The Right Time To Jump In?

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Deezyl Geezer's Comment
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I'm looking to drive after retiring from my auto tech career. I hold a current CDL and have past experience. I'm not presuming that will count being ancient. Excellent work and background history. So the question is; what do you think of entering this profession as a 'new' driver considering the current state of affairs; virus, shut-downs, economy, etc. I would like to hear any pro's and con's! It would help me to move forward with a decision. Thanks!


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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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None of our current affairs should have much impact getting into driving..... But after months NOT driving your license is usually considered "stale"

Still freight out there needing moved no matter what, it take's trucks to get it delivered....

Deezyl Geezer's Comment
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Thanks Steve, I want to go in with a clean sheet and do not intend to promote that past experience. I follow the trucking related sites and such. I want 'boots on the ground' opinions.

PackRat's Comment
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I turned more miles last month than in May of 2019 or 2018.

Some sectors are slow, but I pull dry van with various contents. Lots of Walmart loads.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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