Teacher To Trucker????? I Need Some Thoughts And Advice I Am Sick Of My Job And Am 27

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Tim C.'s Comment
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I am sick of my job and I have always had a dream of trucking. But i know that many times dreams are not reality. I am doing lots of reading about the industry and could really use some advice in discussion

Bleemus's Comment
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Buy Brett's book first. Read everything here in the forums and watch tons of YouTube videos of people that do this everyday. Hours of boredom and moments of terror. Good luck in your decision.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Are you married? Have kids?

Probably the two biggest factors you might want to consider.

Driving is tough on a young family. Not to say it can't be done... ..

Pat M.'s Comment
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So you want to get away from whiney imbeciles? Not gonna happen in trucking. Never heard a group of people complain and whine as much as truck drivers do.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I am sick of my job and I have always had a dream of trucking. But i know that many times dreams are not reality. I am doing lots of reading about the industry and could really use some advice in discussion

The topic title is the only place you hint at what you're doing now. I was a teacher till Thanksgiving last year, then quit - middle of the year.

Teacher to teacher, here's some advice you can literally take to the bank:

  • Finish out this school year
  • Sign the paper that says you'll be coming back (it's not legally binding)
  • Between now and May do the ground work: CDL permit, medical, check out companies & schools (look at the TruckingTruth resources)
  • Do your CDL driving school and testing while you still get your school paychecks and benefits during the summer
  • try to be hired by the end of August

Tim, a warning: at the beginning of your trucking career you will be making a lot less than a teacher makes. But you won't have all the little buggers in the classroom, or all the meetings and Common Core things to put up with. Priceless!

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.
Tim C.'s Comment
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Does anyone have an idea of what I would make starting of at trucking???

Tim C.'s Comment
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I am still teaching. 3 weeks left this year. I have my contract for next year signed...we are a private school. but would be no problem to get out of this. I just can't stand showing up each day. the best part of my day is my drive. Everything else sucks now. I don't know how to get into trucking i have read so many suggestions online and hope that you all have some help for me

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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I am still teaching. 3 weeks left this year. I have my contract for next year signed...we are a private school. but would be no problem to get out of this. I just can't stand showing up each day. the best part of my day is my drive. Everything else sucks now. I don't know how to get into trucking i have read so many suggestions online and hope that you all have some help for me

Start here: Truck Driver's Career Guide. Study for your cdl here: High Road Training Program. When you're close to ready to go to the DMV for the written test, get your DOT physical. (Probably not your regular Dr. Has to be DOT certified, costs up to $100, not usually insurance covered.)

Getting your CDL permit out of the way makes it easier for schools & companies to work with you. Start doing this now, so the Monday after you ball from school, Alice Cooper's song will have real meaning and you start your trucking class.

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mike L.R.'s Comment
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I was a teacher for 12 years. Special needs preschool was what i taught most. Im in training now.

Jopa's Comment
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I am still teaching. 3 weeks left this year. I have my contract for next year signed...we are a private school. but would be no problem to get out of this. I just can't stand showing up each day. the best part of my day is my drive. Everything else sucks now. I don't know how to get into trucking i have read so many suggestions online and hope that you all have some help for me

What? Common Core got your tongue?

Jopa

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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