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I agree. I would without reservation, recommend CFI's CDL school in Joplin MO. In my experience, CFI's CDL training was great, both during school at Crowder College in Joplin, MO, and during my time OTR with the trainer. The training cost (not to mention the rooms and the very good quality all you can eat cafeteria meals included in the total cost) is LOW. One caveat; I heard CFI recently went to 3 weeks and are using automatics during training now. If so, that would be a shame. The 4 weeks training I experienced in Joplin was just enough to get me competent to actually drive a tractor-trailer safely, and not having an automatic-only restriction is a bonus. Maybe a very recent grad can confirm or deny if this is true? Although I left CFI after a couple months, that is no reflection on CFI whatsoever as a training company. If I have anything I hated about my experience at CFI, it would be that damn horrible experience I had traveling on Greyhound to get from Ohio to Joplin and back during training. I am not exaggerating when I state that was an absolute freaking nightmare! Not the actual traveling on the bus, but Greyhounds terrible logistics and performance as a carrier. Waiting 12 hours in St. Louis, 9 hours in Joplin, 10 in Columbus, OH. All due to Greyhounds screw ups. If you can afford doing so in any way, rent a car or car-pool!

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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.


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.

Deidre F.'s Comment
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Lol Don if I had to ride a greyhound bus from GA to anywhere I don't think I'd be the same person ever again 😂😂. Next... So I've got my game plan down. I can't afford a local school so it'll be the alternative. I'm doing my permit test in the next week. I actually can't financially shoot for a class starting date til beginning of April. I've narrowed down all the companies I want to apply to, now it's just a waiting time frame to submit arrrrgh.😳😂 My apt lease is up at end of March thank goodness. Y'all have ALL been wonderful. If y'all have anymore suggestions keep 'em comin'!!


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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