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Dreamer's Comment
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I am wanting to get my CDL but have a lot of questions and concerns. I am 39 and a mother of 2 16 year olds and a 19 year that is handicapped and have not worked for over 11 years. I got my business license 4 years ago and I manage my daughters home health.(timesheets, hiring and firing, all the paperwork except for payroll). But dont make any money from it. My husband has agreed to stay at home with the kids since his health wont allow him to do this right now himself. I know I want to go with a company that trains and will give me a job right off the back. So I guess my question and concerns are this. 1. Which company is the best to go with as far as best training but fastest in and out of schooling? 2. Which has the best benefits over all? 3. Would it be possible to take my handicap daughter with me after I go solo? I have wanted to drive a truck since I was 16 and I know I can do the job and I have a lot of support and engorgement but I am nervous about leaving my kids. Any and all help and information is welcomed and 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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I feel Prime has the best training because you're out there getting real world experience but their program is definitely not short. Most of the major carriers school will be the same. Roughly 4 weeks of school and a few weeks with a trainer. We believe that the name on the side of the door doesn't matter. Use this link to Apply For Paid CDL Training. After you receive offers then figure out which is best for you. Dont waste your time comparing companies right now, I can assure you some companies at the top of your list won't offer you a spot for a variety of reasons. It could range from not having been employed (in their view) or where you live among many other things which they wont tell you. Many times a company will accept letters to prove what you were doing in that time. In your case : school and caring for a handicapped family member.

You do not need to answer this if you do not please but atleast think about it. Does your daughter require constant care? There will be days you're required to drive 10 hours where you may not be able to pull off every hour or so to provide care, or other days you may sit at a shipper/receiver for 10 hours. Also, does she frequently require medical care? Companies try to get you home on time but sometimes things happen where you're late a couple days or maybe even a week.

Please keep us updated on your journey.

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Donna M.'s Comment
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I think not having a work history Is gonna be a big hurdle. At prime it’s a big deal.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Why doesn’t mother and homemaker count as work experience?

Steve L.'s Comment
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With the experience you do have (managing processes) it seems a more conventional job would allow you to still care for your family’s needs.

I get the dream and desire and I may be misunderstanding your post. But I’m reading; a disabled child, cared for by a parent with their own health issues, while you are on the road. What stress will that cause you? Is it worth it?

As for taking your handicapped daughter on the road, I doubt it would be a good idea.

Every day people overcome incredible obstacles and prove conventional wisdom wrong. Maybe you are that person.

😊

Donna M.'s Comment
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Why doesn’t mother and homemaker count as work experience?

I totally understand what you’re saying I have 6 children. However prime is gonna require w-2’s for a least 3 years. Unless she paid herself a salary and filed taxes, it’s gonna be a hurdle!

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