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CajunWon's Comment
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Started this career at TruckingTruth as a research tool to learn about trucking.

I've now had my CDL for 6 months and have been a solo driver for 3 months.

At about 2,500 miles a week I continue to enjoy the view from 10' up. Even below ground once in an underground maze.

Not surprisingly this requires constant vigilance to keep yourself and others safe. 4 wheelers perform some amazingly stupid maneuvers in front of a 77,000lb truck. But other truckers are the most dangerous as I feel like a magnet causing them to change lanes before the nose of their truck even reaches my side windows. My cam faces forward but the real action is beside me.

I'm either running hard 540- 620 miles in a shift, or waiting on some shipper receiver. It's all good though.

Just stopping by, where it began!

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Old School's Comment
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It's great hearing from you!

Remember we have a lot of new drivers who would love to hear your perspective on things. You are always welcome here in our forum! At six months you probably have a lot to contribute. News and advice from another newbie is always welcome here in our conversations.

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