Women And Flatbed Trucking

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Wendolynn S.'s Comment
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So my husband and I both got our cdl’s this summer/fall with every intention of teaming together. After both of us gave our notices from long time employers his company counter offered with higher pay so he decided to stay till we can pay off some credit cards and get a little more financially set. So to not be jobless I also withdrew my notice and continued to work but I am not happy in what I am doing now and am burnt out and looking for a change. Truck driving would be an automatic pay increase for me. We have been talking about me pursuing a driving career with a flatbed company, McElroy, after the first of the year. I am and always have been a tomboy kind of girl so I feel I can muscle though the physical requirements but It’s just scary to go out and make a life changing career move like this. I feel he will eventually come over to trucking with me but until then I would like to be getting the training part over with. Any suggestions or comments to pass on to a newbie would be greatly appreciated! Guess I am looking for some motivational verbatim from you lady truckers!


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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Can you lift 100 pounds and carry it around over your head? I only ask because my significant other was a flatbedder for many years and began his career with McElroy and that's one of the things they had him do, but that was quite a few years ago so don't know if they still do that.

I'm not saying women cannot do flatbed, because a very few of them do, but it's rare.

Why flatbed? You can earn as much pulling other kinds of freight. If you're determined to do flatbedding, post in the general forum and seek out advice from OldSchool.

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