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Joseph L.'s Comment
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I've been reading these forums all day. I feel like I am both more firm in my decision to get my CDL and more petrified by it.

ATM I'm looking between quiting a job I make about 35 a year from and top tier will vent me 40.

I see two options first try and get a student loan and try for my CDL A through a local school on nights/weekend. Or join a company willing to train me.

I see plenty of local job requiring my class A CDL and it doesn't say anything about experience. So I might be able to get those.

But I've seen multiple times stated here that most of those companies would want experienced drivers only.

Which brings me to options two. Right now I'm looking at possibly 12 month contract with CFI. Which would get me that experience. But take me away from my family and risk going from stable job to no job if I fail.

So I'm honestly at a loss of which path to take. I know this is kind of rambling but like I said at the moment I'm at a loss.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi.... Then don't fail. Make a commitment and get it done. I am a woman who started at 41 years old. I did it... You can too.

Local can be tough so even if you find one who will take you which is rare due to insurance costs....it could be very difficult.

Check out my video Should Rookies Go Local?

Dan F.'s Comment
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You either make this decision to be successful and do it 100% or you don’t do it. You’ll easily make over $40,000 your first year if you’re willing to put in the work even at a beginners company.

You need to decide if you’re going to stick it out, and if so commit for at least 15 months. That will clear you have pretty much any contract with a company that trained you.

The hard part won’t be getting your CDL , it’s adjusting to a new lifestyle.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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By going to Paid CDL Training Programs like CFI, the company has a vested interest in your success.

Leave your current job on good terms in case you hate trucking.

Trucking gets in your blood.

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.
tripletdad's Comment
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I was in your same position. I had a job that paid me a six figure income, but it was mind numbing, and I hated every minute I was there and half of my weekend because I knew I had to go back the next day. It was a long process, but eventually my wife and I decided it was best for me to go to truck driving school. I am now in my last week of school, left my job on somewhat good terms, and have as job with the company in training with lined up. I have no regrets other than that I should have done this long ago. If trucking is something you’ll like, in fighter funding a company that will train you and prepare to go OTR for a bit. Good luck

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.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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Hi.... Then don't fail. Make a commitment and get it done. I am a woman who started at 41 years old. I did it... You can too.

Local can be tough so even if you find one who will take you which is rare due to insurance costs....it could be very difficult.

Check out my video Should Rookies Go Local?

Thanks. It's just alot more then expected and a big risk.My uncle ran OTR for years. (Always joked he should have gone for ice roads up in Canada)

I've actually looking at prime and swift as well. Read on another post to look around first. So checking what best for as I'm assuming I will spend the next two years their. (Many of the jobs I've been looking at the require CDL have two years listed.

Currently reading my Pay CDL A handbook trying to get ready for my permit. Going for my hazardous, Tank, and Double/triple. I want to be open to haul anything. Also looking at the possibility of dealing with the shale plants in my area

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.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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While I'm asking questions what are opinion on team vs solo. If I got the Prime route they are willing to team you up after 30 thousand miles

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