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Michael T.'s Comment
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Take it easy, my friend; it was an honest question.. I really need to know if he misrepresented their program before I make my move.

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Soooo, would you be implying that I was lied to by the Maverick recruiter who said they would be more than willing to take a person who obtained their CDL on their own?

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You will be looked at by insurance companies as the ultimate, high-risk liability, and therefore not employable.

Insurance rates are doing nothing except rising in this industry. The only way to enter into this profession is going to be through professional schooling, with a certificate gained at the successful completion.

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I'm not implying anything, and I'm not here to play word games with anyone that asks for answers, yet holds back pertinent information from the onset.

Once again, nobody is going to allow you to jump in their truck and tool around the area for a few weeks, while you "brush up on the ole driving skills". That is what company training, or a private school curriculum is for.

You asked for advice, then recieved advice from actual drivers. Do what you want with that factual information.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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“ who obtained their CDL on their own?”

That statement could be in reference to someone who went to private school, which you don’t want to do.

Please forgive me, but when you start throwing around words like misrepresenting, it sounds like you’re more interested in legal aspects than truck driving.

You started off with what you WON’T do. That’s not good in ANY job search.

What you’re asking for might be found by talking to drivers at a local construction site, while they’re dumping dirt or gravel. Or the local paper mill scale scale line. For OTR , Professional Truck Driving careers, The education materials and advice here at Trucking Truth is second to none.

Good luck.

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.

OTR:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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