Is My Class A Still Any Use?

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Davy A.'s Comment
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Still kinda scratching my head Zach. You, even if you dont know it, inspired me to keep going no matter what. In training right now. I back up a trailer like kid in daycare after you gave him mountain dew and candy til I settle down. Its just life, Ill get better, ill get worse some days Im sure too. Whatever you do man, Hope ya find success and foster that part of you that says No, I wont quit. Keep on keeping on man.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If I were you I'd keep it. Its an inexpensive thing to have that may open up doors down the road. Later on in life you may decide to try OTR again and it'd be far easier to just find a refresher course than having to go through the entire school process again. We've had many members over the years let their CDL downgrade and now have to start from square one. Also some industries may view it as an asset even if driving isn't your typical job. Just having the option to throw you into a truck on occasion may give you a leg up over other candidates.

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.

Moe's Comment
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Id keep it for sure buddy, it could open doors to you later down the line. Just because you failed at SWIFT, does not mean that life is over, that no one will hire you ever again, that you will never recover etc, dont throw out the baby with the bath water bud.

I will say that you need to do some soul searching and find out if OTR is really something that you can handle, because frankly it does take a certain maturity and grit to do it. There are alot of variables that come at you quickly and if you dont or aren't able to adjust to those variables quickly than it can make for a bad day equally as quickly. It seems to me,if I can be honest you're like you might benefit better from a more structured environment (read as stable work hours knowing what your wage is, what hours you will work and be home?) If you need that , than OTR will be ahem.....hell...lack of better words ...for you. Im 44 and have more of life under my belt and there are times even I get thrown for a loop. Keep your head up, don't do anything rash.

A word if caution about dump truck drivers and cement haulers, respectfully they tend to be a gritty crowd, most of construction is. You have to be able to keep up, be safe and quickly produce,otherwise the results you hear could be less respectful than the Exit talk you had with SWIFT safety, just putting that out there.

But yea, keep the CDL , it could really put you ahead someday... Best of luck man again dont do anything rash.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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