Need Some Advice

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Brian E.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, sorry for the vague subject line. I need some advice that I'm hoping can help me. I just joined the site yesterday, have no driving experience yet. I'm studying to take the CDL permit. A little more about me, I am 50 years old, been a manager in healthcare for last 15 years and in the business since 1998. I'm done, I need a new focus and career change. I have always wanted to be a truck driver. Everyone I speak to says no, don't do it. First thing you really need to know about me is I don't care what others think. Here is my dilemma, Money......... Let me say this upfront before any of you comment on it. I realize going in the money will be way different. I know I will have to make lifestyle changes. Can I say trucking is my dream? Can a 50 y/o (not in the best shape), but nothing too wrong with me start being a trucker? I am thinking of a school sponsored CDL program (thinking Wilson Logistics). Right now i am in northern CA and they have an I-5 corridor route I'd like to get after training. Now, in about 2-3 years I plan on moving to Tennessee, would this still be a good company? Any insight or knowledge would be appreciated.

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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Well, Brian, we can get you some information for you to chew on. Here's our "starting kit":

Read these tings. Also, the High road training program will go a long way in getting you past the CDL permit test.

As for the school, many companies will help you with their own Paid CDL Training Programs. All you need is a 12 month commitment and you'll pay it off. Get into these things, and come back with more questions.

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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