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Bug Buggy's Comment
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Looking for advice... I have absolutely no experience in trucking. I'm looking for a completely different income from the factory worker I am now. Not sure how I would do in a Tractor Trailer, have read about straight trucks, but most I have seen in other forums totally dislike them. Please give me your thoughts. Also, If I decide to give it a shot, can someone tell me of a School/Company in KENTUCKY that will offer paid training to get my CDL's through them and also hire me as a driver? I really need someone's input. Should I get the thought out of my head or should I a different route? Help me decide. Thanks in advance to everyone that may take the time to reply to my post. I certainly will appreciate it..

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.
Old School's Comment
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can someone tell me of a School/Company in KENTUCKY that will offer paid training to get my CDL's through them and also hire me as a driver?

Welcome aboard Bug Buggy!

Here's the deal. There's no reason that you have to be trained in Kentucky. The Paid CDL Training Programs are all set up to provide you housing, meals, and transportation to their facility. They promise you a job upon your successful completion of the training. If you click on that link you'll find a list of companies that you can contact and start a conversation with a recruiter.

Heres some great resources for you to look into also...

Feel free to ask us questions. We don't bite, and we really enjoy helping newbies find their way through what seems a very confusing and intimidating process of getting started at this.

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.
Bug Buggy's Comment
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Thanks for your reply.. I'll check out those resources you have posted.. What is your opinion though on straight trucks?

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can someone tell me of a School/Company in KENTUCKY that will offer paid training to get my CDL's through them and also hire me as a driver?

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Welcome aboard Bug Buggy!

Here's the deal. There's no reason that you have to be trained in Kentucky. The Paid CDL Training Programs are all set up to provide you housing, meals, and transportation to their facility. They promise you a job upon your successful completion of the training. If you click on that link you'll find a list of companies that you can contact and start a conversation with a recruiter.

Heres some great resources for you to look into also...

Feel free to ask us questions. We don't bite, and we really enjoy helping newbies find their way through what seems a very confusing and intimidating process of getting started at this.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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What is it about straight trucks that interest you instead of tractor trailer? Many people have doubts about being able to do it when they get started but they manage. Jobs in my area for straight truck start around $15 to $17 an hour but tractor trailer jobs are quite a bit more, many in the $20 to $23 an hour range for local work with some jobs paying significantly more. It's always best to get about a year of over the road experience to help build a foundation of success.

Over The Road:

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.

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