Tired Of Being On The Fence, I Need To Do Something About It!

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Benjamin D.'s Comment
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My best friend's Dad, a retired trucker, became a truck driver about 40 years ago, and drove for 30 years, mostly for JB Hunt - he never asked anyone about it before he started his career, never hemmed and hawed like I've done about it, he never studied for a CDL beforehand (I don't even know if CDLs were in existence then), he just went for it. I've drilled him with questions on trucking as a career, he gave me solid advice, but heck, that was about a decade ago that I asked him. Yet, here we are - well, here I am - on forums, trying to decide if it's the right thing to do. I've been on the fence for the last decade about driving professionally, and I still haven't made up my mind. I've posted here before, but I'd like to just ignore those old posts as I was not in a good frame of mind then when I posted.

I read through Brett's book about 2 years ago, and most if not all the articles on TruckingTruth. It would be nice to just go for it, but I'm overwhelmed by all the good information Trucking Truth has to offer. But I'm going to start over and work on learning the High Road CDL test (again, but get through it this time), and read up on Brett's online book, plus articles. This might be the start of something, and I'm tired of not working; yet, right now, I still have the opportunity to get started in a trucking career, learn everything I can, to go through this stuff on Trucking Truth. The thing that worries me is the job security - what about those dumb self-driving trucks we keep hearing about? To me, it's not cool and not fair that they are going to try to bring those into fruition. The powers that be scoff and laugh at people who think self-driving trucks aren't a good/fair idea, but to me, self-driving trucks feels kind of like a let down.

Is it still a good time to get into trucking?

What are the best articles to start with on this site?

Wish me 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Benjamin asked...

Is it still a good time to get into trucking?

A resounding, shout-out-loud "YES" to your question!

Freight is abundant right now, doesn't appear it will let up any time soon. Based on your primary concern...self-driving trucks, I suggest investing your time reading all of the threads, articles and listening to a Podcast dedicated to the subject of your concern.

Autonomous Trucks

Keep something in mind, the autonomous technology is computer based and relies on sensors and a satellite feed. These systems individually or in tandem do fail and do not always provide accurate input. I deal with something called DriveWyze...it consistently warns me when approaching an overpass that is in no way impeding my forward path. If not for lightly pressing the throttle when approaching the offending objects, my truck would apply emergency braking. Technology is a tool...IMO we are decades removed from being totally replaced.

Read the content contained within the link. I believe if this is your only fear, it's high time you get serious and realize the only thing holding you back is indecision.

Good luck!

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Benjamin D.'s Comment
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Benjamin asked...

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Is it still a good time to get into trucking?

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A resounding, shout-out-loud "YES" to your question!

Freight is abundant right now, doesn't appear it will let up any time soon. Based on your primary concern...self-driving trucks, I suggest investing your time reading all of the threads, articles and listening to a Podcast dedicated to the subject of your concern.

Autonomous Trucks

Keep something in mind, the autonomous technology is computer based and relies on sensors and a satellite feed. These systems individually or in tandem do fail and do not always provide accurate input. I deal with something called DriveWyze...it consistently warns me when approaching an overpass that is in no way impeding my forward path. If not for lightly pressing the throttle when approaching the offending objects, my truck would apply emergency braking. Technology is a tool...IMO we are decades removed from being totally replaced.

Read the content contained within the link. I believe if this is your only fear, it's high time you get serious and realize the only thing holding you back is indecision.

Good luck!

G-Town, I appreciate it, good to know!

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I am going to probably make over 70k in my first full year trucking could make more if I worked a few more days. I hope to be able to buy a house next year after I pay off some debt. Freight levels are high right now, so yes it is a good time. Plus some companies are raising pay.

Driverless trucks are not going to happen for over 10 years if at all. Planes and trains still have people at the controls and there is a whole lot less for them to hit

G-Town's Comment
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I am going to probably make over 70k in my first full year trucking could make more if I worked a few more days. I hope to be able to buy a house next year after I pay off some debt. Freight levels are high right now, so yes it is a good time. Plus some companies are raising pay.

Bobcat that's over-the-top fantastic! Very happy for you.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Study the High Road CDL Training Program. Once you have some success with practice tests, start applying for Paid CDL Training Programs and jump in with both feet. Don't over think it. 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.
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