Originally Posted by Caplansail
Wow, guys! Strong feelings.
If I were in my 20’s, I’d probably drive my bus home clueless, like most folks do. Many seem to have some breakdown horror stories, but make it home ok.
But I’m 60, more patient, and darn close to a high risk insurance category thanks to my kid’s fender bender’s. I live just north of NYC, so anywhere I drive I’m going through 3-4 different police jurisdictions. The largest vehicle I’ve driven was a UHAUL rental. The more I’ve read here, the more I’ve realized I don’t know. I didn’t plan to get a CDL, until I did some research and found the NY expects me to have one. My drive home would be 2,400 miles. My husband is an attorney.
Add it all up, and I’m in school for the CDL, and I’ve hired an experienced driver to do that trip. I do wish I’d done the CDL earlier so I could do the trip myself.
Check with your local bus company, I am building a skoolie, and the local bus company paid for my license fees... 5 written tests + the driving test, paid the physical, and paid me for my time practicing for the driving test, Supplied the vehicle to test in, supplied instruction at zero cost to me, and paid me a bonus for getting my license.
As a semi retired guy, it was the best deal I could of asked for.... So these days I do a country route in the afternoon, and the rest of the day I work on my bus... As an added bonus I get free parts from the busses they are scrapping.