Starting New Career With Girlfriend

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Andrew L.'s Comment
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Hey everybody just want to say awesome site!! Been browsing for about 5 hrs lol but I just have a few questions. I know about company has to have rider program for non cld folks and paperwork and insurance etc.. I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience just riding with their significant other; things you did while they drove, did/still love it / hate it just overall take on it. We love been around each other both in mid 20s tired of not having anytime together with her and my current work schedule ( her in retail and me in heating and air field) and we both bust our butts and don't spend anymore than we have to and yet never seem to have time or money to enjoy anything. Figured if we drove and lived in the truck we could see the country and save money with no mortgage light bill etc.. And if time and schedule allows it see towns and city's for a day or couple of hrs as little mini vacations to get out and stretch the legs. We have both thought about this long and hard for about 4 months now weighed as many pros and cons we can think of without having any experience so we would just like as much feedback as we can get from you guys and gals. Sorry it was very long drawn out just wanted to give as much detail as I could to the situation thanks again and yall be safe out there!!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth, Andrew. Looks like you and your GF have thought it out pretty well.

There's lots to read here. Just check out the resources at the top of the page. Here's some reading to get you started:


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.


What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Starting new career with girlfriend

... There's just so many ways this headline can go ....


Bolt's Comment
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My wife and I are talking about the same thing. I have been around the site for about 6 months and finally decided that while I want to drive now is not the time. In a few years when the kids are out of the house and she gets tired of retail off on the road we go b

DaveDiesel's Comment
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decided that while I want to drive now is not the time. In a few years when the kids are out of the house and she gets tired of retail off on the road we go b

Yep.....Timing and necessity are huge factors in the decision-making process.

murderspolywog's Comment
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I suggest living in a walk in closet for a week or 2 that will give you the feeling on how it will be in the truck. You will be with that person the hole time and some parts of the country can be borring to see. So have activities to do in the truck for her. Such as movies or teach her to help you so it's not just you. You will also want some alone time with out her. My wife and I would take separate showers so we could have a brake from each other. In a truck there is really no place to go when you need a brake from the other person. My wife and I have a map book that we make notes in when we found some place that we had fun so we keep a journal. You can take home time were ever you want so use it to go places you have always wanted to see. In less the load had time on it or we have a brake down most of are sight seeing was done at the speed limit. Not a lot of time to see the sights when your working. Good luck, don't kill each other.

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