In Need Of Advice... No Experience And Looking At Companies.

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Clifford's Comment
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I live near Champagne, Illinois , though my Fiance and I are looking to move. (Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Grand Junction, Colorado or West Lebanon, New Hampshire.) I got my CDL through the state in may 2017 and haven't done much except, go to Schneider, drive a dump truck and drive a school bus with it. Been unemployed for the last 5 months after leaving First student; kids were getting too rowdy and couldn't do anything about it. I was hoping to find something local but it seems like all the normal jobs are taken up, no luck with interviews and it looks like I have no other choice but to go with trucking. Can't even land a job at Mcdonalds. I was at Schneider in September and October of 2017 but didn't go through with it after my grandma died and the week out on the road with the trainer caused some issues. (too much downtime with nothing to do, barely able to eat, sleep schedule issues (His apnea machine kept me up sometimes) and no cellular reception to keep in contact with family.)

I have degenerative arthritis in both knees that cause swelling issues while using the clutch in yard maneuvers and such. I know I need a refresher, an AMT, weekly home-time at the most (a bit worried about my relationship) and a fridge would be preferred as I am trying to lose weight(so an inverter?) I didn't see any benefits at the time and all I could focus on was how much of my life I was giving up. Still see it as a huge sacrifice but i'm seeing how it can help in the long run. Helping Fiance get into and through college, getting us a house of our own and actually be able to make the engagement official beyond just a small simple t-shirt wedding.

Wanted to know what companies I should look at and any advice?

I didn't fully understand what I was getting into when I went ahead with 160 Driving Academy back in March-May 2017.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Old School's Comment
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it looks like I have no other choice but to go with trucking.

Clifford welcome to our forum!

Here's something serious to consider. The trucking career requires a tremendous amount of Commitment. It's not like just taking a job, it's like starting a new life. You don't sound anywhere near ready for this. You gave us a long list of issues you had with your first attempt at trucking, and frankly they were quite trivial. What makes you think you've got the gumption to go for it this time around?

You said...

I didn't fully understand what I was getting into when I went ahead with 160 Driving Academy back in March-May 2017.

I think you're still right there. We can try to help you understand what you're getting into. We can even try to help motivate you, but something inside you is going to have to kick in and say, "I've got to have this. I can't live without making this work. I want this more than anything!" Without that kind of motivation you're going to quit again. There's no question about it.

Here's some great information we call our "starter pack." Do some reading in here and see if any of it helps to motivate you.

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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