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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Keep in mind regional may not be what you think it is. My ex was regional which meant east of Denver. So NJ to FL to TX. He got home every other weekend. which still only came to 4 days per month.

Be sure to ask what regional means and how often you get home. Roehl has great home time options, but remember if you stay out a week and are home a week, you are only working 6 months a year. Not great for the wallet.

Also, many companies have retention incentives for insurance. After year 1 my insurance was cut nearly in half Ask about it.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Ohioman1972's Comment
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Ok.... I took the school’s test and got a 97 on maneuvers. Nicked a cone on the lane change... but the alley dock I got. Still need to make sure I have a good supply of pull ups on my state test in case I get blind side parallel... don’t have that one mastered yet. Need some practice on downshifting and right turns, narrow ones I still get really close to or hit the curbs.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Ok.... I took the school’s test and got a 97 on maneuvers. Nicked a cone on the lane change... but the alley dock I got. Still need to make sure I have a good supply of pull ups on my state test in case I get blind side parallel... don’t have that one mastered yet. Need some practice on downshifting and right turns, narrow ones I still get really close to or hit the curbs.

The examiners can be pretty lenient about downshifting, but don't hit a curb! Automatic fail. Go slow and carefully.

Banks's Comment
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Ok.... I took the school’s test and got a 97 on maneuvers. Nicked a cone on the lane change... but the alley dock I got. Still need to make sure I have a good supply of pull ups on my state test in case I get blind side parallel... don’t have that one mastered yet. Need some practice on downshifting and right turns, narrow ones I still get really close to or hit the curbs.

Don't sweat it. I had all the same issues. I was scared to downshift and now I'll drop from 10th to 5th with no problems. I had all of the same problems you are and on some days I still do. Just stop and think about what you're doing and what you want the trailer to do.

Ohioman1972's Comment
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Thanks again guys and gals. Really excited to take the test.

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck to you...!

Deep breath.

Ohioman1972's Comment
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As of Tuesday, I now have a Class A CDL with all endorsements! I’ve applied at 3 places. It was down to 2, but someone in my class told me about a local position that seems really good. Home daily, Monday through Friday, 10 hours a day, great insurance... and paying about the same as the other two regional jobs with not-as-good insurance.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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Local job has a greater number of opportunities to have accidents or other rookie mistakes. Sounds like your mind is set on trying this, so be aware at all times.

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