Wanting To Start My Trucking Career.. But Wanting To Talk To Someone Where And How To Get Started

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Big Scott's Comment
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I trained with and drive for CFI. I am their biggest fan. When I left for training I was on unemployment and needed to be making money fast. CFI payed for everything and about 5 weeks after leaving home I was getting paid. When I started we were getting paid every two weeks. We now get paid weekly. You came to the best place for truthful information. Go through the links already provided. CFI requires a medical card and permit before going to training. Get and save receipts for those and CFI will reimburse you with your first load. They have a one year contract, which goes quickly. Work that year and everything is free. They will reimburse you for your CDL , endorsements and hazmat background check. Here is a link to my CFI training diary You can also use the search bar at the top of this page to answer most of your questions. Here is a link to my thread where I share my first year pay stubs. Good luck. I hope this helps you.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steph M.'s Comment
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Thanks to all of you for your really good input! I learn something new and helpful with each of your comments I read! Splitter you sure did have some challenges but good job for overcoming! After reading about your back up experiences makes me think I better practice backing with my car more for practice! I want to do this I really do... there is lots of stuff to be done and to learn.. I am feeling overwhelmed and I haven't even began my journey of it all yet! I need to breathe lol

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Thanks again!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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...makes me think I better practice backing with my car more for practice!

Well.... It's not quite the same. Don't bother with the car (or anything else.) Any good school will help you learn this part.


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Cwc's Comment
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Thanks to all of you for your really good input! I learn something new and helpful with each of your comments I read! Splitter you sure did have some challenges but good job for overcoming! After reading about your back up experiences makes me think I better practice backing with my car more for practice! I want to do this I really do... there is lots of stuff to be done and to learn.. I am feeling overwhelmed and I haven't even began my journey of it all yet! I need to breathe lol

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Thanks again!

Relax and have fun. Nobody knows how to back in the beginning. Your in for a good time if your with the right people, you just have to be able to laugh at yourself "and others" while learning to back. If you have the circus jingle running through your mind while everyone is out on the training lot your doing it right 😁

Old School's Comment
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Hey Steph, read This Article About Backing Big Trucks. It's all part of the process. We all get it, but it takes a good while to become proficient.

Big Scott's Comment
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Just take your time. We are all here to help you. We have all been there. We have all overcome challenges. Read through some training diaries to see what training is all about and how we overcame our obstacles. Good luck.

Jason R.'s Comment
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Welcome Steph, some companies do offer paid training and others do not. I would suggest to research online at the companies that do, and if you have any questions about certain companies ask on here. I will suggest to take company reviews that are negative with a grain of salt because most are from disgruntled drivers and I wish I would have learned that from the beginning. I am with a company that has negative reviews online and it scared me away for a long time until a buddy of mine came here and he loved it. So I gave them a chance and am averaging a touch over 3500 miles a week.

I posted a thank you to everyone because if it were not for this site, I would not be able to do what I do now, at the level I do it. This site has a wealth of information and knowledge, everyone I have encountered here is friendly and helpful. I was self taught and did it differently. I wish I knew more and even though I am an experienced driver, I always learn something new about the industry every day I am out there

Dan M.'s Comment
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we both lobe our companies

Hey Rainy...you have some kind of weird ear fetish ?? lol Just asking. Dan

Rainy D.'s Comment
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we both lobe our companies

Hey Rainy...you have some kind of weird ear fetish ?? lol Just asking. Dan

yes..... i do. i vant to suck your lobe!!! :::said in my best dracula accent:::

Dan M.'s Comment
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we both lobe our companies

Hey Rainy...you have some kind of weird ear fetish ?? lol Just asking. Dan

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yes..... i do. i vant to suck your lobe!!! :::said in my best dracula accent:::

Haha, yes great accent.

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