Any Good,reasonable CDL Schools In South Florida?

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Big A$$ T.'s Comment
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I was looking at Sheridan but they don't have anything available till January 2020. I would like smth reasonable (around $2,000 ), quick (I would like to get my license by the end of the year. Hopefully that's achievable). And most importantly I would like to gain actual knowledge, not just get the license. I don't want to sign up with a company and trying to avoid schools that care only about taking your money. If you know any of those, please share so I can avoid them Thanks and have a great day!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Best path is any company on this list...Paid CDL Training Programs.

Private CDL Schools take your money, have poorly maintained equipment to learn on, and DO NOT have any vested interest in your success...ZERO. I cannot recommend any of them regardless of your geography.

I suggest taking the time to study these links...

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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B.A. T has an important desire

And most importantly I would like to gain actual knowledge, not just get the license.

The usual path for a new driver is to get the permit (multiple choice test at the DMV , with medical card), go to school to learn what is needed to pass the CDL skills & road tests only, get a job, then the company will put you with a road trainer and you will spend several weeks with them learning the "actual knowledge" you want. In That Order. Just so you know....

Also, to add a bit to G-Town's answer, your location, beyond being within a company's hiring area*, is immaterial. They will fly/bus you from your place to theirs, put you up in a hotel, and you'll get your schooling.

*Companies mostly hire from their own operations areas - "Northwest Trucking" in Yakima, WA, might not be interested in Floridians.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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Over on the General Board you asked an O/O question about insurance under your own authority. Here, you ask about CDL school.

What is your status?

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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.
Old School's Comment
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I don't want to sign up with a company and trying to avoid schools that care only about taking your money.

It seems you're out of options.

Now you've got to realize how your approach to this is all wrong. You don't want to make a measly one year commitment to a company who is going to completely get behind you financially and take a huge risk in hiring you. Let's see what you have to offer them...

Dang it, I can't come up with one thing except you want to give this a try. It's not looking good!

Oh wait a minute! You are willing to commit to being an owner/operator in a business that's experiencing unusually high numbers of failures right now. That makes a lot of sense doesn't it?

Big T, forgive me. I'm being sarcastic just to make you think a little bit. You've got the cart way out ahead of the horse - that never works!

You need to commit to a training contract like G-Town suggested. You need that year just to begin grasping the basic understanding of how to operate in a way that is productive and safe.

Why don't you look into Cypress Truck Line?

They are a Florida based flatbed operation who will provide training with a commitment from you.

Big A$$ T.'s Comment
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What is your status?

I'm trying to get a CDL and my own Authority

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Your approach is guaranteed to fail.

Just because you have a CDL does not make you a truck driver. Bare bones skills. Considering there will be no road training in your future even worse...you will make a ton of mistakes...

And then with zero experience or knowledge of this business your going to be an O/O? Learning on you dime. This is a performance based business. Your “performance” will be fair to poor the first few months.

Wow!!!

Seriously? Do you have any idea how to succeed in this business? Have you ever run a commodity services business with an average operating ratio of mid to upper 90s?

Please share your plan...

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.
Big A$$ T.'s Comment
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Gee, I asked a simple question and all the hyenas came out!  Lol   I didn't really want to tell you my life story but I actually own few businesses for 10+ years now, including a towing company and a car dealership. Already have a great tow/hauling truck that would be perfect for a hotshot. That's what I'm aiming for... It's not all semis out there...relax.   Even if I did want to get into semis, I don't see what's the problem?! We all have to start somewhere, don't we? Y'all act like you were born behind the wheel and know everything

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big A$$ T.'s Comment
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That's another reason why I don't want to get my CDL thru a company. Yes, I understand that's a great option for someone who wants to get a CDL (and a job, carrier) and doesn't have the money for school, etc.. but we are not on the same boat here. Between my towing company, dealership and a few other things that I do, I'm doing pretty well. As I'd like to say I'm 5'11" but when I sit on my wallet - I'm 11'5"! So I definitely don't want to be working for someone else making 31 cents per mile !! You feel me? And be tied up with an year or two contract. Hell to the mutha trucker no!   I don't know why you keep pushing that option?! It's definitely NOT the only way to get a CDL... Kickbacks, bonuses, free advertising?..I would never know I guess...

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I don't know why you keep pushing that option?! It's definitely NOT the only way to get a CDL... Kickbacks, bonuses, free advertising?..I would never know I guess...

We teach best practices - that's all there is to it.

I'm really glad you've got that fat wallet. It might help you - we sure haven't been able to. smile.gif

You're the one asking the questions Big T. You obviously don't have the answers. We tried. There's always a few know it alls that we just can't help.

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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