Is Four Weeks Really Enough?

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Chris L's Comment
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I have never even seen the inside of a tractor. I've driven a manual vehicle (all my vehicles have been manual), pulled a few trailers (boats and what not, never a 5th wheel). I have my permit and understand the gist of it, but I'm nervous that four weeks of training simply isn't going to be enough to learn.

I just graduated from School this past Wednesday (I went through a 7 week course) the best advice I can give you is get everything you can out of your time at school. You will pick up the basic maneuvers quick - I'm not familiar with Texas requirements for licensing if your school road test will qualify for a state license. If you have to take an actual road test with a Texas state Motor Vehicle License Examiner make sure that you school is covering the testable items that you will need to know to pass that road test (I had to take a Skill & Road test to graduate from school and then another NYS Road test for my license). Also forget about everything you know about driving stick!!! The transmissions in the tractors are not synchronized like in your pickup I had a struggle breaking my old habits the Tachometer and Speedometer will become your best friends. Good luck with school go in with the attituded that you are going to get every bit of knowledge that this school has to offer and you will be successful.

Steve L.'s Comment
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TTS yes it’s enough. To get started. For the right people. Bring your positivity and be humble.

I did like you. After graduating from CDL school I went to Schneider. Arguably the shortest orientation in the biz. Four years later I’m doing fine and making a decent pay.

Heed the advice of experienced people, weigh opinions and make informed decisions.

You’ll probably do great!


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.
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