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The Fire Truck Guy's Comment
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Hey everyone, long time reader, first time poster. Don't I wish that more forums were run with the professionalism and respect that this one is.

From the time I was...say, 3 months old, until I was about 13, the ONLY thing I wanted to do in life was be a driver. The older I got and the closer that came to reality, my parents (with the best of intentions) steered me towards higher learning, the driving went by the wayside. Fast-forward some 30 years later, I'm a captain in a large metropolitan fire department, which means I rarely ever drive the engines and ladder trucks any longer, but it's where my heart is. I have two kids at home less than 10 years old, so OTR is (unfortunately) likely out of the question for me, but nevertheless, I'm excited to have finally started studying for my CDL and see what I can do with it.

Keep posting the great information and experiences everyone - you have no idea how much some of us appreciate it!

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.

Old School's Comment
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Don't I wish that more forums were run with the professionalism and respect that this one is.
Keep posting the great information and experiences everyone - you have no idea how much some of us appreciate it!

Thanks a lot for the kind compliments Fire Truck Guy!

We work hard at keeping it professional here. It's a challenge at times, but we want to produce a high quality product that genuinely helps people in their quest to become professional truck drivers. We are glad you introduced yourself today and hope you will stay in touch. Feel free to participate in our forum. It is a great way to learn and grasp the many things you need to help you along this journey.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, glad to have you. Now that you've come out of the shadows, join in some of the conversations.

Jammer a's Comment
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And thanks for all the help you’ve gotta Ben to others in your career and welcome to the forum

Hey everyone, long time reader, first time poster. Don't I wish that more forums were run with the professionalism and respect that this one is.

From the time I was...say, 3 months old, until I was about 13, the ONLY thing I wanted to do in life was be a driver. The older I got and the closer that came to reality, my parents (with the best of intentions) steered me towards higher learning, the driving went by the wayside. Fast-forward some 30 years later, I'm a captain in a large metropolitan fire department, which means I rarely ever drive the engines and ladder trucks any longer, but it's where my heart is. I have two kids at home less than 10 years old, so OTR is (unfortunately) likely out of the question for me, but nevertheless, I'm excited to have finally started studying for my CDL and see what I can do with it.

Keep posting the great information and experiences everyone - you have no idea how much some of us appreciate it!

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.

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