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Wanderer 's Comment
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1) is attending a community college or joining a company for cdl. Which is better.

2) my wish list for job, please recommend a company to start as total newbie. A) no touch. B) want to drive in south thru south west and west. Non snow areas. C) good tricks with TV. Cool sleepers etc.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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A) no touch. B) want to drive in south thru south west and west. Non snow areas. C) good tricks with TV. Cool sleepers etc. Good tricks are hard to find. They’ve cleaned most of that up but maybe you should find a job driving only in Nevada

Solo's Comment
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A good place to start for Question 1, is right here.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome Wanderer!

Trucking isn't really just a job like you might get at Walmart. You know, you can tell Walmart you'd like to work in "sporting goods" or maybe over in the "housewares" department. A successful trucker embraces all the challenges of his new lifestyle, and that's what this really is. It's more a change of lifestyle than a change of jobs. We face the elements, the traffic, the demanding schedules, the ridiculous receiving clerks with their "Barney Fife" authority trips. We gladly drive whatever truck they provide us. We are here to get the job done.

Personally I don't watch TV, and I've never really figured out how drivers have the time for it. I easily work close to eighty hours per week, and love every minute of it. I sometimes wish I could do more, but there are limits on how productive one can be without getting the proper rest. You're going to be a rookie coming into a career that is very demanding. Don't start looking for all the bells and whistles that you think will make this job fun for you. Come into this with the approach that says I want to be the best I can be at this. That means facing the challenges, embracing the hard parts of the job and excelling where others fall short.

I regularly go into the Northeast because I've embraced the difficulty of running a truck up there in that area. We've got drivers who refuse to do it. They are also the same drivers who are constantly complaining that they can't make any money! Duh! They keep turning down every opportunity that comes their way just because they think it's going to be a little tough on them. Embrace the challenges and you'll soon find your way to the top of the food chain.

Here's some great resources for you to start with...

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.
Old School's Comment
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is attending a community college or joining a company for cdl. Which is better.

We have this discussion often in here. As far as getting your CDL , they both accomplish that goal. But, we think there are other things to consider. Let me explain. Usually we are ultimately doing this to land a nice job. I attended and paid my way to a private truck driving school. I graduated at the top of my very small class. Ultimately, it meant nothing. I couldn't get hired. I had a few issues arise that kept people from being willing to take me on board.

Today I am considered a Top Tier Driver. But before I had that chance to prove myself, I struggled with getting a job. Three different times I got sent home from company orientations. Rejection was all I could get. Had I gone through one of the Paid CDL Training Programs I would have already been vetted and approved for employment and I would not have laid out any of my own hard earned cash. We tend to lean toward these programs being the best way to get started. Here's a couple of articles that should help you understand our thinking on this.

Why I Prefer Company Sponsored Training

Busting The Free Agent Myth

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Wanderer 's Comment
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1) is attending a community college or joining a company for cdl. Which is better.

2) my wish list for job, please recommend a company to start as total newbie. A) no touch. B) want to drive in south thru south west and west. Non snow areas. C) good tricks with TV. Cool sleepers etc.

Sorry, no not good tricks but good technology

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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1) is attending a community college or joining a company for cdl. Which is better.

2) my wish list for job, please recommend a company to start as total newbie. A) no touch. B) want to drive in south thru south west and west. Non snow areas. C) good tricks with TV. Cool sleepers etc.

rofl-2.gif That is so funny.

My wish list was company that would train me for free, get me home when wanted and needed. Even if I chose wrong, I could handle it for one year. Well, I chose wisely.

Like Old School said, as a rookie you won't have time for TV. Good luck.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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