Starting A Career In Trucking

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Blade S.'s Comment
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Hello all. Fairly new to this site, actually just registered with the site a few hours ago. I am currently 21 years old and I'm looking into going to a company sponsored cdl training school. I currently work for roadside assistance for many different insurance companies. There is just so much fear of leaving the job that I have now and going to a cdl training program not knowing anything about driving a truck and getting to the program and then they end up sending me home because they dont have the patience. What advice are you all willing to give as far as being 21 and just getting into the trucking industry. I have been researching it for months and it seems like something I would love to do.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I was 21 when I started driving. It's going to be a bit of a disadvantage because you're half the age of the average driver out there. But really, getting started in trucking is matter of perseverance. Everyone hits a lot of obstacles along the way but you have to keep moving forward one day at a time. As long as you don't give up on making it happen, it will happen. Even if one school sent you home, another would likely give you an opportunity.

Here are some awesome links to get you started:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Here's where you start, Blade. Welcome to your new career. Yes, butterflies come with many new life-stages.

Have your read these? And the High Road program will get you ready for the CDL written test.

As for patience, if you have patience for yourself, you'll do alright. The school instructors #1 have seen it all before and #2 they really do want you to pass the course.

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.
A.Y's Comment
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Is this forum meant for those residing in America alone?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gladhand's Comment
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You are going to school so you can learn. You along with many others at the school have never driven a vehicle of that size as well as ever been in one. It was that way for me. I have almost done this for a year now I am 22, started at 21. It's a good opportunity especially if you don't have much bills. I have just about paid off all my student loans in less then a year. It definitely helps that my only bills are a phone and debt.

If anything come into this with an open mind and do not have your expectations set too high. The more your research the better. Good luck and now I'm not the youngest anymore haha.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Is this forum meant for those residing in America alone?

A Y, there's two parts to the answer. Everyone is welcome to join, no problem. But the resources here are meant only for USA truck regulations and driving in the US.

Sometimes foreigners ask here​ about US driving jobs. A foreign driver needs to have a US driver license for a year, and we can't help out with US immigration questions.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
A.Y's Comment
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Is this forum meant for those residing in America alone?

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A Y, there's two parts to the answer. Everyone is welcome to join, no problem. But the resources here are meant only for USA truck regulations and driving in the US.

Sometimes foreigners ask here​ about US driving jobs. A foreign driver needs to have a US driver license for a year, and we can't help out with US immigration questions.

Thanks for your reply. Does that mean I will have to obtain an international driving license here in my country? Though I don't know how to drive a truck yet, i am just considering the career, but definitely not here in my country.

About the immigration questions, is it because you are not willing to help or because it is not the motive of this forum

I'm anticipating for your reply

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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We have members who have immigrated, but it is not our focus. Our focus is to prepare new drivers for a career in trucking. It is a U.S.A. Based forum. That is where our focus is on. We honestly would not have the knowledge to answer immigration questions. We know from our members that are immigrants that generally you need 1 year living and driving in the U.S.A. to obtain a CDL here.

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.
A.Y's Comment
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We have members who have immigrated, but it is not our focus. Our focus is to prepare new drivers for a career in trucking. It is a U.S.A. Based forum. That is where our focus is on. We honestly would not have the knowledge to answer immigration questions. We know from our members that are immigrants that generally you need 1 year living and driving in the U.S.A. to obtain a CDL here.

Thanks Would that single year covers the CDL training program?

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks Would that single year covers the CDL training program?

That "single year" is with a regular driver license. After that time you could consider training. And remember you need certain visas in order to work in the United States.

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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