Young Truck Driver Looking For Some Advice!

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G MAN's Comment
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Brett that is the most beautiful, thoughtful, and true string of words I have ever read on the internet.

I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thank you! smile.gif

Max E.'s Comment
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Brett that picture makes me laugh so hard! hahha im glad i didnt grow up during that time. your hair was sweet though. just a random thought i was 2 when you took that picture. haha

Anyways thanks all of you for your input. like i said before this has defiantly been the most helpful site. all the other sites just seem to be people who put in more time complaining about their company or boss then actually driving. you got to focus more on the good then the bad. no situation is perfect. so really thank you all for your input its been helpful. im glad none of you rail me for wanting to take a break from school for a bit.

a little update on me. in the next hour or so a local trucking school is having an open house so im going to go check that out. lucky for me i live in Phoenix so i have a lot of different options to chose from for both company sponsored training and a private CDL school.

Im thinking im going to do the whole private school thing. i have several grand saved up (thanks to my father being a CPA ive always been good at managing money with excellent credit.) so im thinking im going to do the private school. most of the schools around here charge 3500-4000. i like the whole idea of private school so i dont feel strapped to a company. i believe in being committed dont get me wrong im not going to be one of those guys who just jumps from company to company or job to job every 6 months. that aint me. im committed. however though if it dosnt end up working out or i get a better offer or if life just changes i like the idea of being able to walk away from a company not owing them for CDL school. since i have the cash to pay for it up front i can just do that and not worry about it. thats my thought process.


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.

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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

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