It All Starts Tomorrow

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Jimbo's Comment
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Well...the big day has arrived. I officially start a 10 week CDL program with a local school. It's kinda funny, I'm 53 and have been through a variety of challenges throughout the years...but I'm as nervous as a kid getting ready for his first date! lol

Anyway...I'll try to hop on here and update what goes on, etc. for anyone that might be considering a career or who is signed up for training in the near future.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Congrats and good luck. I'm your age and understand the nervousness. Don't worry about posting. You'll probably be pretty tired at the end of each day, but my tired was a good thing.

Pick the brains of those instructors, they're a wealth of information.

You'll do well.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Jimbo, if I remember correctly, you have been doing the High Road Training Program, and you are going to be really impressed at how far ahead you are of everyone else at school. In fact for the first few weeks you will seem like the classroom genius! Brett gave you a great head start with that tool.

I started this career at 53, and I jumped in with both feet. I'm still loving it and can't see myself backing down anytime soon. Hang in there, you're gonna be just fine.

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.
Jimbo's Comment
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You're right Old School....I've been reading away. Definitely have a good start at the text book end thanks to the program.

Thanks to both of you for the well wishes. Looking forward to learning this trade....

Jolie R.'s Comment
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The fun begins!!!! Best of luck and I can't wait to hear how things go for you!!!

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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Good luck!!

PJ's Comment
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Congrats, I too started at 53 years young. I went through a fast paced company program and had no issues. Those that think this is a young persons game still have some learning to do. lol. We have learned to work smarter not harder by this point in life. If you have questions jump on here and we'll all give you a hand. Have fun with it

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best of luck to ya Jimbo! Looking forward to hearing the updates as you go!

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Kayla B.'s Comment
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Hey Goodluck, I am almost through with my cdl training at DDA in Shreveport. Only advice I will give...Listen, Listen, Listen to your instructors! Do exactly as they say and you will "Get It!" I'm a future lady trucker and I have enjoyed school so much. I aced my CDL permit tests thanks to High Road... Almost have my pretrip down and when they give you that pretrip paper to learn...start immediately! I'm just in the 4 week class here at DDA, and when you start backing, absorb all the instructors tell you!!! When you start driving on the road...LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN!!! Good luck Jimbo! Lady Kaye

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.
Jimbo's Comment
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Thanks everyone. I'll keep you all posted and I know where to come with questions.

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