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Evelyn W.'s Comment
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My husband and I are looking to team driving. It's been a dream of ours for years. We need some advise. We need our CDLs. What company should we look into? We haven't spent two days apart since we got together but want our dream to come true. We are old school and will do whatever we need to do to get started but dont want to make the wrong choices. We've done a lot of researching but still at a loss. We are planning to begin our driving at the end of February. We would love to hear from Janabanana! We want our dream but need great advice! We have jobs now so we won't go for anything that will hinder us. What company, what tools we need, etc... We are ready to rock n roll so please, any advice would be greatly appreciated. We don't want to be apart for a long period of time, but we will do whatever we need to do. JANABANANA, We want to hear from you also. 😉

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.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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Welcome,

I am not sure how they will train a team of both sexes at once for the otr section of the training but I am sure your not the only married team either.

I would look into the companies that will offer to train you to get your CDLs (Company sponsored training programs). While the people on here will for the most part not tell you where to go they will tell you that for the most part the companies mentioned on here are not bad companies in general. Once you start to learn how to become an asset to a business it typically just keeps getting better. If they are willing to invest in you then you should be willing to work for them and show you are worth the effort. it is best to look for the company that best suits your needs and desires. This site has volumes of information that will help guide you through everything you can come up against but you have to ask, be willing to listen and learn. There are many people in here with decades of experience to fall back upon for advice and help.

Personally I am pretty new to this myself I hope this all helps you.

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Here are the links for the topics mentioned above.

Start there. I'm with CFI. They will train you and love teams. Here is a link to the drive for CFI section of their site. With that said most companies love teams. You both get paid for all miles the truck moves. I hope this helps.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Evelyn.

Definitely start with the links they gave you above. Those will teach you all about how to get started in trucking.

The one tip I'll give you is to put a little more emphasis on refrigerated carriers. Don't rule out dry van , but refrigerated carriers tend to have a greater amount of coast to coast runs which are perfect for teams.

Here is an article to help out:

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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At Prime you would go out with seperate trainers for both the permit phase, and the training phase with the CDL.

You might not finish at exactly tbe same time, so one might go solo for a week or so until the other upgrades. Then once both are upgraded you can team tpgether.

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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