Work For A Person I Know Local To Me And Learn To Drive Or Go To A School?

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Shaun G.'s Comment
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Not sure what to do i have a "somewhat friend" that owns a expediting company and really wants me to work for him. I have a CDL permit he is wanting to teach me the ropes. Should I go with it or just go to a school then try his plan later? I'm sorta nervous either way. Please no bias opinions. Thanks for reading and hope to get many answers.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Go to a school, you will need a certificate for completing 160 hours of schooling. Without the certificate it will be hard for him to get insurance to cover you and no trucking company will hire you either.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Go with a company sponsored school, do a year to satisfy your contract with them and also gain overall general knowledge. I drove team from 88 to 93, got off the road to follow my husband as he worked on cattle ranches until he suffered two Traumatic Brain Injuries 45 hrs apart. For the next 18 yrs I took care of him.

When I needed to find work, my brother suggested I go to an independent school and get a job. I went with Sage as the couple that hired me, said NOT to go to any company schools (Swift, England, etc) but to Sage. I'm coming up on 6 yrs, mostly solo, and wished I had the company school training. My learning has been thru the school of hard knocks and with even minor incidents that can be written up as preventable, I was fortunate to be driving after 1.5 yrs. The husband and wife couple have CDLs. While she very seldom talked about her driving, he bragged about his all the time. A number of things he told me (as training/Safety) were just plain wrong. I didn't realize the info was wrong til I changed to a new company. Hindsight is 20/20, so really think on this.

Laura

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.
PJ's Comment
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Shaun your friends plan is outdated. There was a time that would have worked, but not today. Insurance companies drive things today. Your friend will find that out when he tries to insure you.

Go to a company sponsored school, get on and pay your dues. After you get 2 years exp. he will be able to hire you and you can go from there.

These days there are no shortcuts, like the old days.

PackRat's Comment
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Not to mention all the benefits such as taxes, medical, workers comp., 401K that you're "somewhat friend" I'm betting will not offer.

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