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David K.'s Comment
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Yes, PackRat, I am reconsidering the whole idea. Here's a Roehl training diary with a lot of detail: https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-27143/Page-9/my-roehl-training-adventure

In that diary, Wild-Bill explains that half of his class did not finish to pass the CDL test, and Wild-Bill was only allowed to take the test after a manager decided to let Wild-Bill proceed, despite not making a passing score to proceed with CDL testing. In that same thread, Kenneth R. explained that in his class of 8, only 4 finished with a CDL license and 5th student already had his license. So about a 50% failure rate in the first few weeks would not be an unreasonable expectation. Those are not good odds, and we do not know how many of the remaining half go on to be let go, like Andrey, later in the 3-part training program. It's a very risky venture for someone who has no experience in trucking.

Again, you are right. I really need to rethink taking a risk like that.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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David, There is a very high turn over in trucking for several reasons, people change companies, people can't handle it, and for some, it's just not for them. I'm sure there are many other reasons. It costs companies thousands of dollars to recruit a driver and more to train one. When they train you they have a vested interest in you.

Not all companies do a physical. You need to be able to climb in and out of the truck and trailer, and crank the landing gear. You need to be able to bend or crouch under the trailer to do a proper pretrip and inspect that the locking jaws are around the king pin. This is something I do at least once per day.

With CFI you must be able to pass your DOT physical, and get your permit. They cover everything else. One of the many reasons I love CFI, is the free training.

We have drivers on here who went through training with many different companies and are very successful now.

Good luck.


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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