Looking For Local Driving Job Out Of Longview TX

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Kenneth D.'s Comment
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Hello, I am looking for a local driving job out of the Longview, TX area but having little luck. A recruiter that I spoke to suggested that I use this forum to ask fellow truckers to see if they may have any leads or suggestions. He continued to tell me that this is a great way to find out information and that the truckers on this site are very helpful and respectable. If anybody knows anything to help point me in the right direction please let me know. Thanks for your time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth, Ken! It's interesting that a recruiter should recommend TT to help fill in information for you. Your recruiter is correct, this web site will get you straightforward info and almost no BS.

If sounds like you're new to the trucking industry. Not to worry, everyone has a Square One to start from. More about those local trucking jobs: that aren't the easy ones and few companies are willing to put a real newbie into a local position. You'll need some experience to deal with traffic, turns, and possibly tough backing situations. We recommend you first get a year or so of OTR experience. Driving from here to there on interstate freeways does not involve those things I mentioned.

With a year or so road experience, you'll get recruiters to return your calls.

At any rate, here are some things you'll need to start your CDL permit John:

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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