Career Change For A 50 Year Old Contractor, Committing To It.

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Davy A.'s Comment
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Got my med card. Taking the CLP test tomorrow at 11. I feel confident that Ill pass thanks to the High Road CDL Training Program. Schneider is apparently still an option as well. Either way, I have two weeks of work to complete before school or Prime.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Got my med card. Taking the CLP test tomorrow at 11. I feel confident that Ill pass thanks to the High Road CDL Training Program. Schneider is apparently still an option as well. Either way, I have two weeks of work to complete before school or Prime.

KUDOS!

Super excited for ya; been a long journey ALREADY!

Give 'em heck tmrw; you got this!

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~ Anne ~

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rev's Comment
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Enjoyed reading your journey. Hope the test went well! I started a 2nd career at 50 as well (turned 50 in December 2020) take my test in about 4 hours 😅

Got my med card. Taking the CLP test tomorrow at 11. I feel confident that Ill pass thanks to the High Road CDL Training Program. Schneider is apparently still an option as well. Either way, I have two weeks of work to complete before school or Prime.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Passed all and passed doubles/tripples as well as tanker endorsement.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Enjoyed reading your journey. Hope the test went well! I started a 2nd career at 50 as well (turned 50 in December 2020) take my test in about 4 hours 😅

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Got my med card. Taking the CLP test tomorrow at 11. I feel confident that Ill pass thanks to the High Road CDL Training Program. Schneider is apparently still an option as well. Either way, I have two weeks of work to complete before school or Prime.

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Thanks, you have inspired me too. I've been following your diary as well. Due to finances and commitments, like you did I'm choosing to do school and turion reimbursement. If I could do company paid I would but one must do what they must. I trust that God will provide and that things will work out.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Paid Prime my 100 for Orientation, planning to start their driver school on Monday the 22nd, waiting to hear back from my recruiter there, but as far as I know, its good to go.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Paid Prime my 100 for Orientation, planning to start their driver school on Monday the 22nd, waiting to hear back from my recruiter there, but as far as I know, its good to go.

Wish you well, Davy!

~ Anne ~

Old School's Comment
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I hope it all goes well for you!

Davy, I've been to enough trucking orientations to know it's not a "done deal" until they assign you your own truck and give you a set of keys. I'm super stoked for you getting on with Prime. Just remember that orientation/training is like one very long interview. Be honest and follow instructions. Hopefully you won't hit a snag.

Congratulations sir! We are looking forward to hearing about your progress.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Well...one last change on this trip. Happened today. Found out that one of my speeding tickets was being erroneously reported and is actually off my record. Happened by chance to call my recruiter at Knight and ask him to check and see. He did. All is good. Hired by Knight. Went down to their terminal , drank a ton of water, pee'd in the cup, gave up some arm hair since Im bald as a cueball. Submitted paperwork.

Starting Knights school on Monday March 22, Then one week of their "Top Gun" training program at the school, back home to CO, and then on to Training with them.

I was mistaken with Prime, spoke with the recruiter here, she said they do not offer regional to CO residents and their minimum days out dont line up with my needs. Knight is a much better fit for those needs. Less pay to start, but Im good with that.

Really happy, I originally wanted to go with Knight so it somewhat circled back.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well...one last change on this trip. Happened today. Found out that one of my speeding tickets was being erroneously reported and is actually off my record. Happened by chance to call my recruiter at Knight and ask him to check and see. He did. All is good. Hired by Knight. Went down to their terminal , drank a ton of water, pee'd in the cup, gave up some arm hair since Im bald as a cueball. Submitted paperwork.

Starting Knights school on Monday March 22, Then one week of their "Top Gun" training program at the school, back home to CO, and then on to Training with them.

I was mistaken with Prime, spoke with the recruiter here, she said they do not offer regional to CO residents and their minimum days out dont line up with my needs. Knight is a much better fit for those needs. Less pay to start, but Im good with that.

Really happy, I originally wanted to go with Knight so it somewhat circled back.

Oh, WOW~!

Kinda the 'switch up,' but hay ..whatever works! I'd be PROUD flying w/Knight (Swift.) Vans? Flats like O/S?

Still 'stymied' re: your 'date' with Prime . . . . however . ?!?!?

Happy for you eitherhow~!

~ A ~

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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