Brand New CDL.............TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mike C.'s Comment
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I joined the forum a couple/few years ago because for many years I've wanted to be an OTR trucker. I joined and now and then participated because the forum is friendly and helpful.

Today, I passed the state tests here in Florida and earned my CDL. My backing skills required alot of help and the instructors at Tampa Driving School saw to it that I recieved the help I needed and on my 3rd try, I passed..........PTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Havent slept for weeks tossing and turning scared that I would not pass. So, I'm happy as a pig in poop and have my CDL which I've wanted for 30/40 years (But it wasn't called a CDL back then I dont believe).

At 75 years and retired (kinda) it's a lifelong dream come true for me.

Now and then I'd like to stop and ask stupid questions.

I like this forum because it is friendly and helpful and while asking really dumb questions I dont think I'll get beat up so bad here.

Passing the tests today was a GI-GAN-TIC relief.

I'm looking forward to visting here now and then


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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Way to go! Where are you planning on beginning your career? Don't be a stranger. We have many people stop by asking if it's possible to get started later in life and you're proof it can be done. Great job!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Mike C.'s Comment
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Big Scott, I start with Trans Am And, Thanks for the Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob I gotta tell ya I flunked the state twice with backing up. This morning before testing I was a mental vacuum...........major loss of brain cells. It all worked out but only because of very dedicated and sincere help from some very good an caring instructors.

I was by far the oldest person in the school There is no reason what so ever someone in advanced years cannot do the job. As I've mentioned this is a long time comming for me. I've wanted to do this for years and told my family that my "retirement" was OTR which they all supported because my employment for many-many-many (that's three "many's"...long time) years included alot of travel. I traveled alot, a whole lot. Sitting home just aint for me and my family knew that. My guess is there's plenty of people of the same mindset that are not youngsters anymore.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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Passing the tests today was a GI-GAN-TIC relief.

Congratulations sir!

I started this as a second career at 53. The company that hired me hired another gentleman that same day who was 73! I've since then met several drivers in their 80's!

If you're interested, here's a link to a conversation about the time I met one of those guys in their 80's.

Trucking For The Long Haul

I wish the best for you! Hang around here with us. I'm sure we're going to be able to help you out as you get started.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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That's some fantastic news, Mike!


Wild-Bill's Comment
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Congratulations!!! 🎉


Mike C.'s Comment
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Thanks Guys

Old School, Thanks for the link You bet, I'd like to visit it and as far as the help is concerned.......No one needs it more than me, that I promise you and I sincerely appreciate the very welcome and warm atmosphere this forum offers. In my past life/employment, I did as was part of my job, spend alot of time on forums and found some to be very nice place to participate and others (regretably) perhaps not so nice. Going back a few years I found this site and it struck me as a very good place to be for information and being welcomed. So, here it is, a few years later, and here I am as a FNG trucker.

I'll have plenty of questions.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Wow. Congratulations Mike! Stay safe and hope to meet you at the Trucking Truth banquet next year!

Ashley M.'s Comment
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Congrats!!! When I do pull the trigger I plan to go to Tampa Driving School as well.

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