What Did You Do Before Becoming A Truck Driver?

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Vicki M.'s Comment
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My first love: felling big timber with chainsaws...

I knew I liked you. My dad was a faller and I grew up living in tents on the landings :D

PackRat's Comment
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My first love: felling big timber with chainsaws...

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I knew I liked you. My dad was a faller and I grew up living in tents on the landings :D

I was a "professional" feller for a construction and land clearing operation for two years after I retired from the USN. Actually, that was my last full-time job before I started driving. But I've messed around with trees and firewood in some form for most of my life.

Adam J.'s Comment
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I was in Mental Health working as a case manager. I would work with clients and providers. Link clients to services and advocate for their care. The job entailed a lot more but that is the easy explanation. Did that for 16 years before getting my CDL (in Jan 2021)

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.
Ron S.'s Comment
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I worked in the medical industry as an IT Technician for 20 years. Got burnt and decided to give trucking a shot. A lot of people ask me why lol

Joseph L.'s Comment
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Representative. (did not buy) Debt Collection mainly medical and some utilities

Andrey's Comment
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I did quite a few things: an arborist (that's a fancy word for someone who cuts and plants trees for the city), a college professor, a welder and a baker.

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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5 years as a school bus driver. Loved the job really, just couldn't make enough to make ends meet.

David F.'s Comment
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When I was 19, I attended Federal Truck Driving School in San Diego. I graduated, passed my CA CDL and became licensed to drive in-state. I wasn't old enough to get my HazMat , even though I passed the endorsement test when I initially got my CDL Permit. I drove locally in SoCal for 5 months and then gave up and went on to other things. Fast forward to 2003. I am married and have two little boys (3 & 1!). Now living in AZ, I could not find a job that would pay that wasn't temping or clerical. I started looking online (such as it was back then). I contacted CR England, but never heard back. I contacted Schneider and within 3 weeks they had me set up to travel to Fontana and start a 2 week driving school at USTDS. After graduation I drove for Schneider through December of 2005. I then switched companies and started hauling petroleum products locally in AZ, mostly delivering gasoline to convenience stores and such. After about 6-7 years, I transitioned into dispatch, working nights. While in dispatch, I let my CDL expire and lapse. In 2019 I reached a breaking point and had to get off night shift. I left the industry and went to work in the debit card fraud division of a large bank.

Now I'm looking at getting back into driving locally. I need to get my DOT Physical and then get my CDL permit again and I can go to work with a local tank carrier to update my training and get my CDL back. I'm in that process now. In hindsight, I should not have let my CDL lapse.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Robert K.'s Comment
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Gravel pit worker here...... I'm just tired being lay off every winter and in rainstorms. when my pos 10- yd cat loader keeps breaking down.. I had to find what is problem and how to fix it then, chase parts for it. If I cant get parts for it.. lay off and prepare boss curse and yelling about it. boss always find cheapest solution to fix it. Inspector down there.. layoff

I've been working this place all of my life and my dad used to be owner of this place I'm currently working. Told him I can't take this headache anymore and advice me go back to school and get blue collar job... I tried college but I sucked at it and drop out due to can't understand all that info in short period of time.

My grandpa told me get CDL and become a trucker cause he's been doing this all of my life and every word I heard from your father.. ignore him due to taking things to extreme levels. soo I listened to my grandpa and becoming a trucker by end of year of 2021.

Now I done research on trucking companies... 1. Nussbaum https://www.ccjdigital.com/ccj-innovators/article/14938399/nussbaum-transportation-services-certification-red-program Notice that they have additional training know as red certified plus bonus CPM if you go thru that training link above explains what is it 2.Veriha they claim have 2 year additional training after you get your own truck 3. H.O. Wolding seen these guys around my place a lot and speak very good from truckers 4. Maverick lots of exercise and good miles 5. FreyMiller Long miles and truckers love them too those are my top 5 companies and gona call each of companies to get info on training

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TJ M.'s Comment
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Been in the IT business (lastly management) for 24+ years. With one company for 18.75 years then got my job shipped to India. Now in looking for work in the past year, they want the expertise of 3 different people for one role. Have family in the trucking industry, had an uncle that did it for years. So somewhat familiar with the business. Waiting to see if unemployment Workforce will spring for my tuition to a local college here. I figure if I have a CDL , I will never be unemployed again.

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.
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