Do You Feel This Way?

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Tim F.'s Comment
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I met one of the students from our company sponsored CDL school last week in our local terminal. He went through the course as a refresher. He is leaving the company. Could not handle the time away from family. Be sure that you will be able to deal with those feelings before you make this commitment. I felt them the first day or two....but it's gotten better each day. I'm fortunate to be dedicated. 5/2 schedule so I will see mine on the weekends. Good luck all in your new adventures. Especially my hero Jolie R.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
's Comment
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Best of luck to you. I'm sure it takes some time to adjust, plus for someone who's never lived in a truck before must be challenging to adjust but if there's a will there's a way.

Woody's Comment
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Well in my opinion there is no way to know for sure if being away like truckers are is something someone can handle. I think everyone that goes through school has thought about it and has decided that they can handle it but until you are out there doing it you and your family will never know.

My current job I will only be out for 3 nights at the most, and that is nice. But for me I can honestly say there are things about being OTR that I miss. For others they will find it is just too much of a struggle for them or their families and they need to find another way. The good thing is with the driver shortage there are opportunities open now that get drivers home more often that used to take years to have available.

I sure do not judge or look down on anyone that comes into trucking and then finds they just can not handle being away from their families. And I do not think they didn't consider it before hand. I think the reality just hits harder than some expect.

Woody

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.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I met one of the students from our company sponsored CDL school last week in our local terminal. He went through the course as a refresher. He is leaving the company. Could not handle the time away from family. Be sure that you will be able to deal with those feelings before you make this commitment. I felt them the first day or two....but it's gotten better each day. I'm fortunate to be dedicated. 5/2 schedule so I will see mine on the weekends. Good luck all in your new adventures. Especially my hero Jolie R.

Awww Tim, you make me blush! smile.gif I think I know who you are referring to and I am sorry to hear he is leaving Roehl. On a happier note, I made it through phase I and will officially be hired on Monday!!! Two guys were sent home yesterday so getting through was no guarantee. My advice to everyone thinking of doing this is don't give up even when the odds seem insurmountable!!! I am living proof of if you believe you can do this and have great classmates cheering you on, you can do it!!!!

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dillian's Comment
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My boss at my current job told me he'd take me back in a heartbeat if I decide I hate it. Its comforting to know I have that to fall back on even though that isn't my plan.

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