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J. Snow's Comment
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Hello! I'm Jay. Thanks Everyone! This site has been a great resource for me. I'm thinking about changing careers. I'll try to be brief ;) :

48 yo-Divorced gay guy. Grown kid. In Florida but now most of family is on the West Coast where I grew up. Bartending for the past 3 years, but needing to start working back West to be able to care for my aging parents.

I'm very much a 'People Person'. But I also do well on my own. If you are in a room, and there is a guy talking to everyone, smiling, and looking like he is the life of the party-that's me. I'm the guy who brings fresh donuts to an afternoon meeting.

So... anyway...Hey There. I think I want to drive a truck.

:)

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Welcome Jay, I think you will find people on this forum to be quite friendly and open minded. I Know I have. There is nothing wrong with reaching our stage in life and realizing you want to start over and begin a new career. I am at that stage myself right now. I am at the point of having narrowed my choice of CDL School to two and doing as much research as I possibly can. This is an amazing resource tool. I personally think that if you can't find the answer to a question on this forum and this bunch, you won't find it anywhere. What I like is that the people on this forum don't treat you like your a rookie and make fun of you when you ask a strange question. They take the time to try and answer your questions as thoroughly and as knowledgeably as possible. It won't take you long to realize you aren't dealing with a bunch of bull**** artists, either. These guys know their trade. So, again, welcome, and start firing your questions and remember, the only stupid question is the one you DON'T ask..good-luck.gif

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.
Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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HI, Jay welcome! This is a great place to get you started on your path. Have you seen Brett's High Roads training section yet? Its amazing. If you havent check it out. It will help you so much.

J. Snow's Comment
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Wow. Im so happy. But Humbled. Thanks!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Welcome to the family. Here is a link for High Road. Its free and about the best training materials out there. High Road Training Program

Ask any questions that may come up and we will do our best to answer it truthfully and to the best of our knowledge even if its something that ya don't want to hear.

Speaking of which I assume by taking care of your parents I assume you mean pay for their care? As a driver there is little that can be done personally by you due to the nature of our jobs. Gone for 3 to 4 weeks at a time. Sometimes more. I hope you take the time to check out our blog section Truck Driving Blogs as it might give ya a better idea of what ya can expect as a trucker. Do your research. It a tough but rewarding lifestyle for the right person.

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.
Troubador222's Comment
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Welcome Jay! Hope your dream works out for you. This is the place to find out how to do it.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Jay! I Hope we can be of some help to you. Truck driving is a wide open field with lots of opportunities for folks who can adapt to the lifestyle. If you have questions you can count on us to do anything we can to steer you in the right direction. Like has already been stated it may be difficult to help care for your parents if that requires you to be there for them. It's generally difficult to land a job where you're home every night if you're a rookie, but after doing at least a year of over the road work a brand new world of opportunities could open up for you. Best of luck to ya, and don't be bashful if you've got questions that need answers.

Over The Road:

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.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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Weclome Jay! and im gonna agree with everyone on bretts high road training program..its uncomparable and will help you tons! Good luck to ya and keep us updated!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

Let me add that our Trucker's Career Guide is absolutely a must-read for anyone considering a career in trucking. Work your way through that - it will cover about every topic imaginable that pertains to getting your trucking career underway.

Tami P.'s Comment
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Hey Friends, I am Tami Paulus from California. I am also new here and really happy to join this site. Hope i will get a lots of knowlegde from you people. Excited and happy. :)

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