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Kristin Z.'s Comment
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Hello there,

I'm happy to found this forum and hope to get some advices/help. I have a class A with X endorsement, however I don't have experience yet. ( My previous experiences are with non-cdl straight trucks and car/enclosed trailers.) I'm a single mom of a 7y old. I'm looking for a company who allows my child with me even while I'm on a training. I know this is not easy, but I try not to lose my hope :-). I did speak with some companies who would provide paid training and when training completed, my child can ride with me. However, this is not an option for me. Thank you for taking your time to read it, all advices are truly appreciated.

Sincerely, Kristin


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.
Navypoppop's Comment
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Kristin, I do not think that you will find a company out there that will allow you to take your child while in training. Do you have a family member or close friend to help you out while training? If you have already found some companies that will allow you to take your 7 year old with you after training I would really be serious to find someone to help you so you can pursue your dream and career. Good luck to you and hopefully all will be OK.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is gonna sound mean, but I wouldn't want a child with any new driver. I have been out here long enough to have seen serious wrecks and rollovers.

It sounds like a nice dream, but many companies wont allow a child that young even after you upgrade. I know of none that would.allow it during training. I am not allowed to train students with my cat on board because of distractions. With the child crying or "Mom, but"

Not to mention, where would he sleep while parked? with you on the top.bunk and all of your clothes? and the trainer in the bottom bunk?

Do you realize you will be driving 10 hours a day without often stopping for restrooms? if he sleeps when you are driving, then what about when you are sleeping?

you have some serious thinking to do. we do not have schedules and that could be horrible for a child.

good luck

PackRat's Comment
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Also, there are places we go to for shipping and receiving that will not allow any children. Some won't allow any passenger in the facility, only the driver.

No way you're going to be able to bring a 7 year old along. Insurance won't allow it and way too much of a distraction. How long would it take for a child that young to get bored riding? "Are we there, yet?"

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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We are often in the middle of nowhere too. Think about being 100 miles away from a hospital. Kids fall and get stitches and banged up. And where would he run and play? some rest areas are nice with open spaces and even OK and MO have playgrounds, but most are dingy bathrooms only and very dark.

The chances of an accident only are really high.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Donna M.'s Comment
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Did u read the article last week five year old girl killed.. she was asleep in the bunk, car cut her mom off, she was driving flat bed with some type metal came through cab . I have 6 children and 8 grands and not one of mine are going out here. Things happens and fast u won’t have time to protect your child. Driving with a distracted driving! What about school? U don’t think your gonna home school on a truck? This is a job, and life style that isn’t for some adults much less a child. We drive, sit at shippers/ receivers, eat , shower and get what sleep we can.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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