Am I Too Tall To Be A Driver?

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Giff's Comment
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I've been reading and researching a lot about getting my CDL. Before I actually pull the trigger on training, one key question: I'm almost 6'6"; does that make me too tall?

I'm in good shape and pretty flexible, I would just like to hear from any other tall drivers about the reality of living in a cab/sleeper for a tall person.

Thanks, Seldon


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.
Giff's Comment
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BTW: I can fit just fine in the driver's seat of a Civic or Corolla.


C T.'s Comment
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Probably not, I'm 6'2 and still tryour to get used to the seats in tractors. You really can't get it how it is in your personal vehicle but eventually it gets better. A graduate from our last class was about 6'6 as well and did well.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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6'4" here and I do just fine. Most of the new trucks are like an open floor plan so fit isn't much of an issue and the bunks are plenty wide. The only truck that might be a bit narrow is a Volvo.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Good news: you'll fit into a cab. Better news: the bed is called a TWIN XL - you need to buy longer sheets: 42 x 80.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Tall men are like a gentle fortress, you just want to feel all snuggled up and safe.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Wait, I were talking about fitting in a cab? LOL

Giff's Comment
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I think so...

Wait, I were talking about fitting in a cab? LOL

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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From what I've seen, those trucks are plenty tall inside.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tman's Comment
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I am 6'6" and don't have any problems driving or living/sleeping in my truck.

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