Am I Making A Good Choice ?

Topic 27010 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Sandra S.'s Comment
member avatar

My husband was a truck driver for years until he had heart surgery. His disability checks aren't enough to make ends meet. He told me to get in a truck but he didn't think I would get a seat in class. Work Force paid for my tuition and physical and class starts tomorrow. Now I am having serious doubts about whether I can do this. I'm 59 years old and don't even know how to drive a standard pickup let alone a big rig.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
member avatar

Hay, Sandra....sorry it took so long for a reply; unfortunately the 'ladies' section of the forum doesn't get much attention. I apologize we didn't see this sooner.

Are you currently in school? No reason why a woman can't drive a big rig; none whatsoever. My husband taught me, many years ago. Granted, I'll have to go to 'paid CDL training' myself if/when I make the quantum leap, but doable. I'm in my mid five'ohs myself.

Not being able to drive a manual car has no bearing whatsoever on shifting a big rig; some say that it's easier if you 'can't' shift a 4 wheeler before learning to shift a rig, anyway. Totally different transmission set up; one is NOT like the other....

Hope you stop back by and let us know how school is (or isn't?) going for you. Maybe Rainy (Kearsey) and/or Susan will stop by with more info; they are our veteran lady drivers in here.

Wish you the best; Anne

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
member avatar

Hi... sorry... OH storms had me tied up and a little rattled.

I never drove a manual before, but I do now!!! lol

most companies are switching to automatics anyway.

My concern for you is I am.assuming you are intending on driving locally? Do you understand the hours involved? and the risks of driving local roads?

there is a conversation going on in the Diaries section that may interest you.

Seriously Considering CDL A School/Training

It would probably be easier to go train OTR and bring your hubby with you when you go solo. Depending on his disability Local driving can be arduous for inexperienced drivers.

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.

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.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More