No Driving School, But Successfully Tested & Obtained Florida CDL Class A License - What Are My Options For Jobs/companies?

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G-Town's Comment
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Oh yeah. All the mega carriers want to hire me ...PRiME, KNiGHT ...with no school ... Just cuz I have a CDL. So your words of wisdom aren't words of wisdom in reality old school

Dude you are annoyingly arrogant. If things with Uncle Super Trucker's company are so wonderful then why would you be applying to the mega carriers? Did you formally apply to them? Did they make you an offer with an orientation date?

There are so many holes and inconsistencies in your story I am not sure what to believe.

Here is the bottom line Junior, your path to success only worked for you. And it worked because you have Uncle Super Trucker willing to train you for a year and then hire you on with the family business. For 99.9% of the newbies trying to get a successful start in this business, your plan is a pipe dream and not even worth considering. Please get off your high horse and stop preaching your exception as the rule.

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.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Davor, I got my CDL with no school and basically no training. I am much older than you are so that probably helped me. I have said on this site many times how I got mine but I also state that I would not recommend this path. I am sure that you have seen photos of loads that I have hauled. That was not an easy thing to do without training. My second load was 12' wide and 14'8" high.

I knew absolutely nothing about what I was doing, including securement but I am stubborn and read up on what I needed to learn. I could have gotten in so much trouble for some of those early loads.

Now after 3 years I know when I have to say no to the boss. Had to have a load divided up recently because I was going to be 6k over gross. Him and the customer were not happy.

Your arrogance that you have shown in this thread is going to bite you one of these days. Can you get your license without school? Yes you can. Should you? Not what I would recommend.

To new prospective drivers, my situation was unique. I was already working for a company that had one truck and needed a driver. The owner decided to help me get my license so that I could drive his truck. That is how I got my foot in the door. Had I been trying to get on with a mega carrier after getting my license I probably would have had a lot of trouble finding someone that would take the chance.

In our current society where people will sue over which bathroom they can use at the drop of a hat, companies are less likely to take on the liability when there are hundreds if not thousands of applicants that they can train to do the same thing and in their eyes train properly. You may think that you were trained properly but they have no way of verifying that.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Hmmmmmm. The silence is deafening............Davor???

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hmmmmmm. The silence is deafening............Davor???

Yes, his last remark was about a day ago. I wouldn't be surprised if Davor just blows this off. No loss.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hmmmmmm. The silence is deafening............Davor???

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Yes, his last remark was about a day ago. I wouldn't be surprised if Davor just blows this off. No loss.

I had started to reply a few times - and each response I came up with simply looked like "feeding the troll".

Brett summed it up - and his ability to research previous comments and put them together in a cogent post, exceeded my patience and ability to do so.

And for the record (and those who might be misled) - insurance companies WILL NOT INSURE someone with less than a years DOCUMENTED OTR EXPERIENCE. The exceptions are the companies that have training programs - and they PAY DEARLY for their $1 Mil trucking liability in order to do so.

I did all the "due diligence " a few years ago, when I was considering "buying a career", by just purchasing a tractor and going O/O right out of the gate. Even with a clean, years old CDL (that I DID attend a 320 hour VoTech school to obtain), I could NOT GET "Interstate" Trucking Liability Insurance. Even the INTRASTATE (which I could have gotten - and just stayed in FL) would have run me $15K a year.

Not to say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to do as Davor did, just unlikely and improbable...

Rick

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.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davor M.'s Comment
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Oh I'm here, just been busy... Finally got some time to write back...trucking truth Vs me ... Give me a couple minutes to respond

Davor M.'s Comment
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I am gonna work for my super trucker uncle, he bought another truck that we are working on so it can hit the road but in the mean time I did get a job with United VAn Lines....I do get a 401k which they match...I do get dental and health insurance which is available after 90 days...I do get paid vacations and holidays, it is a w2 and not a 1099... I get paid 19$ hour for the labor (unloading/loading) and 32 cpm... I do run paper logs...they give me 25$ a day for food and pay for the hotel of my choosing whenever I do long distance ...I do get about 1200-1300 a week doing this and I can show h my check stubs...I drive a 2013 Volvo ...

The reason I said what I said is because you guys say it's a "disservice" to get a cdl without going to school, it's not...you can get job without school...I'm not a lazy guy I will put in physical work, I will drive and that's why I'm Capable of making over 1k a week ...so i think it's ridiculous that u guys tell people on here that's it's impossible and a waste of time...it's not and I'm living proof...if y'all want pictures or whatever I'll post em... So go ahead and call my uncle a super trucker, that's fine lol...guy makes over 200k a year...

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Davor M.'s Comment
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Not ****ed or angry...just when people tell folks on here that's it's a disservice to get a CDL without school is pure BS...like they're actually ruining their career by going this way is what jerks me... There is more than one way to skin a cat ...I don't need a pat on the back or a high five ...I'm just saying nothing is impossible my man...if u want something bad, if u really want it you will get it no matter what road u take is all I'm Saying

Davor M.

I'm sure you realize that there are hardly any new drivers that have an uncle who owns a trucking company that they can drive OTR with for a year. Your words in old posts.

But you seem a little p*ssed or angry that no one is giving you credit for what you've been able to accomplish.

I'm glad you made it Davor M., and nobody is saying someone like you with a year of OTR experience (but no school) shouldn't be considered equal to everyone else.

You have had a hard path to get to where you are today, harder than most and deserving of being respected. But you gotta show respect to get respect.

And you were much more respectful when you were first in the forum than you are now. What's changed?

This is TRUCKING TRUTH after all.

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.

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.

Davor M.'s Comment
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Any pic requests,,, any questions ...I'm not running away from this thread as some Of y'all have thought that I did

Errol V.'s Comment
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You've seen the ads with a guy of lady that says "I lost 45 pounds in a week with this diet!" And there's a tiny disclaimer at the bottom that says something like

(These results are not common)

Your results are not common. Most of the newbies here don't have uncles who will buy them a truck, especially a truck you need to "work on so it can hit the road". Are you working for United Van Lines directly or a UVL owner op at the moment?

Granted, you are getting your job your way. There are active TT members who also got their dream truck driving job right away. But most of the people here came to learn about trucking and take the most common route to a solid CDL-A license and real training. That way there are many companies who would be happy to have them on board.

Are you here to strut your stuff, like you've been doing, or are you here to add in your experiences to help people confused or frustrated with backing or HOS or truck living or with different kinds of truck jobs? If you're here to mostly show off, maybe you can impress someone at TruckersReport.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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