Learning to drive in the winter?

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  1. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Bobtail Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm relatively new here and I'm planning on getting my CDL very soon. I want to go into flatbed and I've been doing a lot of researching and homework into different schools, companies, etc. After looking around and talking in depth with some drivers who have been through different company schools I believe I know what company I want to apply to.

    Currently I'm employed and have a steady paycheck, and I was going to try to make it through the winter in this job and then leave but I'm increasingly unhappy here and I'm ready to move on now.

    Which leads me to my question, is the winter a bad time to start truck driving? Obviously the road conditions are less than ideal and tarping and strapping doesn't get any easier with ice and snow, but is it worth it to hold off until spring? Hoping some of you experienced drivers can shed some light on this. Thanks!
     
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    I'd stay put till Spring. Learning to drive a truck in the snow, not a good idea.
     
  4. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Bobtail Member

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    That was my initial thought, I also didn't think I'd grow this miserable this fast at work. I'd quit now but I really don't want to leave any employment gaps in my resume.
     
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  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Take a deep breathe & gut it out.
    You know trucking ain't all it's cracked up to be. Frozen tarps in the Winter, throwing iron, shut down roads. Oh the list goes on. Its just a bad idea to learn trucking in the Winter.
     
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  6. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    From a newer driver. I say the opposite. I did my orientation during the winter. Last year. Going through snow with a trainer with experience driving. Helped me out a lot. I was much better prepared. Than if I had hit that first snow storm on my own.
     
  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I think winter is a good time to learn as long as your trainer has winter experience.

    Much better to learn how to chain and drive in adverse conditions when you have someone with you that's experienced.

    In fact they should only let new people start in the winter.
     
  8. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Good points. I forgot that you learn with a trainer. Not the case back in the day.
     
  9. Chinatown

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    If winter driving was too dangerous for cdl school students, then schools would close during winter months.
    Get started!
     
  10. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    The schools don't care. They're getting you the license. After that. You're the Megas problem. LOL
     
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