thinking about truckin

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  1. BootLegger

    BootLegger Bobtail Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    springville alabama
    im 51 and my kids are grown and gone.....thinking about truckin school and im having some info sent to me from a local endorsed drivin school...
    any school recommendations[ NE alabama here]
    what i dont like to hear is that after you pay up for the school THEN you hafta be TRAINED on company policies??? is that true?
    ...hell when im done with school i want to roll...otr is fine with me
    my pops was a lifer trucker 0/0 and i rode with him for years up till 18 every summer...couldnt wait, he's been gone now about 3 years and drove up until his last me from ages 20-49 i worked the relentless 9 to 5 job....IT SUCKED...but responsibilties had me[ wife 2 kids] i did what i had to do...and now i want my CDL[ wife gone]...i realize that i might hate it....but i have missed the road pops always said to got the fever
    now my pops had the w900b pete ....
    cumings 350 w/blower, fulller trans/split and 3.73's out back... she'd rumble bobtailing
    his last years spent as company driver for local outfit.
    anyways im going to do something either CDL and OTR or CDL and local tandems[dumps]
    any pointers before i get started?
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  3. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    The school preps you for your CDL and some basic safety tips. You will just know enough to be dangerous. The co you go to will pair you with a trainer until you are safe enough not to kill you or me. Or they should anyway.....
  4. Rug_Trucker

    Rug_Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Near Nashville TN
    I checked into the state "career center." They offfered to pay for my schooling. I can do the 3 week class and they will pay. Or I can do the 3 month class at Nasvhille Tech. I am on the list at Nashville Tech. They only take 8 students per semester. I have no idea where I am on the list.
  5. jtrnr1951

    jtrnr1951 Road Train Member

    Are there any driving jobs up that way???? Right now there are alot of drivers looking for work, that doesn't exist......Just trying to warn you, good luck..
  6. led-foot

    led-foot Bobtail Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Slatington, PA
    Take the 3 week class but make sure they have you lined up with a company and what ever you do dont go to work for Swift.
  7. Kabar

    Kabar Road Train Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Pell City Al
    Swift is a good place to start. You want to get the heck away from them after a year. But they are a good place to start.
  8. ghostchild

    ghostchild Road Train Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    51....that's a good age to've already raised your kids...already done what you want to do in life for the most part...

    Trucking is set up for you...

    My problem is I got into it to young...
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