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Country boy's Comment
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In Florida you don't have to pay to take any of the written tests, if you pass the first time. Only pay for the endorsements and background check and finger prints.

Train Wreck's Comment
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I completely agree it wouldn't be wasteful, I do plan on getting my doubles/triples and hazmat for sure, I'm just strapped for cash and I'm on a time crunch as well. I have to be at orientation in less that a week and from what I understand it could be a very long bus ride so I may end up having to leave this Saturday, I really dont want to bus in, I'd rather fly,but that's an entirely different story haha! I appreciate all the feedback from everyone, more than you can imagine!

It's safe to say I will probably be asking a ton more questions and going through forums in the next few weeks/months once everything starts bombarding me, thanks again everyone! This new driver appreciates it a lot!

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If he's light on funds why waste $100+ on something that might not be needed? Just remember it can take 30 days ( mine took less than a week back in August) for TSA approval to come in.

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I would say our views express the difference between getting by in the short-term or building a career for the long term.

You're thinking short-term; do the bare minimum to get by. I get that. Sometimes we're seriously strapped for cash or in a time crunch so we have to make sacrifices. Unfortunately, every time you sacrifice the long term to appease the short term, you make things more difficult later on. People who live that way do what I call, "bouncing along the bottom" or "returning to zero" because they get nowhere in life. They're building nothing for the future, they're just surviving for now.

Building a career (or any part of your life) for the long-term means making sacrifices in the short term to make things better down the road. If you live that way consistently things will keep getting better for you. You will build a resume that keeps getting better and finances that keep getting stronger.

He wouldn't be wasting $100. He would be investing in himself by increasing the number of available opportunities in a career where he has the potential to make over $50,000 in his first year and $75,000 by the end of his third year.

Look at the risk/reward ratio. In the grand scheme of things, how much does he stand to gain versus how much does he stand to lose? He might make an extra $10,000/year with that endorsement, or he might lose $100 if he doesn't use it at all. Do you really want to save $100 at the risk of limiting your career and costing yourself thousands?

Investing in yourself is the best money you can spend. Anything you can do to make yourself better will pay off in some way down the road.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's safe to say I will probably be asking a ton more questions and going through forums in the next few weeks/months once everything starts bombarding me

We certainly hope so!

There will be plenty of situations in the coming months that you'll be unsure how to handle. That's true for everyone. Please make it a point to ask us for advice before making any career-changing decisions. It's heartbreaking when someone shows up and says, "Well, I got in a huge fight with my trainer and my dispatcher wouldn't let me get a new trainer so I quit. Now I'm sitting home without a job. What should I do?"

Panic! That's what you should do. You just tossed your career in the trash.

So anytime you're facing a tough situation let us know. We'll be happy to help. That's what we're here for.

Dispatcher:

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.
Country boy's Comment
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What company? Trainwreck

PackRat's Comment
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What company? Trainwreck

Total Transportation of Mississippi.

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