From 911 To Trucking

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Monika D.'s Comment
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Hi y'all! I'm about to make the plunge into this new career, and I'm more than a little nervous!

I've thought about doing trucking for a long time, but the timing was never right until now. My husband and I moved to Florida last year to try something new, but he wasn't able to find a job, so he is currently working out of state :/ We have no kids or pets, so its just me working two jobs to barely pay bills, so I thought why not go for it? I have been a 911 dispatcher for most of my professional career, but I've really burnt out on the stress of that job, and didn't want to go back to it.

I called several companies, and a lot of them don't hire from Florida, but then I heard back from Stevens. I guess they partner with local driving schools, so I'll be going to a school that's 15 mins away from where I live! A couple friends also recommended this company, so it sounds like a good place to start. Hopefully I'm not jumping into this too quickly, but I don't have too many other options to make better money.

I'm really anxious about not getting a paycheck for a month, plus having to learn so much information in such a short time, and learning a whole new career, but I'm hoping that it will all be worth it? :)

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

Trucking is indeed unique. stevens is a good training company so good choice!

Study our written exam guide and you will pass with flying colors.

Talk a look at these links.

High Road CDL Training Program

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Rainys articles on training, the CDL exam, OTR relationships and more

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.

OTR:

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.

Sandy S.'s Comment
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Good Luck! I start school tomorrow. Having all the normal reactions..Nervous, Excited you name it!! Best of Luck to you with your new adventure also.

KRIS-T's Comment
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I too am a 911 operator/supervisor (15 years) and will soon be making the switch over to trucking.... so I can relate. It is def a big change in career and lifestyle thats for sure lol

Wish you the best, I will be starting in October :)

Monika D.'s Comment
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Thanks y'all!

Today was the start of week two. Last week of classroom study was easy, but now I'm feeling really overwhelmed now thinking about everything I have to learn and whether I'm going to be able to do it all...I really want to be able to pass my test and not have to wait another week!

I'm worried that I made a big mistake doing this :(

Sandy S.'s Comment
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Hi Monika I'm in week 2 of training also Hang in there we can do this!! you will pass your test. I felt the same way with the permit written test but the high road training on here really helped me ! So far the pre trip is getting to me not including the heat lol Best of luck to you! Breathe and stay focused that's what I'm trying to do also!shocked.pngsmile.gif

Old School's Comment
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I'm worried that I made a big mistake doing this :(

Hang in there Monika! Believe it or not, everybody second guesses themselves when trying to start their trucking career. Everything is fast paced and can easily be overwhelming. Here's an article you may find helpful concerning the Roller Coaster Of Emotions While In Truck Driver Training.

It's honestly not a big deal if you don't pass a test on your first attempt. There are plenty of professional drivers out here who had to take their tests multiple times. Keep the faith - you can do this!

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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