Made The Decision To Change Career Path

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Cindy B.'s Comment
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Im am currently an LPN and have decided to change career paths. My father and brother were drivers, I have my school choices down to three, schneider, cr england and swift. my youngest child is a 21 yo Marine so I dont have the worries at home. ok, I have been reading comments on the site, very informative by the way so thank you for that. Any words of wisdom? I am smart but I realize this is completely different from anything I have ever done, but I love the trucks and the traveling sounds wonderful. I am very aware there is bs with any job so Im prepared for that, what is involved in the physicals? I have no driving in my history as far as professionally and I have a clean driving record. I am leaving nursing because honestly Ive burned out, it happens with nurses alot and I wasnt able to drive before because of my children, I have nothing holding me back now, I welcome any and all advice, tips, pointers, etc regardless of what they are, you are the professionals and I am all ears

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Welcome. Sounds to me like you are right in the place you need to be, both in life and this forum. Having no obligations except to yourself will make it a lot easier for you if you decide to enter the trucking world. I am sure that everyone you talk to will tell you exactly the same thing. Start with High Road Training Program . While you are doing it, check this out: Understanding Pre-Hire Process Once you've done that, look at this:How To Choose A School that should keep you pretty busy and give you a bit of better incite into whether this life is a good fit for you. Keep on this site and go back and start by reading through a lot of the posts on the forum. You may find a lot of the answers you're looking for already given by the wonderful helpful folks who live here. If, for some reason you have a question and can't find an answer, then all ya gotta do is ask it..hope this gives you a bit of encouragement to find out if this is the dream you want to follow.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

The best place to start is our Trucker's Career Guide. It has a ton of information on every topic imaginable that pertains to getting your trucking career underway. It will also lead you to the links that Guy posted for you above.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Cindy! I can't add much to what the others have said, but want you know that you're welcome to ask any and all questions you may come up with and some one here will provide an answer for you.

Starcar's Comment
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Ahhh...another lady driver comin' your way !!! We're so glad that you found this site...and after you take advantage of all the training tools here, and the advice from seasoned professional drivers, you'll be glad you found this site too !! AND...as an added bonus...theres a Ladies Of Trucking Forum...for those ladies who are drivers, rookies, wanna be, truckers wives, truckers girl friends, or just women interested in what the Sisters of the White Line do..And its a great place to ask any and all questions that may pertain to a woman on the road...So come on over and check us out !! And we're so very glad you are here !!! WELCOME !!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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good-luck.gif Welcome, glad you are here! This site offers a wealth of information use all of it to your advantage! Good Luck and keep us updated! My own start date is getting closer and closer, May 20th with Central Refrigerated!

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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good-luck.gif Welcome, glad you are here! This site offers a wealth of information use all of it to your advantage! Good Luck and keep us updated! My own start date is getting closer and closer, May 20th with Central Refrigerated!

36 daysrofl-3.gif ..but who's countin??

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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Starcar's Comment
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Yeah Guy...why would anyone bother to count down the days til you have to have your underwear packed, and all the other stuff done?? after all....its ONLY truck driving school !!!! I'm sure that some of those dufus' that get sent home, operated on this kinda thinking. I'm glad they aren't out on the road makin' it ugly for the rest of us. Ya'll just get ready, repack 10 times, get all your endorsements you can, take any paperwork needed, and any that you think they may want....and go make us proud !!!! Thats how focused professionals do it !!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cindy B.'s Comment
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Ohhhhh myyyyyy so much to do, ok so I read about Primes school which sounded great but heres a question, it says forced dispatch and forced NYC. Prime seems to pay very well, more then what other schools do it seems but given NYC is forced is it worth the extra money?

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