A Most Heartfelt Thank You!

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Anastasia B.'s Comment
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Hey, there! I joined several months ago when I was trying to decide whether or not to get my CDL. The shutdowns last year hit the food industry incredibly hard, and the restaurant where I was working as a director could not recover. Hence, I decided to conserve my savings and move back home with my brother to reset.

I have friends in the trucking industry who encouraged me to get my CDL , because they thought I’d be good at it. I was like, um, no! Driving an 18 wheeler down the highway, let alone backing it, seemed just to intimidating. I just never saw myself as a trucker. Yet, the seed was planted and spent a few months researching the industry and company sponsored schools.

All the information here on Trucking Truth gave me the insight and understanding to take the first step. I am now a rookie driver out on the road with my mentor. I am doing well and impressed my mentor with my knowledge. (Although, my backing into a dock needs a lot of work! Hell, I didn’t care that the other drivers were laughing at me when I docked in Oakland yesterday. I bet they sure are happy I didn’t hit their truck!!). I did not tell my mentor that y’all are my secret arsenal of knowledge that calmed a lot of my anxiety before even heading out to schooling!

The second time driving, I drove from Barstow, CA back to Salt Lake through the night, found myself getting tired as the sun rose, and was finally able to call it a day with less than 20 minutes on my DOT clock. I was exhausted and I couldn’t believe I did it! Then, I slept for 10 hours. It was empowering for this l’il 5’1” country gal.

This is a great site and I was to personally thank all you veterans for giving great advice. I am excited for this new adventure!


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.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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Old School's Comment
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Anastasia, thanks for introducing yourself to us today. It is remarkable how many folks we have who enjoy this site and get great benefits from reading it. Unfortunately we never get to know a lot of them because they don't participate in our discussions. It is always great to see someone like yourself come out of the shadows and say hello.

Please hang out with us when you can. We know how busy you are while you are in training, and we know how demanding this job is on a person's time. We enjoy meeting each of you, and it is always nice to hear from you guys when you let us know how much you have benefited from our efforts. We do this stuff because we like to help people succeed. So, thanks for letting us know how you have profited from your exposure to this fine group of volunteers and participants in our forum.

You will soon be getting your own truck and taking on the challenges of being a rookie solo driver. We are here for you. Please keep us posted on your progress, and bring us any questions that may arise.

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ditto, from a female / trucker's wife! (5'2" Country Gal here, haha!)

Kudos on the up and coming journey/venture . . . wow, getting real, eh? Hope they are treating you well, and you are absorbing EVERYTHING possible, like a sponge. (We women have that ability, ya know, lol!)

ANY questions/conundrums, these peeps will get you THROUGH it.. for sure. Don't be shy! Great group of seasoned hands, and some awesome newer ones, as well~!

Welcome to TT, for sure . . .

~ Anne ~

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