Public School Teacher Seeking Long Haul Info

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Teacher?'s Comment
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I am a public school teacher. I have 7 years before I am eligible for my full retirement benefits. My husband and I have discussed team driving in the near future. I guess my main question is, could I take the training and work only summers and possibly weekend runs until my full retirement? Would that be acceptable to a company school? Any info will be appreciated.

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Hi Kendra, I'm in the same boat with three years left of teaching before I can retire. I've asked the same question thinking it would be a great way to get into my second career with all the time I have off. Unfortunately, schools/ companies I've looked into want you to train and drive full time without having long periods of down time in between. In the meantime, hangout on TT and learn as much as you can about the industry. Great people here 😃

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This website is full of knowledge when it comes to OTR or trucking in general the best place to start is Brett's Book This books explains a lot about the trucking industry

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.

Teacher?'s Comment
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Youll just need to retest ofton,once you have a cdl ,just need to jump through hoops,for each company.

So it would be something I could do then? Is that what you are telling me?

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.
Keith A.'s Comment
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From the very little I do know so far, I don't think that would work. This isn't a position where it's seasonal like say a movie theater would be. I mean, it might, but the nature of the job would make doing it on and off somewhat tough, and that's assuming you found a company willing to even try that.

Teacher?'s Comment
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like I need to focus on finishing my couple of years as a teacher and study up on the "trucker" world as well.

Shiva's Comment
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like I need to focus on finishing my couple of years as a teacher and study up on the "trucker" world as well.

If your husband became a full time driver, you both might be able to find a company willing to let you team drive in the summer.

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could I take the training and work only summers and possibly weekend runs until my full retirement? Would that be acceptable to a company school?

Most of the recruiters I spoke with wanted at least a 1 year commitment of continuous driving for their companies.

They'd be OK with you only doing 2 months of driving for them, but expect they'll be looking for reimbursement for the schooling fees.

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Teacher is ready to jump:

I am a public school teacher. I have 7 years before I am eligible for my full retirement benefits. My husband and I have discussed team driving in the near future. I guess my main question is, could I take the training and work only summers and possibly weekend runs until my full retirement? Would that be acceptable to a company school? Any info will be appreciated.

You get the drift that "seasonal" is not a term used for truck driver employment. Depending where you live, you may be able to train and get an agricultural driving job. Then later step into the larger OTR companies. But the national big dogs aren't interested in seasonal or part times.

I taught for over ten years before I jumped. I did not retire, so here's a game plan that will work: Depending on your state and your district, your school paycheck and benefits should continue till August. Plan that you start truck driver school as soon after you clean out your room as possible - maybe early June. That gives you three months of teacher salary to cover your non-employed school and your first few months of low income on the road.

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.

Teacher?'s Comment
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Teacher is ready to jump:

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I am a public school teacher. I have 7 years before I am eligible for my full retirement benefits. My husband and I have discussed team driving in the near future. I guess my main question is, could I take the training and work only summers and possibly weekend runs until my full retirement? Would that be acceptable to a company school? Any info will be appreciated.

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You get the drift that "seasonal" is not a term used for truck driver employment. Depending where you live, you may be able to train and get an agricultural driving job. Then later step into the larger OTR companies. But the national big dogs aren't interested in seasonal or part times.

I taught for over ten years before I jumped. I did not retire, so here's a game plan that will work: Depending on your state and your district, your school paycheck and benefits should continue till August. Plan that you start truck driver school as soon after you clean out your room as possible - maybe early June. That gives you three months of teacher salary to cover your non-employed school and your first few months of low income on the road.

Thank you! So rather than retire just stop working for my district, take the school and training, and hit the road... I can see that working. Then later take my retirement benefits from the teacher retirement... and keep on working!

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.

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