Welp... I Made It...

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!Nk's Comment
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CDL school complete...on my way to Training and working... Im excited!

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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CDL school complete...on my way to Training and working... Im excited!

Congrats and good luck!

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.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Congratulations!!!

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Peter M.'s Comment
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That’s awesome!!!

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

Where are you headed now?

!Nk's Comment
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To california to work with my family... they truck out there... so ill train with them then once ive got the whole burrito down.. ill hit the road solo..😁

Congratulations!

Where are you headed now?

Old School's Comment
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Ok, we would usually advise taking a little different approach, but hopefully that will all go well for you. Stay in touch if you can, it's been really great having you in here!

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!Nk's Comment
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Ill be in touch 😊 .. n what do u mean different approach? Details???👀👀👀

Ok, we would usually advise taking a little different approach, but hopefully that will all go well for you. Stay in touch if you can, it's been really great having you in here!

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Ill be in touch 😊 .. n what do u mean different approach? Details???👀👀👀

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Ok, we would usually advise taking a little different approach, but hopefully that will all go well for you. Stay in touch if you can, it's been really great having you in here!

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it is normally recommended that a new driver start with a more established company, such as Swift, Prime, Roehl, Schneider, or any company that has the resources to train new cdl drivers.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Yeah, as Danielsahn pointed out, I like to see new drivers get their start at a large well established trucking company. It just seems like a more prudent approach. There are so many things that can go wrong when starting a trucking career, it makes for a little bit easier transition into the career when you've got a really large company behind you with the resources to help new drivers "get the whole burrito down" as you put it.

I completely understand if you've got some family members in the business who are willing to help you get started, but often times the insurance is just so outrageous when putting a new driver out there these small companies have to do it in a way that isn't always on the up and up. Let's just say I have witnessed it turn out badly a few times. Many times if a new driver gets in a little fender bender at a small trucking company the insurance company will refuse to cover them anymore and then they have a hard time getting started elsewhere. I find the drivers who get their start at these large carriers who are self insured are granted both a little more training and a little more leniency while learning the business. Therefore they have a better chance of getting themselves established as safe productive drivers before they are out having to figure it all out on their own. We've consistently advised that approach for brand new rookie drivers.

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