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Pianoman's Comment
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Oh wow I had no idea…I just had a hunch that they might not be able to keep me as busy as I like.

I'm in a pretty good position fiscally that I could not work winters and be just fine, so even minimal miles while retaining benefits is still a net positive for me.

That’s a great position to be in!

I will give updates similar to what I did when I first joined here and started my CDL journey with TMC back in 1/2019.

That would be great! I know I’m not the only one who has been curious about that job. Davy was just asking me about it the other day too.

Hope it goes well and best of luck. Welcome back to the open road!


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.
Solo's Comment
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Hope it goes well and best of luck. Welcome back to the open road!

Thank you very much. I'm both nervous (been living that great local life) and excited (to stretch the legs again).

PJ's Comment
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The certain thing in this business is that change will occur at some point.

I came off the road and doing stuff where I’m home every night. Quite a pleasant change. I actually know what my property and wife look like. Occassionally I’m out but that is the exception.

Big companies have been actually dumping contracts to reallocate more resources to the spot market lately. Everything we have known on the business side has pretty much gone out the window these days.

I don’t have a clue when things will get back to normal, or what that normal will be. I’m also in a great position where I can do what I want. Equipment is paid for. I feel really bad for folks that have high debt trying to make it.

I consult to a friend who has a small company and my wife is his safety manager so we know what the office life is like. I only consult so I can still do my stuff and not be stuck in the office. She works from home most of the time.

Raven was another company akin to Blackhawk and they have actually gone under this year. I wish you the best on the new gig!!

Solo's Comment
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Agreed...we're very much in a funky economy being propped up (dare I say barely?) due to being an election year, so anything is possible these next 6-12months. While I hope BH stays afloat this coming winter, I wouldn't be affected financially if they got out of the PODS game, at worst I would head to my place in FL until next Spring, but I would at least be able to update my resume with recent OTR exp., which is important for a lot of carriers.


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.

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