Is it stupid to get a CDL at age 18, 19, or 20?

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  1. Zan1995

    Zan1995 Bobtail Member

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    I know in all states minus Hawaii, you can get a CDL when you're 18, but you cannot travel to another state until you're 21. However, seeing how most commercial driving jobs even if it doesn't require a CDL still require you to be 21 or older, is there any point in getting a CDL?
     
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  3. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    If you are looking to make money, why not get it?
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Get the cdl anyway. As soon as you're 21, you can hit the road.
    Some companies hire cdl drivers as young as 18 for intrastate driving.
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    When did you move to Florida?
     
  6. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    Just about 3 weeks ago.

    Pretty crazy driving market here in Fort Myers. I accepted a position but had multiple companies contact me because of resume on Indeed.

    If you are looking for a driving job down this way and you cant find a job, there is an issue.
     
  7. Munch75

    Munch75 Light Load Member

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    Experience is experience. You may find agriculture jobs that stay intra state doing short hauls. Landscaping companies hauling equipment. Not sure what dump trucks require.
     
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  8. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Try your local mom and pop brick and lumber yards. Try your moving companies. Try your entertainment companies that set up stages for concerts, rasslin’ matches…etc. You may be able to get your foot in the door.


    Luck in battle.
     
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You're right; Florida is a good location for truckers.
    Ft. Myers is a nice area.
     
  10. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    Yeah I'm enjoying it.

    Also, theres decent paying local jobs here. Some are cheap though. Saw a few paying $19 an hour for a Class A. Thats cheap. No wonder they cant find anyone.
     
  11. Chinatown

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    Here's a few I posted the other day for Ft. Myers/Naples.
    Indeed Vs. ??
     
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