Can Short Ladies Be Truckers?

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Dorian A.'s Comment
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This may sound funny, but i seriously want to become a trucker & am about to enroll in a school; but I am only 5' 2" tall, and while I have no experience in a big rig, I have driven Uhaul trucks and at times found it difficult to reach the pedals, or I have to sit at very edge of seat in order to reach pedals. SO, my question is: Can short ladies work these big trucks or is it really not for short people??? Maybe they make supports for short people to help? :D Thanks for any response.

RedGator's Comment
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Im 5'1 and have been trucking for over a year so yes ma'am! It does present certain challenges in my new truck a KW T660 because the dash is so high and I have to drop the seat to reach the pedals thus making it difficult to see alot directly in fronr of my truck but I manage:) Welcome! Any questions just ask.

Dorian A.'s Comment
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Very Cool! Thank you so much for your response RedGator!

Starcar's Comment
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Yeah...the trucks are usually pretty easy to adjust for those of us that are vertically challenged....so keep on headin' down that road, chasin' that dream !!! We'll help you all we can !!!!

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Dorian A.'s Comment
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Thank you Starcar! I appreciate you taking the time to answer. I look forward to this new adventure!

Brinda C.'s Comment
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I AM 5' WITH MY SHOES ON LOL I HAVE MY CDL AND WILL BE JOINING A COMPANY SOON (WHEN I CAN FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE TO GO WITH) AND I FINISH SCHOOL. SO YES YOU CAN DO IT IF I CAN.

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.
RedGator's Comment
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I AM 5' WITH MY SHOES ON LOL I HAVE MY CDL AND WILL BE JOINING A COMPANY SOON (WHEN I CAN FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE TO GO WITH) AND I FINISH SCHOOL. SO YES YOU CAN DO IT IF I CAN.

Come to WEL Companies in DePere, WI and ill be your trainer:)

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.
Dorian A.'s Comment
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I AM 5' WITH MY SHOES ON LOL I HAVE MY CDL AND WILL BE JOINING A COMPANY SOON (WHEN I CAN FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE TO GO WITH) AND I FINISH SCHOOL. SO YES YOU CAN DO IT IF I CAN.

thank-you.gif , Brinda! Wow, I am feeling much better about being short now with all these positive responses! Yay!

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.
Brinda C.'s Comment
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Hi Dorian I recently was able to drive a newer truck, the school I go to have older ones and I was nervous about reaching the pedals but I drove a new truck and I was great to sit in the seat and be able to sit comfortable like you belong there so don't worry about being to short you will do fine. Stay safe and enjoy your new career. I am going to I will be off to orientation at the end of the month.

Dorian A.'s Comment
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Hi Dorian I recently was able to drive a newer truck, the school I go to have older ones and I was nervous about reaching the pedals but I drove a new truck and I was great to sit in the seat and be able to sit comfortable like you belong there so don't worry about being to short you will do fine. Stay safe and enjoy your new career. I am going to I will be off to orientation at the end of the month.

Oh, very cool, Brinda, Thanks! So, I take it the newer trucks are a bit more accommodating- that is great news. I am in a holding pattern with Roadmaster in Orlando, FL waiting to see if I get the pre-hire acceptance from Werner. (I have some stuff on my record back about 15 to 20 years I'm a bit concerned about.) I noticed on the Werner site they claim to have a great fleet of trucks about 2 and a half years old -- so maybe they will be better for me than older trucks some companies might have. Every bit of information I get is being logged into my brain, and I appreciate every bit!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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