Profile For Seva L.

Seva L.'s Info

  • Location:
    Hudson, MA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Considering offers - Werner vs. Prime - what's the catch?

Thanks, guys. That pretty much clears it up. You've all been very helpful.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Considering offers - Werner vs. Prime - what's the catch?

Hmm... here's a question about training. The Prime truck seems like it's got very little space, and even the full size warner trucks seem to have a single bed. How will it work for training? Will there be a a double bunk bed setup? Or will we be having to take turns sleeping, like in a team driving situation, not to mention share the tiny cab if I go with Prime? And if the latter is the case, doesn't it defeat the purpose if the trainer is in the back snoozing away?

P.S. You have been very helpful, I appreciate all the information.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Considering offers - Werner vs. Prime - what's the catch?

Ok, if the pay scale is not considered a private matter, I'll come out and say it: 30cpm for werner, 40cpm for prime. Prime is also offering more training pay, $600 vs $400, but their training is really long, up to three months. Werner is ~6 weeks, which seems more reasonable. Also, the extra wait times for the refrigerated freight makes sense, I can see how that could even out the pay. One question: you guys said that Prime runs lightweight trucks. What are their disadvantages? Are they harder to drive? How much smaller is the sleeper?

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Considering offers - Werner vs. Prime - what's the catch?

Ok, So I am fresh out of CDL school, just got my class A, looking for my firs OTR truck driving job. I got offers from Werner and Prime, and Prime is offering, well, a lot more per mile than Werner. I'm not sure if this info is confidential, but let's just say a third more. A difference between alright money and damn good money, if you ask me. My question is, what's the catch? Why would one company offer that much more for the same qualifications to do the same exact job? Makes me suspicious, somehow. Are there hidden costs/disadvantages to working for Prime that the higher pay is trying to compensate for? Any (preferrably unbiased) opinions would be much appreciated.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Just got my Class A, looking for OTR, where do I start

Hello, y'all. So I just passed my CDL class A road test today, and now I'm kind of lost. Here's what I'm looking for: A solo OTR setup, no real hometime requirement (got no one to go home to, keep me on the road), a good variety of routes (don't want to just go back and forth over the same highway for months at a time, would prefer to bounce around the continent and see new things), and pet friendly, as I definitely need to have my dog with me. Any recommendations for companies that would fit these requirements and also hire drivers with no experience?

Also, I have had no DUI's, criminal record, accidents, or even moving violations. However, I have had my license suspended for a couple of months two years ago because of a expired registration ticket that I could not pay on time. Do you think that's going to be a big disqualifying factor?

Let me know what you think, any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. Seva

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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(inexpensive) CDL training in Massachussetts - Any recommendations?

Looks like the free training is not going to work out for me, because I have a dog and the only place where I could leave him for even a day ar two at a time is in Massachusetts, where my parents live. So I might need to default on a regular, paid CDL school. I can swing one, but juuuust barely. And not an expensive, $5000+ one. $3000, $4000 tops, and even that will leave me broke as a bum. So I am looking for something that is quick and inexpensive. Now, you might assume that I'm trying to skimp on safety, etc., but please consider the following: I have been driving for a living my entire adult life (taxi, limo, delivery van, tow truck, etc.) I have a clean driving record, no tickets or accidents, even though I have been driving at least 100k a year I have a natural talent for mastering vehicles - i've driven everything from a speedboat to a Cessna 152 And last but not least, I am a quick learner. Some people need to be told the same thing three times before they get it. I get it the first time, by the third time I'm just getting annoyed.

In short, some people might require a slow, steady, deliberate 8 week program of some sort. Me, I would do just fine with the minimal required length of instruction, as long as it's clear, hands-on, and to the point.

Also, I currently have a CA license. I can switch it over to MA once I get there, but is it going to be a problem that my license is newly issued?

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Question about completing free CDL training with dog in tow

Yeah, I kind of figured that bringing the pup to on the road training wasn't gonna fly. Here's another question, then... what is the on the road training schedule like? Do you come back to motel every day, or are you just sent out on the road indefinitely with some random trucker? I was looking at some private trucking school schedules, and they have you home every day.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Question about completing free CDL training with dog in tow

Ok, so it's time for me to get into trucking. Been driving taxi for last 7 years, getting tired of bouncing around town with a bunch of drunks. Need some open road time. Based on the descriptions of free CDL schools, think I will go with Prime Inc. Although I would have preferred to not have to deal with refrigerated, they seem to have a fair deal, and the location is something I can work with. However, here's one problem. Pretty much my only family is my dog, he goes everywhere with me, and I have no one to leave him with. Prime seems to allow pets once I start driving, and I can even afford a dog-friendly motel 6 instead of whatever free motel they provide for the duration of the classroom training. But what about on-the-road training? It's probably going to go on for longer than I could leave the dog alone at the motel? Do you think they will let me take him? (He's a really calm dog, he's been driving taxi with me for 2 years). Let me know...

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