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Whitney B.'s Comment
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Hello! I just joined trucking truth, because I want to learn! I am 22 and I’ve been in retail as management since 19. I want to switch careers to trucking!!! I don’t know where to begin, and I don’t know which companies would be good? I am moving to missouri, so I will be looking for jobs here. I need to move fast on applying. I am looking for places that help you get your cdl class a. I’m not 100% sure on which type of trucking I would be comfortable with.. but I’ve looked up and found a few that might be a good start?? I have a little bit of experience driving larger vehicles. I own a 35ft school bus🤷🏼‍♀️. I always loved driving and I feel like this is my calling. I am independent and I’m always ready for anything thrown at me. I don’t think just because I’m female, that it doesn’t mean I can’t do the same thing guys do! So please any kind of advice is welcome!!!

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, Whitney! I'd post more, but I'm going to sleep shortly. Try these to start.

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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.

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.

Whitney B.'s Comment
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Ok, check those out! Thank you!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ok, check those out! Thank you!

Hiya, Whitney!!

Check THIS as well! She's a moderator on our site; and has MUCH to offer!!! Kearsey's Y/T Channel .

Wish you well; for sure!

Stop back & join in the chatter, in the General Discussions section, too!! Read some of the training diaries, too. IDMtnGal and Susan D. are both female drivers on TT as well. See you soon!

~ Anne ~

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi Whitney... You can absolutely do this and a commitment is required. You will most likely have to GI over the road the first year so location is not important. I just moved to MO and there are lots of companies here including CFI, Prime and Will Trans. The links provided are a great start.

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.

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