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Trucker B's Comment
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Hello Everyone!

Giving a shout out to say hello and thanks to Brett and the crew for putting together such an awesome website. Have been reading lots of good posts and have found tons of good information already. Thank you!

A little bit about myself, I am 52 (not sure how that happened!), married for 22 years, self employed the past 10 years doing production pottery. My wife decided to go back to school this year, will take her 2 years on her undergrad degree, then she is looking at a masters program in the northwest. We currently live in central Kentucky. I am totally burned out as a production potter and am ready for a steady paycheck along with a new adventure. Have always enjoyed driving and have always enjoyed seeing those cool big rigs moving down the roads. We just sold our house to lower the monthly expenses, renting a small place that will be our home base for the next 2 years. I am in the process of shutting down my business and thought now is the perfect time to get my CDL and hired on with a company to get that first year under your belt.

Working hard is in my DNA, it is something I have always enjoyed. Life is just too short to be complaining about things. Who remembers the ending of one of the Monty Python movies when the guys are nailed to the crosses and one starts singing "look at the bright side of life"! I am looking forward to the challenges entering a new career. Only through hard work can you get to the other side.

Have read most every post about having a felony on your record, my is from 30 years ago. I have nothing to hide from my past and have found that being honest is the best policy. Am working on my list of companies to approach and have signed up for the High Road Training Program. Taking this month to close down my business, tie up a couple of loose ends as I get ready to pick a CDL school and hopefully get several pre hire letters before starting school.

Thanks for letting me onboard!

As a friend said, "if you don't ride the roller coaster, then you have not been to the fair".


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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

The Original Hairyman's Comment
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Welcome aboard and good luck on your new journey. Sounds to me like trucking may be a good fit for you. I don't think you'll have much trouble with a felony 30 years behind you but as you already stated honesty is the best policy. Most companies are willing to hire if your driving record is good and you can show steady employment. As you were self-employed they will likely ask to see tax records as proof of working. Do the High Road program and do LOTS of research to figure out what companies and/or type of trucking interest you.

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