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Shagontha L.'s Comment
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Hello all...posting on behalf of my husband. He is currently in a CDL school getting his CDL A. They have recruiters coming in, and of course everything sounds good, but wanted some first hand feedback. We're currently in NY but will be relocating to Charleston, SC in June. What are some companies that he can work for that hire out of school, and are good with home time? Pay is not necessarily a big concern as my job will keep us afloat financially. We have a 4 year old and understand getting OTR experience is the best way to eventually get into local jobs, but the more home time the better!

THanks for the advice and sorry if this question has been asked and answered a million times 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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Shagontha.

Encourage your husband to join the TR forum, all are welcome.

For starters have him read these two threads, you may too benefit from the information:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

And this :

Trucking Company Reviews

Good luck.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Not to toot my companies horn too much, but Wolding is great with working with the driver on home time. Where in NY State do you live? Wolding has a good amount of freight along the Thruway (I-90) in New York. I am not sure how much freight my company has that goes to Charleston, SC though. I personally haven't got loads going there. Most of the freight I have done, that has been into SC, has been generally around the I-77 corridor.

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI will take him and reimburse his training costs. They will provide his transportation to Joplin for orientation. He would then have to go out with a trainer for at least 7500 miles (about 3 week) He would be paid 26 CPM while with a trainer and upon upgrading to his own truck he would start at 33 CPM. Home time is earned one day for every 7 on the road. He would not lose days earned. He can take his home time for as many days as he want. (Assuming he has the days built up.) You have to give at least 8 days notice of when you want to be home. Keep in mind the miles build up faster the longer you stay out. I choose to be out about y weeks at a time then go home for 6 days. Here is a link to CFI's web site. Good luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.

Chuck 's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, there is also a wealth of information on this site to help with all your questions. Everyone will provide honest answers and not sugar coat the truth. I too will be attending school next month and will be signing on with CFI when done since I am attending school with them. I will be posting my experiences at that time so to try and help others decide as well. Do your research and that will help you make an informed decision. He is a very lucky man to have your support.

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