Is There Such A Thing?

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MissIncognito's Comment
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Well, it was my main focus until the other position fell into place; I took it because of my kids. In no way do I have a casual attitude about anything. I'm just trying to see if i could obtain something part time and not have to restart the training later. But if it's been too long, I have no problem doing the refresher course.

The issue with this...?

You are a neophyte, entry-level “student” driver.

You have a CDL , however with no experience and no road training, it is highly doubtful any company will hire you to operate a tractor trailer on a part time basis. At a minimum Swift will not hire you as a casual driver until after you completed 200 hours of mentored driving.

You gain the necessary skills, knowledge and situational awareness required for safe and efficient operation through contiguous and consistent driving. Repetition and practice. Learning “this” is a full time job requiring a full time commitment, not a casual approach or attitude.

Please don’t take offense to this; but the thought of you running an Interstate high-speed curve in traffic is terrifying unless you gain at least some seasoning from basic Road Training.

One final thought on commitment...

Without it, you really should focus on something other than trucking. Trying to enter this industry with a split commitment, a foot in both camps, is not only inadvisable, it’s potentially dangerous to you and the others around you.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

G-Town's Comment
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I don’t think you understand where I am coming from...

To reiterate; you need road training in order to move forward no matter what you do at this point. Part time or full time. You are not a truck driver.

An abbreviated refresher course still dies not preclude a future employer requiring you to commit to road training no matter what trucking company is in your future.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I would agree with the others that trucking, especially when you're brand new, isn't something you're going to be able to do part time unfortunately. You will need some road training with a mentor before you go solo because school doesn't prepare you for the road, it prepares you for your CDL exam. Time with a mentor on the road is the most critical part of training, and any company that can give you a job part time isn't likely to have a mentoring program for you to start off with.

The other concern is that anything part time would almost certainly be city driving, which a new driver shouldn't be doing because it's just too demanding in terms of tight schedules, heavy city traffic, and very difficult backing situations.

Congrats on getting offered a great job though in your preferred field!. You'll just have to go through training again if you decide to get into trucking but at least you know it'll be pretty fun and easy when and if that time comes.

Good luck with the new job!

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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