Struggling With Making The Big Decision

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Go for it, my anxiety kept me from driving sooner next week will be my 2 year anniversary at OD every day I wish I would have started when I turned 21.

PackRat's Comment
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Jump in with both feet, legs, all your toes, and everything else NOW! Get out of that dead-end-I-hate-working-here-every-day job and start this career. It's a never-ending new adventure nearly every day. Some days suck, but most days don't.

You sound on first read as the ideal candidate: single, nothing tying you down, not a new adult, but not an old guy, good record. As long as you're teachable, mostly responsible, can make good decisions, show commitment, take responsibility, and can adjust to this lifestyle (not a job) you too can have the big rewards we see out here. Start living life instead of just passing the days.

Once you get out here, time flies by, the money is good, and you'll make lots of memories through your experiences many can only read about.

Sound like something you could accomplish?

James C.'s Comment
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I really appreciate all the replies and reinforcement. I've settled on Roehl...the school in Georgia is just a 3 hour drive, and I like all the options they put on the table. I also like the big red trucks! I've been watching trucking videos online and reading blogs I just gotta kick myself in the butt and make that first leap forward...

Rob D.'s Comment
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Some days suck, but most days don't.


I'd say Knight should make Packrat Vice-President of marketing.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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Greetings James!

I’ve found the High Road training program here to be exceptional. I’m planning to go out of state for training and had to obtain my permit first. The training really helped!

Good luck!


Bruce K.'s Comment
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You can't go wrong with Roehl, as long as you can pronounce the name correctly. Solid company, solid training, lot's of help and guidance for new drivers. Of course, it's a Wisconsin company, so it would be to your advantage to be a Green Bay Packer fan if you aren't already. Lol. Go Packers!

James C.'s Comment
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Welp, I completed the application online with Roehl. Gonna study up for the CLP on my next few days off. I think I really want this new life, this new purpose.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

PJ's Comment
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James congrats on your first step. If your not already working with a recruiter at Roehl, ask for Kim Calhoun. She is straightforward and awesome. We look forward to following your journey


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Sean Z.'s Comment
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Millis would be my 1st option....GREAT company

Hey all, my name is James. Basically I am completely unsatisfied with my current life and lifestyle and I am seriously considering becoming a trucker.

As a little backstory, I come from a computer/IT background (don't we all??), but I never got an "official" IT degree...just a General Studies degree (even if it is a bachelor's, still feels worthless). I've never really had a good "career" job, with my current one being the closest, but I absolutely hate it. I'm Technical Support for a very large power/outdoor tool corporation, basically sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day attempting to help absolute idiots start their trimmers. I dread every single day, and I struggle to sleep at night because it means having to get up again and go to work in the morning. Ironically, I'm very introverted and I hate most people, and I hate talking on the job, eh?! I've been at it for a little over 2 years.

I've applied to many jobs in the IT field, and even different jobs within the company, but I can't seem to get anything different. I'm not good at "selling myself" or networking with people, and that seems to be the only thing that matters in today's society.

I'm 34, single, no kids, one old cat, and I love being alone. My parents live just 15 minutes away, but their presence isn't chaining me down (I don't think...). I've very mechanically minded, and a great driver (literally no tickets since I've started driving). I also have a love for cars and engines and love working on my own. I've thought about being a mechanic, but it seems like there are still barriers there for someone who can't afford any more school and no the pay seems like crap. So my mom told me one day "why don't you be a truck driver?" and of course I scoffed at first (knowing only of the stereotypes), but after more research, it really does seem like a lifestyle that would fit me.

I spend most of my off time on my computer, gaming and whatnot, which apparently wouldn't even be an issue driving OTR with all the advanced wireless technology we have now, so I wouldn't miss my creature comforts.

So I filled my information out on here to get Paid CDL Training, and narrowed it down to 4 options. I live in Belton, SC (its in the upstate near Greenville). So my choices are TMC, Roehl, Millis, or PAM via Driver Solutions. The first three would require me to travel 2-3 hours out of state for training (which is intimidating to me), but the fourth solution may have training in Greenville (I'm not sure, the website says it would find a school near me and I haven't filled out the application yet).

As much as I hate my currently life and want out of it...I'm still so hesitant to start the process. I guess it just fear of breaking my current routine, no matter how agonizing it is. I need some advice that will push me over the edge!


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.


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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