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  1. #1
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    Default Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    The last month has been interesting.
    It's been the slowest winter for business that we have ever seen.
    We have some friends that own a nearby trucking company and one of their drivers injured a finger back in February.
    They needed someone to help him with tarping and strapping loads so I offered to help.
    The owners told me I have a golden opportunity to get a CDL with this arrangement. They don't train drivers but the injured driver could train me while I'm helping him on the road.
    We are hauling with 18 wheelers using mostly side kits/tarps and low-boy step trailers.
    It's turning out to be pretty interesting work and decided to try for my CDL.

    I've been on overnite runs to NY a number of times already. Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Manchester, Geneseo and a bunch of other towns I don't remember.
    Delivered light poles to the Battery Park renovations near Ground Zero. That was great being on Broadway with an 18 wheeler. We left at 0300 that morning to beat the traffic.
    After jumping through a bunch of hoops with the state of Pa and getting conflicting information from different PennDOT employees, I got all my paperwork lined up, and then took and passed my Class A knowledge test and air brakes test.

    I've been driving on private property for the past few weeks and Monday I start on the public roads.
    Some things are familiar as I've been driving large fire apparatus for awhile but its definitely different with a combination vehicle vs a straight truck.

    The nice thing about this job is that I will have flexible hours to work in the smithy and with the bees.

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    I always enjoyed driving a truck except for the time away from home, if you are OTR, gets real old real quick.

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    Sounds great. I have had one since they started them, got grandfathered and didn't have to take the driving test. 8) Personally I can't wait to retire and get rid of this thing. Between the drug screens and physicals it gets old.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    Quote Originally Posted by oblib View Post
    I always enjoyed driving a truck except for the time away from home, if you are OTR, gets real old real quick.
    Yep, it's a hard life and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. There's a lot of crazies out there you have to look out for. Plus being lost all the time and hateful receivers and shippers gets old quick. But I always liked the driving part (except for NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, etc.).

    Good luck on your license, but watch out for the other guy!
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    I second Slow Modem. Over 30 years driving, gave it up. Not sorry.
    Beeman
    All things may be lawful; but not all things are advantagous.

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    I've had some good road time since this thread started.
    The down shifting has gotten better so that I don't have as many train wrecks like I first did.


    I feel for you OTR guys and would never want to do that at this stage of my life.
    Fortunately I'm going to be doing local runs within 100 miles or so.
    This is one of the rigs I've been driving.
    I was not wheeling the over sized load.
    The collage was shot while waiting to be loaded at Morton Salt in NY.
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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    Allen, are you ready to haul some bees? Sometimes I haul small loads on a 22 ft flatbed about 100 miles or so, even that can be an adventure at times. An 18 wheeler full of bees going cross country is more than I can imagine, but certainly there are guys who can do it.
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    I've held a class a since 91. I enjoy it except when I don't...

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