I Need To Decide Between Prime, Schneider Or Maverick

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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I applaud your efforts. Its possible you could have hung in there or talked to a higher up to see if you could change divisions. But it sounds like you wouldn't have been happy.

At least you tried and found it isn't for you. You didn't fail, you just didn't mesh with the lifestyle which is okay. Its not for everyone. But honestly, at least you hung in there long enough to get through training and go solo.

I seriously feel bad for those who quit during training because they never get to see the freedom of solo driving.

Leaving without notice will not look good for you. Maybe you could talk to recruiting and see if you can get hired on for something with more home time. You never know unless you try. Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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You know what H.O.W. Stands for? Home On Weekends!! I went the opposite way. I started out home every weekend. After 3 months I was tired of seeing the same customers and going to the same places. Plus I wanted more of chance to improve my income. So for the next 3 months I did home every other weekend. I enjoy my time out, but home time felt too short. So now I am trying out for a month with 4 days home. That is one of the best parts about the company I work for. They work with you on your home time.

C T.'s Comment
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I've been here a year and home every weekend. He simply wasn't in the right division for home time.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Hi Patrick C.,

Yeah, I wish I could have done that. I'm happy for you that you found something that fits your needs and that you are happy doing.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Hey Rainy,

Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully I will find something with more frequent home time.

I have a question.. how much experience does Prime require to be considered an "experienced" driver. They have a dedicated account (tanker) that I maybe could get on, but I really don't want to go out with a trainer again if I don't have to.

Thanks again.

USMC AAV's Comment
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I've been on this site for a few years, Keep finding myself coming back on a regular basis reading and looking at forums and posts and I can say that this is the best site for "honest" info about trucking. I mean seriously, no one comes close. I to am in that position where I am considering two trucking companies either Prime or Maverick. I know I don't want to do OTR. Done that, hated it, and the wife didn't like it either. As most of you know if she aint happy, you aint happy!!. Any suggestions? Ideas?

I know Maverick is all Auto's. Which is good for me because I have a wound from Iraq, which makes shifting a real pain in city traffic. I can't find out what Prime drives although I have heard they are going all Auto also? That being said, do they make you go through a refresher and driving skills test on a manual? I heard that a few companies do that even though they give you an auto afterwards. Now granted, I can drive a manual but with three screws in my knee and a titanium ball socket at my knee cap, pressing that pedal suxs. I have done both flatbed and Van and some reefer , all of which are were fun and enjoyable (i don't mind breaking a sweat). That being said as I get older (I'm 46), I find myself weighing all my options a little more and finding out all the facts with more intensity. You guys on this site have helped narrow down many other s that I didn't go with. Mainly cause I live 65 miles east of I-95 in North Carolina. This is the area of the country where most companies won't even talk to you about Regional driving, only OTR.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Hello Doug R.

I was at Maverick earlier this year and I never saw a manual transmission. I went through the orientation and training, then went to a trainer for three weeks. I never even drove a Maverick truck until I was with the trainer, but I hadn't driven in a long time. You might not have to go with a trainer.

I hope you live in an area where there is a dedicated route , which was not the case for me.

Good Luck!!

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

USMC AAV's Comment
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Hey Buck,

I have three friends who run with Maverick. They all love it, One does a dedicated route and the other two do OTR. All of them say it is an awesome company. Although me personally, I'd prefer to have a family life and drive also. I put my application into Maverick a few days ago, so lets see what happens. I live 29 miles from a yard in Cove City, NC, if there is an opening, I may just head that way!!

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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