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Liam A.'s Comment
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So i started driving for an independent contractor for fed ex. I was accepted into the entry level driving program and have been driving for about a week. I am fresh out of school and my employer knew that. I get a call from my employer yesterday saying he doesn't want to train me anymore and that i need to get training somewhere else and once i do then i can come back. So currently ive been trying to find some other trucking jobs. So far ive got something with swift, an interview with Schneider running a Walmart route and just a simple p and d job with fed ex. Realistically id like to get something 5 out 2 in(dedicated, regional) but i know the odds of someone out of school getting a job like that is slim to none. Any other companies someone might be able to recommend?

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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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My company offers Regional , home weekends, fresh out of training.

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.

Jaybird's Comment
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I'm curious as to how that happened because FedEx and UPS and the post office all three contract out what their requirements are that their drivers whether they're contracted out or in-house have to have at least a year experience. That's probably why he's telling you that you have to get training somewhere else because he got caught. There are many places that you can go fresh out of school most places you're going to require that you ride with the trainer anywhere from four to his many as eight weeks that way you get an opportunity to hit a few docs park a few times at some truckstops and get some mild under your belt but keep your chin up it'll be OK you just have to maintain diligence I don't lose sight of the prize. Companies like Celadon, CFI, CR England and Swift will take on newly graduated drivers. But like I said they're going to want you to put in your time with a trainer or someplaces call them finishers. Were all hear to help though if you have any more questions just ask. I work for Cfi it's a great place and all the students to come here real happy

Errol V.'s Comment
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Liam, if you're driving for a FX contractor you may have some Payroll issues. I don't know that relationship between FX and their contact drivers, but if the term "1099" comes up, I suggest you find a different job, pronto.

Riding and training isn't a standard practice. You just might get the job, but regular trucking companies need a course that takes at least 160 classroom hours in a recognized school. Make sure your companies Swift and Schneider understand you do not have that kind of training. Then they'll make arrangements to get you into school.

Liam A.'s Comment
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I'm curious as to how that happened because FedEx and UPS and the post office all three contract out what their requirements are that their drivers whether they're contracted out or in-house have to have at least a year experience. That's probably why he's telling you that you have to get training somewhere else because he got caught. There are many places that you can go fresh out of school most places you're going to require that you ride with the trainer anywhere from four to his many as eight weeks that way you get an opportunity to hit a few docs park a few times at some truckstops and get some mild under your belt but keep your chin up it'll be OK you just have to maintain diligence I don't lose sight of the prize. Companies like Celadon, CFI, CR England and Swift will take on newly graduated drivers. But like I said they're going to want you to put in your time with a trainer or someplaces call them finishers. Were all hear to help though if you have any more questions just ask. I work for Cfi it's a great place and all the students to come here real happy

Fed ex has an entry level driver program. It consists on 970 hours of supervised driving time with a lead driver. I was hired knowing i was fresh out of school. I was driving for a week when i was told i dont have enough training for the training programs. They pay was great but i was more excited about getting to be home every weekend.

Liam, if you're driving for a FX contractor you may have some Payroll issues. I don't know that relationship between FX and their contact drivers, but if the term "1099" comes up, I suggest you find a different job, pronto.

Riding and training isn't a standard practice. You just might get the job, but regular trucking companies need a course that takes at least 160 classroom hours in a recognized school. Make sure your companies Swift and Schneider understand you do not have that kind of training. Then they'll make arrangements to get you into school.

I've already did my hours and graduated from my school. Got my class A with doubles endorsement. I'm not sure why they would waste everyone's time like this but im looking at schneider. I heard they have a good training program and they know im a fresh cdl graduate.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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I'm curious as to how that happened because FedEx and UPS and the post office all three contract out what their requirements are that their drivers whether they're contracted out or in-house have to have at least a year experience. That's probably why he's telling you that you have to get training somewhere else because he got caught. There are many places that you can go fresh out of school most places you're going to require that you ride with the trainer anywhere from four to his many as eight weeks that way you get an opportunity to hit a few docs park a few times at some truckstops and get some mild under your belt but keep your chin up it'll be OK you just have to maintain diligence I don't lose sight of the prize. Companies like Celadon, CFI, CR England and Swift will take on newly graduated drivers. But like I said they're going to want you to put in your time with a trainer or someplaces call them finishers. Were all hear to help though if you have any more questions just ask. I work for Cfi it's a great place and all the students to come here real happy

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Fed ex has an entry level driver program. It consists on 970 hours of supervised driving time with a lead driver. I was hired knowing i was fresh out of school. I was driving for a week when i was told i dont have enough training for the training programs. They pay was great but i was more excited about getting to be home every weekend.

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Liam, if you're driving for a FX contractor you may have some Payroll issues. I don't know that relationship between FX and their contact drivers, but if the term "1099" comes up, I suggest you find a different job, pronto.

Riding and training isn't a standard practice. You just might get the job, but regular trucking companies need a course that takes at least 160 classroom hours in a recognized school. Make sure your companies Swift and Schneider understand you do not have that kind of training. Then they'll make arrangements to get you into school.

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I've already did my hours and graduated from my school. Got my class A with doubles endorsement. I'm not sure why they would waste everyone's time like this but im looking at schneider. I heard they have a good training program and they know im a fresh cdl graduate.

Hey Liam...good luck with this.

I noticed the Schneider opportunity you have interest in is running Walmart,...store loads? I am on a Walmart Dedicated Grocery Account for Swift, over 4 years. Be it Schneider, Swift or US Express these gigs are all pretty much the same because Walmart establishes service levels, process and procedures. If you have any questions about the operation, happy to answer any direct questions you might have.

If you search on my name, "G-Town Walmart Dedicated" (using the search bar found in the upper, left-hand corner of this page) you'll see whole lot of stuff written about my experiences and a couple of others. Gladhand is currently running Swift-Wally out of New Mexico.

Hope it all works out for you and you can start making some money. Be safe.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Liam A.'s Comment
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I noticed the Schneider opportunity you have interest in is running Walmart,...store loads? I am on a Walmart Dedicated Grocery Account for Swift, over 4 years. Be it Schneider, Swift or US Express these gigs are all pretty much the same because Walmart establishes service levels, process and procedures. If you have any questions about the operation, happy to answer any direct questions you might have.

If you search on my name, "G-Town Walmart Dedicated" (using the search bar found in the upper, left-hand corner of this page) you'll see whole lot of stuff written about my experiences and a couple of others. Gladhand is currently running Swift-Wally out of New Mexico.

Hope it all works out for you and you can start making some money. Be safe.

I got the job i believe and i go in for orientation on tuesday. Worst comes to worst and it turns out to be the most awful thing ever i'll leave after a year. I just turned 21 got my whole life ahead f me

G-Town's Comment
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Liam wrote:

Worst comes to worst and it turns out to be the most awful thing ever i'll leave after a year. I just turned 21 got my whole life ahead f me

Liam,...do yourself a huge favor; approach this job with a totally positive attitude. Your first few months will be very difficult and your attitude will either enable you to overcome challenges and succeed, or it will break you.

Gladhand is the same age as you. Might help you to search out his posts and spend some time reading them. Despite his trials, he has prevailed.

Stay positive...good luck!

Sneaky Pete's Comment
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What G-Town said Liam. This has been taped to my clipboard since I started. It's a little worn and faded but the words are as true as ever. During the first several months I read it almost every day just to remind me and to keep things in perspective. Best of luck to you!

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Liam A.'s Comment
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Liam wrote:

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Worst comes to worst and it turns out to be the most awful thing ever i'll leave after a year. I just turned 21 got my whole life ahead f me

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Liam,...do yourself a huge favor; approach this job with a totally positive attitude. Your first few months will be very difficult and your attitude will either enable you to overcome challenges and succeed, or it will break you.

Gladhand is the same age as you. Might help you to search out his posts and spend some time reading them. Despite his trials, he has prevailed.

Stay positive...good luck!

Well I like driving big rigs and i enjoyed driving doubles for the week i was there. But im looking at both sides of the coin. In all retrospect i really just want a class B job driving bread or something around town but it seems like most class B jobs require a year experience. So I'll see how i feel after a year.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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