Planning To Begin Classes But I Have Question About Travel/training

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Summer D.'s Comment
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So I'm planning to take classes through Miller Motte Tech here in Augusta, GA. I am excited to take this career jump, my step dad chose this 10 years ago and has never been happier. The concern is that I am a wife and mom to a 4 month old baby girl whom I adore. after school is over, will I have the opportunity to get local, day trip jobs too? I don't have the heart to leave her for an extended amount of time, at least not at this age. Will I have to travel over the road after school is done to complete my cdl? I just want to know what to expect, realistically. I'm willing to take future pay-cuts if it means I'm with her more, at least the first couple years. Please give me all the info you've got. Thanks, Peach State Mama XO

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Summer.

I strongly suggest reading the book accessible through this link:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi... As a female driver of almost 7 years and a trainer for over 5 years ... I emphatically suggest you look into a different career

Most training needs to be over the road for months at a time. And most companies need a year of experience. Before they will hire local

Even if you found a local job which I do not recommend due to high stress, tight turns and backing situations, you would probably be expected to work 14 hour days. Many require you to physically unload the trucks as a local driver. So you will be utterly stressed and exhausted as a new driver and not getting the quality home time you desire.

You have chosen to attend a local school which will take your money and time and not truly care what your interests are. They will preach anything to get you to attend

Truth is. Women come into trucking usually once their kids are grown or if they don't have any. It is the one factor that keeps women from trucking..not sexism or physical labor

I have a YouTube video that discusses local driving for rookies as well as showing you the types of situations you may find yourself in.

Considering a Local Driving Job as a new CDL Holder?

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Auggie69's Comment
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So I'm planning to take classes through Miller Motte Tech here in Augusta, GA. I am excited to take this career jump, my step dad chose this 10 years ago and has never been happier. The concern is that I am a wife and mom to a 4 month old baby girl whom I adore. after school is over, will I have the opportunity to get local, day trip jobs too? I don't have the heart to leave her for an extended amount of time, at least not at this age. Will I have to travel over the road after school is done to complete my cdl? I just want to know what to expect, realistically. I'm willing to take future pay-cuts if it means I'm with her more, at least the first couple years. Please give me all the info you've got. Thanks, Peach State Mama XO

I think there are a ton of jobs around that area for the inland ports and sea ports. Most are probably home daily. How close Augusta would be for any of these I don't know.

Search for intermodal jobs for Savannah, northeast Georgia and Atlanta.

Keep in mind even if these jobs are "home daily" you'll probably be in for some loooong. days. Money will be good 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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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