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Joshua A.'s Comment
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Hello everyone! I am highly motivated to get into the trucking industry and I was hoping for a little help/advice on how to get going. Does anyone know of any companies hiring in the Port Charlotte, Florida area that would send me to trucking school? I want to get going as quickly as possible. Is it a better option to just get my CDL on my own, or do I need to go to school to get hired? Thank you all so much for your help and I look forward to participating more in this awesome forum!

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hello everyone! I am highly motivated to get into the trucking industry and I was hoping for a little help/advice on how to get going. Does anyone know of any companies hiring in the Port Charlotte, Florida area that would send me to trucking school? I want to get going as quickly as possible. Is it a better option to just get my CDL on my own, or do I need to go to school to get hired? Thank you all so much for your help and I look forward to participating more in this awesome forum!

Howdy, Joshua;

Welcome to Trucking Truth!!!!!

First of all, we DEFINITELY recommend company paid training over a private school for MANY reasons, the guys/gals will chime in shortly. Until then; here's a start, (our starter pack!) for you to peruse. Brett's book is the 2nd item down; it's a 'MUST READ~!'

And when you digest all the above, we have this:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Where you can apply to MANY training programs, with one quick app.

Lastly, it doesn't matter where you live; these companies will accomodate your travel, to their prospective facilities, and provide food and lodging for you, as well.

Welcome to this exciting profession!!

~ Anne ~

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.
Joshua A.'s Comment
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Man, I'm happy I stopped by this forum! I can't thank you enough for all of that information. Looks like I have a lot of homework to do tonight haha. Thanks again!!!

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Hello everyone! I am highly motivated to get into the trucking industry and I was hoping for a little help/advice on how to get going. Does anyone know of any companies hiring in the Port Charlotte, Florida area that would send me to trucking school? I want to get going as quickly as possible. Is it a better option to just get my CDL on my own, or do I need to go to school to get hired? Thank you all so much for your help and I look forward to participating more in this awesome forum!

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Howdy, Joshua;

Welcome to Trucking Truth!!!!!

First of all, we DEFINITELY recommend company paid training over a private school for MANY reasons, the guys/gals will chime in shortly. Until then; here's a start, (our starter pack!) for you to peruse. Brett's book is the 2nd item down; it's a 'MUST READ~!'

And when you digest all the above, we have this:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Where you can apply to MANY training programs, with one quick app.

Lastly, it doesn't matter where you live; these companies will accomodate your travel, to their prospective facilities, and provide food and lodging for you, as well.

Welcome to this exciting profession!!

~ Anne ~

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Man, I'm happy I stopped by this forum! I can't thank you enough for all of that information. Looks like I have a lot of homework to do tonight haha. Thanks again!!!

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Hello everyone! I am highly motivated to get into the trucking industry and I was hoping for a little help/advice on how to get going. Does anyone know of any companies hiring in the Port Charlotte, Florida area that would send me to trucking school? I want to get going as quickly as possible. Is it a better option to just get my CDL on my own, or do I need to go to school to get hired? Thank you all so much for your help and I look forward to participating more in this awesome forum!

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Howdy, Joshua;

Welcome to Trucking Truth!!!!!

First of all, we DEFINITELY recommend company paid training over a private school for MANY reasons, the guys/gals will chime in shortly. Until then; here's a start, (our starter pack!) for you to peruse. Brett's book is the 2nd item down; it's a 'MUST READ~!'

And when you digest all the above, we have this:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Where you can apply to MANY training programs, with one quick app.

Lastly, it doesn't matter where you live; these companies will accomodate your travel, to their prospective facilities, and provide food and lodging for you, as well.

Welcome to this exciting profession!!

~ Anne ~

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You're most welcome!

This is what we are HERE for!! I've been a driver's wife for 20 years, and loving it!

When you are ready, our PRETRIP study guide, crafted by our own Daniel B., is second to none.

Just drop back in this thread with any questions you might have, anytime!

~ Anne ~

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Joshua,

Welcome to Trucking Truth. Anne gave you some great info.

Not many OTR companies hire from down in your area. CFI has a lot of freight in and out of Florida. They would train you for free with a one year commitment.

Good luck.

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.

Joshua A.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for the info!

Joshua,

Welcome to Trucking Truth. Anne gave you some great info.

Not many OTR companies hire from down in your area. CFI has a lot of freight in and out of Florida. They would train you for free with a one year commitment.

Good luck.

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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You're welcome.

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