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    7 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Dot violations

My school made us do the quiz on the DOT regulations manuAL and it has all the rules in it that they said every truck company is required to give to you and stay in the truck, as for fines they would vary by state

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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C.R. England

A friend of mine went through CR England in Texas and he said pay was horrible as well and I guess he was/is part of a lawsuit regarding not paying them there full pay checks or something like that so I was immediately struck them off my list.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Company Paid vs. Private School CDL Training - What's your choice?

I went with a local private company mostly because I received a grant that paid for the school tuition through the local workforce center (which I would look into), I'm currently at the school so I'll probably get a better picture of the school after I graduate but they do have very old equipment that isn't up to date and some have problems, some of the instructors aren't very friendly and the student ratio isn't very good (my class is 3 or 4 people per truck 11 total), so my experience so far hasn't been the greatest so far. I've heard better experiences with other schools however so I would make sure you ask about student ratio and see the trucks your learning on. I can't say much about company sponsored programs but I imagine there better funded with newer equipment and a few from what I read get you out with one on one instructors immediately. Good Luck!

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Western express vs swift

I have pre offers from both companies and I'm going with Swift after school because there offering me a dedicated route with Dollar Tree staying in TX, CO, OK KS and NM paying 58000 a year or so. Swift also had a few other dedicated accounts they hire new drivers for and even will keep you in a comfort zone (regional), they have a lot of benefits for this being the largest trucking company in America so I personally would consider them for regional/dedicated. I talked to the Western Express recruiter and they said they no regional opportunities and no dedicated in my area so I struck them off my list. I would call them both up and talk to the recruiter you've been working with and see what opportunities they offer you for your area and ask them about pay and anything else important to you. Talking to recruiters (we had 5 different recruiters visit my school so far) is by far the best resource to find out what they have to offer.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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OTR vs Regional Pay Rates

I know some regional routes may pay more because as they said earlier there are fewer miles, but some pay more because they might have more work involved. When I'm done with school I'm going to Swift doing a dedicated/regional route with Dollar Tree that pays more then regional and OTR for newbies and I get paid 160 a stop to unload boxes into the store, Swift says my pay will be about 1100-1200 a week doing that. But thats not every regional route though.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble with double clutching...

My school does have a few different brands of trucks but only one type trailer to learn on sadly. I actually did float a few times when I successfully did it just not the other times. I kind of wish I had a single system to learn on as this is a huge learning curve for me. And when I master move on to other systems but I see the benefits of the different systems.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Chances of getting a job

I got a ticket for doing an illegal u turn which was 3 points a few weeks ago and 4 days later received a letter that because I have a clean record they would reduce it to a 1 point defective headlamp charge If I plead guilty and pay the fine by the due date, since that was Florida and your ticket more serious not sure if they will do that for you though. From the research I did because of my careless driving ticket from over 3 years ago most of the big companies don't care if you flawless record otherwise, just apply and be up front about it. I told Werner about how recent that ticket and they did tell me I had to have it cleared before they could hire me though...

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble with double clutching...

I feel ya. We had pretty old trucks at school but they were not bad. Problem was ours broke down and then we got into another truck that all different characteristics. And they were all 10spds. No i am in my trainers truck and its like shifting a civic. Lol. You will get through it. Just stick it out. Good luck

Where are you going to school at?

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble with double clutching...

Thanks for the replies, I'm going to see if I can't get more practice before I go onto the road itself. I wish I could jam the gears or float them as I did a few times but they frown on it and say they will even dock you for it I guess. I'll just keep working on it and hope I master it.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Hours of service

*I meant the 100 mile rule* and that firefighters are exempt when driving related to firefighting duties.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Hours of service

From what my class just covered a few days ago if you stay within 100 mile radius of your home terminal you are not required to keep track of your hours of service (100 hour rule), if you travel more then 100 mile radius then you are required to abide by the DOT regulations for hours of service. Im not sure if being a firefighter exempts you from the rules of service if you drive but I do know that firefighters are exempt from having a CDL so I would imagine that doesn't count. I would check the DOT websit/book for exact information.

Add up total on duty hours in the last 8 days from both jobs. If your at 70 hours or more you can not drive. If you have less than 70 you can drive after a 10 hour break till you hit your 70.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble with double clutching...

Also, do company sponsored programs have nicer/newer trucks to learn on? The trucks at my school seem to also have a host of problems (leaking air tanks, no ABS, the trucks have lots of cracks, and they several different brands) etc. The clutch/brake was also very (my foot was shaking trying hold the clutch in) difficult to hold. While I do see learning on older equipment as beneficial I also want to just learn the basics since I know in the real world I'll be driving vastly newer trucks.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble with double clutching...

So today in school we started driving and I had major problems with driving with the transmission, the truck were driving is a 1996 Peterblit with over 10 million miles (supposedly) the truck/transmission is old and even our instructors called them b**** for not being up to snuff. My main question is it easier to learn/drive with newer trucks? Towards the end of the day I was somewhat able to get the truck into gears but it (the truck) did like to be stuborn and not shift properly? Does anyone have any advice?

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Pre Hire Question

Thanks for the info Brett and Sly! Makes me feel a little bit better I'll have a job out of school. I'm hoping they don't change any other hiring criteria but I'm not going to worry about it.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Pre Hire Question

I know a pre hire isn't a guarantee and I read the article on here stating that, do they do a second interview when your at orientation and then make a decision like most other jobs or is it really an actual orientation and they then verify everything I have told them when I applied? I was fully truthful on the applications and my background check should be fully clear. Thanks!

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Knight Transportation or Werner Transportation?

So I got pre hires from both Knight and Werner and I know they both offer two different home times. Knight offers 10-14 days on and 2-3 home and after 3 or 4 months on that program they could get me on a dedicated route with 7 on and 7 off or 14 on and 7 off. Werner told me they could offer me a dedicated route right out of school and be on the road for 6 or 7 and home for 1 or 2. Does anyone have any advice to help me possibly choose one after school? Ideally I would like to be driving in and around Colorado and stay west of here. I was considering Roehl as well since they offer a program similar to Knight but I don't think they have a terminal in Denver like the other two. Any advice?

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Anyone use the WIA grant program to help pay for CDL school?

I went with WIA here in Colorado Springs CO through the workforce center it took me less then 2 weeks to get the grant. I had paperwork at the wazoo and they were pretty stringent on being at the required workshops and appointments but was overall easy and my caseworker is great to work with.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Trucking companies...with training ...in California?

I would look at local training schools (in community schools or an independent approved one) that may not be a company sponsored one. I called a local private school and they referred me to a grant the employment office had that is paying for my tuition in full, I think the grant I got that is paying for my school is a federal grant administered through the federal government and while there was paperwork I got in less then two weeks. I'm not sure if you can find this program in California or not but it's worth looking into.

Also as for company programs you could look at Knight transportation and Swift, they both are based in Phoenix not to far and both look like superb programs. Good luck!

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Give misdemeanor information?

I would put it on there only if they want that information from the past 12 years or more, if they only want felony stuff from the past 10 years or sooner I wouldn't check the box, I recently took a resume class at the county employment office and the instructor said if they they want misdemeanor information from the past 10 years then only give/tell them about that if it was within the past 10 years. If they put a time frame on it then they only care about that time frame. If they don't say a specif time frame I would click the box to be upfront about it.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Ticket today and starting driving school next week.

I had planned on being up front about the careless driving ticket and I don't feel it being a major obstacle being it was over 3 years ago and the companies I'm looking at don't seem to look beyond the 3 year threshold for it. I'm more worried about the ticket I got today for it though, Knight Transportation has in there qualifications "No serious traffic violations in the last 6 months. Serious traffic violations include: Reckless Driving, Speeding >15 over, following too closely, failing to obey traffic control device, erratic driving or improper lane change" the failing to obey traffic control device kind of confuses me if missing a U Turn sign qualifies for this, it really wasn't serious, I didn't run a stop light, wasn't speeding there was no one on the road. I guess I should rephrase is having a ticket like this right before getting a job going to be a problem? Except for the two things I mentioned I have a clean driving record, clean background, and a stable work history.

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