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Patricia D.'s Comment
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Hi guys, my name is Patti and I just finished truck driving school. I guess I thought at 51 it was a great idea, lol, but nonetheless, here I am and I need a little help. I have my CDL but with a restriction to drive automatic only. I do know how to drive a 10 speed, but for a few reasons, I chose to take my test (2nd time around), in an automatic. Are there any good companies out there that have automatics. It seems that who I am applying to ends up not having that option. Thanks for any feedback.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Shiva's Comment
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Hi guys, my name is Patti and I just finished truck driving school. I guess I thought at 51 it was a great idea, lol, but nonetheless, here I am and I need a little help. I have my CDL but with a restriction to drive automatic only. I do know how to drive a 10 speed, but for a few reasons, I chose to take my test (2nd time around), in an automatic. Are there any good companies out there that have automatics. It seems that who I am applying to ends up not having that option. Thanks for any feedback.

US Express, XPO LOGISTICS are a couple off the top of my head

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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KLLM, Werner and Knight. I drove for all three.

Dan F.'s Comment
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Watkins Shepard is a fully automatic fleet. They do forced dispatch though and are based in Montana. They are also the only company I know that does not require you to go with a trainer when you are a new CDL graduate. They do a two week Missoula, MT training and then, assign you your own truck. It is then either sink or swim.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Generally, most companies are switching to automatic. At Swift the road trainers are supposed to keep manual/clutch trucks, but I bet you won't have a problem.

Just let people know that your are shiftless.

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Chad C.'s Comment
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Watkins Shepard is a fully automatic fleet. They do forced dispatch though and are based in Montana. They are also the only company I know that does not require you to go with a trainer when you are a new CDL graduate. They do a two week Missoula, MT training and then, assign you your own truck. It is then either sink or swim.

That's nuts!!! I'm going with sink or tumble down a mountainside lol!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Renegade's Comment
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Averitt Express is automatic and I hear they're a pretty good company to work for too.

Renegade's Comment
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KLLM, Werner and Knight. I drove for all three.

I didn't know KLLM had gone to the automatic...interesting.

Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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KLLM, Werner and Knight. I drove for all three.

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I didn't know KLLM had gone to the automatic...interesting.

Yep. Not all of the trucks. My trainer's rig was a 10-speed Frieghtliner.

My issued rig after training was a brand new Volvo automatic. Less than 750 miles on it.

Very nice truck!

Big Scott's Comment
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KLLM, Werner and Knight. I drove for all three.

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I didn't know KLLM had gone to the automatic...interesting.

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Yep. Not all of the trucks. My trainer's rig was a 10-speed Frieghtliner.

My issued rig after training was a brand new Volvo automatic. Less than 750 miles on it.

Very nice truck!

What model Volvo?

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