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Allison M.'s Comment
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So my school requires me to do job shadows... Decided to interview one of my friends who is a CDL instructor and I may be able to shadow her sister for a day, who drives dump truck. I've started a list of questions that I think are pretty good and cover the basics (what's a typical day like, easiest/hardest, how you're seen as a female in the industry, favorite piece of advice received, etc.) but I'm wondering if there's anything really good that I might have missed/didn't think of or anything blatantly obvious that's overlooked. Also, over the next few weeks I'll be trying to get in touch with some CDL schools in my area while I still have time (I'll be getting a job soon and won't have ANY down time with school and work) so I'm doing it now just because. Anyway, I have an extensive list of questions (student:instructor:truck ratio, time spent driving in yard/on road, job placement, pass/fail rate, etc.) and I'm open to more suggestions there too.

Anyway, thanks in advance and thanks Brett for this site, I love it! It's already helped me so much!

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.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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So are you in CDL school now? Are you planning on getting into the driving career field? What is the job that you'll be getting soon? Is it trucking related?

Sorry for peppering you with questions!

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.
Allison M.'s Comment
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So are you in CDL school now? Are you planning on getting into the driving career field? What is the job that you'll be getting soon? Is it trucking related?

Sorry for peppering you with questions!

No it's fine! I'm actually still 17 and in high school but I'm hoping to get my CDL as soon as I can. Now it might be another year or 2 or 3 till I'm actually able to get it, I'm just looking for a regular part-time job now and I'll be getting a full-time job and possibly second job as soon as I graduate in June. I've wanted my CDL for quite some time now and I just love trucks, driving, trucking. Can't wait to get out there even if I have to move upstate a bit for a construction/dump job. Right now I'm taking in as much as I can while I still have the time :)

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.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Well I believe you have to be 21 to get a CDL , so you may be waiting a little longer. Others may correct me on that but that's my understanding.

Have you considered getting a job as a UPS package handler in the meantime? I know UPS CDL drivers are one of the most coveted positions out there, but they usually only promote from within, and most of those drivers started as part-time package handlers. You would be in a great position to do that until you're 21 then apply to move up...

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Allison M.'s Comment
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Well I believe you have to be 21 to get a CDL , so you may be waiting a little longer. Others may correct me on that but that's my understanding.

Have you considered getting a job as a UPS package handler in the meantime? I know UPS CDL drivers are one of the most coveted positions out there, but they usually only promote from within, and most of those drivers started as part-time package handlers. You would be in a great position to do that until you're 21 then apply to move up...

18 in PA for intrastate , can't touch freight from other states.

Considered it but I have a few things wrong with me physically that I wouldn't be able to do that as a constant job unfortunately. Have a chronic illness and though I can lift and move heavy stuff my body wouldn't hold up to it for more than a week of constant work of that nature :/

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.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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