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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

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Plot Twist!'s Comment
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That makes me feel a little better about my chances, thank you for sharing all that Patrick.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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That makes me feel a little better about my chances, thank you for sharing all that Patrick.

No worries. You can accomplish what you set your mind to. There may be obstacles or hiccups to overcome. But, if you want something bad enough perseverance will prevail. As the saying goes: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

TripleDigits 's Comment
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Everything. I've worked retail, warehouses, fast food, carpet mills, landscaping, 911 Operator, but before I went to CDL school I drove a class B propane tanker. It got me used to being in a large vehicle, and I did very well in school. Now I start orientation Monday and look forward to learning all that i can from my trainer!

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.
timerider's Comment
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I managed for Home Depot for 8 years, quit in 1998. Started my own handyman business which led to 16 years of home repo's for multiple banks....economy turned around, foreclosure's slowed down and at 55 not too many options for employment......so now I drive a big truck all over the place!

Do you enjoy truck driving now?

mountain girl's Comment
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Everything else.

-mountain girl

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mountain girl's Comment
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Do you enjoy truck driving now?

-timerider

Iiii still do, so far ... After 2 and a half years ...

-mountain girl

Michael A.'s Comment
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I haven't ever had a "real" job before this. I didn't go to college because I didn't want to put my parents further into debt only to have a difficult time finding work for any decent amount of time/money like my sister did. I did work at UPS, first as a driver helper, and then as a package handler, but I didn't like it at all and the hours and pay were crap. They would not offer CDL training to me so I left and asked my parents for the money for the school and I'm glad I did.

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.
Garth M.'s Comment
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I have been a carpenter for the last 35 years, I was getting tired of it and last spring a buddy talked me into working with him and his son in a totally different line of business however it only lasted 6 months and now I'm down a friend. My brother suggested truck driving, he's worked for a variety of oil field companies in western Canada and he thought it would be a good fit for me, so I started looking into it about a month ago. I called a local driving school and they suggested a couple companies who work with them and I started reading up on it, the work, and the life, then I studied and completed my written test with the air endorsement. The day I passed the written I applied to two companies, that was a Wednesday and the following Monday I got a call with a phone interview. This morning I went in for a second interview and complete filling the application, as well they gave me a tour of the operation. It's about 40-50 trucks. flat beds (tandems, multi axles and b trains). After reading everything I could get my hands on here and other forums and watching Youtube till my eyes bled I think they will be a good place to start. Hopefully I will get into the course that starts end of February, if not I'll have to wait a month. Up here as of July 1st this year I think, any one who wants to get a CDL will have to attend one of these schools and they have to be recognized by the Ministry of colleges and universitys or something like that, the school I'm going to go to already is. I'll let you know how it goes. This is a good site and it contributed a lot to my making my mind up

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stacie T.'s Comment
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I worked as a Hospital pharmacy technician for 10 years on overnights and I also was raising my daughter. Somehow I think without my control I lost my job at the hospital when I found out I had a skin cancer spot that was down to my skull so I had to have it removed. I am cancer-free and looking to get back into truck driving in May 2017. I would go sooner but my daughter is having a baby boy in April. My first grandchild 🤗 I have a little bit of experience but it's been a few years since I've driven but I really really loved it. In 2011, I drove for Werner Enterprises. I drove from Omaha Nebraska to Iowa City Iowa Monday through Friday and I really liked my job but I ended up getting sick and had to have surgery. I ended up having to have a full hysterectomy but I feel much better! So I had a couple of health issues but I feel really good and I'm glad I'm healthy. Dad has been a truck driver for 50 years yet he's going to retire soon! I even had plans to go to pharmacy school but when I had my skin cancer removed I had a change of heart and told myself if there's anything I can do well I'm still here I like to drive semi again and go to all points of the United States. It is a good way to see the country geographically but it's also more than that. I didn't mind the lifestyle and I liked the responsibility. I could ramble on but won't! I currently work at Harrah's Casino in the bank as a cashier. I'm excited to leave that atmosphere and do what I really want to do...... I love life!!❤ that skin cancer scare changed me.... I loved life before I love it even more now❤

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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