Lots Of Experience, Now Have To Start All Over!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Michael S.-

That's the attitude! I may have come across strong, as I am a shoot from the hip kinda guy. Frustration I understand. There are many new things that will try your patience let me tell ya. Just get into the training stuff that is on here and it will bring you up to speed again. It help me after all those years being gone.

You'll do fine.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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I really understand your pain. There were 2 people in my CDL school class that were in your shoes.. even my other half, after quitting otr to drive a yard truck locally had to go back to school. He went to the unemployment office and got a WIAA grant (federal grant used to be called JTPA years ago)

With your vast experience, you're sure to be fast tracked through a school and since there's been a few changes you'll find the school experience helpful.

If you're still interested in flatbed/heavy/specialized, you may want to apply with someone like Maverick, Melton, TMC, etc. Averitt has a flatbed division as do Knight and quite a few other companies.

I'd say I wish you luck, but it's just like riding a bicycle and you won't need it lol. You already know what you're getting into. It's simply part of the current times and it's not the trucking companies.. it's the insurance companies requiring the 160 hour training certificate.

Regardless, we're all here ready to help you navigate this crazy process to get your CDL with very little or no out of pocket.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Well geez Michael...so very glad this has turned into a positive exchange.

The opposite usually does occur. As Susan stated, very happy to help and hopefully you can assist with imparting your experiences on us.

Thank you.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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And on the bright side, once you satisfy the insurance companies, you will be miles ahead of everyone else, making those jobs like the one you had before much easier to obtain.

You have nowhere to go but up, and probably quickly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael S.'s Comment
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Again, I apologize for my negativity and thanks for all the responses. With looking at it in a more proactive approach, I'm actually kind of excited about entering training again, for all the benefits it can provide. I spent most of today looking at paid company training, and what companies would hire me where I live (Lorida Florida, south central Florida, highlands county) turns out there are not a lot of companies that will! Spoke at length with a recruiter from Prime today, and while I'm going to continue researching, I'm already leaning towards them. Of big importance with any company is a pet policy so my little kid(chihuahua)can come with me!😁

Michael S.'s Comment
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since you have to take the tests again, be sure to use our training system, its amazing!!!

check out the links below

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Rainy, Started on the high road training but lost my weak internet connection part way through, will continue as I can and love all the resources on here, also enjoyed some of your writings!

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.
Michael S.'s Comment
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Well geez Michael...so very glad this has turned into a positive exchange.

The opposite usually does occur. As Susan stated, very happy to help and hopefully you can assist with imparting your experiences on us.

Thank you.

Thanks, and I think I'd wait to impart any experience until I actually get back into it. In fact im thinking I'll change my status from "experienced driver" to working on getting training to give myself the right mindset!

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Again, I apologize for my negativity and thanks for all the responses. With looking at it in a more proactive approach, I'm actually kind of excited about entering training again, for all the benefits it can provide. I spent most of today looking at paid company training, and what companies would hire me where I live (Lorida Florida, south central Florida, highlands county) turns out there are not a lot of companies that will! Spoke at length with a recruiter from Prime today, and while I'm going to continue researching, I'm already leaning towards them. Of big importance with any company is a pet policy so my little kid(chihuahua)can come with me!😁

Try Cypress Truck Lines. They run flatbed out of Jacksonville, and Tampa, and have other terminals in GA, NC, TN, and TX.

They have a training program, too.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Prime is a wonderful company, so I've been told. I know they have some of the highest training pay and starting pay in the business and so many different divisions so there's lots of opportunity there.

You may not have thought about Stevens Transport. I don't know much about them, except my nephew got his start there and said they treated him extremely well and their school was good. He lives in Florida too. He only left to enter into a business partnership with his uncle/my brother in law. My brother in law works as a supervisor for FL Dept of agriculture, but also farms, in addition to a couple other businesses, and opened a portable building business. Lol, my sister is high maintenance and expensive to keep. He needed someone with a CDL-A to haul and deliver the buildings so he set my nephew up with a 3 year guaranteed contract, leased a hotshot setup for him and assisted in him getting his own operating authority and incorporating. He said if he didn't care for it, hed go back OTR.. and if he liked it, they'd renew his contract. He has another year to decide on this first round. Anywho he ran coast to coast with Stevens and always got 3k+ miles/week.

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.

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