Getting Back Into Trucking, Questions

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James M.'s Comment
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Hello! I've recently been on a hiatus from trucking for the last year or so. I was unsure if I was fit for it, and after having some time off I feel ready to get back in the truck and give it another go.

I've driven roughly 10/11 months, and then I quit back in about the end of last March.

I'm wondering if that 10/11 months could be considered recently verifiable driving experience, or will I pretty much be starting over completely?

I kept my CDL , would I be currently qualified for a job asking for 6 months-10 months experience?

If I end up having to go with a trainer again, would I be qualified for a 2 year experience required job in 14 months (24 months total driving)

Any advice about getting back into it after a bit of a hiatus would be greatly appreciated!


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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Apply everywhere and see what they say. Many companies will likely require you to take a refresher course. Some may require you to go our with a trainer because you have less than a year, others may just hand you the keys. You can use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Fill out one application and it'll will be sent to several different companies.

Big Scott's Comment
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Can you go back to the last company you worked for?

James M.'s Comment
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Can you go back to the last company you worked for?

I left on good terms. It was a overnight local gig that I hated. I'm more interested in going back to regional for the time being. I miss the independence and living in the truck haha


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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