Hey Guys I'm Thinking Of Driving A Truck?

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Jose R.'s Comment
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Hello everyone My name is Jose and I'm from Philadelphia and thinking of going to Roehl to start driving trucks BUT I know nothing, I mean how much will I make. do I get insurance. what expenses do I cover day by day. Is it worth it? Taxes? I worked in factories all my live and to be honest all i make is 350$ a week. Can you guys share the good the bad and the ugly Why should I start this new adventure? or why I Shouldn't Please help this rookie, Thank you all have a safe one

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Jose, you’ve come to the right place.

Good place to start your learning process is with these links:

The first two are all about building a realistic knowledge base and reasonable expectations.

Second two are all about assisting you with studying and retaining the information required for passing the CLP exams.

Good luck!


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.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

David D.'s Comment
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I'd start with what G-Town suggested. If you're married please pay attention to the part about what kind of job you want, OTR , regional , LTL , etc. I've never been a trucker, I'm looking into it right now, but I did have a job once where I was away from home for 20 months. I that time I only got 3 or 4 visits home and my wife came to spend a week with me once. Fortunately there wasn't too much strain on the marriage and the money was really, really good. You also won't see your friends much. Just some things to think about. If you're single and making $350 a week you'll make more than that going to training for some companies. After you get out of school your pay should go up substantially from what I've seen, but see what other folks have to say, they've been there I haven't. Good luck and please be honest with yourself regarding the time away from home.


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.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


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.

Brazen's Comment
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I just got off the phone today with Roehl and they would answer those questions, but I'd start with the FAQ on their website. the pya is so much more than just cents per mile, that the other details can make or break the position. also, you can look up youtube videos by searching for Roehl.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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