Profile For Chad B.

Chad B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

Chad B.'s Bio

After 7 years doing inner city Ministry on the North Side of Pittsburgh, it's time for a change. I've been called the old, bald, fat white guy with street cred in the hood. I've been able to help young men get into college (and several have already graduated), Jobs, Trades, Ministry and the military. The youth I work with attend some of the worst high schools in America. The emotions of my job have taking me from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. I'm ready for a new career.

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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Enjoying Yourself as an Over The Road Driver

I’ve been driving for 2 1/2 years now. I thoroughly enjoy listening to podcasts. I feel like I’m getting a college education and getting paid for it. I try to listen to things outside of my comfort zone as well as things that resonate and i agree with. It’s been an enlightening time. I hope for many more years of this and I’m making more money than i planned on and expected. That’s allowed me to not have the stress of bills which i had when i started.

I’ve also been listening to a verse by verse lecture series on the Bible which has been fascinating. It’s very in depth and just the book of Genesis had over 40 hour long lectures to it.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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New tax laws

According to a memo put out by my company, this is the last year i will be able to write off the $63 a night I’m on the road. This gives me a net of $4500-$5000 when i get my taxes done.

Does anyone have any hard data on the implications of the new tax law?

From my current perspective, I’m going to lose $4-$5 a year in what i consider income come tax time. Please tell me I’m wrong.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Company truck driving school

We have a husband and wife team here at Schneider on the regional Walmart account. Instead of teaming they have their own schedules so they can enjoy more time at home and time together vs. one person driving while the other is sleeping.

I'm curious, how did you settle on CR England being one of your choices? They're a great company as far as miles and equipment are concerned, but their pay is really low. Now maybe they just recently changed that, but I haven't heard anything.

There are a lot of companies that offer training and we have a ton of information on them. Pages and pages of information in fact:

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You can also apply to a bunch of companies at once with one quick form on our site to see what opportunities you'll have:

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Schneider

I've been with Schneider now for 2 years. I live in Pittsburgh and do the Walmart account out of Wintersville, Oh. They paid for my cdl training and then paid me while I trained for my account out of Indianapolis. Walmart has been an excellent account to start with. Lots of easy backing and no touch freight. I work a 6 on and 2 day off schedule. I made $62k my first year plus I maxed out my tax returns with about $4500 extra for sleeping in my truck. I'm on target for 75k this year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'm totally willing to show my pay stubs.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Looking to better my position

I'm currently driving out of Wintersville. I definitely appreciate all the advice.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Looking to better my position

In September I will be in this business for 2 years. I run a dedicated Walmart account for Schneider in Ohio, pa and West Virginia. I made 62k my first year and I'm on target for 74k this year. I have all the basic benefits and will receive an extra paid week after2 years. It's 100% no touch freight.

I'm looking to potentially better my position with 2 years experience. The only potential suitors I see right now are Walmart company drivers and potentially Sheetz or source one tankers.

Any suggestions or advice on bettering my position? Not just pay but the complete benefits package.

Thanks in advance.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Schneider tankers or Schneider no touch regional WalMart account

Thanks guys. I decided on the Walmart account. I figured the experience would mean more over the long haul.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Schneider tankers or Schneider no touch regional WalMart account

One of my thoughts is doing regional for a short time is a great way to get experience.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Schneider tankers or Schneider no touch regional WalMart account

Thanks Old School.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Schneider tankers or Schneider no touch regional WalMart account

I just passed my CDL today and Schneider, the company I will be working for offered me a no touch regional account with WalMart. It's 3 cents a mile more. With approximately 200 extra miles a week.

I know this may seem silly to some but I want to travel the country. I have friends and family from Florida-Washington state and Maine to So Cal.

I would love opinions and advice. I don't need to decide until Monday. My life circumstance allow me to be away from my home for months at a time.

My thoughts right now is it would be a nice gig (Walmart) for a year of experience and then reevaluate when my contract with Schneider is up.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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It's final: Schneider tankers it is!

I decided on the Schneider Tanker division. I sent in my acceptance letter on Wednesday. I was a little worried about finances as I gave my notice at work around labor day for August 1st. Not starting work until that 24th was going to make things a little tight financially.

Here's the amazing news, the organization threw me a going away party and they decided to give me 2 months severance for my service with them over the past 7 years. I was blown away!

I went to the Coraopolis training center and was able to meet with several of the instructors a couple of weeks ago and was impressed with there professionalism. I really look forward to my new career with Schneider and the trucking industry.

This website has been invaluable to me on the research of making my decision in not only the trucking business but also the company I chose to work for. My final decision was between, Celadon, Schneider and Con-Way.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I'm thinking of starting with Schneider Tanker Division

Thanks for the information. I've actually gone through about half of the High Road Training Program and should be done in a couple of weeks. I continue on my current job until July 31st and don't start with my CDL school for Schneider until August 24. In the meantime I'll read your book. Thanks for posting it online for free. I've been doing inner city ministry for the past 7 years so anything to save me a few $$$ helps as inner city ministry isn't a high paying profession, at least in dollars and cents. I love this website btw, I've read a few of the postings on the blogs.

I just got back from visiting the Schneider school in Coraopolis and met a few of the instructors. It was nice to get a visual of what the training area looks like.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I'm thinking of starting with Schneider Tanker Division

I've been accepted to start with Schneider Tanker Division. I will begin by getting my CDL in Butler, PA and then head to Coraopolis, PA (Pittsburgh suburb) to do my training. I'm 51 years old and looking forward to beginning a new career. I loaded trucks during my college years but my father always talked me out of driving plus I figured I'd be married with lots of kids. Life drew me a different hand. Any advice on starting this new adventure. I chose Schneider over Celadon and Con-Way. Due to the nature of my current/previous profession, I gave them a 2 month notice. This has allowed me to court different companies who are interested in hiring someone new to this business. I have family and friends scattered throughout the country and can be on the road for extended periods of time.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Whom do I choose?

I'm currently choosing between 3 trucking companies. Con-Way, Schneider (Tanker division) and Celadon. I'm a confirmed bachelor making a major career change. I've always had a desire to drive long haul but also thought I'd be married and have lots of children. That didn't work out. I'm 51 years old and looking forward to the adventure. I'm available to be away from home for extended periods of time and have no problem spending time alone. I'm a podcast junkie and love being on the road. I will be attending a company sponsored training program as that fits my personal needs although I'm aware that it also means I'm under obligation for 12 months. I hate changing companies so I'd like a company that where turnover is low as that is a sure sign of a company that values it's employees.

1. Any advice on the 3 companies? 2. What sort of pay should I expect in the 1st year? 2nd year? 3. How comfortable is the sleeper in a truck? Any pictures?(I haven't found any in the picture section)

Thanks in advance, Chad

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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It's final: Schneider tankers it is!

I'm interviewing with the Schneider tanker division tomorrow. I live in Pittsburgh and will go through the company sponsored training school if I decide on Schneider. Is there any advice you can give me?

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