Unemployed Again, And Tired...

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TenJed_77's Comment
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Hello all! I'm 50 years old and unemployed, again, and tired of being so. For the last 20 years or so I've been in the IT field, sadly it has become harder and harder to find a job that pays what it is supposed to. Or at least what it did. Maybe it's because I'm 50? Well, whatever the reason I've been contemplating the idea of getting my CDL and changing careers. I know what a lot of the truckers life can entail as my brother has been a driver for over 20 years. I'm using this sites study program for CDL preparation currently while gathering information about which CDL program will best fit my needs. Any tips, ideas, or advice is definitely welcome.

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.
Moe's Comment
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"https://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-3738/private-schooling-versus-company-sponsored-training-the-basic-differences"

" https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Category-Diaries/Page-1"

Moe's Comment
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Sorry that last reply didnt come out right.

This site has slot of resources you will find useful, we reccomend Company paid CDL training versus private school training.

I just went through a long saga with a private school and could have saved myself alot of money and pain by following the advice on this website. Listen to these guys and gals on here, there are companies that will help you obtain your CDL and then get you started in your career right out the gate. That is what you want, private schooling is hit or miss

Check out the paid CDL training articles on this site, will save you alot of headache

"https://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-3738/private-schooling-versus-company-sponsored-training-the-basic-differences"

" https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Category-Diaries/Page-1"

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Marc Lee's Comment
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Former and older IT Pro.

You came to the right place!

Keep an open mind and an ooen heart.

There is life after IT!

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G-Town's Comment
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I was in my 50s when I got my CDL , turning 61 in March. Many of us on the forum started trucking later in life.

I suggest investing quality time with these links...

Good luck.

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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