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DevJohnson wrote:

Rob thank you so much for the help brotha. I'm gonna go over those guidelines because even though I won't start school for a couple of months like you said it's good to get a head start. I don't wanna go in ****y at all because I know jack right now when it comes down to it but I'm working on it. As far as what I'm wanting to haul I'm not too sure, is there too much of a difference? Of course dry van and reefer are different from flat bed I'm assuming. Also Iv been looking into Schneider as I heard they're a good company to start out with. Any recommendations?? I'm here on the west coast maybe wanting to do regional just because I don't know if I'll feel comfortable taking on the east coast from the get.. and I'm wanting to be close to home when I get my hometime

Welcome to the forum Dev. A couple of thoughts...Schneider is indeed a very good company. However they have one of the shortest durations for road-training, 2-3 weeks. The average is more like 6 weeks in duration... Something to think about.

Secondly, while you are road training (after you get your CDL at Sage), in all likelihood you will be teaming and dispatched on a load requiring an East Coast route. The traffic typical of any major city, regardless of left or right coast, will challenge a new driver.

I suggest reading the following material, might help with your understanding...

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving


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.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

DevJohnson's Comment
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Yea that's true Pete. I'll be open to going OTR we'll just have to see what the universe has in store in for me when the time comes!


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.

DevJohnson's Comment
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Sounds good G town! I'll take a look at those forums, thank you sir


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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