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TxTruckerGirl's Comment
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Guess this is my intro lol. As this virus took a hold of my state/county, they deemed us to be essential (beauty field) and to close. I decided I didn't want anyone to be in control of my earning potential and the I didn't like the fact that I had been placed in a position to make no income. I decided to get my CDL and drive. I worked hard to get my permit, talked with a couple companies and settled on Prime. I'm suppose to leave tomorrow to drive to MO for training Monday. Andddddddddd the 2nd guesses start. While I know this will help financially & set my family to be in a good space, I think I've figured a way to work this & my business. School got put on a back burner because my will to provide for my family took a big position up front. But I have to leave my kids, my newly 18 yr old and a 14 yr old, I'm a single parent...they claim they will be ok. It's getting real and I think I'm starting to panic for the unknown. Am I making the right decision. Was this decision really best or did I jump to this conclusion because my friends are truckers. Will I be ok waking in the middle of the night & having to run across the parking lot to the building because I have to pee really bad. On the other hand, I look at it as I have to make it through training & 9 months and then I can look for a local position and be set in a very well enough position to really do trucking & my business and reap all the benefits. That's not a long time in the grand scheme of things. At the end of the day, I know I'll leave here tomorrow and go to Missouri, but it still doesn't stop the doubts. What if I get to the hotel tomorrow & I miss my kids and I say F this and go back home.

Well...hello to all yall & nice to meet ya lol.


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.
Old School's Comment
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Hey TxTruckerGirl, nobody starts this without second guessing themselves. I think you already realize it's not going to be easy. We talk about Commitment a lot in here. You will have to commit to this if you make it work. There's going to be days where you just want to park that truck and go home. You need to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for that. It's going to hit you hard at times.

Keep your eyes on the prize. Never allow the "tyranny of urgency" to push you into a rash decision. Make a plan, commit to it, and stay the course. You're obviously a courageous girl. Courage is a great trait! Don't betray it.

Guy B.'s Comment
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Honest assessment of a big leap, and great to see from other posts you're out there churning out the miles!

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