Couple Questions About Finding A Truck Driving School And Age Requirement.

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Alex G.'s Comment
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Hey, I am 20 years old and set to graduate from college in early May. I was looking to go to FTCC or JCC's truck driving school, but they're booked all the way until October. Are there any good truck driving schools that ya'll know about in the Fayetteville/Sanford/Lumberton or surrounding areas?

My next question was that I am looking at flatbed companies with a CDL program, like Maverick. But their hiring requirements are 21+ (because you need to be 21 to drive OTR), but can you start training with those companies to get your CDL, and then when you're 21 go OTR? I turn 21 in September, so it would be pretty close to when CDL and company training would be finished, if not already 21.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey, I am 20 years old and set to graduate from college in early May. I was looking to go to FTCC or JCC's truck driving school, but they're booked all the way until October. Are there any good truck driving schools that ya'll know about in the Fayetteville/Sanford/Lumberton or surrounding areas?

My next question was that I am looking at flatbed companies with a CDL program, like Maverick. But their hiring requirements are 21+ (because you need to be 21 to drive OTR), but can you start training with those companies to get your CDL, and then when you're 21 go OTR? I turn 21 in September, so it would be pretty close to when CDL and company training would be finished, if not already 21.

Hay, Alex~

Congrats on school, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

Read our 'starter' pack, first off; when you have time. Excellent info, and study guides.

Then, apply here: Apply For Paid CDL Training and let's see if one of OUR partners, (ie: TMC) might take you on. What've you got to lose!

Good luck in your endeavors, we'll be following!

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Graduate college at 20 in May?

What about the field you studied? Not going to use that after two years of instruction?

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