Emotions. They Suck!!!!

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Jodi 's Comment
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Here I sit enjoying my last weekend at home. Last day of work at my job of 11 years was yesterday. Start orientation next Wednesday and out on the road with trainer for 8 weeks Friday or Saturday. I have wanted to get into this profession for 20 years and now that it is time I'm a nervous wreck. Don't know if I will love it or hate it. Going to miss the wife, kid and dogs. Hoping I get along with the driver trainer. Who knows what he will be like. Don't even really know how much money I will make untill I get my own truck and start solo. Seems to be a lot of unknowns right now. Any advice from people past this stage would be great. Or share your own experience with training. Thanks for reading.

Errol V.'s Comment
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You're thinking all the right thoughts, Jodi. Going from a 9-5 to a driver's seat is a massive change. All the points you brought up have their own question marks.

Here's a few ideas: Call your family every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.

The training stuff from classroom to road training is all temporary, but it's necessary to get you to where you need to go. Driving school will prepare you just enough to pass your cdl skills test. Backing practice will drive you nuts. Road training will prepare you just enough to get you into your truck.

All current truck drivers, except for old timers, have gone through similar training.

There ain't nothing like driving through a sunrise. Watching the scenery change though the day is better than watching TV. You will see more of the USA, in all the seasons, from your driver seat than the average person will ever experience.

Good luck, Jodi. Enjoy!

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.
DaveDiesel's Comment
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There ain't nothing like driving through a sunrise. Watching the scenery change though the day is better than watching TV. You will see more of the USA, in all the seasons, from your driver seat than the average person will ever experience.

Looking forward to this👍

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Jodi 's Comment
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I already went through private school to get Cdl so at least I have that part of this adventure behind 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.
Jodi 's Comment
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Thanks Errol v for pointing out some positives. I haven't really spent much time out side of Nebraska except my yearly trip to Colorado so I am really looking forward to seeing the country. I know there is more out there than just corn fields. Lol can't wait.

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