What Did You Do Before Becoming A Truck Driver?

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Jamie's Comment
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Although I'm not a trucker yet, just recently obtained my CDLs(yesterday). But I was driving taxi before I decided to finally switch to trucking, which I have thought of for awhile now. Before taxi driving, I did a lot of freelance programming work online.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Interesting how many IT and car sales people are here, as well as law enforcement, cooks, etc.

I am 58, not a driver yet, but 98% sure that is what I will be doing in 6 to 9 months. I have to close down my business and then my plan is to go to school (probably Sage, anyone have anything bad to say about them?), get my CDL and hit the road.

USMC right out of high school as an aviation electronics tech. Worked as security guard and McDonald's as side jobs while in.

Exterminator, promoted to asst manager and sales after first year.

Construction, mostly carpentry, but we did everything from digging the footers with a backhoe, to the roof, except electrical and plumbing, and I was assigned as their helper, so I have a really good education in building. Ran my own company for a few years after my boss went out of business.

Sold cars for about 8 months and was promoted to sales manager, then finance manager. Finally one day I couldn't force myself to turn into the parking lot any more I hated it so bad, so I quit. While working there, I was the guy to fix all the computers because they were my hobby.

Started my own PC repair business, and sold fences for a friend's dad's company while I grew my business.

I have been running my PC business for 12 years, and it has started to slow down, and I am starting to hate it anyway, and on top of that, NY is a horrible state to do business in. If my wife weren't from here, I would move back to my farm in Tennessee. So, once I close down my business, I will start the next chapter of my life.

I think I got the bug when I was 8 and a construction company left an ancient double stick parked beside the road by my house while they paved the dirt road I lived on. So, yes, I knew what a double stick was, just had no idea how to use it. :)

But that didn't stop us from playing in it and pretending to be truck drivers. LOL

If I weren't married, I would sell everything and go OTR. As it is, I hope to get something local, but if not, I am looking at Maverick's glass division to get experience, then switch to local for more home time, at least until my wife gets sick of me and tosses me out. :)

I am not sure if I can handle tarping glass though, my ankle still gives me pain, along with a bad back, gout, etc. The 6 months is to close my business, try to get in better shape, and give my hair time to grow out due to using medical marijuana. I read the thread about hair testing, and for the record, not everyone uses to get high. In NY, it isn't even weed, it is a pill or oil that has the chemical that makes you high taken out. Unfortunately, it is apparently not THC that gets you high, as my pills had THC and they did nothing to get me high. They also did nothing to either help my pain, or put me to sleep so I couldn't feel it. Had I not paid $600 for two bottles of pills I would have just tossed it, but I am a cheap a**, so I finished all of them. Had I known of my career change, I would have tossed them anyway, but it is what it is.

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.

Lee F.'s Comment
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Interesting to read about all of the diverse experience that everyone had before becoming a truck driver. I spent over 30 years managing other people. First in a restaurant and later in a hospital. Pay was good, but the stress level was sometimes just too much. I have been driving a couple of years now and plan to retire from my current company.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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