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Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT in cab cameras

It has been awhile since I have been on the forums. My company runs dashcams and while I was skeptical at first, it doesn't bother me now. Sure my dispatcher calls me every once in awhile when the cam is triggered and has his little talk with me to satisfy safety. You still have your privacy in SB, just have to pull window curtains and camera is covered. They have saved my company millions of dollars and caught numerous drivers with phone in hand. You just have to remember that it captures 14 secs before critical event. But the funny part is that it was not triggered in Connecticut when a Werner driver tried to make a U-turn in the parking lot and tailswing caught my truck along with another truck that also had a camera. Neither camera went off and the Werner guy hauled tail out of there. If you are doing your job as a driver and being safe, then the camera shouldn't bother you. My company probably has more safety equipment than most, and the camera is last on the list of dislikes.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Matthew, not sure what kind of traveling you want to do trucking, but if you dont mind staying around the mid-Atlantic and NE and dont mind driving an auto shift I can refer you to another company in the Charlotte area.

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I got accepted to prime but what is that other company just in case prime doesn't work out

Cargo Transporters. They are based out of Claremont, NC but have a terminal in Charlotte. Training is 8 weeks and they start you out at .38 cent a mile.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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State Blacklisted

Matthew, not sure what kind of traveling you want to do trucking, but if you dont mind staying around the mid-Atlantic and NE and dont mind driving an auto shift I can refer you to another company in the Charlotte area.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Newbie Vet looking for some guidance.

Hi Brent.. I see that you live in the Fayetteville area. You might want to consider N.C. Truck Driver Training School. I attended the school in Smithfield but they recently opened up one near you. The total cost is around a grand but the training is very good. Talk to as guy name Ben down there. With the cost being cheaper, you may be able to handle it out of pocket or with GI credits. The reason I say this is because then you will not be limited to applying to companies that reimburse tuition. Good luck.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Met my mentor today and he already lied to me

Wow!! You're getting off good. My trainer doesn't help me with showers at all. $13 a pop at some places. Count your blessings!

Sorry to hear that Hope..Might I ask who you are training with?

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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I will have to start looking soon for a job.

Sorry to burst your bubble... kind of. Im going to burst it than I'll inflate it with a different idea.

No company that hauls oil is going to touch you. Meaning you will not be able to haul oil right out of school. Not really the company it's insurance reasons. No insurance company is going to cover you. I would honestly be really surprised if you did find someone that will hire you to haul oil. Most insurance requires atleast 2 years.. some require 3 for oil.

I know this because i myself work in the oil fields. I was able to find a job right out of school hauling for the oil fields. However I haul sand for the fracking process. Pays a small amount less than oil but you can get a job right out of school. You may also find a job in the oil fields that hauls water. But sorry... no one is going to hire you to haul crude oil right out of school.

Well, there is a company in NC that hauls gas and diesel that hires directly from the school I attended. True that most insurance companies will not cover you without some experience, but most large companies are bonded. This eliminates the insurance problem for new drivers.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Home time while in training

Well, with Werner, the trainer puts you up in a hotel when the trainer is on hometime, because the trainer drives the truck home. When I was training on the DG account, I was in a hotel every weekend. I switched to training over the road, trainer never went home. So, I guess it depends on what type of account you are training own.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Well, most companies have a list of schools that they view as acceptable training schools. If the school that he attended is not on their list, he will need to attend a school that is on their list or go to that company's school.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Oh forgot to mention that some companies have a refresher course available. I know Stevens does or did. Recruiter told me that someone after orientation will test you and determine if the refresher course will be enough to get you out or you may have to go through their school. Didn't go, so I can not say for sure that is the case.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Rest assured, no school will turn him down as long as he meets the requirements and can pay or signs a contract. He probably will be better off going to a company that has their own school and forgets the cost in exchange for a contract. With that said, I do not know of any independent schools that give you the amount of driving hours needed to just hop into a company's truck and start driving on your own; some local companies may but OTR is a different story.

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