Gaining My CDL The Cheapest Way

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Bud A.'s Comment
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The segment of oil that slowed down are the Wells that were on permit on federal lands. Obama pulled those permits and the oil companies are just sitting on it awaiting the next president. The companies who are leasing private land are doing exceptionally well.

Um, no. You can blame Obama for a lot of things, but the oil field work is just a pawn in a big, high-stakes geopolitical game between OPEC, the U.S., Russia, and the other oil producers, with China peeking over their shoulders at the poker table.

OPEC is About to Crush the U.S. Oil Boom

Oil nations feel the strain of  Opec’s continuing price war

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Bud is realistic:

You can blame Obama for a lot of things, but the oil field work is just a pawn in a big, high-stakes geopolitical game

The price of oil is set by a world market. The US President, even if he could "pull permits" would not affect oil prices. In fact, if Obama could pull permits & stop production, oil prices would go up.

Now, let's get back to trucking.

Kalin G.'s Comment
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Yes, you can do it like I did it in Chicago few month ago. Find a friend who can teach you how to drive truck+trailer, it took me 10-15 hours, because I had knowledge from before (Europe), then find school which can help you to pass the skill and road test - for me that was polish school, cost me 700 dollars, 10 hours, 2 weeks. Then find small company which can hire you to drive OTR , ask for not less than 0.23 cents per mile (your part, when you drive team), after 2-3 months or when you feel ready start to drive solo OTR for not less than 0.45 cents per mile, and after 1 year you will have good experience to get hired by any big company.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Kalin G.'s Comment
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I do not know why there is no option to edit your post... One more thing to add, I tried to hire a truck for the exam, before to understand that there are "legal bribes" involved in the game :) I was failed 3 times on the skills, not because I can not drive, but because, as the last examiner explained to me, "you have to go to school, pay them, to get the licence"..

Old School's Comment
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Man, I'm starting to think the conspiracies are real. Obama controls the oil markets, and the reason people keep failing their CDL skills tests is because folks are not paying the man!

I was failed 3 times on the skills, not because I can not drive, but because, as the last examiner explained to me, "you have to go to school, pay them, to get the licence"..

Kalin, frankly, if that is what you learned from your experience, it is disturbing. I feel my fortunes are going out the window if everyone figures this out. I've been getting some really nice kick-backs from all these schools because of the advice I give to folks. wtf-2.gifconfused.gif

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.
Kalin G.'s Comment
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It was said by the examiner, is not my fantasy :)

Old School's Comment
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I'm not surprised that the examiner advised you to attend a school, but at your interpretation of their remarks after failing your first three attempts.

Phil C.'s Comment
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I can study and pass my CDL tests by myself with no help from a school so I was wondering how to do the next part. I need practice driving a truck and then I need a truck for the test. How can I accomplish this the cheapest way. Any advice or guidance here would be very much appreciated. My goal is to regain my CDL with a tanker endorsement and haul water or sand for the oil fields. I had my CDL about 16 years ago and drove a small tanker truck built for pumping septic tanks. Back then I had family that let me use their truck now I'm kinda out of luck in that aspect.

Check with a local college or branch that offers a cdl program. You can possibly qualify for a pell grant or loans and get your cdl that way.

Phil

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.
Kalin G.'s Comment
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I'm not surprised that the examiner advised you to attend a school, but at your interpretation of their remarks after failing your first three attempts.

I have 2 years experience driving and maintaining military trucks in the army, also have experience driving civil trucks in Europe. Clearly, the CDL schools are linked to some examiners that way.

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.
Kalin G.'s Comment
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Of course, I am not saying that ALL schools and ALL examiners are "bad guys" :) Just point that not everything out there is flowers and roses.

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