I Passed School And Got My Cdl-a!

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Jacinda P.'s Comment
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I am so thankful for everyone that helped me pass and get my CDL-A! I'm mean everyone here!

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.
Kemo's Comment
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Congrats! Way to go girl :D

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congrats now the fun begins! What company are you going with?

Congrats and keep us posted. I dont check into the ladies forum often..usually so quiet here i tend to forget about it.

Honey B.'s Comment
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Congratulations!!! Did you do company sponsored training or go to a technical college? I am looking to get my Class A license and can't decide between tech school or company training.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

NANCE's Comment
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Awesome,,!!! please keep in touch - i would love to read up on your progress!

I am so thankful for everyone that helped me pass and get my CDL-A! I'm mean everyone here!

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.
ButterflyBaby's Comment
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Hello ladies I start school Oct 24th with Pam Transport I am excited this is what I been wanting to do for about the last ten years.Why I waited so long dealing with these idiots and dead end jobs I Don't Know!But I am Ready better late than never!I am 42 years old no small kids at home its just me and somewhat of a bf.At this point in my life I feel that this is a well needed change.I do want to know are we allowed to carry protection with us or what do you ladies have for your own protection as women of trucking.There are some crazy, deranged ,insane folks out there!

Susan D. 's Comment
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Protection? I never felt like I needed any, even as a solo female. Simple common sense goes a long way.

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Congratulations on graduating, passing, & going after the job you wanted. If you feel you need protection I suggest pepper spray or a heavy duty tire thumper OR a purse with everything but the kitchen sink in it & swing away girl . . . lol . . . As I understand anything lethal is a big no-no onboard commercial vehicles. While you're in the truck, take the seatbelts & run thru the handles of the door plus lock them doors.

Kemo's Comment
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I never really thought of carrying any protection trucking but 1)I don't OTR and 2)a lot of jobs I was on before my guy was with me and we were general only on state/city owned jobs. This summer I've been all over the place and one in particular has me regularly going to home owners residences mostly only dropping off one load by myself. At first my biggest worry was a good portion of these were up and down the mountain =/ . At some point and I don't exactly remember when (probably after hearing about how this year we're going to break a record in homicides for the city in a single year, many unsolved/seemingly random and all over town, not just in the "elephant graveyard") I started to think, should I be carrying at work? I got scared about going to "random" peoples houses, I started to wonder if I didn't show back up after a delivery if the pit would even look into it if I didn't answer my phone. I'll have to ask AKDOT if I'm allowed to since I'm local only and in Alaska (we don't need carry permits of any kind not even concealed). Luckily I know a really nice DOT lady in AK I can call or visit to find out whatever I need to know.

Wanted to "vent" this out since it came up in thread.

There is a thread for safety tips for lady truckers in here somewhere. The seat belt trick is a pretty good one, make sure they are the kind that can lock. I think the first thing to help stay safe is to always be aware of your surroundings, be looking around esp. when you are outside of your truck. If there is anyone walking behind me at any distance (even 100ft) I like to let them know that I know that they are there. Usually predators are looking for easy targets, people staring/talking at/on their phones and not paying attention to anything else. If you are able to, travel with a companion.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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