Thinking About It....

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Angi J.'s Comment
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Hi, I'm 43 years old and having a helluva time finding/keeping a job. I had a class B 20 years ago (yes, I was stupid and let it go) and I'm seriously thinking of going for my class A. My husband thinks it's a good idea as well. Here's my problem: I don't know if I can handle going OTR on my own/alone, right off the bat. Because I only had a B before, I was driving dump trucks, doing road construction, and always had other people I knew around me. How does it work after you get an A and get hired on? Do you stay with a trainer for awhile or do they stick you out on your own immediately? This is actually the one thing that's keeping me from taking the jump and getting my A. Help???


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.

Mikki 's Comment
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Hey Angi welcome! You have come to the right place. Take your time, look around this site read the stories. If this is something you want, you can do it! Depending on what company and how you choose to do your schooling will have a determining factor on how long you will be with a trainer/mentor. Best of luck to you, you will be fine!


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.

Starcar's Comment
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Most companies get you thru CDL school...and then send you out with a trainer for a specific amount of time, or miles, or until the trainer qualifies you to go solo. If you are wanting a lady trainer, be sure that the company in fact offers that, AND be sure and see how long the waiting time is, from the time you finish CDL school, to when you will be put with a trainer. Usually its quite a wait. Do your you will know all the factors for your future in trucking......


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.
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