Just Got My Class C Drivers License And Want To Start Getting CDL With Starting Career In Trucking

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Lena C.'s Comment
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Hey everyone

I am new to the Trucking industry but I just received my Class C Drivers License, I am competent driver and currently in the logisticis industry. I am looking at the trucking industry to start a new career. I am just wondering what it is the best way to get into trucking as a rookie. Are truck driving schools worth it or can you try to get hired with trucking company that pays and trains you.

Thanks so much

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You say you just got your class C, that is a regular driver's license. How much driving experience do you have?

You need to be at least 21 years old and have a few years worth of a driving record to look at.

We always recommend Paid CDL Training Programs, of which CFI is one.

Can you be a bit more clear about yourself and why you want to go into trucking?

Thanks and good luck.

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.
Lena C.'s Comment
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You say you just got your class C, that is a regular driver's license. How much driving experience do you have?

You need to be at least 21 years old and have a few years worth of a driving record to look at.

We always recommend Paid CDL Training Programs, of which CFI is one.

Can you be a bit more clear about yourself and why you want to go into trucking?

Thanks and good luck.

Hey!

Thanks for replying. I am over 21 years old I had a 1 year permit. My driving experience is 1 year if include the permit.

I am looking into trucking to build a career, it is a reliable industry to go into, they need drivers. Trucking rewards go getters and people who have a free agency. I want to feel of service in keeping the country running as a trucker. My interest is regional trucking but I am open to long haul.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Hey!

Thanks for replying. I am over 21 years old I had a 1 year permit. My driving experience is 1 year if include the permit.

I am looking into trucking to build a career, it is a reliable industry to go into, they need drivers. Trucking rewards go getters and people who have a free agency. I want to feel of service in keeping the country running as a trucker. My interest is regional trucking but I am open to long haul.

Howdy!

You still didn't answer the question. In your first post you called it a Class C and then your second post you mentioned a permit... So it's a Class C permit? You have been driving only one year, which was partly with the permit and the rest of the time with your regular license? Do I understand you correctly?

Laura

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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At 21 you should have had your driver's license for 4 to 5 years depending on what state you live in, unless you live in NYC.

Why did you just get your license now? Most companies want a few years of driving history.

Trucking is a great industry that rewards safe drivers.

You can try CFI and see if the would take you. CFI Student Info

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