Thinking Of Teaming With My Kid

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Tammy A.'s Comment
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I am trying to get my 34 year old to get his cdl with me so we can team drive. I wonder how many mother and son drivers there are out there? I would feel more comfortable with my kid helping me and me helping him. With both of us having our CDL and living on the road is better then just sitting around this house. Would companies look down on a mother/son team?

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Tammy,

Do you really think you can get him off his lazy a$$ to get a CDL-A? Still keeping him dependent on you. It's not good for you or him.

Have you been off weed long enough for it to be out of your system? Worry about that first.

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.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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Im trying to convince him we can do this together. If we dont get along driving team he can go off and drive on his own. Hes thinking about it. Hes not putting trucking down like he used to so maybe he will do it. Honestly I would feel more confident if we teamed because he s really smart when it comes to learning and he knows exactly what to do its just getting him to do it. He knew the RV to the T so it was a help when something went wrong. I would hope if he committed he would follow through if he didnt then he will be left behind. Once I take the step theres no turning back for me. But I hear whay you are saying

Tammy,

Do you really think you can get him off his lazy a$$ to get a CDL-A? Still keeping him dependent on you. It's not good for you or him.

Have you been off weed long enough for it to be out of your system? Worry about that first.

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.
NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Honestly, this industry takes a high level of self sufficiency, and a "get it done" attitude.

Your description of your son makes me think that it would be a very bad idea for him to get in a truck, because of previously bashing the trucking industry. Also, if it's not his idea, the drive just won't be there.

As for you, this post is reading like you are co-dependant and are unable to take risks without having someone there holding your hand.

Yeah, it would be nice to team with my kid. For about a week. But he is a grown adult and needs his separation from me as his parent, as much as I need separation from him as my now adult child.

It doesn't appear that you can handle the pressures of a driving career. I am not saying that to put you down, but point out the reality. Failure happens in this industry, for a multitude of reasons. The biggest is a persona inability to "get it done" without someone babysitting them and holding their hand.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I am trying to get my 34 year old to get his cdl with me so we can team drive. I wonder how many mother and son drivers there are out there? I would feel more comfortable with my kid helping me and me helping him. With both of us having our CDL and living on the road is better then just sitting around this house. Would companies look down on a mother/son team?

Tammy;

I was waiting for others' replies, before I chimed in. I'm not a 'real' driver myself yet, either.

Here's my take; I've known you a 'little bit' off forum, chit chat & what not. If YOU and HE train SEPARATELY, (let's say, each join Prime, for instance;) and obtain your CDLA's independently, then.... run maybe 6 months to a year SOLO, I'd be all for saying 'why not?'

I'm in a similar boat. When my RC heals (if ever, rotator cuff btw) ... Tom wants to join an OTR company together and train ME. We did that years ago twice, on my permit. It was fun then; but I doubt ever again. He's not the training type. Are you? Who's gonna lead whom?

If you REALLY want to go against the grain, look at CRST and maybe CRE... as far as dual training.

I've BEEN there (sorda) and I'm still 'nope.'

Wish you well, no matter.

PLEASE make sure sure sure sure that all forms of Cannabis are totallly void of your system, before EVEN thinking further, too! I know you like to party, m'lady. Didn't WE ALL in some form, at some point. Any residuals (even CBD) is the kiss of death in this industry, as has been proved time after time, right here on TT.

You know I wish you the best, m'lady. I'm almost thinking maybe you & he could drive 'tour buses' upon obtaining your CDLB...and enjoy the drive, AND the ride!

Seriously & sincerely,

~ 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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Well Nobody has ever held my hand thats for sure. 0

Honestly, this industry takes a high level of self sufficiency, and a "get it done" attitude.

Your description of your son makes me think that it would be a very bad idea for him to get in a truck, because of previously bashing the trucking industry. Also, if it's not his idea, the drive just won't be there.

As for you, this post is reading like you are co-dependant and are unable to take risks without having someone there holding your hand.

Yeah, it would be nice to team with my kid. For about a week. But he is a grown adult and needs his separation from me as his parent, as much as I need separation from him as my now adult child.

It doesn't appear that you can handle the pressures of a driving career. I am not saying that to put you down, but point out the reality. Failure happens in this industry, for a multitude of reasons. The biggest is a persona inability to "get it done" without someone babysitting them and holding their hand.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I had a student with Prime whose mother began training about a month after him. When my student finished he ran solo for a month until his mother finished her training. I ran into them at a random truck stop in Texas a couple months after they had started teaming. They got along really well and seemed to enjoy driving together.

It can be done. And Prime had no issues with a Mother and Son team.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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Anne , The only way he would do it is if he had no choice. Why dont we do it together lol

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I am trying to get my 34 year old to get his cdl with me so we can team drive. I wonder how many mother and son drivers there are out there? I would feel more comfortable with my kid helping me and me helping him. With both of us having our CDL and living on the road is better then just sitting around this house. Would companies look down on a mother/son team?

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Tammy;

I was waiting for others' replies, before I chimed in. I'm not a 'real' driver myself yet, either.

Here's my take; I've known you a 'little bit' off forum, chit chat & what not. If YOU and HE train SEPARATELY, (let's say, each join Prime, for instance;) and obtain your CDLA's independently, then.... run maybe 6 months to a year SOLO, I'd be all for saying 'why not?'

I'm in a similar boat. When my RC heals (if ever, rotator cuff btw) ... Tom wants to join an OTR company together and train ME. We did that years ago twice, on my permit. It was fun then; but I doubt ever again. He's not the training type. Are you? Who's gonna lead whom?

If you REALLY want to go against the grain, look at CRST and maybe CRE... as far as dual training.

I've BEEN there (sorda) and I'm still 'nope.'

Wish you well, no matter.

PLEASE make sure sure sure sure that all forms of Cannabis are totallly void of your system, before EVEN thinking further, too! I know you like to party, m'lady. Didn't WE ALL in some form, at some point. Any residuals (even CBD) is the kiss of death in this industry, as has been proved time after time, right here on TT.

You know I wish you the best, m'lady. I'm almost thinking maybe you & he could drive 'tour buses' upon obtaining your CDLB...and enjoy the drive, AND the ride!

Seriously & sincerely,

~ 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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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I knew there had to be mother/kid somewhere out there.

I had a student with Prime whose mother began training about a month after him. When my student finished he ran solo for a month until his mother finished her training. I ran into them at a random truck stop in Texas a couple months after they had started teaming. They got along really well and seemed to enjoy driving together.

It can be done. And Prime had no issues with a Mother and Son team.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Cut the cord.

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