Starting CDL School Soon

Topic 23033 | Page 1

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:
S's Comment
member avatar

Hello I'm new to all of this been trying to research as much as possible. I start CDL school August 6th. at a local community college. I went through a program thru the local Career Center that pays for training in certain careers. I'm totally nervous making this leap later in life and I know nothing about driving trucks. Any advice on everything ? What to expect, what's needed after school etc.. Thank 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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
member avatar

Hi and welcome!!!

Heres a few links to get you started

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.
S's Comment
member avatar

Thank you so much! Trucking Truth is great all the info is very helpful!

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Good luck!

S's Comment
member avatar

Thank you Kim same to you !

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Thank you Sandy. I’m finishing up getting everything together and should be turning in my notice late this week at my current job. Yikes!

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Sandy, how did your first two days go?

S's Comment
member avatar

Kim so far going good ! gotta have the permit by end of the week ..No pressure right? lol I've been studying and studying then it's on to the black top and learning the truck, not gonna lie I feel overwhelmed with that part but I'm staying positive and I'm gonna make it! Thanks so much for asking! How are things with you so far?

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Sandy, you can expect to Have A Lot Of Ups And Downs while trying to learn the basics to this career. Hang in there - it takes some real Commitment to do this.

Anytime you hit a snag, or are even just feeling overwhelmed with doubts, you need to jump in here and let us know about it. There are a lot of people here who have been through those same struggles and will gladly hear you out and give you some great advice.

Hang in there! There will be days when this may seem impossible, but you'll get there.

good-luck.gif

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.
Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Sandy, from everything I’ve read on here, it will all click. You are just starting your third day so...breathe! 😁

I’m getting there. I’m set to head out on Greyhound on Saturday night, the 17th, with orientation starting on the 20th. So nervous! Trying to get everything together, going through the PTI index cards I made, getting things squared away at my current job, etc. It will be here before I know it.

Good luck and keep us up to date on how it’s going.

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More