May Be Making A Career Change

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Annette S.'s Comment
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Hello Ladies!

truck driver with his wife and motorcycle

I am new to this site and also this industry. The man that I have been dating for almost a year now has recently gone to school at CR England. He has his CDL now and is on the road getting his 20,000 miles in. He is soooo excited about it! and I am just as excited for him. He has mentioned quite a few times about me coming with him and the two of us going on the road together. This isn't something that I have ever considered doing.....until now. I am so glad that I stumbled on this site. I look forward to talking with many of you and building many friendships.

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.
Cynthia L.'s Comment
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Welcome! First of all you have really got to love to drive, have nerves of steel, and don't let idiot drivers upset you. I drove OTR with my Dad and 2nd husband in the 70's, before cell phones. I loved it. If you do decide to give truck driving a try be prepared for anything and everything. I'm trying to get back in a truck myself. I wish you all the best and good luck.

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.

Annette S.'s Comment
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Thanks Cynthia. I am going thru the CDL Training Materials on here, been answering questions and reading reading reading. That is awesome being able to go with your Dad. I hope you get back into it and wish you much success!

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Annette....glad you found TT !!! If you want to get a start in trucking...and get the very best education you can before going thru cdl school, you have come to the right place !! And then theres always this great forum for the ladies who want to get into driving, are drivers, or have hubbys that are drivers....We will answer any questions you have....and offer our guidance, friendship, and help in all that you do. Feel free to read, post and enjoy the other forum...the guys lurk in here some...I think its a man's lifelong endeavor to try to figure out the mind of a woman !!! So welcome....we are so glad to have you !!!

Here's the training course that helps all who head for cdl school...High Road Training Program

And of course...ya gotta love the smilies !!! smile.gif .

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Oh man...I forgot the best part !!!!!!

LOVE THAT CROTCH ROCKET !!!!!!!

I ride a Harley right now..that i"m selling...I'm building a custom trike.....I've come to face my own mortality...lol

RedGator's Comment
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I had never considered a truck driving career. Had you told me 3 yrs ago I would be a driver I would have looked at you like you had 3 heads.. Now I couldn't quite imagine life not as a driver.

Annette S.'s Comment
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Thanks STARCAR for the encouragement! Yes, I am doing the High Road Training Program and plan on going to my local DMV and taking the written and get that out of the way first before going to school. I want all my ducks in a row before I even sign up for the school.

That is sooooo cool that you are building a trike. You will have to keep me updated on your progress and send pics! I've had 2 Harleys before this one in the pic and I love this one. It's my baby.

I commend you REDGATOR for deciding to take a step and doing it. The more I read everyone's post the more excited I get about it. Someday when you have time, I would love to hear about how you got started in it.

Take care my new found friends and keep the rubber side down! dancing-dog.gif

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Starcar's Comment
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Theres nothin' like a good trucker tale...unless its a biker story...lol.

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