I Really Could Use A Few Recommendations

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Xero O.'s Comment
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Looking back I should have utilized a free program. I paid out of pocket because I got it in my head that there was only one company that I wanted to drive for, and they didn't have a school anymore. I would hear their commercials on the radio all the time and think how great a company it must be. Now I know all the starter companies operate pretty similar. So don't be like me. Take the free training and get on where you can.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I found Trucking truth while searching for a CDL written exam prep. The High Road Training Program is the best out there. I studied while traveling to my company sponsored training , and I passed my written exam with flying colors. The site's advice to learn the pretrip ASAP gave me a huge jump ahead of my class. The site helped me eliminate unrealistic expectations and laid the foundation for a successful lifelong career.

During my first year, the articles and commenters got me through the hard stuff and celebrated my accomplishments. Here I still am 7 years later, helping others and paying it forward as a 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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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