paid by the hour, so they have no reason to drive recklessly. The idiots you refer to are mostly fly by nighters.


ret    Posted 01-16-2004 at 05:56:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
what has really convinced me about truckers in general, is moving to the east coast and driving on I95 from Dc area to Richmond and points south. You won't see more aggressive road hogs anywhere than on that stretch. No one should be forced to drive over the limit, and they are a lot of the time. It is pretty scarry to have a monster truck 5 ft off your rear bumper. Outside lane, or passing lane, is supposed to be out of bounds for big rigs, it sure is not here. Might be a little bit different if this was a rural area with light traffic. This areas roads are really heavy with traffic. I know it is hard to patrol, but state is doing a poor job. Also, this log business is a big joke.Used to have a meter of some kind that a cop could look at to see how fast it was driven and when the rig was parked. Guess they are not usd any more.
REt


Jon(WI)    Posted 01-15-2004 at 19:53:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was within 3 weeks of becoming a truck driver. Don't worry about the State/Fed. regulations. They are really tough. You would't believe what they have to put in their log time lines. Every 15" is regulated. Schooling is rough. Would have been trucking right now if the life wasn't so regulated. The poor truckers, if you can find one do the poor driving on their own at great risk of losing their licenses.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:33:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont worry Ret I have a bad leg and a hand held together by plates because of a bad driver. I figure if I hit someone theyll pull out in front of me and stop or get in the blind spot. My normal car insurance is too high to have another wreck lol.


Cindi    Posted 01-15-2004 at 18:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
They didn't put much pressure on you did they? Lol. Congratulations!


Short Round    Posted 01-15-2004 at 17:25:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good job, way to go. Not always fun taking those tests.


Dieselrider    Posted 01-15-2004 at 17:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congradulations!!!!! Now how cheap will you haul my.....Grin.


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