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RevBigTag's Comment
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I've only posted a few times, but have benefitted greatly from the insights on this forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that I finally took the plunge and went with TDI in Forsyth GA. We are on our second day and supposed to get our permits tomorrow.

My questions to the group are....we have been given a stack of applications and from my research most of the companies they are pushing are not very good companies to work for. I have applied to Abilene, Jim Palmer, Schneider, Swift, Danny Herman Trucking, PTL, and Prime. I was accepted earlier to go to training at Prime and decided to put that off and go to school on my own so I'm sure I can get on with them. Are there any other good companies that will hire student driver, just out of school, where the Savannah GA area is within their hiring area?

Thanks for any help you could offer,

Scott

G-Town's Comment
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I would suggest taking a look at this: Trucking Company Reviews

The companies you listed are all viable, solid companies. Most of the time information on the Internet is slanted in favor of the disgruntled driver, pointing their finger at the company who wronged them. Usually to dodge accountability and responsibility for their own failure.

These links may also help in making your decision:

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Steve L.'s Comment
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The recruiters will tell you if they're hiring from your area.

I graduated from TDI Milton, FL over two years ago. The only apps we filled out were for companies hiring in our area.

I've been a Schneider driver since graduating TDI.

Good luck!

Farmerbob1's Comment
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I've only posted a few times, but have benefitted greatly from the insights on this forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that I finally took the plunge and went with TDI in Forsyth GA. We are on our second day and supposed to get our permits tomorrow.

My questions to the group are....we have been given a stack of applications and from my research most of the companies they are pushing are not very good companies to work for. I have applied to Abilene, Jim Palmer, Schneider, Swift, Danny Herman Trucking, PTL, and Prime. I was accepted earlier to go to training at Prime and decided to put that off and go to school on my own so I'm sure I can get on with them. Are there any other good companies that will hire student driver, just out of school, where the Savannah GA area is within their hiring area?

Thanks for any help you could offer,

Scott

I went to TDI Forsythe. Not as polished as some other schools from what I've seen, but they teach you what you need.

I went from TDI to Stevens, and have been happy with it. The pay is lower than some, but the support for new drivers is good.

RevBigTag's Comment
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The recruiters will tell you if they're hiring from your area.

I graduated from TDI Milton, FL over two years ago. The only apps we filled out were for companies hiring in our area.

I've been a Schneider driver since graduating TDI.

Good luck!

Thanks for the reply. I have applied to Schneider and talked with a recruiter. Nice to know you are having a good experience.

RevBigTag's Comment
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I've only posted a few times, but have benefitted greatly from the insights on this forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that I finally took the plunge and went with TDI in Forsyth GA. We are on our second day and supposed to get our permits tomorrow.

My questions to the group are....we have been given a stack of applications and from my research most of the companies they are pushing are not very good companies to work for. I have applied to Abilene, Jim Palmer, Schneider, Swift, Danny Herman Trucking, PTL, and Prime. I was accepted earlier to go to training at Prime and decided to put that off and go to school on my own so I'm sure I can get on with them. Are there any other good companies that will hire student driver, just out of school, where the Savannah GA area is within their hiring area?

Thanks for any help you could offer,

Scott

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I went to TDI Forsythe. Not as polished as some other schools from what I've seen, but they teach you what you need.

I went from TDI to Stevens, and have been happy with it. The pay is lower than some, but the support for new drivers is good.

That is for sure true. It is very frustrating actually. Especially when you have paid out of pocket and all these other guys are here on a free ride goofing around, and a new trainer every day telling you something different. It is really aggravating. I already had a cdl b which I got through the school system and the trainers there were much better.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Rev, you might want to check out Averitt also and see what they say. The pay and benefits are excellent and they have a terminal near you. The terminal location does matter with Averitt as the truck must be parked at a terminal when on home time, whereas that's not generally an issue at other companies.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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