Should I? Or Shouldn't I?

Topic 23199 | Page 1

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

Back in the 1990s (early) I wanted to be a truck driver. Talked to a recruiter. Had the paperwork sent to me to fill out. Next thing I know, I backed out (forgot my reasons, I was in my early 20s). In 2008, I was considering being a truck driver. Did a bit of research. Made the mistake of mentioning my plans to my mom & step dad. Next thing I know, there was the pastor telling me stories about trucking. He used to be a trucker. Now, it is 2018, I still get the urge to be a trucker. But, now I have a dog and a cat. I read somewhere on here that if you don't try you will never know if you could or something similar to that. I know after a while I can take my dog on road trips. I was, also, thinking that depending on where I would go to school, save up money to buy a nice quiet piece of property outside of city limits and to build a small home. I am 47. A widow. How do I get past the negativity of family members (facts?)? and what about my pets while I am in training?

Peter M.'s Comment
member avatar

Life's too short to worry about what others think. It's YOUR life! I say go for it.

's Comment
member avatar

Looking into different Sponsored CDL Schools. I have a short list at the moment.

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

Go for it!! Just take that next step dont let anyone discourage you. As far as the pets if you can get someone to care for them till you get outta training? I think you will be happy once to take the chance.

Rainy D.'s Comment
member avatar

Negative people get nothing done in life because they never tried. my mother told me "you cant just pack up and move across the country". well, yeah... i could. and she told me this while i was testing at the prime terminal 1000 miles from home.

she also told me i would never be able to write a book or sell them and i have sold 200 audiobooks and thousands of ebooks and paperbacks in every part of the world, including India and Japan.

she needed move and i said i would drive it for her. she said "just because you drive a big truck, it doesnt mean you can drive any truck". i told her "yes it does. i have a class A CDL. the A stands for any".

the point is do what you want to do. its been 3 years and she is finally realizing this is it. she has to accept it. if i refrained from doing all my mother told me.... i would never have traveled the world, gone bungee jumping, swam with dolphins, palyed with a tiger, parasailed, snorkeled, jet skiied....or a ton of other amazing things that makes life great.

as far as the pets...many companies have a weight or breed limit or a number of pets limit. at prime it is one pet only and less tha 30 pounds.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

's Comment
member avatar

Thank you for the replies! At the moment I am looking for work so I can pay for a local school. Then find someone to stay with my pets during OTR training. Then go to work for a Trucking Company. Rainy, I did look into Prime. I did like the information on their site, from the student program to the Lease Success program. I liked what I saw. Unfortunately, I have two pets. A 10 year old black Manx mix female cat (8 pounds). A Blue Heeler mix male dog (32 pounds). So their one pet under 30 pound rule is why they are on the iffy list instead of my main list.

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.

's Comment
member avatar

Rainy,

My mom is the one that is the most negative, along with my step dad. So I understand what you mean. I went for a job interview the other day. A regular job an hour away. I told my mom about it in advance. My step dad said he thought I would have to buy into this company. Not true. And neither said good luck. No support. Mom kept asking me all sorts of questions because she couldn't find this company online. I found them. Sent her their About Us page. No more questions that night. Then the day of the interview, I went over to their house to let them know I was leaving. Again, neither said good luck, no support. Instead, more negativity. I went to say bye to my step dad (he was talking to my step brother outside). That is when I saw my mom, she didn't see me, but she looked disappointed and sad. After the interview I didn't stop at their house on my way home, just straight home to my two crazy pets.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Good luck Brendie at whichever company you decide to go with. I’m finishing up my first week at Prime in Springfield and I’m loving it.

Don’t let the negativity get to you. Do what is best for you and your furbabies. They love you unconditionally, even when you are five minutes late feeding them. lol

Keep us updated on your journey.

's Comment
member avatar

Kim T., We have a couple Truck Driving Schools here. I contacted a Trucking company in a different state. The guy I talked too said that once I get my CDL I can apply at their company because he said they have openings in my area. I kept those emails.

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
member avatar

Things you need to consider:

it sounds like you want local or dedicated near home. many of those jobs are tight turns, tight backing, and often you unload the truck yourself. most days are 14hrs and you still work 5 days a week, and slip seat the truck meaning you share it with someone. be sure to ask every detail. My friend drives 1 hour each direction to get to his terminal , drives his 14hr day after unloading at various stops and drives home. only gets to be home for 8 hours because 2 of his 10 hr break is spent in traffic traveling from home to terminal and back. working his 6th day for.overtime sounds grrat, but he ja to.emsure he gets a 34 hr break to clear his clock for.monday. if something happens saturday and he cant report for his normal job monday he gets written up.

Also, getting accepted to CDL and graduating does not guarantee you a job. if you have any health , employment, DMV or criminal background.... you could still be rejected by companies. if you have gaps in your employment or tickets etc, it will hamper your ability to get hired. one of the best things about CDL sponsored is that you get rejected before you are obligated for any money. also, once you graduate, you need to secure employment asap or the 160 hour training certificate loses its potentcy.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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