Permit Achieved Now Off To CDL School

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Mark's Comment
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Hi everyone,

I have been lurking for quite a while now and thought I would let you all know that I passed the General Knowledge, Air braked and Combination Vehicles sections here in Ohio today. Must say that the High Road Training made all the difference and I really never did study my states manual but kept to the training here and used the practice tests. Dec 1st I will begin training at the Road Master here in Columbus OH. Since I live in Columbus it made sense to start here. I had been accepted into the Prime Training but the earliest I would have been able to start was January 5th due to their Christmas and New Years schedules.

Just a little background since this is my first time posting:

My background has been as a missionary in Latin America, Colombia was were I spent most of my time almost 20 years. But after that I returned to the USA and located close to family here in Columbus, OH. Got a good paying job at the American Red Cross Bio medical. Yes, I helped manage blood drives. However, this past March I was part of a work force reduction and was out of a job. I know I have read this story a lot here on the forum and it is all too common. Yet at 50 finding another good paying job is not as easy as it once was and so I have decided to embark on a new adventure. I am lucky that I was able to front the cost of the training but I was prepared if need be to go to a company sponsored program, however, I liked the idea of having a little more freedom to choose my first company. Road Master has a total of 12 core companies as they call them that will front $1500 of the training up front for you if you are able to pay without financing which makes the course much easier to swallow.

At any rate, if all goes well I will be off to my first company soon and will begin to earn some income. How anyone is suppose to live off of unemployment is news to me but then I guess is is suppose to be a help and not make you dependent on it. I look forward to some long days again :-).

The school has suggested to me that I look at Werner and possible run out of the Anheuser Busch account here which would have me home every day and home on weekends. Not sure that is the route to take but it is an option. I have looked for people who work on this account but have not had much luck yet. If anyone here knows about it please chime in and let me know if it might be a good option.

Again, the many posts I have read have been a tremendous help for me so far and I look forward to participating more as I start this new adventure.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.


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.

Jimbo's Comment
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Welcome, Congrats, and Good luck Mark....wishing you the best!

Matt S.'s Comment
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Hi Mark! All the best man!

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Welcome Mark, from another Ohio trucker! I agree finding decent paying employment over the age of 50 is nearly impossible, so I recently got m CDL through Roehl and I am currently in training. I hope you let us us know how things progress with you, as the people here have a wealth of knowledge. Best of luck to you!


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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