Introducing: Me! (My Hello To TT)

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John L.'s Comment
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Hello TT! And thank you Brett and everyone who has contributed to TT.

Although I'm not sure how or why I decided to pursue a OTR driving career, nonetheless it is were I found myself. However, when I fired up the interweb to search for information, what I found was a whole lot of unhappy and disgruntled haters. Until, of course, I found Trucking Truth. Once again, thank you all for your candid reports, helpful information, and earnest support that you provide to those of us starting down this path.

I am 54, and retired at the end of 2014 from my career as a Union electrician. Financially, I'm sound. But to be frank, I'm not happy being idle. I'm not much of a social person, and in fact my few friends are scattered across the county. Since I'm single and without family attachments, it seems like a good opportunity to return to the road. The road and the traveling was always my favorite part of my previous career.

After reading Brett's book, lurking in the forums, and reading many of the training diaries, I started to review the study materials here and started shopping for a CDL school. I am pleased to report that using only the study materials from The High Road Online CDL Training Program that I have my CDL Learner's Permit and passed the exams for every endorsement (including passengers and bus). I visited three schools in my area and I've enrolled in the training program at the local community college.

I'll start my training next month (Oct 24th) and expect to graduate Dec 20th. I currently have pre-hire letters from four companies and hope to have a few more in my hand shortly.

I still have a few questions that I'll post to the forum, and if I will be helpful, I'll start a training diary as well.

Thanks again everyone and hope to see you on the road in 2017!


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.


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Hello John, and welcome aboard!

That's really awesome that you got all that done by using the resources here. You've accomplished a lot as a lurker! Glad to have you out of the shadows now.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yay and congrats!!!! ;)

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum!

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Welcome to TT and congrats on your accomplishments. I wished I had found TT before I started school. There is a LOT of good info here. Soak it all up.

Old Roadie's Comment
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Welcome aboard! I am 51 and have only been in the driver's seat for 16 months. It's never too late! The folks on this forum will be of more help and support than any of the gripe-fests you will find elsewhere. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Good luck!

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