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Johan Broad's Comment
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I finished my CDL training last Thursday. I called Eagle Transportation last Friday.

It's confirmed:

Tomorrow, I pick up my rental car and head to Tucson for orientation on Monday morning.

I'm packed and ready. I am excited and also a bit nervous.

But heck with it! life is short. Uff Da!

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome! Yeah, everyone has a mix of excitement and nervousness in the beginning. It's one of the coolest jobs you can have, but also one of the most dangerous, and there are always a lot of unknowns when you're starting a new career.

Just make sure you do the basics right - work hard, get along well with people, keep a great attitude, and just give it everything you've got. Expect there to be some ups and downs along the way and just keep working your way through it.

Keep us updated!

Chuck 's Comment
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Congratulations first off and yes it is exciting and yet nerve racking as well since starting over in anything can be. It's the fear of the unknown and whether it will work out but as Brett told you, if you work hard and listen to what you are being advised to be successful then it will work out. I also will be starting CDL school next month and I am very excited but at the same time I am leaving a job that is stable yet I am not enjoying it any longer and want to try something else that can offer new challenges and experiences. The trucking industry can provide that and give me the experience I will need to be able to land something that will be closer to home when the time is right. I am willing to sacrifice a little to gain a lot more in the end and I believe with that attitude there isn't anything that can't be done. Nothing good ever comes easy, it takes hard work and sacrifice and when you are willing to do both then the good will come. The one thing I have learned from this site is that the first year is a learning curve so if we accept that then half the battle is won.

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.
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