Newbie Here! Best Advice For A Woman Thinking Of Jumping In...

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James H.'s Comment
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when you hire on with a company with your CDL in hand, the company doesn't have a penny invested in you. Have an accident? There's the door, the company has no financial stake in keeping you. Can't make your pickups or deliveries on time? There's the door. The company isn't out anything by letting you go. On the other hand, with company paid training, they have an investment in you. They are more inclined to overlook certain things in order to get a return on their investment.

This is a perfect example of the fallacy of sunk costs, and any well-run company knows to avoid it. Regardless of how much money they have or haven't spent training you, they need to hire and retain safe, reliable drivers. If you are one, or show that you are developing into one, they want you. If not, not. Throwing good money after bad is not a smart business practice, and allowing a likely liability to continue driving your trucks just because you invested in training her is really not smart.

To the original poster, if you're considering doing private CDL school, ask them where they place their graduates, and contact the companies you're interested in and find out which ones will hire inexperienced drivers who successfully complete that program. Right now there's an industry-wide shortage of good drivers, so you will have the opportunity to prove yourself.


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.


Operating While Intoxicated

Brandie W.'s Comment
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Newark? Sound correct?? NEWARK!! We used to deliver asphalt off 13 .. in NEWARK!

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. PCA in Newark, I would have given extra credit for adding Door #1. First time there I had to go down that narrow lane on top of the tracks through the extremely crowded back lot come back around the building and then pull up that alley way and back across traffic to drop in door one. Even with a day cab you are blocking 3/4 of the road. Office lady's comment was "People are used to it."

Was there a month or so ago on a Sunday doing a drop and hook when they were closed. You have to go in through the exit and I had to move 2 FAB trailers in order to get to my empty.

I have also seen FAB trailers at Buckeye on Long Ave in Wooster and I think Skybox in Mansfield.



Skybox... heh

In my early 20's.. I used to work right down the road from there at Newman Technologies.

Feels like a lifetime ago.


Husband was born @ Mansfield General / Med Central~!!

Brandie...what'sup? My daughter started at NEWMAN TECH.. her first job; on a cross career thingie... wow! Now, she's a machinist/CNC lathe runner, at PR Machinery (IN MANSFIELD!) and in the USAF reserves. (No grandkids, tho.... sheesh..)

Greg M .. .WHAT'S YOUR TRUCK ### >>>?? Heading there tmrw! Meet you on the tracks??

~ Anne & Tom !! ~

Best wishes, O/P and all..

PS: TAMMIE.. what's up?????

My 23 year old was born at Medcentral (Mansfield General)-- and literally gave me grandchild number 4 on Monday!! My sister and her husband still live in Mansfield and both graduated from Sr. High (T-Y for Tigers :D) Niece and Nephew went to Madison Comp. Spent several years in Mansfield-- but moved a smidgen south to get out of that lake effect snow!

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.


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.

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