My First Month As A Local Driver…

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Brandon G.'s Comment
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I recently graduated my CDL class about six weeks ago(paid out of pocket)and it took a few weeks to get hired by a company. I just just completed my first month of work and absolutely LOVE IT!!! I’ve been clocking close to 70hrs a week and really don’t feel burnt out at all. I guess if you enjoy your job that makes all the difference. I definitely have learned 10 times more in the last month than my entire cdl course(I really learned very little in my cdl class). I just wanted to post this as encouragement to other cdl students and recent grads have a good weekend my friends.


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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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That is great news. Glad to hear you are enjoying your job and learning new things.

Could you share a little more info when you have a chance? You mentioned running your clock close to 70hrs/wk. So what is a typical day like for you? Are you running the same route every day? Are you getting "weekends" off at home? Or are you doing a 34hr reset on the road?

Just curious.

Brandon G.'s Comment
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I’m actually working as a short haul shuttle driver moving trailers between 3 different facilities, no more than a hour away. I usually work 12pm to 10:30 and off on Sunday. Although on Saturday, I usually work as a yard jockey.

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