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DantetheK9
Feb 2, 2020


So, my husband and I are planning on moving to Florida next year and I'm wanting to take this opportunity to change careers. I've been in security for most of my adult life and I'm loving tired of wearing a polyester shirt and telling Karen to get her kids off of the goddamned sculptures.

I've been applying for desk job type stuff, but between a lack of responses (Partially due to my lack of college and partially due to COVID hiring slowdowns, if I had to guess.) and how deeply goddamned sick of dealing with the general public, I've been giving more and more thought to getting my CDL and driving a truck.

I've looked around at truck driving schools and most of the ones that're turning up in searches feel low varying degrees of scams, so I'm asking you goons for advice. What do I need to know when getting into this?

If it helps, I currently live in Northern Virginia at least through the end of 2020 and we're working on moving to Central Florida sometime in Spring 2021.

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DantetheK9
Feb 2, 2020


What I'm looking at (or trying to, anyway) is local/regional stuff. I'm cool with being out for days at a time, but weeks could be an issue.

At some point, I want to get the certifications to be able to haul hazmat (I'm told it pays better.), I assume that'll be a pain in the rear end, but hey, more money.

DantetheK9
Feb 2, 2020


Haifisch posted:



-This may sound like a stupid question, but: Do you like driving? Do you like driving for hours on end? Every day? On highways that generally have nothing interesting to look at? My mom's spent basically her entire life driving various things for a living, so she was fine with all that. Many people would not be. A truck-level CDL may not be the best pursuit if you don't think you could handle it.

Actually, yeah. I've had to drive from DC to Milwaukee a few times in the last couple of years and it's weirdly zen

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-How well do you handle idiots on the road? How good are you at paying attention to surrounding drivers and predicting their idiot moves? You'd think being in a giant, heavy, slow-to-accelerate and slow-to-brake chunk of metal would make people drive more cautiously around you. You are wrong.

I knew that all those hours driving in and around DC would come in handy.

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-Local/regional trucking pays less than long haul. The tradeoff is that you actually get to see your house more than once a month. Probably worth it unless you have serious financial problems.

That's what I figured. Right now, the plan is local/regional till I have some proper experience under my belt, then reevaluate

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-Pretend I copy pasted Kyoon's paragraph about the stream of bullshit you'll be dealing with from your employer. Just go back and re-read it a couple times. Trucking companies love loving over their drivers.

No employer fucks you quite like the Air Force, they've already deflowered me.

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-You mentioned a husband, so I have to ask: Are you a woman? There's a lot of sexism in the trucking industry, and that's part of why my mom eventually left.


Nope, I'm a guy. I'm sure being openly gay in this industry comes with it's own set of issues, but I can deal.

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