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    Monterey County, CA

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Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Advice On Where To Begin

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For all those interested, here is an update and the job search. Prime kind of ghosted me, the recruiter contacted me on a Friday, told me she would call back the following Monday. Never got a call. I did send her a message to touch base today, see where it goes. Western Express assigned me a recruiter but I haven't heard from him, via email or phone. I applied to a company called KKW Trucking. They contacted me today. They said it will be dry van, 99% drop and hook, in either the Western 11, the state of California or Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, mainly Phoenix, the decision they say is up to me. So that's where it's at right now.

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Have you looked into Witte Bros.? Raider Express? Pride Transport? All out your way, all train. I looked up KKW on SaferWeb. Hmmmm... well, just hmm.

Stevo Reno (on here!) Started out with CRST, and worked 2 plus years, and now drives for New Legends, out your way.

Here's his posts: Stevo Reno

Best of luck, either way! Did not Millis, nor CRST, reach out to you, via: Apply For Paid CDL Training?

Oh yeah; just don't lose the 'endorsement' (or get the restriction, should I say) re; manual, on your CDL. Doesn't matter which you drive!

~ Anne ~

Hi, Anne! CRST did contact me and asked if I was interested, but I had read some bad reviews on the web and shied away from them. Maybe I should reconsider. I will look into those other carriers. I had never heard of SaferWeb before, I just checked it out. What about KKW's profile caught your eye to make you go 'hmmmm"?

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Advice On Where To Begin

For all those interested, here is an update and the job search. Prime kind of ghosted me, the recruiter contacted me on a Friday, told me she would call back the following Monday. Never got a call. I did send her a message to touch base today, see where it goes. Western Express assigned me a recruiter but I haven't heard from him, via email or phone. I applied to a company called KKW Trucking. They contacted me today. They said it will be dry van, 99% drop and hook, in either the Western 11, the state of California or Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, mainly Phoenix, the decision they say is up to me. So that's where it's at right now.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Advice On Where To Begin

In your new life, it's useful to learn how to form new friends. Start by exploring your new city and meeting people. In the end, don't forget about the people you grew up with and the people who will miss you. At the same time, keep an open mind and heart for the new souls you'll meet as you move on.

Definitely all important things to consider and do. Thank you, Coger!

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Advice On Where To Begin

And my opinion is different. I say learn on an auto.... Then later after you can safely turn, go through lights and observe everything etc... All you are learning is shifting. Taking a test then you will be much calmer. In MO u only get 5 points maximum for grinding the gears do it is an auto pass at that point.

Also... If you school and train on a manual now, then drive auto for 3 years... would you be able to operate the manual after 3 years? If you do a road test for a company you want.... Would you be able to shift or look like an idiot and fumble in front of you lr potential employer and desired company. I would rather have recent shifting experience before an interview/job change

Hi Kearsey! I seen you in the Driver Lineup forum! Anyways, I learned on a manual. What you said about then driving auto for 3 years is what I'm thinking about. If I do that, I'm afraid I'll limit myself for future jobs by not being proficient with manual, even tho I learned on manual and don't have an automatic restriction.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Although I do agree it’s overall easier to learn on an autoshift... however there is another way of looking at it.

Learning on a manual now, or later? Having the auto restriction in your license or not? I’d learn on a manual, no question. Learn on school time, not “making money” time.

Where I am currently working we have a mix of 10 speeds and autoshift trucks (it’s not an “automatic” guys and gals). I trained on a manual as I was learning how-to run doubles. Although at first I was a little rusty, within a couple of days all of the muscle memory came back and the “feel” of the gears returned without any loss of proficiency.

Had I not learned on a manual out of the gate (so to speak), it’s likely I would not have been a qualified candidate for the job I’m currently doing.

As far as being safer? That I do not completely agree with, especially in wintery weather. It’s debatable.

Many companies do not allow a manual override on their autos. This IMO makes it a bit more precarious keeping things under control during inclement weather. This has especially true in hilly terrain.

There is no right or wrong answer here. It all depends on what you want and how much more time and effort do you want to expend.

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Another question to anyone willing to chime in. If I have the option, should I start out with a company that has manual trucks or automatic. I feel like I should cut my teeth with a manual. What say you, anyone?

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Go with automated tranny. Much easier and safer. This, to me, is a no brainer. I wouldn’t go back to manual after having an automated.

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Hi, G-Town! I learned on a manual at school, though I wouldn't consider myself anywhere near an expert in driving a manual. My concern is that if I start on an automatic then I will lose what little I know on manual, if that makes sense. I would also like that extra bit of control if/when I have to go on hilly terrain, like you said. Thank you for your insight.

Bruce, thank you for your insight as well, I really appreciate it.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Another question to anyone willing to chime in. If I have the option, should I start out with a company that has manual trucks or automatic. I feel like I should cut my teeth with a manual. What say you, anyone?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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My guess is you’d make more money at Prime than Western express but that’s just speculation based on the fact Prime has always been one of the higher paying companies that train new drivers. I agree with everyone else who said don’t go with your friend. I’d love to work for a guy with two trucks but I wouldn’t do it in your situation if for no other reason the fact that he JUST got his authority. He’s gotta figure out his business first and you’re a brand new driver who needs to figure out driving first and get trained up and get some experience. You’d probably end up costing each other a lot of money—the timing is terrible for both of you.

Thank you for sharing your opinion. Everything I have been reading about Prime has been good. I am also considering CRST, but have not applied yet. Unfortunate that the timing wasn't better for the both of us, but maybe after getting miles and experience under my belt I can go run for him.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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I did both reefer and flatbed at Prime. It’s just what you prefer. If you can handle a nonexistent sleep schedule, and are able to stay up all night, you could find success pulling that freight. I wasnt cut out for it, and found myself fitting in better with the open deck trailers. For the most part, it is a day time operation. I do not spend much time driving at night. With Prime, I felt like I got more of an OTR experience pulling flatbed than I did pulling their reefers. Whichever one appeals to you more, I’m sure you’d be satisfied with. I’m glad to have done both.

With your friends new authority...has he verified that his insurance will cover you? That is generally an issue with new operating authority and insuring new drivers. Otherwise, that would be a completely different experience than you would get from Prime. Do some soul searching man. There are so many different opportunities in trucking, something is right for you.

Thank you for the info, I greatly appreciate it. I am hoping to go flatbed, fingers crossed that if I go with Prime they will have a flatbed trainer available, but either way I'll do what I have to do. Was the biggest issue with reefer the inconsistent schedule? I don't think I will go with my friend's dad, maybe down the line if he is still running and I can work alongside him with my own truck!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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If you're looking to do local, FedEx freight is hiring driver apprentices in Santa Clara, CA. Old Dominion also hires new drivers and I believe they do training in CA, but I don't have much info on that.

You'll be in good hands going to prime or Western Express. We have a lot of representatives from Prime here that can offer more information on that. We also have drivers they have had experience we Western Express, if you have questions.

As for option 3, stay away from that. First, intermodal work sucks. Second, working for a small company and/or for a friend is not how you want to start this career. There is no support and they can't afford any hits if something goes wrong. You want a company that has experience in training new drivers and understands that there will be some bumps along the way.

Thank you for the info on FedEx, I'll look into it. And that's pretty much how I feel about running for my friend's dad. I need proper training from people who know how to do it. Thank you again, Banks

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hello! I just earned my Class A CDL, and am currently job hunting. Everything local wants experience and I am down to three options: reefer with Prime or flatbed if a trainer is available, flatbed with Western Express or working for a friends dad. First two options are pretty straight forward, the third one is unique. Friends dad has two trucks, does intermodal and just got his authority. I would be working under his authority out in South Carolina. I am not sure what training will be luck under him, and still have more questions to ask him. I probably should have done that before coming to you guys, but alas I'm here. Starting to feel somewhat lost and not sure of what to do. I know this fairly vague, and I apologize for that. I would like to hear advice from anyone who is willing to chime. Thank you for your time.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Finally on the road with Knight!

Congratulations! Best of luck and kick ass.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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TMC is a flatbed company that hires drivers right out of CDL school.

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Just want to clarify. TMC is a flatbed company that will allow recent CDL grads to come in for an INTERVIEW not necessarily hire you right out of CDL school. They do a 2 week training process and if you pass you will then be eligible for employment. TMC from my experience seems to be a great company to work for. Right now I'm scheduled to start with Knight doing flatbed, just waiting for a trainer to free up.

From what I've heard from this forum, Prime, Maverick and Knight are good flatbed companies. Good luck with your search and good luck starting a career.

Hi, TwoSides! Thank you for the heads up on TMC and the information on the app. Good luck with Knight! Maybe I'll see you out there if I pass CDL school.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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TMC is a flatbed company that hires drivers right out of CDL school. Swift has a flatbed division. Maverick is a flatbed company that hires right out of school and also has a glass division that pays slightly higher than the standard flatbed division. Estes runs flatbed. Western Express runs flatbed. Melton is flatbed company. Prime has a flatbed division. Knight Transportation has a regional flatbed in PNW (hiring area includes the Bay Area). 1 year experience preferred with that dedicated division, but they are willing to train. I believe Roehl had a flatbed division.

I am sure that there are other companies that other members here can suggest.

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Hello, Kerry! Pleasure to meet you. Thank you for that information. Knight having a regional in the PNW has me very intrigued!

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You are welcome. I utilize an app called Driver Pulse by Tenstreet to gather information on all sorts of trucking companies. The app shows hiring areas for various companies and the types of work for which they are currently hiring. It's through this app that I learned about the PNW flatbed regional with Knight.

Knight is a pretty decent company. Old School and Davy are two prominent members here that I know drive for Knight. I think Old School drives flatbed for them, but I am not certain about that.

Best of luck to you.

Hi, Kerry! I gave TwoSides11 props for advice on the Driver Pulse app, my bad! Thank you for the information on the app, much appreciated.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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TMC is a flatbed company that hires drivers right out of CDL school. Swift has a flatbed division. Maverick is a flatbed company that hires right out of school and also has a glass division that pays slightly higher than the standard flatbed division. Estes runs flatbed. Western Express runs flatbed. Melton is flatbed company. Prime has a flatbed division. Knight Transportation has a regional flatbed in PNW (hiring area includes the Bay Area). 1 year experience preferred with that dedicated division, but they are willing to train. I believe Roehl had a flatbed division.

I am sure that there are other companies that other members here can suggest.

Hello, Kerry! Pleasure to meet you. Thank you for that information. Knight having a regional in the PNW has me very intrigued!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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Howdy Fred, and WELCOME TO TT !

Personally, I would suggest applying with TMC, RIGHT HERE on this site, and let THEM train you, and guarantee you a JOB!

We ALWAYS recommend company paid training, exactly for that ^^^ reason. Knight also trains for flatbed, as do many companies.

Other than that, read ALL you can, from Old School, Turtle, Chief Brody, and some of the 'bigger' haul f/b guys.. i'll tell ya later...or they will show up, Lol! (Robert B., Bird One, et al . . . )

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Hi, Anne! Pleasure to meet you and thank you for your advice! Funny you bring up TMC! That friend of mine from the Navy that I brought up, he worked for them and recommended them as well! Thing is, they aren't taking people from California at the moment. I have considered moving to one of the states they are recruiting truckers from, but I don't know yet. I will try to read up on those fellas.

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Pleasure is MINE! Dang about them not hiring out there. . . correction, Kerry .... they DO train!!!

Some of the others Kerry mentioned train as well. Roehl would actually be a good PNW choice; as would Knight.

Did you try this/these link(s) ?? >>Paid CDL Training Programs

Yep, many of these DO have flatbed...Apply For Paid CDL Training Get ya IN! :)

We're here to help~!!!

~ Anne ~

Hi, Anne! Sorry for getting back to you so late. I did use that link! Filled out the info and sent it to recruiters last night! We'll see where it goes from there!

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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Howdy Fred, and WELCOME TO TT !

Personally, I would suggest applying with TMC, RIGHT HERE on this site, and let THEM train you, and guarantee you a JOB!

We ALWAYS recommend company paid training, exactly for that ^^^ reason. Knight also trains for flatbed, as do many companies.

Other than that, read ALL you can, from Old School, Turtle, Chief Brody, and some of the 'bigger' haul f/b guys.. i'll tell ya later...or they will show up, Lol! (Robert B., Bird One, et al . . . )

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Hi, Anne! Pleasure to meet you and thank you for your advice! Funny you bring up TMC! That friend of mine from the Navy that I brought up, he worked for them and recommended them as well! Thing is, they aren't taking people from California at the moment. I have considered moving to one of the states they are recruiting truckers from, but I don't know yet. I will try to read up on those fellas.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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