Trucking As A New Career

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PackRat's Comment
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That’s a great update, Alfred! Wishing you more success and hope you post here more often to let us know how you’re doing.good-luck.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Great to hear it, Alfred! Keep it up, man!

Alfred H.'s Comment
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Thanks PackRat and Turtle. I'll keep you posted. I'm loving it

Donald B.'s Comment
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My other half is bipolar as the day is long lol. He's extremely funny, smart, a great all around guy, and an excellent driver.

You can be one too. You'll have to learn to always put on a positive face no matter the situation when dealing with customers and your company. It's not easy for him but he manages to pull it off. He takes Lamictal which is a mood stabilizer. We also have drivers on adderall and a host of other medications. My company will pretty much allow anything that DOT does. All companies are different. We don't have our own school but now offer tuition reimbursement.

But absolutely company sponsored schools should be your first choice.

Motor carriers with their own in-house training program seem the way to fly these days according to the consensus of the folks here. It makes sense to me too.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Auggie69's Comment
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I passed my tests. And got my Class A CDL permit as of June 14th. I started work for Budweiser about 2 months ago. Actually September 8th will be 2 months since I started working there. I am in Training right now to get my CDL license through them. Doing local deliveries with them later on. My job/position with Budweise is Driver/Helper. I just wanted to let everyone know how I was coming along since I started this post back in April.

You got this!!


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.
Alfred H.'s Comment
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I would like to maybe go into driving tankers and or doubles later on. Thanks again everyone. I'll be back to post more later


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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