So Tell Me... Am I Delusional?

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Charles C.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I've been researching trucking careers for a while now. Maybe I'm crazy but I think I would have fun with this job... The only problem is that I'm a full time NYC Correction Officer. But I'm so interested in trucking I would consider leaving that job to do it. I have my first CDL trucking driving lesson next monday.

I'm looking for some opinions on this. Am I crazy? And is living on the road not as glorious as it seems to me?

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.
Jopa's Comment
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Yes ...

Jopa

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(Not really ...)sorry.gif

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Definitely crazy but so is every other driver out there. Especially that Jopa guy, he's certifiably nuckin futz :p

Charles C.'s Comment
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Definitely crazy but so is every other driver out there. Especially that Jopa guy, he's certifiably nuckin futz :p

Sounds like my kind of people! smile.gif

Darren R.'s Comment
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I'm doing it, my 1st day of CDL class is next Monday.. Like you, I've been curious about it for ever, so I'm going for it!

Toys in the attic brutha! lolololololol

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.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Toys in the attic brutha! lolololololol

Hey let's keep this family friendly.... LOL They don't need to hear about the toys in your attic. rofl-1.gif

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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You already deal with the dregs of society so it should be an easy conversion...embarrassed.gif

Charles C.'s Comment
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Okay so I had my first driving lesson... Honestly its not that bad at all, I thought it was going to be harder. I have to renew my permit though I waited to long to the start the lessons.

Anyway, I've been researching companies to work for. What does it mean exactly when a job description says choose your own schedule? And what what about picking your own days off? I see some have that, like 6 days off per month that you pick. Would I be able to pick 6 days at the end of the month and 6 days in the beginning of the next one to give myself 12 consecutive days?

Or for a month give myself the weekends off? I know this is a lot of questions but I've been wondering about all of this.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Charles, are you going to a school that will provide you with a training certificate after you have completed the course?

Charles C.'s Comment
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Charles, are you going to a school that will provide you with a training certificate after you have completed the course?

I'm taking lessons from the AAAA driving school. You take a certain amount of lessons then take the driving exam for the CDL. I didn't ask them if they provide any sort of certificate. Why?

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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