Profile For Seatack

Seatack's Info

  • Location:
    Jacksonville, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months ago

Seatack's Bio

Making a career change from retail to trucking.

Currently enrolled with a local community college and will begin cdl school in August 2022.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Cape Fear Community College Truck Driver Training Log

Thanks for chronically your cdl school journey! I will be starting cdl school at a local community college in Florida this summer. I'm excited to follow your diary as you will complete your journey before I even begin. Hopefully I will pick up some valuable information from your journey as I'm preparing for mine.

Posted:  5 months ago

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I want to stay local for training but don't want to be contracted. Please help!

Long time lurker, and 1st time poster.

Backstory: I have always had a love for trucks! I was raised by my grandfather, who owned 3 dump trucks. He was an owner/operator in the 90's who employed 2 of his sons. All 3 trucks were 1988 GMC Brigadiers. I would spend my summers riding shotgun on their routes, re-grooving tires and greasing trucks. I even learned to drive and shift gears on our 3/4 mile street. The business ended when my grandfather passed away and my uncles joined the military shortly after. Fast forward 20 years and here we are today!

I've been in retail and food service the last 15 years and wanted a change. I decided my love for trucks has been on the back burner for long enough. Last month I got my Florida Class A permit with tanker endorsement. I didn't even find out about the new ELDT law going into effect till after I got my permit. At least I'm grandfathered in under the old rules now. I am currently working a great paying full time job but, money isn't everything! My ultimate goal is to be an Owner/operator down the road.

Here is my current situation. I am currently weighing my options for obtaining my CDL. I do not want to got OTR! (I have a high school aged child). I also cannot afford to be without a job. Here are my options.....

1. Go to a community college or other CDL program while working my full time job. (2 months as a full time student, or 4 months as a part time student) 2. Train with a friend who is willing to let me get some wheel time in his 10 speed tractor (no trailer). Then, go to a private CDL training facility who will prepare me for the state road test. 5 day program (4 days of pre-trip inspection/ yard & road training and state test on the 5th day)

I will be paying for either one out of pocket. I am fully confident in my ability to learn the pre trip inspection on my own and would use the private training mostly to learn how to drive with a trailer and backing maneuvers.

I understand there are paid cdl training jobs available but I don't want to go OTR or be forced to sign a contract of employment.

Option #1 would probably prepare me better for the career change but, would have me repeating a lot of stuff I already know because I have a permit and, it would take 2-4 months

Option #2 would probably put me in the "dreaded" I didn't go to an approved CDL school boat. But, I would be free to join a local or small company as a rookie/ no experience driver (probably go through some company training) and begin my CDL career with no strings attached.

Which one you would choose and why. Also tell me about your non-OTR experiences that lead to you getting your CDL.

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to reading all the responses

-Seatack

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