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Rizzy T.'s Comment
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So, I’m currently driving a box truck on a route. Have plans to start CDL training in May and doing weekends to obtain it, which runs till July. However, I have an interview tomorrow at A. Duie Pyle for a non cdl box truck driving position. Which actually pays better than my current job. Yes, after around a year I can go thru their paid academy to get my cdl. Pros and or cons?

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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Well, what are you looking for? Home every night or travel doing OTR? Box truck or a semi? Now or later?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rizzy T.'s Comment
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I hear good things about them and my goal is to become a P&D driver. Mon-Fri days. So I guess what I’m asking is, if the opportunity comes about tomorrow during my interview, do I take it and see how well I fit driving a box truck for them or stick with where I am and do the local 10 weekend school and then worry about searching in aug knowing I’m not gonna find mon-fri daylight anyway

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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If your goal is P&D , I'd say A. Due Pyle is the perfect route to your goal. You'll have a good paying job, and they will pay for you to obtain your class A! What's not to like about that scenario?

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Avvatar's Comment
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Hey Rizzy, welcome to our corner of crazy. Let me lay this down for you, if I may.

You're driving a box truck thinking about paying for weekend schooling. You've been offered (a chance at) a job doing the same for better pay and in a year you're eligible for paid class A training.

is that correctamundo?

ok. so.

1. will you still have weekends to take classes? 'cause that's still an option... and you're getting paid more.

2. Do you have to wait a year? I mean, "Gee Mister I'd sure love to drive cdl and my record is clean!" might just go a long way and get you into their classes. I once knew a guy who put his resume under the door of a company for 6 months. They finally asked him to stop.He said, "I will if you interview me." They hired him. He's retired from that company now. Chew on that.

Maybe you go on this interview and it goes GREAT and you leave the interview, and tell your current company, "hey. I've had a great time, but THESE GUYS just offered me the same job for more money leading to paid cdl training. what's my future with YOU GUYS look like?"

I mean, what's an interview gonna hurt? See what they offer! You never know!

remember, if you are a valuable employee who does the job correctly, they will want to keep you, and it will show.

i'd go for the dream!!!

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.
Rizzy T.'s Comment
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I appreciate the response. Thank you!

My current job is driving a route delivering products for contractors in a mechanical trade. I have no desire to stay to even come back at them with a counter offer.

I interviewed with the hub manager for 2 hrs today. Got everything out of the way. He offered after telling me they do not commonly hire outsiders and I graciously accepted. Everything I hear and been told, I have to say I’m pretty fortunate to have even been considered to interview. It’s gonna be a change and more hrs than I am used to, but if I wanna go for money, which I do, I’m gonna have to sacrifice some time and hurdles to get to where I wanna be.

Avvatar's Comment
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Wooooo!!! Congratulations, Rizzy!

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