Need An Advice. New Cdl A.

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Rekcurt9291 R.'s Comment
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My frustration continues... I recently got my cdl A license 2 months ago. I started with this company a month ago. I am driving ram4500 gvwr 16500lbs and with a trailer 15500 lbs gvwr. I am transporting equipments up to 8000lbs. Am i using my Cdl to this job and getting paid 13 an hour. Do you think that this is fair?

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.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

PackRat's Comment
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What's the job? Local? Company equipment? Hauling only, or additionally loading and unloading?

I would not drive for such a low amount. New drivers can make more than that driving regional , OTR , or local in a Class 7 or Class 8.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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That depends on the rates in your area. You are a brand new driver, how soon are you eligible for a raise? Why did you take the job if you didn't think it was a fair wage?

Errol V.'s Comment
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A rule of thumb for trip planning is to use an average speed of 50 MPH to gauge your time. So, your $13/hour averages out to 26 cents per mile. But there really is a lot more to this: wait time for anything, other non-driving duties like loading/securing the load, etc.

Rekcurt9291 R.'s Comment
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What's the job? Local? Company equipment? Hauling only, or additionally loading and unloading?

I would not drive for such a low amount. New drivers can make more than that driving regional , OTR , or local in a Class 7 or Class 8.

Local. Im from Hawaii. I load and unload. This company i work has a contract with this rental company and we do the hauling. Those guys from same cdl class said they started 18 while getting trained. They drive tractor trailer pulling containers for food industries.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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As expensive as everything there is, if I were you, I'd be headed over to the mainland here in the lower 48.

I cannot think of any carrier that starts that low if you already have a CDL. Some companies do not pay their students until then, and some do pay while you are training.

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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