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Michelle B.'s Comment
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I'm in my mid-fifties and would love to start team driving with my guy. I have a clean driving record, I'm in excellent health, and have an excellent employment record. I understand that drive-away drivers are not really considered truck drivers, and that's okay. I would like to know your thoughts on the best companies to work with to go through paid training, receive my CDL license, and get the six months worth of experience needed to be hired by his company. I do understand I will have to drive Long Haul for the experience, and I'm more than willing to do that. Any ideas and suggestions that you might have would be greatly appreciated. Michelle

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hi Michelle.

In our opinion, all of the major carriers that offer Paid CDL Training Programs are excellent places to work. They're the best of the best, the elite companies in the nation. You can't go wrong with any of them.

They do all have slightly different offerings and opportunities, though. What we normally recommend is that you apply to as many as possible, see who offers you an opportunity, and then choose the one that you feel suits you best based on the type of freight you want to haul, how often you'd like to get home, their pay and benefits, and any other perks you find interesting. It really is as simple as that.

All of them will require that you sign a contract to work for the company that is normally between 8 - 12 months. We highly suggest you stick with your first company for one full year. Yes, I know you'd like to work with your husband's company but you certainly don't want to break a contract and the experience you'll get on the road is critical to establishing your driving career on solid ground.

You can apply to a bunch of companies with one quick form here on our website: Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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What is a "drive-away driver"? (I hope it's not connected with bank robbery)

Tractor Man's Comment
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What is a "drive-away driver"? (I hope it's not connected with bank robbery)

That is a GETAWAY driver!

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Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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I was thinking driveway? We need clarification!

Michelle, six months will fly by no matter who you train with. Like Brett advised, most have contractual minimums. If you can stick it out for that year, we all highly recommend you at least do that before transferring.

Good luck! Use all the available experience and resources here to be a successful student.

Old School's Comment
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A driveaway driver delivers big trucks. You'll see them pulling a car behind a Bob-tail rig.

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