Putting My Foot To The Pavement, Starting A New Life Journey, In Trucking.

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Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Hello all,

I am happy that I found this site and forums. I get a good feeling and knowledge, with the advice and help that is offered here.

I'm a late 40something who was laid off from an accounts payable career. I worked for a postal equipment wholesale distributor (who was bought out by a large MNC/TNC) . I started as quality control and warehouse assistant. Basically, I helped unload containers, made sure equipment was ready for market. later, I moved into the office and into accounting dept.

I have a tween daughter, and married. I live in southeast PA. Actually, I'm a few miles from where G-town hails from. So I 'm really interested what he, the rest of you have to say and learn from.

Right now, I'm looking at Company training, rather than attend a private school/tech/com. collage program. I like to make a committment and follow through on it. So focus is important to me.

My wife is very supportive and encouraging of my decision to follow through on a CDL career. Her uncle was OTR , she helped her Aunt with raising thier kids while he was out OTR.

Until a year ago, I've been into VW turbo diesel cars as a hobby. It sucks what happened to VW and dieselgate. I ,also, in my 20s got my private pilot license. Though, the only flying I do now is on a computer. I'm into boating too, mostly sailing. See the trend here, I like traveling all modes of transport.

I'm looking to start Fall, while my daughter is in school, and my wife and I can start preparing and adjusting to this new journey. I'm looking forward to your advice and company.

Thank you

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Bullitt.

Best place to start your journey is right here by reading and studying the information contained in Trucking Truth’s starter kit. As follows:

Not a bad idea to also give this link a look as well:

Paid CDL Training ProgramsPaid CDL Training Programs

Yes, we are neighbors. Happy to grab a coffee with you to talk shop. Or if at some point you want a first hand look at this, I’d be happy to have you ride along for a day run. You let me know.

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.
Bullitt_VW's Comment
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G-town:

I appreciate the links, I shall read them.

Yes, I would like to meet and talk to you about the lifestyle/career. I will contact you after the Holiday weekend, and try to meet up.

Especially, thanks for the ride offer. That's great!

Bullitt

G-Town's Comment
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Bullitt wrote:

G-town:

I appreciate the links, I shall read them.

Yes, I would like to meet and talk to you about the lifestyle/career. I will contact you after the Holiday weekend, and try to meet up.

Especially, thanks for the ride offer. That's great!

Bullitt

Hey Bullitt...offer still stands. Saw your reply to another thread, figured I’d bump this.

Peace.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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G-town:

I'll hit you up for that discovery ride in September after Labor Day, Thank you kindly. I very much appreciate it.

Though........

I saw in another thread you uber from the store to home. I was a ride- share driver last year (stopped to protect my clean driving record). If you need a ride home, I'll give ya one in return for your wisdom. LMK. :)

Bullitt wrote:

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G-town:

I appreciate the links, I shall read them.

Yes, I would like to meet and talk to you about the lifestyle/career. I will contact you after the Holiday weekend, and try to meet up.

Especially, thanks for the ride offer. That's great!

Bullitt

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Hey Bullitt...offer still stands. Saw your reply to another thread, figured I’d bump this.

Peace.

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