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Tammy A.'s Comment
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Im getting calls from companies to train and then hire. You are saying that is the best way to guarantee a job. My question..Has anybody taken your kids or family with you to another state and stay while you were training for your CDL? I told my kid and he said well we all can go while you train. I was thinking if I can do that then I wouldnt have to leave anyone home alone and I wouldnt have to worry. My kid is 33 BUT I also have a mentally disabled man who has lived with me for 18 years. He is state but when I went on the road in my rv they let me take him. I know of course they cant come on the road but at least when I get my license I can worry about how I will figure it out when the time comes. Im just trying to figure out how to do this without everybody suffering from the start. I cant let my client go until I know for sure Ive got my license and a job then who knows how it will come together. Thanks

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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Your kid is 33-so hes an adult, is he not capable of watching your client while you are gone? Most schools are 8 to 10 hour days at a minimum and you will be exhausted when you get back at the end of the day, leaving you little time to care for a disabled person. Also, while you could pay for the added guests at a hotel, I would think it would be doubtful that most companies would pay for guests and visitors of the student. One more item to consider is that many schools have dorms and or multi occupancy rooms at least as Ive read here in the diaries section. I paid for two weeks of my hotel, the company paid the third week.

After you finish school and get your CDL , you will have a training period that varies but its usually at least 4 weeks, in which you will be out on the road with your trainer, doing OTR. This is assuming you are going with company paid or sponsored CDL. Even if you go to a private school, Get the CDL and get a job, you will still need to complete a training period, which in some cases is even longer than if you had gone to school with a company provided school.

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.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Hahaha, no, you can't bring your family to CDL school or OTR training with a company. I guess though you could bring them if you pay for their lodging but they can't stay with you in the motel room the company pays for as you will probably room with another trainee. Why are you worried about them being "home alone)? 33 is a grown man and should be capable of staying at home without you. Hell at 33 he should be able to take care if the disabled person as well. Would you be bringing your middle aged son on the road with you as well? Just my opinion, and I'm not trying to run you down or anything like that but it may be time to cut the "kid" loose.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rhino's Comment
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Weren’t u getting into trucking to get away from your kid? Lol

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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At prime you are only in one location during orientation for a week, then go OTR with your permit...get the CDL and stay OTR. So basically you are thrown into the OTR lifestyle before even getting your CDL.

Wouldnt work here. That is why I don't even recommend people bringing their cars to the terminal. You wont be there.

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.

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.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I'm guessing your 33 year old son doesn't work. If he did he wouldn't be able to go with you. Are you ready for a lifestyle of 4 to 8 weeks on the road then home for a few days and back out? Is your son going to ride with you? You may need to find a caretaker for your disabled friend.

This is a lifestyle, not a job. Why do you want to be a truck driver?

You have some hard decisions to make.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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YES!!!!!!

Weren’t u getting into trucking to get away from your kid? Lol

Tammy A.'s Comment
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I would pay for everything if I had to but you said if I go to a private school I would have to be trained on the road. Is there a way I could go to a private training school to get my CDL and then find a company that will train me over the road? Im trying to buy time here. Trying to stay close to home while I do this so I can ease everybody into this and they know whats coming.Im doing this one way or another I just want to soften the blow. If I get everybody used to the idea IAM DOING THIS it wont be such a shock when I finally wave goodbye.

Your kid is 33-so hes an adult, is he not capable of watching your client while you are gone? Most schools are 8 to 10 hour days at a minimum and you will be exhausted when you get back at the end of the day, leaving you little time to care for a disabled person. Also, while you could pay for the added guests at a hotel, I would think it would be doubtful that most companies would pay for guests and visitors of the student. One more item to consider is that many schools have dorms and or multi occupancy rooms at least as Ive read here in the diaries section. I paid for two weeks of my hotel, the company paid the third week.

After you finish school and get your CDL, you will have a training period that varies but its usually at least 4 weeks, in which you will be out on the road with your trainer, doing OTR. This is assuming you are going with company paid or sponsored CDL. Even if you go to a private school, Get the CDL and get a job, you will still need to complete a training period, which in some cases is even longer than if you had gone to school with a company provided school.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Thats what Im trying to do. I told him for years the only way you are going to learn to live without me is for me to run away and ITS TIME!!!. He can stay at home but I wont be here.

Hahaha, no, you can't bring your family to CDL school or OTR training with a company. I guess though you could bring them if you pay for their lodging but they can't stay with you in the motel room the company pays for as you will probably room with another trainee. Why are you worried about them being "home alone)? 33 is a grown man and should be capable of staying at home without you. Hell at 33 he should be able to take care if the disabled person as well. Would you be bringing your middle aged son on the road with you as well? Just my opinion, and I'm not trying to run you down or anything like that but it may be time to cut the "kid" loose.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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If I could fix everything here that would be perfect!

At prime you are only in one location during orientation for a week, then go OTR with your permit...get the CDL and stay OTR. So basically you are thrown into the OTR lifestyle before even getting your CDL.

Wouldnt work here. That is why I don't even recommend people bringing their cars to the terminal. You wont be there.

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.

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.

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.

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