Woman Driver Goal Or Dream On

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Elisa H.'s Comment
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Hello, I have wanted to be a trucker since high school. I went the college route instead,and haven't made much out of it other than a career in retail. I am now 18 years out of high school. For various reasons I will not be returning to a retail job. So it seems like now would be the time. I mean heck I'm already alone most of the time might as well get paid. I have 3 things keeping me from going this route 1. I'm small, would be limited to lifting 40 lbs or so 2. I have two dogs, could they travel with me? 3. I have a less than stellar driving record mostly suspensions from minor tickets lead to driving on suspended charges Is this a realistic goal for me? Would I physically be able to do the job? Would it be easier for me to go the route of bus driver or train/subway work? Lots of questions hope you all have some insight.

MC1371's Comment
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Hello and welcome. 1. Size not an issue. 2. Strength not an issue (avoid flat bed work.)

3. Suspensions... Issue. How old? IIRC they're going to have to be at least 2yrs old. *For nonmoving

So on the physical side no worries. But we'll need more accurate info regarding the suspensions to give you an accurate answer.

Big Scott's Comment
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As was said above, size does not matter just avoid flatbed. Many companies have pet policies. These policies vary. They do limit breeds and quantity. Whether or not there is a deposit and how much. These are things for you to clear up with a recruiter before you commit to going with a company. If you go to Company-Sponsored Training Programs, you will most likely need to make arrangements for your dogs for up to 4 months. Your tickets and suspensions will be your major stumbling block. The older they are the better. Again every company has their own requirements. Here is our starter pack of info.

Read through those as you do your research. Take your time and don't rush into this.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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