Should I Keep My CDL?

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Bird-One's Comment
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No Zack your first driving job was not a huge disaster. It was a completely normal trial and tribulations for a new rookie driver. And keep telling you that over and over again. We gave you sound advice but you continued to ignore it. Can’t help somebody who does want the help themselves. We would give it to you and than you would come back and say “welp my dm said I’m not good” “old timers said I’m no good” “janitor who cleans the bathroom at the terminal said I’m no good” So go ahead Zack and turn it in. For you it will end up being the same at any driving job.

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.

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.
Eugene K.'s Comment
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Zach if possible I think you should find a way to go back in the service as you seem perfectly suited for it (this is not an insult).

To succeed at trucking you need to be an independent problem solver who learns from his mistakes, and that simply doesn’t seem to be your strong suit. You seem to prefer being told exactly what to do every minute of every task without having to figure it out yourself.

Vicki M.'s Comment
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Hi Zach, you don't know me and I know squat about truck driving that I haven't learned online. I do know a bit about life though. One of the reasons I am considering driving is that with a CDL , many jobs open (at least in my area). Perfect example, one of my friends got his CDL at 50ish. Went OTR and hated it, and now he has a job shuttling school buses around a lot for repairs, etc. Doesn't pay much, but has a good retirement plan. Look around for opportunities that you might have first, and if nothing appeals, then let it go. You are so young, you are going to make mistakes on job selections and you will figure out what you want to do. But don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Give it a minute. Take a breath. You had a bad experience. Look to see what you could do with your CDL...and then make the decisions. I wish you luck in whatever you decide.

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.

Bird-One's Comment
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Like Laura said he couldn’t handle the military either. He didn’t finish is contract which is most of the time behavior issues. Sometimes medical. Probably had to many people telling him he wasn’t cut out for it. He couldn’t go back even if he wanted to.

Zach if possible I think you should find a way to go back in the service as you seem perfectly suited for it (this is not an insult).

To succeed at trucking you need to be an independent problem solver who learns from his mistakes, and that simply doesn’t seem to be your strong suit. You seem to prefer being told exactly what to do every minute of every task without having to figure it out yourself.

Jamie's Comment
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I don't know if they are hiring, but find out who the USPS contractors are. They pull the US Mail between cities. They seem to haul with unmarked trailers that only have a big 6-digit number on the back roll-door.

I did two years driving a shuttle for Swift from Memphis to St Louis. (There are other routes out of Memphis.) The schedule was four days on, two days off. I'm not sure if it's still running but you can always ask.

I would consider Swift when it came time for something more local, but I heard their health insurance isn't the best, and although I don't really use my health insurance now, my wife needs it the most and the insurance Crete offers is pretty great. But sadly Crete doesn't have many local options, besides out of the Walmart DC in Wyoming.

Tim F.'s Comment
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The only thing you really need to do is take a medical exam every year or two. So , yes, I’d keep it.

You may find something comes your way in the near future. These are money makers and you should do anything you can to keep it as a class A CDL license.

Good luck Zach! Keep the license current.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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The only thing you really need to do is take a medical exam every year or two. So , yes, I’d keep it.

You may find something comes your way in the near future. These are money makers and you should do anything you can to keep it as a class A CDL license.

Good luck Zach! Keep the license current.

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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.
Auggie69's Comment
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As you all know my first driving job was a huge disaster and will probably be used as an example to new drivers and potential drivers on here of what not to do at you're first company lol. I've turned my truck back in today and am moving on with my life trying to figure out what the hell I'm going to do next. My question is, is it worth keeping my CDL or should I downgrade since I will probably never drive a CMV again. By the way just to clear up any confusion since I saw someone on another post saying I was terminated, Western Express never fired me my DM asked me to resign and I agreed so I didn't have a termination on my record. I was having trouble making appointments on time and knew he could use that as a way to get rid of me.

Here you go. Apply for anything that has the word "driver" in it.

https://careers.fedex.com/freight/jobs?stretchUnits=MILES&stretch=10&location=California&lat=37.25022&lng=-119.75126&woe=8

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
Auggie69's Comment
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Yes, keep it. I still think you should look into linehaul it would probably be a good fit.

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I’ve thought about linehaul work for a long term plan, a way for me to be home more. But it seems no one is ever hiring in the Memphis area. rofl-3.gif

Not that I’m looking to switch right now, but for a long term plan, yes.

There you go, dude. FXF linehaul out of Memphis: https://careers.fedex.com/freight/jobs/25892-451135?lang=en-us&previousLocale=en-US

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Auggie69's Comment
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As you all know my first driving job was a huge disaster and will probably be used as an example to new drivers and potential drivers on here of what not to do at you're first company lol. I've turned my truck back in today and am moving on with my life trying to figure out what the hell I'm going to do next. My question is, is it worth keeping my CDL or should I downgrade since I will probably never drive a CMV again. By the way just to clear up any confusion since I saw someone on another post saying I was terminated, Western Express never fired me my DM asked me to resign and I agreed so I didn't have a termination on my record. I was having trouble making appointments on time and knew he could use that as a way to get rid of me.

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Here you go. Apply for anything that has the word "driver" in it.

https://careers.fedex.com/freight/jobs?stretchUnits=MILES&stretch=10&location=California&lat=37.25022&lng=-119.75126&woe=8

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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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
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