How In The "BLANK" Do I Get Going

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KNOX's Comment
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Ok, hey everyone.

Well, I did it. Passed a 172 hour course. Double clutch. Done. Completed. Feels good knowing I've got plan B in my back pocket.

Now, the question: is it possible to get part time work to gain some time behind the wheel. Craigslist is full of scammers!!

-Nick

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Ok, hey everyone.

Well, I did it. Passed a 172 hour course. Double clutch. Done. Completed. Feels good knowing I've got plan B in my back pocket.

Now, the question: is it possible to get part time work to gain some time behind the wheel. Craigslist is full of scammers!!

-Nick

Congrats, KNOX !! dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif

Re: Part time driving; doubful, especially if Craig's List has nothing of value. When the site vets come up on here, maybe they can offer up some suggestions. Have you driven around populous areas nearby, and watched the signs for such? My husband got a really good driving gig like that, back in time.

I'd still suggest this: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. This is your best bet.

Best wishes in your new venture!!

~ Anne ~

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I did it. Passed a 172 hour course. Double clutch. Done. Completed. Feels good knowing I've got plan B in my back pocket.

Using a CDL for plan B is very rarely a good idea. Part time work is hard to find for an inexperienced driver. It is highly unlikely anyone is going to be able to get you insured as a new driver taking a part time commercial driving job. You need to make driving your plan A. While you labor over finding a part time job just to get a little time behind the wheel, your CDL will go stale and you'll end up having to train all over again just to find a job.

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I just think you are going to have to change your approach to this. Your plan is going to be very frustrating. You have probably already figured that out, but just didn't realize why. If you are holding plan B for a later date, then that is fine. You should always try to obtain your CDL when you are ready to put it to use. It loses its value very quickly when not in use.

The same thing applies to experienced drivers. You could have twenty years experience, take about eighteen months off for a break from trucking, and you'd probably have issues landing a trucking job after your break. Everybody wants "recent experience." It is an insurance issue that plagues us all.

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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What is your plan upon having a CDL?

Waiting for a reply to my question still. A part time driver with no experience is doubtful. Insurance companies aren't likely to give the okay. Good luck with that new license, though.

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.
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