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Jessica H.'s Comment
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Hi everyone. I’m going on my 4th week of driving alone. I got my cdl back in September and was able to get a local job thanks to my dad. I still don’t know how I feel about it. Not sure if I need more time to adjust or if this isn’t the right career path for me. I know nobody can answer this for me.. I’m just venting I guess lol. Being on the actual job makes me realize we didn’t really learn a whole lot in school. I mean I’m still having issues backing up to docks and I’m always super paranoid I’m going to hit the trailers next to me 🤦🏻‍♀️

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.
Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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You will be out here for 20 years and still have bad days when it comes to backing. Just keep practicing and you'll get more comfortable with it. You're right, the schools only teach you how to pass the test, which is why we always recommend that you go with a paid company training program that will teach you how to do the job after you pass the test. It's not too late to get some real otr training with a mega carrier if you're willing to commit yourself, they will take new cdl holders and teach you the job.

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.

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.

James H.'s Comment
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I’m always super paranoid I’m going to hit the trailers next to me 🤦🏻‍♀️

Super paranoid is a good thing. There's no such thing as one GOAT too many, just one too few.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I’m always super paranoid I’m going to hit the trailers next to me 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Super paranoid is a good thing. There's no such thing as one GOAT too many, just one too few.

Thinking you mean G.O.A.L. ~ (Yet, many goats are a good thing, with a big yard like ours!)

Also, O/P . . . You can start anew if you give up on SNI, and apply here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

And here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

ps; Like the others said, you should really stick it out, and work on your hustle.

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.
James H.'s Comment
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Thinking you mean G.O.A.L. ~ (Yet, many goats are a good thing, with a big yard like ours!)

Curried goat is delicious. But getting out to look as often as needed so you don't clip the trailer next to you is also a good idea.

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