Thinking Of A Career Change To Trucking

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Lisheng Y.'s Comment
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Hi,does Anyone know a company can pay for the trainee in LA?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Lisheng, I was looking back on some older comments you've made. Do you have a regular U.S. driver's license at this point? If not, you need to do that first. Naturally you also have to have a work Visa if you're not a citizen.

Let me know your situation and we'll go from there.

Turtle's Comment
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Umm... I'd keep the whole Rams fan thing on the down low though. You don't want that getting around. Go Jags!

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I would keep the whole Jags thing on the down low. TITAN UP!!!!!!!!!

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Game on my friend!

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Umm... I'd keep the whole Rams fan thing on the down low though. You don't want that getting around. Go Jags!

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I would keep the whole Jags thing on the down low. TITAN UP!!!!!!!!!

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Game on my friend!

Jags who??? LoL. Titans win

Turtle's Comment
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Ugh! I knew that was coming lol. They always know when to let me down.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Ugh! I knew that was coming lol. They always know when to let me down.

You get one more shot Dec 06. Titans host the Jags.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RAMS4LIFE's Comment
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Well I just found out that Prime switched to all automatics in June. I would love to drive an auto, but I want to learn a manual. And I do not want any restrictions on my CDL for future Jobs. Now I'm back at researching all over again. I understand most major carriers are going all auto. Any suggestions on Company sponsored schools that only train with manuals?

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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.
Old School's Comment
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I wouldn't let that be a deal breaker. Look, you're trying to get your career started. You can always get that restriction removed later on. It's really not a big issue. If you were starting this five or six years ago I would have agreed with you, but now days, just about anywhere you go for an OTR driving job, you will be issued a truck with an automatic transmission.

Read this article and maybe it will ease your mind.

Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions?

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.

RAMS4LIFE's Comment
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I wouldn't let that be a deal breaker. Look, you're trying to get your career started. You can always get that restriction removed later on. It's really not a big issue. If you were starting this five or six years ago I would have agreed with you, but now days, just about anywhere you go for an OTR driving job, you will be issued a truck with an automatic transmission.

Read this article and maybe it will ease your mind.

Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions?

I do see that is the way things are going with big companies, but I ultimately want to go local or regional after my 1 year of OTR experience. I would think by going with a smaller Company, I might have a harder time finding one with autos

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Chuck S.'s Comment
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are they training drivers in school on automatics now?

this is just not right...a huge disadvantage to someone getting into this career.

the restriction would not be on your cdl if you only drive automatics though.

it would be when you take your driving test for a new company that only has manual .

they would probably put you on a trainers truck for a couple of weeks to learn how to drive manual.

I wouldn't think they would make you train all over again... unless of course you are having difficulty learning to drive a manual.

Well I just found out that Prime switched to all automatics in June. I would love to drive an auto, but I want to learn a manual. And I do not want any restrictions on my CDL for future Jobs. Now I'm back at researching all over again. I understand most major carriers are going all auto. Any suggestions on Company sponsored schools that only train with manuals?

Ps...3-0

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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