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Johnnie Mac's Comment
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I would like to thank everyone on this site for the honest assessments of this career. After 2 years of deliberation and a solid 8 months of stalking TT threads i have decided to take the plunge. I will be attending allstate carrers in Baltimore and about 6 months from now i will have a cdl and be on my way. Ive already sent out some apps and am on my way to getting some pre hire letters. Wish me luck

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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

PackRat's Comment
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Definitely good luck to you as you begin down this exciting new path.

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck. We'll be here for you if you need help.

Johnnie Mac's Comment
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Starting week number 3 and so far so good. The first 2 weeks were on pre trip and troubleshooting, service (as a driver), and the basics of the mechanics of a tractor and trailer. This week we started with tips and strategies for driving in adverse conditions. 8 more weeks until im on the range in a truck putting practice to theory.

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