Getting Back In The Driving Job Search.

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I started looking into truck driving back in the summer of 2015. I applied to almost all of the companies that offer paid CDL training. PAM and SRT expressed interest, but my own interest dwindled. Since then, I've been doing computer work for a small medical clinic that my mom used to own. (IT/helpdesk/tech support is my former line of work.) Then I flipped burgers at a Sonic Drive-In for about 3 weeks. My dad is retired and my mom is looking to retire in 4 years and move to Mississippi.

While I think it would be exciting to move to MS, there are some drawbacks. So I'm looking into CDL schools again - mainly paid CDL training. I don't mind entering a 12-month or so agreement for the experience. I would even yard-dog for a little while just the get practice backing trailers. Even OTR with or without a partner would be fine by me. Never in my life have I travelled outside the South, except for a flight to Vegas and back, that I can remember.

I am somewhat of a lone wolf. I grew up just north of Huntsville, AL, but I've moved back and forth between Nashville and Tullahoma for the past 13 years that I don't have many real friends (the kind that one would call true friends) and none where I live now. The only attachment I have is my 100lb yellow lab, Marley.

I can't remember exactly why I started this post. I'm just anxious to get driving! I guess I'm just looking to chat with like-minded drivers and "student drivers". :-)

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.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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