Whats the best way to start a truck career?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by joshmabry, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010

    You may check to see if you can borrow or rent a truck from someone so you can get your CDL back. I have seen some places in Texas who will rent you a truck and trailer to take your test and perhaps practice. It would be much less expensive and offer you more options if you already had your CDL in hand. If you have any driving schools, community college or vocational school that offer CDL training in your area, you may check to see if you could work something out with them. I spoke with a guy who did his test in a dump truck with a small equipment trailer. It had air brakes and even though the trailer was short it still qualified as a combination vehicle.
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  3. king Q

    king Q Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Johannesburg sa
    It was a tong in cheek remark based on my observation of the amount of IT professionals that have entered the trucking industry over the last few years.
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  4. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

    May 13, 2011
    SW Missouri

    I got it the first time so your effort wasn't completely wasted!
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  5. Xcis

    Xcis Medium Load Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Bridgeport, Pa
    Boy, I was beginning to think that I was the dang exception to the rule yet again.
  6. Mdbluecrab

    Mdbluecrab <b>Crusty Crab</b>

    Feb 4, 2010
    White Plains, Maryland
    These IT guys, are they the ones that you see getting out of their rigs wearing pleated shorts, sandles and a clean sports shirt?
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  7. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    My advice:

    1) Go to an independent driving school if possible, not a company school. This way you're a free agent after you graduate and can go to any company---you're not tied down to one company.
    a) If you can't afford it, some of the LTL companies will train you for free if you work on the dock (dock pays at least $15-17 hr these days).

    2) Only work for unionized companies.

    The ONLY exception to this rule is either wal-mart or most of the non-unionized LTL companies---i.e., fedex freight, R+L, pitt-ohio etc. And possibly a few specialized haulers.


    On a slightly related note, this might be your first "real" job---the money that starts to come in may seem big, and it is compared to the jobs you might have had before. DON'T spend all the money that comes in. You'll probably see everyone else in the parking lot with a brand new dually/or fancy pickup. Don't do it. Be patient and save most of the check if possible, then before you know it, you'll be in a very good fianancial position and can then maybe spend a little on stupid toys (boat$$$) and a new truck.
  8. Adambd

    Adambd Bobtail Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    Hey guys I'm new to Trucking still in school to get my CDL the other day while I was Ubering I picked up this lady who was a truck driver from Texas, she told me about her job that she transported all kind of vehicles from sedans to trucks and school buses as CDL driver but all just vehicles no load !!! So she gave me the name of the company and everything and told me she makes 2 trips a week works 4 days a week and make nothing less than 900/week my ####### lost the paper she wrote all the information in and now I can't find what it was any help please? Anyone knows what is it or how to search for those kind of companies because I searched all kind of ways no results
  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    You do not want to make a separate question into a 7 year old dead thread.

    What you are referring to is a driveaway towaway operation. They run differently than trucking. They transport vehicles which itself is the load to deliver. You would be dealing with some restrictions with these vehicles to deliver. It's not for everyone.

    Never mind the money. Watch out for your expenses and always use the good weeks savings to fight bad weeks famine.
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