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James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Hi All, It has been awhile since I have been here and even posted. I had my CDL from a private school in which was paid for by a grant from the state. I attempted to go on the road a couple of times, only to come back home because things didn't feel right. I gave my CDL up in October 2016, and now feel that I want to go back and do this. Is my best approach to try and go to a Company Sponsored Training? I did get a misdemeanor traffic ticket for something out of my control, in which i paid a fine, and I hope this won't hinder me. Please give me any and all advice you can.

Thanks James

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I attempted to go on the road a couple of times, only to come back home because things didn't feel right

Hey James!

I'm just curious, and I guess I'm asking the obvious so you'll at least give it some serious thought...

Why do you think things will "feel right" this time around?

Trucking hasn't changed much at all since you left it last time. Unless something about you, or your approach to this career has changed, I'm afraid you're going to start a vicious cycle all over again.

I'm not being critical. I just like to make people think things through, and find that most folks have lost that practice altogether.

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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It was my approach to it last time. Know that I am living with my now husband I feel better. Before I was homesick when I got on the grey dog. But having a laptop and being able to facetime and call I know I won't hit the cycle again. I am looking at company sponsored just because I don't have the money to put up for school at this time.

K W KID's Comment
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Trucking is not for everyone I drove for 44 years I got off the road because I was tired of coast to coast running. But I enjoyed my time on the road as well you will have good times & bad just enjoy the good. One thing you should never be on the road driving is scared if have seen lots of things scary things caused by drivers who were not ready. Take care and be safe out there

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I attempted to go on the road a couple of times, only to come back home because things didn't feel right

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Hey James!

I'm just curious, and I guess I'm asking the obvious so you'll at least give it some serious thought...

Why do you think things will "feel right" this time around?

Trucking hasn't changed much at all since you left it last time. Unless something about you, or your approach to this career has changed, I'm afraid you're going to start a vicious cycle all over again.

I'm not being critical. I just like to make people think things through, and find that most folks have lost that practice altogether.

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