Should I? Or Shouldn't I?

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Rainy,

Thank you for the reply and explanation!

The reason I am looking into local schools is to go ahead and get my CDL. And to tell the negative people in my family that yes, I can do it...

I realized I mistakenly misrepresented what it is I want to do. I want to do OTR. I think the only thing that would stand in my way is the fact I have been on Disability (social anxiety and on the shy side) the last few years. I love driving. I am a loner at heart and enjoy it immensely. But, other than my 'disability' I can pass the other items: Driving record: Not an accident nor a ticket since mid 90s. Woohoo! My physical health is the best it has ever been. I do a lot physical work in my garage (wood shop). My mental health is great! My sense of humor is stronger than ever. lol Slightly dry and fully sarcastic on a good day. The criminal record...well I was arrested in 2009. Spent a night in jail (stupidity & alcohol). Case was dismissed. Other than that mishap, nothing else there. Been sober since 2009. Happy! Below are a few photos of things I build.

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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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Oh thats cool. wish i could build.

a couple things to keep in mind... if you go.to a.local school you will have to still deal with the negative on a daily basis while you are training. that is tough. going away might be better to detach from those negative people. that way you can focus on learning.

not having had a job in years may be an issue for.companies. you could go all through the CDL school then have issues getting hired without a solid work history. just because some.guy said oh sure we will hire you doesnt mean he will. all orientations are basically an invitation to apply, not job offers.

be prepared to.submit.your doctor.records to.companies and understand that DOT could.approve a medication but a.company could reject it. many anxiety and depression meds are rejected by companies. they wont tell you until you get there due to fear of being sued for discrimination. they could send you home and have you change a med for 30 days and come back.

just a heads up. obtaining a CDL does not mean you can get hired. many people who have DUIs or failed drug tests wind up.in that situation.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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Rainy,

The Litter Box Cabinet was built with pallets (HT). I built the frame first. I measured the litter pan first though. lol

The wood puzzles are really easy. I have a scroll saw. Plywood, wood glue, clamps, chalkboard and scroll saw.

The only medication I am on is Thyroid medication.

I think I will put off going for my CDL and start a home business making wood puzzles.

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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For the record: I have never had a DUI nor failed a drug test. Last traffic ticket was about...1994 or 95 for speeding. So, I can go get a Certified or non certified DMV report today if it was requested. If requested I would go do a drug test right now.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I wasnt accusing you of anything. BUT something that a new person thinks is small can be a very big deal to a trucking company.

People pay lawyers to get convictions and ticketd expunged, lie and say they never had one... it gets found and BAM! they get sent home.

Your lack of work history might be a problem. You might have to jump through some hoops.

that is all i meant. and a local school will take your money and not care if you can get hired or not.

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