It Was Like An Epiphany...truck Driving Is Exactly What I Want To Do

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Tony S.'s Comment
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Hi all. My name is Tony and I currently work in the IT industry in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. I am a single man 44 years old with no children. I have been in IT since the 90's and while the job has paid the bills and has been a decent career, I have never been fulfilled. I just do not want to be a 9-5 worker anymore and honestly, I never really have. I want to be on my own and I want to explore this great country of ours while being paid to do something that I have always loved; drive!

That's the epiphany I had not too long ago...I have always LOVED to drive. Doesn't matter the distance. I love to explore and most of all I love to be out on my own! My destiny is to be a truck driver!

I am brand new to this so really any words of encouragement and advice would be greatly appreciated! I guess I have the usual greenhorn questions...my first question is broad,....how do I start this journey? I want this! I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

Thanks for reading this and be safe out on the roads!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Morning Tony, and welcome!

There are plenty of resources on this site to get you started. The more you read, the more you'll form questions you didn't even know to ask. You'll get some answers I'm sure. There's lots of helpful, experienced drivers on this site. If you get to the point where you're definitely willing to commit to this career / lifestyle, the High Road Training is aces.

Here's some links to get started:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Truck Driving Blogs

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Tony!

The perfect place to start is our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Read through it thoroughly from beginning to end and follow all of the links you come across. You'll learn mountains of information about getting your trucking career off to a great start. That guide will link to all of the various resources we have here and you'll see we have a ton of em!

Tony S.'s Comment
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Morning Tony, and welcome!

There are plenty of resources on this site to get you started. The more you read, the more you'll form questions you didn't even know to ask. You'll get some answers I'm sure. There's lots of helpful, experienced drivers on this site. If you get to the point where you're definitely willing to commit to this career / lifestyle, the High Road Training is aces.

Here's some links to get started: Truck Driver's Career GuideTruck Driving Blogs

Thanks Bill! This website is a fantastic resource.

Tony S.'s Comment
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Welcome aboard Tony!

The perfect place to start is our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Read through it thoroughly from beginning to end and follow all of the links you come across. You'll learn mountains of information about getting your trucking career off to a great start. That guide will link to all of the various resources we have here and you'll see we have a ton of em!

Thanks Brett! Will do!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Morning Tony, and welcome!

There are plenty of resources on this site to get you started. The more you read, the more you'll form questions you didn't even know to ask. You'll get some answers I'm sure. There's lots of helpful, experienced drivers on this site. If you get to the point where you're definitely willing to commit to this career / lifestyle, the High Road Training is aces.

Here's some links to get started: Truck Driver's Career GuideTruck Driving Blogs

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Thanks Bill! This website is a fantastic resource.

The best I've found, and the people are very genuine! I've gained so much from the resources here, that I feel compelled to help myself. I haven't even turned the key in a truck yet, but I've placed my deposit for my school, start school in May, and have a short list of 3-5 trucking companies I'd like to work for. I've read enough material that I can at least help point the way for other prospective drivers to get started, and do so w/ a warm greeting. smile.gif

Take your time and really put in the research - ask the questions. I've researched for almost three years until I was ready to commit. It's definitely not a career you'll want to approach lightly, and from what I've gathered, you need to expect that you'll run the gamut of emotional swings and plenty of challenges!

Tony S.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the great advice! I will read everything on this site as suggested. I really want this.

RL P.'s Comment
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Welcome Tony.

As you know you are in the right place.

All the resources here are top notch and one cannot fail if they put in the time and effort to make informed decisions as well as study (study, study, study) the CDL training materials offered. That being said the most important or benificial thing you will find here, in my opinion, is the honesty and the attitude that is protrayed and passed along to those who are taking this gaint leap.The right attitude leading to the right work ethic surely seems to make all the difference when out on the road. And although this is just as true in anything we do it seems to be even more so when that load has to get there and the 'road' throws all it has to offer at you. Those that manage and moderate this this site and forum have the right attitude in spades and pass it on with honesty and a true desire to help...

With your determination and their help success is at your finger tips.

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.
Tony S.'s Comment
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Welcome Tony.

As you know you are in the right place.

All the resources here are top notch and one cannot fail if they put in the time and effort to make informed decisions as well as study (study, study, study) the CDL training materials offered. That being said the most important or benificial thing you will find here, in my opinion, is the honesty and the attitude that is protrayed and passed along to those who are taking this gaint leap.The right attitude leading to the right work ethic surely seems to make all the difference when out on the road. And although this is just as true in anything we do it seems to be even more so when that load has to get there and the 'road' throws all it has to offer at you. Those that manage and moderate this this site and forum have the right attitude in spades and pass it on with honesty and a true desire to help...

With your determination and their help success is at your finger tips.

Thanks! Great advice!

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.
Tony S.'s Comment
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Oh...and I am already sweating thinking aboiut learning how to back one of those bad boys up LOL

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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