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PackRat's Comment
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No Craig. He doesnt drive at all. He got his CDL years ago and never got on the road. He renews his DOT card so he still.has a CDL but he will have to go through a bunch of training just like everyone else if he ever gets out here. He has been here on the website for a decade providing the legalities and references etc which is why he is the Technical Adviser and we call him Rick-apedia. .

Awesome job, Rainy!

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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.

DOT:

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.

Craig L.'s Comment
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You'll be extremely hard pressed to find a local gig that will take you (not that they don't exist but are very rare) without experience. Might want to look into LTL around your area. Ie ups, FedEx, old Dominion, saia. They usually get home every day. Dunno if they will take you without experience though.

What company is LE? never heard of them?

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
PackRat's Comment
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Typo. Should be “i.e.”

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Depends.. How long have you been driving?

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Never. However I don't want OTR. I will not consider trucking as a career is I have to do OTR , as it just simply won't work for me. I need something local.

Then trucking is not for you. Most companies want a year or more of OTR time. You may be able to get a dock to driver program. They are highly competitive because everyone wants to be home.

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Now its not impossible to get a local job right out of school, a friend I met during trucking school went local due to a medical condition, he couldn't drive outside of Arkansas until he got a federal waiver or something like that. But it is some local flatbed gig near Little Rock, AR. So it really depends on your area. But it's not suggested to go local right out of school, since you'll usually be in areas with more difficult backing compared to OTR where you'll get more expensive.

But usually companies want 1 or more years OTR for local jobs.

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.

Kevin B.'s Comment
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I landed a local job right out of school. I Started out driving a mixer (concrete) truck. I would strongly recommend getting into the ready mix industry.

G-Town's Comment
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I landed a local job right out of school. I Started out driving a mixer (concrete) truck. I would strongly recommend getting into the ready mix industry.

Why do you recommend this?

Making a statement like this is fine; however without information supporting your point, it’s nothing more than lunch counter banter.

Kevin B.'s Comment
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I landed a local job right out of school. I Started out driving a mixer (concrete) truck. I would strongly recommend getting into the ready mix industry.

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Why do you recommend this?

Making a statement like this is fine; however without information supporting your point, it’s nothing more than lunch counter banter.

In my area , ready mix companies hire mixer truck drivers fresh out of cdl school. It's decent money, and you'll work alongside other types of local specialized drivers. With a good attitude, and ambition you could build a good network. I've seen guys start out driving a mixer truck making okay money, now operating a concrete pump truck making almost six figures. All they did was get good at the trade and make friends in the industry.

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.
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