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At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at Raider Express and put together a fantastic review of the Raider Express paid CDL training program.
We'll start you off with our opinion of their paid CDL training program and then we'll take you through all of the key features and important information you'll need to know. Some of what we'll cover:
The one fact that they are most proud of at Raider Express is that 40% of their current fleet has been with them for over a year. That is significantly better than most major carriers can say!
The one thing that sets Raider Express apart from other trucking companies offering CDL training is that their program is absolutely free, with no obligation after graduation as far as contracts go. When you graduate, you have a job waiting for you, and their turnover is relatively low.
They do, however, only offer employment to Texas residents and drivers license holders, and their hiring standards may be a little higher than most. It is an excellent opportunity for drivers who meet their criteria and want to get started in the industry.
Raider Express is a refrigerated truckload carrier specialized in hauling grocery and food products in the contiguous forty eight States. The main base of operations for Raider Express is located in Fort Worth, and they also have a drop yard in Houston, TX.
Raider Express is a small, family-owned trucking company that boasts of a very low turnover rate when compared with the rest of the industry. They are unique in that they are the only trucking company offering absolutely free CDL training, with no commitment. Accordingly they also have pretty high standards for acceptance, and only offer employment to Texas residents/drivers license holders.
Raider Express only hires residents of Texas.
Raider Express only hires residents of Texas and their training facility is in Fort Worth, TX.
The program is completely free of charge, with no contract or pay-back.
There are no upfront costs.
No. Students are responsible for meals.
Yes, then a payroll deduction of $25/week.
No, as there is no cost for training, nor a contract.
None. Raider Express provides CDL training absolutely free, with no further obligations.
Again, Raider Express is offering an absolutely free, no-strings-attached CDL training program available for those drivers who can meet its criteria.
The only things that a student will be responsible for paying for are meals, and lodging is deducted at $25 per week after graduation.
No, you will get it at school.
No, you do not need a U.S. Passport.
No additional endorsements are required.
Raider Express is a little more strict with their requirements than some other companies, not accepting any previous DWI, DUI, or anything drug- or alcohol-related on your criminal record. They also only accept Texas residents.
Though not required, we always recommend getting a passport. Hauling freight into Canada has become more streamlined, and a passport will give you more options for the future. The same applies to endorsements. We advise getting all available endorsements up front, regardless of company requirements, which will keep you prepared for future opportunities.
Bring as much paperwork with you as you can, including any medical records or forms which could prove past employment and help with the background investigations. Always be certain that your birth certificate and social security card are un-laminated originals.
200 total hours between classroom, truck, and lab training.
This is broken up into phases, the school phase is 3 days. Followed by OTR training and then additional days of backing during a students safety check prior to being assigned their own truck.
Weeks 2, 3, & 4 all days are split between truck and classroom.
Raider Expresses CDL school is a bit on the longer side at 200 hours, which gives new drivers plenty of time to prepare for their exam.
Raider Express also pays CDL students $1000 while in school, to help cover food and any other expenses.
Combination that usually equals 28 days.
$.10 per mile for ALL paid miles.
Basically like a driver and a half. Enough miles to keep you busy but still enough time to get the right type of training.
No, one student per trainer & truck.
Case by case but Raider puts a lot of effort into pairing students with the best fit for a trainer. Being a smaller company they are able to match up our trainers/students strengths and weakness to give them the best chance to succeed.
Yes, and is the first match-making criteria for finding a trainer.
Generally speaking 1 yr OTR experience, clean driving record and clean status with all company departments.
Raider Express really does offer a free, no-strings-attached CDL training program available, for those who meet their requirements.
Base pay $.30 cpm.
.02-.05 per mile weekly starting day 1 as a solo driver.
Raider Express offers typical health insurance with all major standard benefits and options including life insurance and 401k retirement plans, vacation time, dental & vision plans.
Plans vary depending on coverage.
Benefits are effective the first day of the month following a 90 day waiting period.
1 year = 1 week earned
Raider Expresses starting pay starts out a bit on the lower end for new solo drivers, but gives significant raises within the first year to safe and reliable drivers.
Raider Express also offers a $500 bonus upon completion of your 1st load, $1000 after 90 days, detention pay and extra stop pay, among other things.
No pets are allowed.
Riders allowed after 1 year of safe driving.
Rarely, if ever.
Company drivers are not forced dispatch and are given load options.
10-14 out and 2-3 days off.
Yes, leasing is available, totally at the driver's discretion.
Local, regional, OTR, refrigerated.
As most of Raider Expresses freight lanes are in the Midwest, there will be ample opportunities for drivers to get more localized or regional routes.