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Andrea H.'s Comment
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Greetings everyone - my name is Andrea (yes, I am a female) located in NYC. I have a current, valid NYS CDL B class with a 1 year Medical Examiner's Certificate (expiring June2023) due to high blood pressure and the medication I use to manage it. While I have a CDL B Class (held without issue for about 10 years), I have very little experience driving a commercial vehicle with the exception of school bus and a paratransit vehicle for a few months... both sectors of employment weren't a good fit for me, as I'm not much of a people person.

I'm currently unemployed with no savings in reserve, financing trucking school would put me further in debt. I don't have the ability to do a lot of heavy lifting but I am willing to try. Also, unfortunately I had a minor accident in my personal vehicle last year that my insurance company put me at fault... prior to that I had no points or accidents.

However despite the fore-mentioned, I am still looking to enter the world of OTR , long hauling in hopes of a career change putting me on course to employment stability and financial security.

Would the above be a barrier to me being able to be a truck driver? Can any " current " truck drivers advise me about companies that might take me and provide free or paid training, I understand that most schools have a 1 yr. commitment which isn't of issue to me.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this... hopefully... I look forward to any and all responses... please and thank you

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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That's your best bet, a company paid training, and you'd probably be trained on an auto, much easier to drive.Ya don't gotta worry about being in the right gear, especially sitting at a light on a downhill road lol.... I got my drivers license at 15 in a girlfriends '66 VW Beetle, that was fun !

Welcome, Andrea, a So Cali native here drove 3 years, and recently retired. Was making good money at it (after about 18 months), with no bills or debts to deal with. So best to go where you really have little IF any out of pocket.....Not sure about NY will let other chime in with lot better advice and suggestions. Good Luck and hope you find your niche

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Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Greetings everyone - my name is Andrea (yes, I am a female) located in NYC. I have a current, valid NYS CDL B class with a 1 year Medical Examiner's Certificate (expiring June2023) due to high blood pressure and the medication I use to manage it. While I have a CDL B Class (held without issue for about 10 years), I have very little experience driving a commercial vehicle with the exception of school bus and a paratransit vehicle for a few months... both sectors of employment weren't a good fit for me, as I'm not much of a people person.

I'm currently unemployed with no savings in reserve, financing trucking school would put me further in debt. I don't have the ability to do a lot of heavy lifting but I am willing to try. Also, unfortunately I had a minor accident in my personal vehicle last year that my insurance company put me at fault... prior to that I had no points or accidents.

However despite the fore-mentioned, I am still looking to enter the world of OTR , long hauling in hopes of a career change putting me on course to employment stability and financial security.

Would the above be a barrier to me being able to be a truck driver? Can any " current " truck drivers advise me about companies that might take me and provide free or paid training, I understand that most schools have a 1 yr. commitment which isn't of issue to me.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this... hopefully... I look forward to any and all responses... please and thank you

That's your best bet, a company paid training, and you'd probably be trained on an auto, much easier to drive.Ya don't gotta worry about being in the right gear, especially sitting at a light on a downhill road lol.... I got my drivers license at 15 in a girlfriends '66 VW Beetle, that was fun !

Welcome, Andrea, a So Cali native here drove 3 years, and recently retired. Was making good money at it (after about 18 months), with no bills or debts to deal with. So best to go where you really have little IF any out of pocket.....Not sure about NY will let other chime in with lot better advice and suggestions. Good Luck and hope you find your niche

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Welcome to Trucking Truth, Andrea!!

And yep, what Stevo Reno said; I'll help:

And once you 'dig' through the above, here's what's next! ~ Apply For Paid CDL Training.

Hope this helps, and again, welcome! Always great to see the females in here!

See ya soon, ask away!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Andrea.

I highly suggest reading the links Anne sent you. Start with the Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Good luck.

Mark P.'s Comment
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Hello Andrea,

Since you are unemployed you could look into getting a WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA) grant from the state of New York and they will pay for all of your training if you are approved. Just some advice for you to look into and take the financial burden off of you. Good Luck!

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

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