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Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Arrived at my training location a couple hours ago. The family helped me settle in after an initial moment of shock in which the receptionist thought they were trying to stay with me. Got that confusion sorted out, went to lunch with the wife and kids and saw them off. Not sure I want to make it well known I've driven before. I don't think they'd have higher expectations if I did, but hopefully they'll just think I'm a gifted student. Lol who knows, I listed my driving experience on the app, but I doubt the trainers ever see that. Here goes nothing.

Ice princess's Comment
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Be safe and please let us know how you are doing.

ChaseOne's Comment
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Jay, I can't wait to hear more of your driver training experiences and what really happens with your family life. I am getting ready to go to school soon and am very apprehensive about leaving my family alone.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Jay, I can't wait to hear more of your driver training experiences and what really happens with your family life. I am getting ready to go to school soon and am very apprehensive about leaving my family alone.

Right now I'm approaching this as an investment in our future. My long term goal is to get a job at a local company in my area. (There are a few to choose from) But we talked long and hard about this because I knew I'd have to do over the road for some time first. I drove before we adopted our two girls, so me and my wife know what to expect. My younger daughter is the emotional one, my older one is mainly concerned about getting to hit the road with me at some point. Allegedly I'll only have to drive for approximately 6 months OTR to fulfill my training obligation then I going to start applying at those local spots.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

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.

Jim's Comment
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Jay, I can't wait to hear more of your driver training experiences and what really happens with your family life. I am getting ready to go to school soon and am very apprehensive about leaving my family alone.

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Right now I'm approaching this as an investment in our future. My long term goal is to get a job at a local company in my area. (There are a few to choose from) But we talked long and hard about this because I knew I'd have to do over the road for some time first. I drove before we adopted our two girls, so me and my wife know what to expect. My younger daughter is the emotional one, my older one is mainly concerned about getting to hit the road with me at some point. Allegedly I'll only have to drive for approximately 6 months OTR to fulfill my training obligation then I going to start applying at those local spots.

Congrats to you. Too often folks leap into this career field without a plan. You clearly have a plan of using your current trucking company as a springboard for your career. And I'm here to tell you there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's those folks who job hop from one company to the next that worry me. The time you sacrifice now will pay off in dividends later when you obtain that local job.

On a related side note to anyone else thinking of going to school to obtain your CDL , make sure you select a trucking company that's known for their training and safety record. For example, Schneider has a reputation second to none for its training program. So whether you use this company as a springboard for a long term career goal (getting that local job, becoming an owner operator , becoming a trainer, etc.); or whether you plan to retire from this company, remember that safety must be your first priority. If you don't work for a trucking company that's willing to invest the time, tools, and resources to make sure you are safe and successful, then steer clear!

Best regards, Phoenix Summers

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.

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.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Jay, sounds like you wanna go local as your end goal, why do you feel like you need to go OTR first? Have you contacted these local companies? Sometimes they're willing to give you a shot, even if they formally advertise an experience requirement.

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.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Jay, sounds like you wanna go local as your end goal, why do you feel like you need to go OTR first? Have you contacted these local companies? Sometimes they're willing to give you a shot, even if they formally advertise an experience requirement.

I had my CDL about 7 years ago and let it lapse. This was the only way I could figure out how to get it back without piling up some debt. Plus since its been several years I figured some more training time and a little OTR would be a good thing.

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.

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.

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