Coordinating Your Schedule With Your Circadian Rhythm?

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Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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This is the feedback I needed and will plan accordingly. Thanks man!!!

First, focus on getting your CDL. You can worry about other things AFTER you get your CDL.

There's an old Yiddish proverb - Man plans and God laughs. Your plans and working hours are often CRUSHED by factors beyond your control. Breakdowns, weather, layovers, cancelled loads and the Wyoming DOT will all conspire against you. Your best bet is to be flexible, revise your plans as needed and know your limits.

Your late night shutdown plan will meet the cold, hard reality of trying to find a safe, legal place to park after dark real quick. You will ROAM THE EARTH trying to find a place to find your truck in many parts of the country. Even if you can find an open space at that hour it will probably have an issue making it dangerous to use that you, as a rookie, will be hard pressed to spot.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

The Pelican's Comment
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I agree with this.

"Focus on getting your CDL."

I think the questions being asked are good questions. Before committing to getting a CDL , a person should first learn as much as possible about driving OTR (the most common entry point to trucking), and then make an informed decision.

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.

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