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Sharron R.'s Comment
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New to truckingtruth, so I wanted to introduce myself. I'm 47, planning to get my CDL this Summer. I'm a bit of a loner, so driving OTR sounds cool to me... and having a dog as my co-pilot, lol. Wanting to get comfortable driving, and get used to the OTR life before I adopt my furbaby.

Looking forward to reading all your posts, chatting, learning, etc. Be safe out there!!!

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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Welcome Sharron! There is a plethora of great info here so dig and enjoy...here are the top three links for those interested in driving...have fun and God Speed!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Yes, welcome Sharron!

As someone who spent the better part of the last year reading and researching various trucking sites, I can honestly say TT is by far the best, most informative, honest, and unbiased trucking site out there.

You will find everyone to be extremely helpful. Painfully honest also, even when it may not be what you want to hear. Believe me when I say we all have your best interest at heart. Good luck!

Errol V.'s Comment
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You may be interested in this: List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Visalia? Isn't that near Farmersville? smile.gif Beautiful area. Lived in Porterville and Bakersfield for a while.

Dan E.'s Comment
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Turtle how often to you get to see that good boy over your right shoulder? I love dogs and I have a feeling that he is a good one. What's his name?

Yes, welcome Sharron!

As someone who spent the better part of the last year reading and researching various trucking sites, I can honestly say TT is by far the best, most informative, honest, and unbiased trucking site out there.

You will find everyone to be extremely helpful. Painfully honest also, even when it may not be what you want to hear. Believe me when I say we all have your best interest at heart. Good luck!

Turtle's Comment
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Turtle how often to you get to see that good boy over your right shoulder? I love dogs and I have a feeling that he is a good one. What's his name?

His name is Opus and yeah he's a good boy and a great friend. I have his mom too.

I begin orientation at Prime a week from Monday. It's gonna kill me to leave him behind, but he'll be with the wife. When I go solo and my wife goes with me, my son is going to rent my house from me so he will take care of the dogs while we're gone.

Sharron R.'s Comment
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Thank you Robby.. I'll check them out!! πŸ˜€

Welcome Sharron! There is a plethora of great info here so dig and enjoy...here are the top three links for those interested in driving...have fun and God Speed!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sharron R.'s Comment
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Hey Turtle!! I stumbled on TT when researching and yah, this really seems to be the best!! I definitely want to hear about the good and not so good about life in trucking. One of my trucker buddies where I work was telling me how OTR truck drivers in general are like a large community... we all lookout for each other like family!!

Yes, welcome Sharron!

As someone who spent the better part of the last year reading and researching various trucking sites, I can honestly say TT is by far the best, most informative, honest, and unbiased trucking site out there.

You will find everyone to be extremely helpful. Painfully honest also, even when it may not be what you want to hear. Believe me when I say we all have your best interest at heart. Good luck!

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.

Sharron R.'s Comment
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Hey Errol.. cool thanks for the pets link. Having a pet with me is important!! Porterville is about a half hour from Visalia. Farmersville sounds like it would be somewhere close πŸ˜€ I'm originally from Arcadia, CA (San Gabriel Valley).. but I've been like a gypsy and moved a lot since I was 20ish, lol. Have some family here in Visalia. Who knows, I may find another spot as I'm driving all over to hang up my gypsy hat.. well trucker hat?? Lol...

You may be interested in this: List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Visalia? Isn't that near Farmersville? smile.gif Beautiful area. Lived in Porterville and Bakersfield for a while.

Sharron R.'s Comment
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Opus is a cutieπŸ’™!! I'm glad his brother (aka your son) will be with him and his mama while you and soon with your wife are OTR. They'll be with family who loves them and I'm sure spoils them too, lol!!

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Turtle how often to you get to see that good boy over your right shoulder? I love dogs and I have a feeling that he is a good one. What's his name?

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His name is Opus and yeah he's a good boy and a great friend. I have his mom too.

I begin orientation at Prime a week from Monday. It's gonna kill me to leave him behind, but he'll be with the wife. When I go solo and my wife goes with me, my son is going to rent my house from me so he will take care of the dogs while we're gone.

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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