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Priest31kc
06-02-2010, 04:47 PM
Over a year of unemployment and struggling just to pay the bills, I think I am going to try and get a CDL. So I was wondering if anyone on here has their CDL.

1. What is the best way to get one? I heard going through a Vo-Tech school is much cheaper than an actual truck driving school, although if you go through a truck driving school, its easier to get a job right away.

2. If I decide to go through a truck school, would student loans and stuff like that be able to pay for it like a Vo-Tech school?

3. If you are a truck driver, local or long haul, how do you like it? I love driving and am a pretty damn good one, and it just seems like the job for me, and its good money, and with 2 kids, I need it.

4. What are other jobs out there that I could get that require a CDL?

5. Any other additional information would be great. Thanks

PornChief
06-02-2010, 05:01 PM
yeah I drove trucks on and off over the years, but since I'm an aussie I can't help you the the licensing thing. I have a love / hate relationship with it, I'd avoid long haul and try to get a local run even if the long haul stuff generally pays better ( at least here it does) especially if you got kids.

Detoxing
06-02-2010, 05:03 PM
Uh, yeah.

Of course there are Truck Drivers on the Planet. Hello? I see them all the time. They deliver beer and stuff



pfff....stupid ass question...

Priest31kc
06-02-2010, 05:03 PM
yeah I drove trucks on and off over the years, but since I'm an aussie I can't help you the the licensing thing. I have a love / hate relationship with it, I'd avoid long haul and try to get a local run even if the long haul stuff generally pays better ( at least here it does) especially if you got kids.

Yeah I think I'd want to do local, thanks for the info.

CrazyPhuD
06-02-2010, 05:16 PM
If I remember correctly R8ers is a Fed Ex driver and has bee so fo 20+ years. While you may have to double check his infor(because he IS a slimy raiders fan). He's probably a great source for the reality of the business.

Brock
06-02-2010, 05:19 PM
You've got 2 kids? Choose something else, jmo.

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-02-2010, 05:21 PM
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KC native
06-02-2010, 05:52 PM
I believe Overhead is a truck driver. PM him.

stlchiefs
06-02-2010, 06:01 PM
"Hey Mav, do you still have the name of that truck driving school? Truck Master, I think it is."

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Bwana
06-02-2010, 06:07 PM
I believe Overhead is a truck driver. PM him.

The dude hasn't been driving a truck for at least two years, hint, check his sig. The crazy bastage does however, remain convinced that I was the one that ran him off the road while driving my corvette, while he was in the Billings area. :evil:

KC native
06-02-2010, 06:26 PM
The dude hasn't been driving a truck for at least two years, hint, check his sig. The crazy bastage does however, remain convinced that I was the one that ran him off the road while driving my corvette, while he was in the Billings area. :evil:

Ah, I have sigs turned off.

seclark
06-02-2010, 06:28 PM
The dude hasn't been driving a truck for at least two years, hint, check his sig. The crazy bastage does however, remain convinced that I was the one that ran him off the road while driving my corvette, while he was in the Billings area. :evil:

no, it's not oh. but there's a raider fan that posts(or used to) that drove a semi, i think. east cost? seemed like a cool guy. had that map where members put a stick pin where they lived?

might have been a pedo too...been a while.
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MahiMike
06-02-2010, 06:28 PM
There are worse professions. I'd consider it myself. Was almost a UPS driver. Stopped at sort aisle.

Bwana
06-02-2010, 06:39 PM
no, it's not oh. but there's a raider fan that posts(or used to) that drove a semi, i think. east cost? seemed like a cool guy. had that map where members put a stick pin where they lived?

might have been a pedo too...been a while.
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Yeah, I remember him. I think he got the ban hammer after getting into a pissing contest with Skip. He did seem like a good dude.

Hog Farmer
06-02-2010, 06:39 PM
You should think about raising pigs !

Rain Man
06-09-2010, 10:21 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/09/news/economy/truck_driver_shortage/index.htm?hpt=T2

Wanted: 400,000 truck drivers
By Chris Isidore, senior writerJune 9, 2010: 10:16 AM ET


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Can't find a job? Maybe it's time to take your search on the road.

The U.S. trucking industry will need to hire about 200,000 drivers by the end of this year, and will need to add another 200,000 by the end of 2011, according to the state of logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

A number of factors will feed into this need for drivers, including retirements, tougher safety regulations designed to get drivers with bad records off the road and the need to replace drivers who were laid-off during the recession, according to the report. Overall the industry lost almost 150,000 driving jobs since the start of 2008.

Rosalyn Wilson, the author of the report that was sponsored by Penske Logistics, said that even with continued high unemployment, motor carriers are going to face a challenge finding drivers needed over the next year and half.

"It's not a very attractive profession," she said. "People want jobs, but they also want their quality of life, to be home with their family at the end of the work day."

The median pay for a trucker stood at $37,730 in May of 2009, and Wilson said that wage probably fell in the last year as miles driven were reduced. But more miles and the driver shortage are likely to increase wages in the years ahead, she said.

Wilson said during the recession trucking companies were in the unusual position of having significantly more job applicants than they had positions, as laid-off truckers and construction workers applied for jobs. But that surplus of applicants has started to wane with a pick-up in the economy in recent months.

"We're already seeing shortages in some markets," she said. "As traffic starts to climb, we're likely to see the shortages get worse."

The forecast is for only a 4% to 6% growth in freight traffic for trucks this year and next, which Wilson says is a conservative estimate. Typically freight grows by about 10% coming out of a recession, she said.

"How much of a driver shortage we have will depend on how much the economy picks up," she said.

But she said that broader demographic factors will make driver shortages an issue for years to come, regardless of the strength of the economy. About one in six are age 55 or above.

"We're going to need 1 million drivers in next 15 years just to deal with replacing retirees and the normal growth of freight," she said.

Priest31kc
06-09-2010, 10:48 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/09/news/economy/truck_driver_shortage/index.htm?hpt=T2

Wanted: 400,000 truck drivers
By Chris Isidore, senior writerJune 9, 2010: 10:16 AM ET


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Can't find a job? Maybe it's time to take your search on the road.

The U.S. trucking industry will need to hire about 200,000 drivers by the end of this year, and will need to add another 200,000 by the end of 2011, according to the state of logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

A number of factors will feed into this need for drivers, including retirements, tougher safety regulations designed to get drivers with bad records off the road and the need to replace drivers who were laid-off during the recession, according to the report. Overall the industry lost almost 150,000 driving jobs since the start of 2008.

Rosalyn Wilson, the author of the report that was sponsored by Penske Logistics, said that even with continued high unemployment, motor carriers are going to face a challenge finding drivers needed over the next year and half.

"It's not a very attractive profession," she said. "People want jobs, but they also want their quality of life, to be home with their family at the end of the work day."

The median pay for a trucker stood at $37,730 in May of 2009, and Wilson said that wage probably fell in the last year as miles driven were reduced. But more miles and the driver shortage are likely to increase wages in the years ahead, she said.

Wilson said during the recession trucking companies were in the unusual position of having significantly more job applicants than they had positions, as laid-off truckers and construction workers applied for jobs. But that surplus of applicants has started to wane with a pick-up in the economy in recent months.

"We're already seeing shortages in some markets," she said. "As traffic starts to climb, we're likely to see the shortages get worse."

The forecast is for only a 4% to 6% growth in freight traffic for trucks this year and next, which Wilson says is a conservative estimate. Typically freight grows by about 10% coming out of a recession, she said.

"How much of a driver shortage we have will depend on how much the economy picks up," she said.

But she said that broader demographic factors will make driver shortages an issue for years to come, regardless of the strength of the economy. About one in six are age 55 or above.

"We're going to need 1 million drivers in next 15 years just to deal with replacing retirees and the normal growth of freight," she said.

Nice article, thanks.

farmerchief
06-09-2010, 10:51 AM
I have a CDL and so does my son. I run a semi on my farm, and my son does commercial hauling of grain. Check out this site....thetruckersreport.com......you should find all the info you need. Good Luck

Priest31kc
06-09-2010, 11:16 AM
I have a CDL and so does my son. I run a semi on my farm, and my son does commercial hauling of grain. Check out this site....thetruckersreport.com......you should find all the info you need. Good Luck

thanks man, I will check this out.

ChiefsNWildcats
06-09-2010, 11:19 AM
I sure hope you find employment soon.

I was laid off for only 3 months and I know how much it sucks to be looking for work but not being able to.

Best of luck man!

Priest31kc
06-09-2010, 11:34 AM
I sure hope you find employment soon.

I was laid off for only 3 months and I know how much it sucks to be looking for work but not being able to.

Best of luck man!

Thanks bro, hopefully I can get into trucking school very soon and after Im done, find a job quickly!

ArrowheadHawk
06-09-2010, 11:39 AM
How long is trucking school?

BigRichard
06-09-2010, 12:33 PM
Look at the bottom of this page. It is an ad for www.gototruckdrivingschool.com.

Priest31kc
06-09-2010, 01:56 PM
How long is trucking school?

Roadmaster in KC says its 3 to 4 weeks....You interested as well?

Dayze
06-09-2010, 02:09 PM
how hard is it to get a job running locally / around town etc?
pepsi truck type stuff?

Priest31kc
06-09-2010, 02:46 PM
how hard is it to get a job running locally / around town etc?
pepsi truck type stuff?

thats what Im wondering too...

Buehler445
06-09-2010, 02:55 PM
I'm not sure how it is in Misery ( :) ) but in Kansas, it doesn't take a CDL to drive a farm semi. It may be prudent to find a farmer, see if you can get a job, and learn how to drive it on the farm. You might be able to pass the CDL without taking classes.

Driving truck isn't bad. Just lots of driving. The particulars matter which firm you get on with. Most of it is deadline oriented so keep that in mind.

You might check into UPS. I'm not sure if they need a CDL. They are hard charging sons of bitches, but if you don't wreck, they're a good company to work for.

Best of luck bud.

ArrowheadHawk
06-09-2010, 03:18 PM
Roadmaster in KC says its 3 to 4 weeks....You interested as well?Just for informational purposes. I'm in IT and can't believe I get paid for what I do.

Rain Man
06-09-2010, 03:33 PM
Driving truck isn't bad. Just lots of driving.

If you can make enough money at it, you could hire a chauffeur for the driving part. Get rid of that and it would be a great job.

rtmike
06-09-2010, 04:36 PM
Out of high school I was a swamper in the oil patch in western Kansas, moved up to driving truck & was running the #1 tandem when the bottom fell out back in the late 80's.

I used that experience & pulled a flat bed OTR for several years until I fell in lust with a cocktail waitress @ Jubitz Truck Stop.

I heavy hauled local & that got me in the door of the crane rental outfit that I worked for the last 10 years until I got hurt.

You can use driving truck as a spring board into some thing else like I did. Crane rental paid 6 figures if you wanted to give up your weekends & worked day & night. I did a couple years but was working for the government basically.

Good luck.

Mr. Flopnuts
06-09-2010, 05:22 PM
What does a kid coming out of truck school get paid per mile these days? It used to be upwards of .40 cents a mile, but somehow with the economy the way it is I have a hard time believing they're paying that much now.

acesn8s
06-09-2010, 05:23 PM
Most of the local jobs go to experienced drivers. Jobs out of school are low paying but an excellent way to get experence. OTR keeps you away from family (kids are not allowed in trucks). Local jobs for inexperienced drivers don't usually pay well. Restaurant deiveries pay well and you are home most nghts. DOT are bigger dicks than the police, they can harrass you just because and te will.

sodcat
06-09-2010, 07:28 PM
Priest31kc:
Here is a site I found a few months back, you might find some info there:
http://www.layover.com/

check out the forums section.

KcFanNindy
06-10-2010, 04:20 PM
just a word of caution be sure to read any contracts that you sign....i know of lots of drivers who went to some form of truck driving school and are usually stuck with the company for 2 years or if you quit then you have to repay the amount of the loan for the truck driving school!

I too have been in trucking for over 13 years. I have been laid-off from YRC since November 2007. There are over 10,000 teamsters out of jobs due to the economy. But there is jobs to be had, just wont pay that much, and more bull shit to put up with.


Here is another site to check out for more info about trucking jobs, and other resourceful information.

www.truckingboards.com

here is link to the newbie section!

http://www.truckingboards.com/bb/the-watering-hole-general-truck-drivers-forum/