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Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Help! A Career Change Decision

Sounds a lot like paralysis by analysis. Since we don’t know your details (i.e. family commitment, financial responsibility, etc), I’ll just throw some thoughts in the hopper.

1. You can do some incredible travel with a few weeks off and an RV. You’ll go places a big rig can’t. 2. Even bookkeepers can have high stress and long hours. Especially if they’re being audited. 3. If you become a truck driver, you can still have a good quality of life. Recently a guy named Gladhand, opined he had better quality home time as an over the road driver, than as a “local” driver. I’d say my Home time is more precious and therefore, better utilized since going OTR. 4. I believe that if you pray about it, make your decision (based on logic and sound judgment) either God will help you through it or He will lead you out of it. Just make sure you give thanks and be the best you can be at whatever you do.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Schneider National new driver experience

You will likely get honest feedback at that Obetz Operating Center. It’s not set up like all the others. Mostly, you’d see drivers who are just passing through.

I started with Schneider and drove two years for them OTR. Great company and I enjoyed the experience. Occasionally I ran Walmart dedicated out of Washington Courthouse (I think that’s the name) and it was pretty easy. No touch freight. But it always (for me) went to stores in WVA. Talk about tricky switch back roads. Whew!

Schneider maintenance kept my trucks in good shape. Only a couple of times did I have to be out of the truck overnight and they didn’t even delay. “We’ll get you a hotel room” was what they said.

I was amazed at the (seemingly) large population of Mennonites and their buggies, in Ohio.

I believe Schneider does a good job of taking care of their drivers.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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May Trucking Company pay options: CPM (0.35 for me as a rookie) vs. $105 daily minimum with 90 day extra pay based on miles.

I think Calkansan offers good insight, based on experience at May. While I know I can easily turn in excess of 600 miles a day, I’m not driving refer (and sitting at grocery warehouses), which is what May does.

One thing I think you should find out is; when can you choose to change your pay structure if you choose the guaranteed option? That way, if you think that’s better to start out, you’ll know your options.

I’ve also never met an unhappy May driver. They never stop long enough to ask. 😆

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Finally found the right company

Hmmm, that's good advice and I'll have to ask about it next week when I have another sit-down with my recruiter. Since you said what you did about tankers I looked into maybe a dedicated route. One of the big ones for Schneider is a Costco dedicated that runs from Houston to Louisiana, parts of TEXAS, Oklahoma, and Kansas. One of the things I like about Schneider is an inexperienced driver can get a $7500 sign-on bonus. Not bad for a rookie.

I drove for Schneider straight out of school. Great experience. Just remember; you want a good fit AFTER the sign on bonus. They usually pay those out over a period (e.g. one year).

Good luck!👍

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

$1,400/month does sound high. Heck, that’s higher than our mortgage and we have a pretty nice house. It actually sounds like the company is passing on the entire premium to you instead of “sharing” part of that cost like many employers. However, your company might be paying you better than companies who “share” the premium.

With three little ones, can you survive until they’re all in school and your wife can return to work? You mentioned the coverage is phenomenal. Are the phenomenal parts benefits you actually will USE?

If the company, and future opportunity, is good, I’d seriously look at insurance on the open market. Or, getting yours through the company and the dependents on the open market. But, the devil is always in the details.

You might wanna talk to your benefits person and see if there are any changes on the horizon.

Good luck with this. I hope this is helpful.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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What would you do?

Since I live between the two, I’d probably ask what time I could deliver on the 5th.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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My work update

Congratulations on the new job. Congratulations on sticking with your company! Sometimes we need to find the right fit. Even though you may move into different roles, growing through your career brings its own sense of satisfaction that money can’t buy.

It is good to hear a success story. Cheers to more miles, more smiles and continued success!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Not a standard Lease purchase

Are you grossing 1500-2000 miles per week or dollars? If it’s dollars, that’s $75,000-$100,000 per year. So the question might then be; what’s the realistic chance you’ll NET that same money.

Is there a reason, other than money, you’re considering the move?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Dedicated or regional out of school in the Tampa area?

I drive for a company that hires, and hauls a lot, in Florida. But you gotta have experience. While I did the private school thing and it worked for me, I recommend you seriously consider Old School’s advice. ESPECIALLY since Knight is near you AND Old School knows A LOT! 😎

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Finished school, found JOB, insights welcome

Since you have 7yrs previous experience, I’m guessing you already know quite a bit. I’ll only question the miles per week. 625 miles a day is certainly doable. But if this is pet food delivery, are you making multiple stops daily? If so, I’d ask them if they can show settlement statements (with personal information blacked out of course) of drivers currently doing this? I requested this of my current employer before signing on and they had no problem producing it.

The gig sounds great. Maybe the two cents per mile difference is a monthly bonus or maybe after a trial period or something like that.

I would just make sure the expected income is what will be. You sure don’t wanna expect paychecks of $1,050/week (gross) and wind up with $700.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Question: employability prospects with physical lifting limitations?

I specifically went into dry van because of the less-physical aspect. While I don’t have any physical limitations (that I know of), I knew I was getting older and not as strong as I used to be. I also knew I’d torn up my body over years of hard work.

I started using a resistance band (I think Brett recommended this) to build muscle strength and I increased my bicycle riding to improve cardio. Because of this extra effort, I passed Schneider’s agility test. Subsequently, I shed 40lbs and was able to get off of blood pressure meds.

I say all this to say; I believe you can probably do more than you think. I’m not suggesting you ignore definite limitations, but I was told I’d be on bp medicine the rest of my life. And I was 53yrs young on the day I got my CDL permit.

Be positive and be persistent. I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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61 And Starting Drivers Solutions CDL Training Monday

Dan, CONGRATULATIONS! And THANKS for your service.

Take your positive attitude with you and it’ll make all the difference. Regardless of the company you drive for, you will probably be very successful and that student loan will soon be history.

Welcome and enjoy the challenge.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Too smart to go for my CDL?

People thought I was crazy when I quit a $55k/year job to start my own business, in a town where we had no family and no support network, should my plan fail. After ten years, I sold that business. Unfortunately it wasn’t the kind of business you could sell for enough to retire on.

I like driving and, apparently, I’m pretty good at it. But I miss the customer contact of my previous business. I miss the relationships I established and the opportunity to serve others while generating revenue. But here I am.

If where your bio says you live is still accurate, you probably have many more options than many people who go into trucking. But it’s still your decision.

I encourage you to get specific feedback from people who’ve been with you through the toughest of times. Where do they suggest you apply and why? What skills have they observed and what companies do they recommend for your skills?

Friends and relatives usually have the best of intentions. But what works for them may not work for you. Know what you’re good at. Know what you can put up with and know, I mean really know, this job isn’t much at all like most people think.

Hang in there. If you’ve earned more than one degree, you’ll likely analyze all the necessary information. At some point, action will be required. Whether it’s to pursue this or something else. But (as I once heard Zig Ziglar say), if you wait for all the lights to turn green, you’ll never get to the store.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Schneider Pre-Work Screen Keeps Me From Driving for Them

One thing missed here is that Schneider spends the first week of orientation having new hires driving locally with trainers and backing mornings and afternoons. Then, in the third week, same thing to be sure they can test out.

To be sure, Schneider’s system isn’t for everyone. But it worked for me and many thousands of others.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Two years OTR...what next?

Check out Robert Bearden Inc. Home weekly, lots of Florida drivers and loads. But no tanker or hazmat. Good miles (I average 2,700/weekly) and pay is good.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Schneider Pre-Work Screen Keeps Me From Driving for Them

Beating up on Schneider’s orientation helps no one. For me their set up WAS the perfect scenario. I arrived with my CDL in hand and plenty of years of experience in the area of RESPONSIBILITY.

Sorry, but it is a system that works for many. I just think the advice is helpful, and more effective, without the bashing of a company.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Schneider, Swift or PAM?

I started with Schneider right out of school (dry van) and stayed with them two years. Everything they promised me was true. I only left because I found a Southeast regional driving job that pays the same, but gets me home every week.

When comparing companies, Schneider will likely be offering a low starting cents per mile, but it goes up quickly. AND ask if they’re still paying performance bonus. Mine was two cents per mile, paid quarterly. It was easy to obtain and I qualified every quarter from day one. For me it was usually $600/quarter.

If circumstances required, I’d go back to Schneider and I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a solid company with many options.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Should I keep my personal car after beginning OTR?

If that $450/month is your only financial responsibility, you may be able to get it paid off quickly once you’re driving full-time. Make that a goal and you could be very proud at the end of your first year OTR.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 month ago

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How long did it take you to get good at backing?

I back in 99% of the time. I don’t consider myself “good” at backing, but I find it easier than trying to find the perfect pull thru spot.

Back into enough tight spots and trailer yards and you’ll get better. I believe that, as long as you’re not scared of backing AND you’re humble enough to take your time (along with a few stares), you’re probably better than a lot of people.

I have days I can put it anywhere and days I have difficulty doing a straight line back.

Keep working on it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Heaven & Hell in West New York, NJ

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