In School For Training To Get My Class A CDL Long Course.

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Johnny G.'s Comment
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I think it's better if you get your CDL before your wife. Once you are trained, she can come on board and you can mentor her. Especially since she has a job, she can do that while you learn the ropes. Once you start making money, it'll make sense for her to quit her job and join you. Just my opinion.

So nomad girl the reason we were thinking my wife would go over the road first is because her job doesn't pay well .We have the money to last until we're on the road but not much more. Plus we've talked about going over the road for a while. My question to you is will team driving bring 8 to 1000 a week like I've heard? We're willing to be out 2 months at a time if that's what it takes.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

David's Comment
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First off, Welcome to the site.

Is there a particular reason you went with a long course like this? I feel you could have gotten through a school and into a truck by 4 weeks.....Just curious on that..

So nomad girl the reason we were thinking my wife would go over the road first is because her job doesn't pay well .We have the money to last until we're on the road but not much more. Plus we've talked about going over the road for a while. My question to you is will team driving bring 8 to 1000 a week like I've heard? We're willing to be out 2 months at a time if that's what it takes.

Just so you know, you both wont be training on the same truck, you'll be split to complete training and then once you both complete you'll be put on the truck together.

Since you both will be teaming together, your income will basically be shared. First year drivers (solo) can see 30-32K teams can see 30-35k.

Teams are paid based off the miles the truck makes. Generally you'll get paid half of what the truck does and your team mate gets the other half.

Over The Road:

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.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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David I'm taking a longer course because of money. The government Well pay for my CDL but it takes 3 to 4 months.

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.
David's Comment
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David I'm taking a longer course because of money. The government Well pay for my CDL but it takes 3 to 4 months.

Makes sense. Was just currious. Did you look into Company-Sponsored Training as well? no cost up front and after 1 yr with the company your cdl is free. apart from Prime training is 3-4 weeks.. (primes is 3 weeks to 6 months)

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.

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.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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David I'm taking a longer course because of money. The government Well pay for my CDL but it takes 3 to 4 months.

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Makes sense. Was just currious. Did you look into Company-Sponsored Training as well? no cost up front and after 1 yr with the company your cdl is free. apart from Prime training is 3-4 weeks.. (primes is 3 weeks to 6 months)

I did look at Swift & knight for training but both said no because of old felonys.

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.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So nomad girl the reason we were thinking my wife would go over the road first is because her job doesn't pay well .We have the money to last until we're on the road but not much more. Plus we've talked about going over the road for a while. My question to you is will team driving bring 8 to 1000 a week like I've heard? We're willing to be out 2 months at a time if that's what it takes.

Even as a rookie team you can over that amount without trying to hard and you do not have to be out 2 months at a time.

Over The Road:

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.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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So nomad girl the reason we were thinking my wife would go over the road first is because her job doesn't pay well .We have the money to last until we're on the road but not much more. Plus we've talked about going over the road for a while. My question to you is will team driving bring 8 to 1000 a week like I've heard? We're willing to be out 2 months at a time if that's what it takes.

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Even as a rookie team you can over that amount without trying to hard and you do not have to be out 2 months at a time.

nice to hear !! It's hard to really know what kind of money we're looking at. Every one always tells me different Things

Over The Road:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Johnny, welcome to the forum!

If I were you I wouldn't concern myself so much with the money right now. You and your wife are going to be surprised at how much you can make teaming together, but realize that you guys are new at this and that first year can be a real test of ones abilities to "stick it out". There is so much that you will be learning, and so much that you will be experiencing. Sometimes it can be stressful and trying, but it is also very rewarding. I just want you to prepare yourselves mentally for a trying time. There are so many challenges when you first start driving a truck. There are rude people at the places you will go, and crazy schedules to try and keep - you will learn the true meaning of what it means to "hurry up and wait" a thousand times over. Things will happen beyond your control, and as rookies you are not always going to be getting the best loads.

Here's what you want to focus on - do the best job you can while being safe and reliable. We tell people all the time to be extra careful to "not hit anything". It is vitally important to the future of your career that you make that first year out there one with a clean safety record. Don't be surprised if you or your wife, or maybe both of you, end up having feelings that you are wondering "what have I got myself into"? This happens to almost everyone who starts out in this career. It is so much more than just a good job, it is a whole new lifestyle, and that is what takes the most to adjust to.

I think you guys can do really well at this, and I am really glad you are going to give it a try. Just make yourself a commitment to hang in there for one year of safe driving. That first year will be full of challenges, but the great part about that is that you are constantly learning new skills, and developing new strengths and strategies at how you can succeed at this rewarding career. When problems arise, and they will, you can always jump in here for some advice, and who knows, maybe one day you will be in here giving helpful encouragement and advice to other rookies who are concerned about their new job, or their past felonies, or any of the many other things that you have experienced success with.

Best of luck to ya! And, if you can find the time, keep us posted on how things are going for you guys - we love hearing the success stories from people who have come through here looking for help.

Oh, by the way, we have an absolutely free training program here that you and your wife could benefit from for gaining the knowledge to easily pass those state exams, it is the High Road Training Program, check it out, you'll be glad you did. One more thing, your wife may enjoy visiting the Ladies Of Trucking Forum, where the gals can visit privately without us guys bothering them too much.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Johnny G.'s Comment
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< p>Hey Johnny, welcome to the forum!

If I were you I wouldn't concern myself so much with the money right now. You and your wife are going to be surprised at how much you can make teaming together, but realize that you guys are new at this and that first year can be a real test of ones abilities to "stick it out". There is so much that you will be learning, and so much that you will be experiencing. Sometimes it can be stressful and trying, but it is also very rewarding. I just want you to prepare yourselves mentally for a trying time. There are so many challenges when you first start driving a truck. There are rude people at the places you will go, and crazy schedules to try and keep - you will learn the true meaning of what it means to "hurry up and wait" a thousand times over. Things will happen beyond your control, and as rookies you are not always going to be getting the best loads.

Here's what you want to focus on - do the best job you can while being safe and reliable. We tell people all the time to be extra careful to "not hit anything". It is vitally important to the future of your career that you make that first year out there one with a clean safety record. Don't be surprised if you or your wife, or maybe both of you, end up having feelings that you are wondering "what have I got myself into"? This happens to almost everyone who starts out in this career. It is so much more than just a good job, it is a whole new lifestyle, and that is what takes the most to adjust to.

I think you guys can do really well at this, and I am really glad you are going to give it a try. Just make yourself a commitment to hang in there for one year of safe driving. That first year will be full of challenges, but the great part about that is that you are constantly learning new skills, and developing new strengths and strategies at how you can succeed at this rewarding career. When problems arise, and they will, you can always jump in here for some advice, and who knows, maybe one day you will be in here giving helpful encouragement and advice to other rookies who are concerned about their new job, or their past felonies, or any of the many other things that you have experienced success with.

Best of luck to ya! And, if you can find the time, keep us posted on how things are going for you guys - we love hearing the success stories from people who have come through here looking for help.

Oh, by the way, we have an absolutely free training program here that you and your wife could benefit from for gaining the knowledge to easily pass those state exams, it is the High Road Training Program, check it out, you'll be glad you did. One more thing, your wife may enjoy visiting the Ladies Of Trucking Forum, where the gals can visit privately without us guys bothering them too much.

Happy to hear from you old school .I know your right when you say we will have some challenges .My instructor Always says slow is your friend.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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