Welp... I Made It...

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Jamie's Comment
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Congrats on passing, and good luck with training!

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Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Congratulations and good luck. Take your time. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Congrats on getting your CDL. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

However, I agree completely you may want to reconsider your approach. I think it would be better for you to sign on with a larger carrier. Do at least a year. Get your feet wet and your wits about you first. After a year if you still want to go out to cali and work for your family then by all means.

Btw, Wolding has tuition reimbursement and freight to and from clarksville. Also we use BestOne Tire as a drop lot. If you really want to see cali, we have freight that goes there as well. I can't help but throw a shameless plug out there.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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Wow! It feels as though you just came in here. Good for you. Says tons about your abilities. Congratulations & good luck. Two things that I learned the hard way. 1) Hiding a spare key OUTSIDE of the truck. It’ll save you $$$. 2) WATCH YOUR WAGON! I hit a truck with my trailer due to my lapse in checking my mirrors.

Again, congratulations & good luck!

G-Town's Comment
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Bumping Old School’s reply...

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Im very happy for you... add the driving to your mechanic resume and you are going to do great.

My dad owned an auto body shop and although i never worked on the cars i learned a lot even as a manager. i think it helped me with trucking. maintaining and diagnosing truck issues was easier.

and although this will be frustrating, you have your familys support. you go girl!

!Nk's Comment
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Ty Rainy... i appreciate it!

Im very happy for you... add the driving to your mechanic resume and you are going to do great.

My dad owned an auto body shop and although i never worked on the cars i learned a lot even as a manager. i think it helped me with trucking. maintaining and diagnosing truck issues was easier.

and although this will be frustrating, you have your familys support. you go girl!

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