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Chad C.'s Comment
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Hello guys and gals. I'm starting my 3rd week of CDL training and I've noticed the seats in the trucks don't have very much room for adjustments. I know these trucks are probably much older than the ones I hope to eventually drive (they're between 12 and 18 years old). Having said that, do newer trucks have seats with more adjustability. If not what do you bigger guys do to get in a more comfortable driving position? I'm 6'4" 280 lbs and with these trucks the steering wheel is up on me and I feel like I'm right on top of the pedals. Any advice is much appreciated, thanks.

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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.
Andre R.'s Comment
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If.it's any help while in school the trucks we had were about 6-7 years old. I'm 6'1 320 and had tons of room.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The truck seats have to.be comfortable for like 95% of drivers. I'm football player build as well. I trained in a Freightliner and drive a Kenworth now. I push the seat all the way back, raise it a bit higher, adjust the steering wheel, and I can sit there almost all day long.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Chad, the seats you'll have out on the road should adjust well enough for you to be comfortable. Training trucks are notoriously awful at most schools so don't think anything of it. The trucks at the school I went to had a dinosaur protector over the front grill and the wheels were made of stone.

Chad C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply and suggestions guys! That's what I hoping to hear Brett!

Thanks Andre, you're definitely a big dude and if it works for you then I can make it work.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Chad, the seats you'll have out on the road should adjust well enough for you to be comfortable. Training trucks are notoriously awful at most schools so don't think anything of it. The trucks at the school I went to had a dinosaur protector over the front grill and the wheels were made of stone.

Come on Brett we all know you are not that old, now maybe a couple of the other moderators might be, but not you rofl-3.gif

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