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Truckers Wife's Comment
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My husband is an OTR driver. I am considering changing careers from geriatric nurse to well I don't need to write it in crayon for y'all. Our daughter will be heading off to college, I plan on taking a CDL training course at a local community college. I'm excited and nervous about the change. I am burned out as a nurse and really looking forward to this time with my wonderful husband, well after the hair pulling training that is. I really want my husband to train me not only for obvious reasons but I respect him and trust he'll train me the best of his ability. What companies allow spouse training that are good to work for as a team? How long does the "trainer" have to be with that company before training? Any advice?

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.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I think Prime and possibly Swift allow this. My company accepts new grads but doesn't allow spouses to train and, we're not really team focused anyway. Theyd like more teams but currently my codriver and I are their only team. Maybe CRST? I know they're all teams.

Truckers Wife's Comment
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Thank you Sue!! I've heard that Prime was the better of the two, I've also heard that Schneider also offers it.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Depending on how long your husband has been driving....it could be 90 days or 9 mos. And he needs at least one winter of driving and would have to take a class to be a trainer.

I have several friends who trained their wives at prime. At the time they did it..last year...spouses of current employees did not have to agree to the one year contract. Meaning you might be better off getting the CDL at prime and not having to pay for school.

Plus, he'd get a referal bonus for bringing you in.

Give them call and ask a recruiter.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Thank you Sue!! I've heard that Prime was the better of the two, I've also heard that Schneider also offers it.

Careful what you hear. Not always credible.

We have happy and successful drivers at all three of the companies mentioned; Schneider, Prime and Swift.

Truckers Wife's Comment
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Yeah I'm noticing that just trying to filter out and take away what I can. I really appreciate all the input;)

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Thank you Sue!! I've heard that Prime was the better of the two, I've also heard that Schneider also offers it.

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Careful what you hear. Not always credible.

We have happy and successful drivers at all three of the companies mentioned; Schneider, Prime and Swift.

Truckers Wife's Comment
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Yeah, I'm definitely leaning that way. I'm excited to get started once my daughter leaves for college. I wish I would have had this kind of support when I went into nursing many moons ago.

Depending on how long your husband has been driving....it could be 90 days or 9 mos. And he needs at least one winter of driving and would have to take a class to be a trainer.

I have several friends who trained their wives at prime. At the time they did it..last year...spouses of current employees did not have to agree to the one year contract. Meaning you might be better off getting the CDL at prime and not having to pay for school.

Plus, he'd get a referal bonus for bringing you in.

Give them call and ask a recruiter.

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.
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