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Pigpen's Comment
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I was grateful enough to bypass all the hustle and bustle of a driving school. I had a opportunity handed to me. So I took it I did all the studying on my own. If I pass my written exam today. I get hired on by a local company where I am home every night. Plus they paid for all my test and physical. I didn't think that was bad for a rookie! Do you veteran drivers think I made the right decision?

Errol V.'s Comment
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If you have already arranged all this stuff, including getting hired, good for you! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Passing the written test, though, is only the first step to your trucking career. That's when you can get behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler for the first time. So, your local company is giving you full training and road experience? That's great! You didn't mention any contract, though, because the actual training usually goes for around $3-5,000 and no company will give that away.

In other words, to me that all sounds too good to be true.

G-Town's Comment
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I am with Errol on this, "how are they going to train you?" No offense intended, with only a CDL , no formal schooling or training, you are not ready for solo operation. Very risky.

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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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