Recommendations For A Regional Or Dedicated Company

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Okay, for those who havens me me, my name is Nick. Im a 90's baby hence the name NeeklODN. Im currently set to attend TDI in Milton, Florida around the 2nd week of January. Currently, I'm studying for my CLP and trying to decide what company is the best fit. I feel like I've been on a million websites and talked to so many recruiters but still want decide. Ive talked to Mcelroy, Cypress, CFI, TMC (who said they couldn't hire me but wouldn't say why), and schneider to name a few. Im looking for regional or dedicated. Ive been with my lovely girlfriend April for five years. No kids. I would like to be able to make it home every 5-7 days. Oh yeah im in Pensacola, florida. Its about 45 mins south of mobile, AL. Is there a carrier that I haven't contacted that I should? Appearentally Florida sucks for regional.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Uhhh...I too live in P’cola. I too went to TDI Milton. I started with Schneider and if you talked to Leanne in Nashville (Lebanon, TN), she was my recruiter. Everything she promised was true. Also, the DBL for new hires there was my DBL for two years. Donna Collins and she’s excellent. She has 20+ years with SNI.

It sounds like you want flatbed, so Schneider might not be for you. But if you go to Schneider, you’ll get a great start and then you can go anywhere or stay with them.

Good luck.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Uhhh...I too live in P’cola. I too went to TDI Milton. I started with Schneider and if you talked to Leanne in Nashville (Lebanon, TN), she was my recruiter. Everything she promised was true. Also, the DBL for new hires there was my DBL for two years. Donna Collins and she’s excellent. She has 20+ years with SNI.

It sounds like you want flatbed, so Schneider might not be for you. But if you go to Schneider, you’ll get a great start and then you can go anywhere or stay with them.

Good luck.

Wow it is a small world after all. How did you like TDI? Worth the 6 grand lol? Im just kidding im sure it is. I have been looking at Schneider also. Thanks bro. Where do you work now??

Parrothead66's Comment
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McElroy you’re home every weekend

NeeklODN's Comment
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McElroy you’re home every weekend

Yes parrothead66 Mcelroy is def on my top 3. I wish January would hurry up and get here. Im gonna start out 2018 right.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Averitt also has a flatbed division, so you might want to see what they have to offer also, then choose to whatever company best fits your needs as a driver. All those are great companies and you can do well with any of them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Oh and also Roehl has flatbed too. :-)

NeeklODN's Comment
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Oh and also Roehl has flatbed too. :-)

Thanks Susan but looks like Averitt doesn't have anything in Pensacola. I applied at swift too.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Sorry, I had to drive after my last response.

TDI was great! Bring your positive attitude and you'll do well. Gary, who teaches first week, gives lots of valuable information from his experience on the road. Alex was terrific and tested me. Remember; they're only there to get you licensed. Equipment wasn't anything to brag about, but they've updated since then. As for tuition, I recommend (if you're gonna finance it) taking a loan through a local credit union to get the $1,000 discount for paying cash. Most of the big companies are going to do tuition reimbursement anyway and it'll probably cover your loan payment. Plus the credit union will likely be giving you a better interest rate than financing through the school.

I did the HRTraining Program on here and got my permit before I got to TDI.

I'm at Robert Bearden Inc (RBITrucking.com) now. RBI requires experience and is southeast regional. I'd go back to Schneider if the situation were right, but I've got a good gig where I am. I got 10,000 miles/month with Schneider and home five days per month. Benefits were good. I only switched because I could make the same money while getting home weekly.

I hope this helps.

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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Go team Blue!!! Forget the other Wisconsin companies. Who likes orange and black or red and silver anyways, lol. Just kidding.

H. O. Wolding does a lot of Regional freight. I know we have freight that goes to Florida regularly. But Florida is one of those dead zones to Trucking. With Wolding there is a pet policy and Rider policy as well. After 6 months accident/incident free you can have a Rider. It is absolutely free!!! The only cost is the price of the fax to have them send you the paperwork. Not sure about the Pet policy as I don't have a pet on the truck. Wolding has an excellent tuition reimbursement program. If you have any questions about Wolding I will be happy to answer them the best that I can. There is a company review on here, but is far from current. You will have to search the site for it as well as it is not in the drop down list. (Ahem, Brett...)

I will go back to my corner for now. Shameless plug over.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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