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Country's Comment
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38 and Need to know the best way to get into trucking. It's not only my best choice. I think I will enjoy it.

(Background) I have been living with my mentally ill uncle and my disabled mom. My uncle and I are the only ones with income. I live in a crappy town with no oportunities really. Me and my uncle split the bills. We are just getting by. The hospital down here told us a month ago he had pneumonia. Come to find out he has throat cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer. Thankfully he is in a better hospital right now. He will be coming home soon. They give him about 6 months. So i have got to find a way in. Not only will I lose my uncle I may even lose the house. ( Its Complicated)

I have heard horror stories of trucking schools that "pay" for your school. I am pretty much dead broke. We lived check to check. I dont know of ma y ways to get grants for schooling. I only knew of 1 way and they ran out of grant money after sending 3 people.

Another thing that worries me. I was arrested for felony possession of marijuana 15 or so years ago. I was sentenced to 2 years probation with random drug screens. If I didbt get in any trouble it was supposed to be erased off my record. In my town in Louisiana even personal amounts of marijuana is a felony if it was your 2nd offense. (At least it used to be. I think they changed it to a misdemeanor last year) I havent been in any kind of trouble in 15 years.

I figured a community of truck drivers was the best place to find the answers I am looking for. I am pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Dont be afraid of comoany sponsored schools. A few even pay a small salary while attending theit school.. Roehl and Prime come to mind but im not really sure.

Apply and ask. Best of luck and lots of friendly helpful folks here.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, LA Country. Here are some things you may be interested in:

The last one is a great study program for getting your CDL permit. Best part: it's free and it'll do the job.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yeah prime will pay you while in training. Search "my prime PSD experience" I have a long detailed thread but my phone won't post the link. Best decision I ever made. Good luck

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Country's Comment
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How much do they pay you while your training? Another thing that worries me. Is right now I am having to see a doctor once a month. I'm not sure how that will be handled.

Yeah prime will pay you while in training. Search "my prime PSD experience" I have a long detailed thread but my phone won't post the link. Best decision I ever made. Good luck

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Farmerbob1's Comment
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First off, my condolences for your uncle's health.

Secondly, you do not mention how handicapped your mother is. Will she have someone to help her when you are on the road? Most companies that offer free schooling require you to drive OTR for several months after you complete your training, and you have to pay them back from your pay as you do so. Your uncle will also need assistance in his final months, if the diagnosis are correct and he doesn't have a remarkable recovery.

If you have already considered these things, then apologies, but I just wanted to be sure you weren't expecting to get a company sponsored CDL , then be able to be home regularly for your family.

If you do have help, and can go OTR, then the links above are great!

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.

Country's Comment
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My mom is ok to take care of herself around the house and we live in a really small town. So she will hace my truck to drive 5 blocks to the store.

Although she isnt getting better and neither is my uncle. This is why i must do this as soon as possible. Before it gets the point where I can not anymore. Then I won't be stuck begwren a rock and a hard place. I'll just be stuck until older and then living on the streets.

First off, my condolences for your uncle's health.

Secondly, you do not mention how handicapped your mother is. Will she have someone to help her when you are on the road? Most companies that offer free schooling require you to drive OTR for several months after you complete your training, and you have to pay them back from your pay as you do so. Your uncle will also need assistance in his final months, if the diagnosis are correct and he doesn't have a remarkable recovery.

If you have already considered these things, then apologies, but I just wanted to be sure you weren't expecting to get a company sponsored CDL , then be able to be home regularly for your family.

If you do have help, and can go OTR, then the links above are great!

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.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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My mom is ok to take care of herself around the house and we live in a really small town. So she will hace my truck to drive 5 blocks to the store.

Although she isnt getting better and neither is my uncle. This is why i must do this as soon as possible. Before it gets the point where I can not anymore. Then I won't be stuck begwren a rock and a hard place. I'll just be stuck until older and then living on the streets.

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First off, my condolences for your uncle's health.

Secondly, you do not mention how handicapped your mother is. Will she have someone to help her when you are on the road? Most companies that offer free schooling require you to drive OTR for several months after you complete your training, and you have to pay them back from your pay as you do so. Your uncle will also need assistance in his final months, if the diagnosis are correct and he doesn't have a remarkable recovery.

If you have already considered these things, then apologies, but I just wanted to be sure you weren't expecting to get a company sponsored CDL , then be able to be home regularly for your family.

If you do have help, and can go OTR, then the links above are great!

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Small town America can be great for family. I'm glad your mom and uncle will have some sort of support.

One more thing I would like to mention, other than to investigate the links above. The Federal Government's budget starts it's year in October. If you are not employed by then, on October 1, go to the place that ran out of grant money and ask them if their grant program has been renewed, and if not, when they expect it might be. It might not hurt to call them now and ask the question, so you can be first in line when they have grant money again.

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.

Country's Comment
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I just read to pass TSA something I have to prove I have been employed for the last 10 years? That might be a problem dor me.

Country's Comment
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There grant renews July 1st, but only if they have used all the grant money from all 3 pots of money, Displaced worker Older teen Adult. All the adult os gone, they said it's extremely hard to get displaces worker and I am obviously not an older teen.

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My mom is ok to take care of herself around the house and we live in a really small town. So she will hace my truck to drive 5 blocks to the store.

Although she isnt getting better and neither is my uncle. This is why i must do this as soon as possible. Before it gets the point where I can not anymore. Then I won't be stuck begwren a rock and a hard place. I'll just be stuck until older and then living on the streets.

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

First off, my condolences for your uncle's health.

Secondly, you do not mention how handicapped your mother is. Will she have someone to help her when you are on the road? Most companies that offer free schooling require you to drive OTR for several months after you complete your training, and you have to pay them back from your pay as you do so. Your uncle will also need assistance in his final months, if the diagnosis are correct and he doesn't have a remarkable recovery.

If you have already considered these things, then apologies, but I just wanted to be sure you weren't expecting to get a company sponsored CDL , then be able to be home regularly for your family.

If you do have help, and can go OTR, then the links above are great!

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

Small town America can be great for family. I'm glad your mom and uncle will have some sort of support.

One more thing I would like to mention, other than to investigate the links above. The Federal Government's budget starts it's year in October. If you are not employed by then, on October 1, go to the place that ran out of grant money and ask them if their grant program has been renewed, and if not, when they expect it might be. It might not hurt to call them now and ask the question, so you can be first in line when they have grant money again.

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.

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