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Dyllan P.'s Comment
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Hi everyone I'm just going to be truthful here and just say I'm bad at post like this so hopefully o don't come off as being to awkward so sorry in advance. Anyway guess I should start with telling a bit about myself I've always wanted to be a truck driver but never actually done it since my family did not support it but after a bad breakup and being fired from my job I'm going to take the leap and live life on the road. It's been a little bit of bumpy road so far mom and dad are not 100% behind it and my first choice of company declined me for the company sponsored CDL school but good news had my 2nd and 3rd choices called me back and said everything looks good just got to wait a little longer for some background checks to clear through. I'm a little nervous about all this but this site and forum have been a great help and easing some of my nervousness. I'm very excited to hopefully be out driving with all of y'all soon.

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Hi everyone I'm just going to be truthful here and just say I'm bad at post like this so hopefully o don't come off as being to awkward so sorry in advance. Anyway guess I should start with telling a bit about myself I've always wanted to be a truck driver but never actually done it since my family did not support it but after a bad breakup and being fired from my job I'm going to take the leap and live life on the road. It's been a little bit of bumpy road so far mom and dad are not 100% behind it and my first choice of company declined me for the company sponsored CDL school but good news had my 2nd and 3rd choices called me back and said everything looks good just got to wait a little longer for some background checks to clear through. I'm a little nervous about all this but this site and forum have been a great help and easing some of my nervousness. I'm very excited to hopefully be out driving with all of y'all soon.

Welcome!

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Dyllan, you've come to the right place. You can learn everything you need to know right here in this forum. You can start by checking out the links below:

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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Dyllan P.-

Welcome to the forum.

You have come to the right place. This site will keep you schooled and also entertained. Take heed from the experienced drivers here they have all been in your shoes. And remember what links that Turtle gave you, very valuable tools that will get you through the CLP phase and then will also get you to know the resources at your disposal. Read some of the articles from Old School and Rainy and G-Town. Also Turtle has some articles that when he was a rookie. Don't be a stranger, if you got questions, ask them. Don't be afraid. There no such thing as a stupid question here.

Raptor

CLP:

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.

Dyllan P.'s Comment
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Thanks for the warm welcome right now I'm just a little nervous about backing up if everything goes good I'll be leaving for school in 2 weeks so wish me luck.

Adam J.'s Comment
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Good luck and welcome

G-Town's Comment
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Dylan nervous?

Thanks for the warm welcome right now I'm just a little nervous about backing up if everything goes good I'll be leaving for school in 2 weeks so wish me luck.

One step at a time. I highly recommend clicking on the links Prime Turtle sent you. Highly relevant and important before you goto school.

Backing got you a little nervous? Much better than being terrified...

Read this link: Learning To Back a Truck

Dyllan P.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the links they have been helpful. And yes G-town I'm nervous but I think everyone is at first I'm just trying to focus on learning as much as I can and do the best I can out their. Any advise on what to pack that a newbie would not think to bring.

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