Ralley (zombiefox) wrote in trucker_furs,

Planning on getting into trucking...

I've been racking my brain for about 2-3 months considering going into truck driving as a career. I've been working mostly call centers for nearly 10 years now and I'm desperate to get out of this type of work and into something with a little more freedom to it. Ultimately, truck driving sounds like a good idea to me or at least something I can try for 1-3 years.

It would be nice to see a little more of the country and figure out where I eventually want to call home. I'm in Utah right now and I've felt trapped here for at least a year now because of the bad economy and my own growing debt.

When I set my mind to something, I read and research allot. I picked up a CDL manual but, I know it's only going to get me so far. Practice behind the wheel is needed. So ultimately I'll have to go to school. The cost of tuition is ultimately a concern for me (because I'd rather not get any deeper into debt then I already am). I'm trying to find a company that will pay tuition for me upfront and let me work for them for a year or two.

Roadmaster seems to be a school with a good reputation and they'll help you with job placement. I finally got around to calling and they answered allot of my questions and put a few of my concerns at ease. The tuition though, is $4.5k and the only way that gets any less (or even free) is if you're unemployed and have dependents. Neither of those apply to me.

The only such company I've been able to find that will let me pay tuition off in 1-2 years is CR England, their tuition is about $3k. They seem like a good company but I have heard mixed reviews. The training is 16 days long and then they put you into another phase of training (paying at this point) which is pretty much riding along (or possibly 2nd seat driver) with an experienced England driver. I prefer to get as much hands-on training as possible so I don't end up in s situation where I'm alone and I have no freaking clue what to do.

There is one thing about CR England that confuses me though. After you're done with training they give you the option to lease a vehicle or ride as a second seat driver. Now, I'd prefer to work alone but second-seat driver doesn't sound so bad to me. Leasing however, scares me. As I said before, I don't want to get into anymore debt that I'm already in. I need to make as much as I can to bring that debt down.

Does anyone know anything about CR England or know anything about other companies that don't require tuition upfront for CDL training?

There are some other general questions I have as well:
- How often are you able to get online while on the road?
- Do modern truckers use GPS guiding devices?
- How easy is it to arrange time off? (I try to go to cons)
- Aside from being away from home, is there anything you don't like about truck driving in general?

Thanks and stay safe on the roads.
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