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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Rainy D - I am aware that I would almost certainly work at OTR as a newbie. If I face moving out of my area where I don't know anyone, I have a choice between living in the truck and renting a motel room for a night. Living in the truck is certainly a way to save money. Let me read the links before I make any more comments or ask any more questions. Thanks so much for the information that you provided and your patience.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Thanks, Shiva. I don't know what the future will bring. I may end up living in a truck, at least temporarily.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Rainy D - I know about the 34-hour break. A day, day-and-a-half. That's why I don't want to rent an apartment to live in for four days a month.

I'm moving out of my apartment this month to literally sleep on a friend's sofa temporarily. Another friend has a little house in her backyard that is in the process of being renovated. Still another friend lives in a house in Sussex County, closer to Allentown, with an unused bedroom. If I drive a truck for Werner, I can move my personal furniture and possessions into the bedroom (no need for outside storage). Plus, my cat will get more attention before she's underfoot. I know, Rainy D, that you bring your cat along.

It is nice to be able to request a trip to a particular location: I have friends out of state and want to see them. That's one of the appeals of trucking - the opportunity to travel. We live in a beautiful country and I don't want to deal with the TSA. Heck, with the all the driving to job interviews and recruiters, I might as well as get paid to drive!

Too busy packing, so I haven't perused through the links that you forwarded. Brett's book is free - Yeah Thank you!

I don't know what the future will bring. I may get a good office job and this discussion with be moot. If I go into trucking, I might work for another company. Thanks so much for your assistance. You're a good bunch of people and I appreciate it.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Dear Old School - I am process of giving up my apartment and moving in with friend. That got me to thinking "what if I earn the cdl and work for Werner? Where would I live?" I'll buy a copy of Becoming a Truck Driver by Trucking Truth's one and only Brett Aquila. The reason that I didn't buy it already is it's 10 years old - how has trucking changed since then? One obvious change is that it is harder to get a CDL now than it was when he wrote the book. Other driving rules have changed, as well. Thanks so much. Elizabeth

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Thanks so much, Chris EMT. All the moving around! I assumed that I would just go to Allentown to be trained and that it would be it!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Shawn - I can see that you are in Massachusetts and the Allentown terminal is the closest to you, as well. Hmm. A truck from Omaha. Thanks for relating your experience.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

G-Town & Rainy D -

Thanks so much for clarifying the issue.

I figured that if I was hired by Werner, as an example, I would go to Allentown for classroom work first and then go for over-the-road training from there.

I also wondered about parking a truck at a local mall. No truck stops around here in Essex County. I did notice a tractor-trailer often parked at the far end of a mall parking lot in beautiful West Orange, NJ. Maybe the trucker lives nearby and has permission to park it there. The mall isn't so popular that the parking lot fills out completely and a bus drops off many shoppers.

Thanks again.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

John M - Wow. I just assumed that Werner would train me at the nearest terminal. Thank you.

Who knows what's going to happen. Maybe an asteroid will hit the Earth and finding a job will be a moot point because the world will come to an end.

Again, thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Rainy D & G-Town - I'm still looking for an office job (called NYC agencies yesterday), but am in the process of moving out of my apartment in order to move in with a friend. The thought crossed my mind that I might have to move again if I go into trucking.

The State of NJ will subsidize cdl and forklift training by Winsor and I applied while at the seminar. I still haven't been contacted and not everyone will. Legally, I still must look for a job in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. If I am not chosen, I could apply for a training subsidy via WIOA (Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act). I would prefer to train via a private school because they will stick with me until I pass my cdl tests and there is lifetime job placement.

I attended a seminar with Smith & Solomon last winter, so I am looking around. I also talked to a friend of a friend who drives a school bus and whose parents own a bus company about earning a cdl. I will speak to her again for more tips. Our mutual friend stressed that the money is in gaining experience and then becoming a trainer.

I would need a big parking area to park a tractor.

I may end up working in an office, after all. Perhaps a trucking company. They need office personnel, too.

Thanks so much for your assistance.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Thanks, ChefsJK. That's a drive, too. Oh, well, so I'll move.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Thanks, Big Scott, I assumed that I would go to the closest terminal. Sheesh.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

Thanks so much for replying, Rainy D. I know that after I earn the CDL, whoever hires me will provide additional training. That would be two-to-four weeks for Werner, according to my notes.

I don't want to live in my truck, but stay with a friend for minimal cost. Obviously, I don't want to rent an apartment that I only live in 1 or 1 1/2 days a week. I would need a big parking lot for a tractor-trailer!

Thanks for the links, too. Take care and stay safe. Elizabeth

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Recommendations on a Truck Driving School

I asked for school recommendations in NJ a few months. What state do you live in?

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Silly Question - Where would I pick up my truck - at a terminal?

I recently attended a seminar held at the local NJ unemployment office featuring two gentlemen from Winsor Tractor Trailer Driving School in Linden. Among other things, they said that their biggest client was Werner Trucking. A question that I forgot to ask an obvious question: If I get a cdl and am hired by Werner, do I need to pick up the truck and starting driving from Werner's nearest terminal in Allentown, Pennsylvania? Allentown is a better than two-hour drive from where I currently live in northern NJ. I'll move closer to Allentown if I must start driving from there. I wondered if they have some sort of facility/facilities in NJ. I've seen few Werner trucks on my neck of the highway. Thanks. Elizabeth

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

Nacho D. - Unemployment assigned me a career counselor and I have met her. I also attended all the classes that Unemployment mandates and the WIOA was discussed in one of them.

Rainy D. - I would want to bring my cat along because I am afraid that she might get out. I put her in a carrier when she goes to the vet. I would prefer to stay with a friend - even crash on the sofa - and she would care for the cat. If necessary, a lifetime of accumulation would go into storage. I have a large collection of very nice skirts, dresses, etc., accumulated during years of office work - perhaps I could sell them on Ebay. Certainly don't need them as a trucker!

Serah D. - Wow, so Jersey Tractor is the place to go.

Thank you all so much. You have all been great.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

To all of you, thanks so much for your great advice. I take it to heart.

Nacho B - Trucking companies train drivers because most drivers don't want to drive OTR. Ah, that didn't occur to me, but it makes sense. Yes, I would prefer to have the State pay for the training at a private school. I would also get extended unemployment benefits, if necessary, while in school.

I have mixed feelings about driving OTR. On one hand, it's a great opportunity to see this great country. Just driving through an unfamiliar part of New Jersey is an adventure. On the other hand, it would necessitate separation from friends and activities. I was employed by a big law firm for 30 years and worked many evenings, weekends and holidays to do what needed to be done. Still, it wasn't almost every day.

Rainy D. - I'm listening and I'm thinking. Gave up your apartment and lived in a truck? I would give up my apartment and stay with a friend, who would take care of my cat while I was away.

Serah D. - Thanks for report regarding Smith and Solomon. Scratch them! Thank you for your works of encouragement and good luck on your refresher course.

Again, I thank you all for your words of advice. There's much to mull over. I'll read the articles that Rainy linked to. It wouldn't hurt to call the Jersey Tractor in Lyndhurst with questions. I would like to pay a visit to their facility.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

Old School - Thanks so much. I am aware of the Women's Forum, but the General forum is busier and I more than welcome advice provided by men.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

Rainy D. - Thank you so much for taking the trouble to provide all the information.

I thought that a private trucking school would provide a better education because it must justify their existence. Why should a wannabe truck driver pay of-out-pocket for training when she can get if for free (or reimbursed) by a trucking company? I thought that the folks at a school could provide insight to the most appropriate trucking companies to work for; for example, regarding lifting packages. A private school will continue to assist me until I pass the CDL test (assuming that I fail the first time), lifetime placement assistance and not being tied to a contract.

I know that some companies, such as Swift, will train and provide a job upon graduation, others will hire a recent grad and still others want anywhere from three months to five years experience.

I hoped to get all my training done in New Jersey, until actually going on the road with a trainer. I need to learn how to drive a stick. Ugh!

The ultimate education is gained on the job because there's only so much any school can teach.

Again, thanks. You have been a great help.smile.gif

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

I'll do that, but the main forum seemed busier.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Woman Looking Into Trucking - Can You Recommend or Offer an Opinion on a Good Private School in Northern New Jersey?

Thanks so much! I certainly need advice!

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