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Greg C.'s Comment
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Hello. My name is Greg. My wife (Sara) and I are approaching becoming empty nesters soon. Becoming a driving team is something we’ve been talking about for a while, but have put on hold to raise our daughters together at home. With our last one heading out on her own in the not too distant future, my wife and I are starting to educate ourselves more and start putting a plan together for when the time comes. Both of us are very much on board with doing this together. We’re both excited and look forward to actually hitting the road together. We just wanted to say hi and introduce ourselves. We both have some questions which we’ll ask on separate posts. We're both glad to be here and look forward to getting to know some of you. Thanks.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Welcome Greg and Sara! There's a lot of good information here to help you get started.

Many people aren't cutout for teaming, but personally I enjoyed it although my backing skills did suffer a bit during that time that my other half and I teamed.

The biggie is, let's say you both go through a company sponsored school and are each under contract, then one doesn't pass. Just something to consider in not getting started at the same place/same time. There was at least one couple on here that happened to.

There's so much to consider in your situation. Would a company train you together or separately. What would your plan be if one didn't pass, or if later one of you got injured or suffered a serious illness and couldn't drive temporarily or even permanently and you were contracted to a team only company. Those are things that you really need to discuss with each other before you actually get started. Hopefully none of those things ever happens, but you never know what the next day has in store.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome!

Invest some quality time in these links:

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hello Greg and Sara! You have come to the right place. Personally, I have benefited immensely by being on this forum. You will find sound guidance and advice here. All the experienced drivers will give you trustworthy info.

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