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Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Taking the plunge, Starting Trucker School

ChickieMonster asks: But can the smaller company offer the miles and freight that a big company can. The miles depend on what business the company can drum up, just like any company. The Ma-Pa idea is great, like you imagine. But a small company must also deal with owning, operating and maintaining complicated and expensive machinery. They may need to depend on diesel mechanic shops for maintenance, not their own shops, and there's limited resources for major maintenance. Finally, you'll probably be visiting every open scale station in the country, Pre-pass or no. C.M., yes, at Big Truck Freight Company you are a number - your truck number. But your DM might know you by name, and know how you work. I believe something's not right if you are talking to a "different person every time". From a driver's point of view, you and your DM are a team, both working to get a job done.

Errol I think the only reason is was talking to someone different every time is because I was getting directed to night/weekend dispatch. During the week I have just one DM who is especially for new drivers and has a much smaller fleet to handle.

Thanks C.M., Errol and G-Town. ChickieMonster, in response to your question on miles, this company only has about 24 trucks. But I think they are as busy as they have drivers for their runs. They guarantee home on weekends, which was important for me. I had also considered the scales thing. I don't know, I'm still checking out other options. I have one more week of school, then go for the test. I have been contacted by Schneider, TransAm and others. But one thing about this small company that I appreciated; the owner came to our school to recruit, and he met me at his terminal to interview me. He said that this is the most important decision a new driver will make, where to start out. He said he hoped I'd work there, but said if I wasn't sure that this is where I'd be happy, that he would rather I find somewhere else to go. I really appreciated that. I'm sure that these larger companies would probably have a similar business plan, although they just can't afford to send their president, or owner out to schools to find that one driver that is a good fit. Well, it looks like someone actually is reading my posts. Thanks for the advice. I'll let you know how the test goes, I'm sort of nervous (probably one of my biggest understatements in awhile).

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Taking the plunge, Starting Trucker School

Well, this feels sorta like I'm a little crazy, talking to myself. But, here goes. So, I have two more weeks of school. I have had a really good time, all things considered. What can I say? The school I chose is supposed to be one of the top schools in the nation. Who knows. It must be pretty good. I have a job offer. It's from a local company, doing dry van regional. I have pre hire offers from several large companies, (Schneider, Stevens, AIM) but I feel like a small company would be better. For instance, the recruiter that came to the school was the co-owner. He offers literally everything those big boys do. I think I'll take the job. Now all I got to do is pass my CDL test. I'm scared to death, to be honest. Hopefully these next two weeks will allow me to hone my skills (there's a lot of honing to do).

I welcome anyone's comments on what they think about this; small family owned company vs. huge, well managed but maybe not as personal company.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Taking the plunge, Starting Trucker School

Hope everyone in the Midwest has been enjoying this fantastic "spring" weather. NOT. We got 6" of snow yesterday here in Ohio. But, that's ok, I don't start my driving training until this week. What I wanted to write about this week; how it seems that there are as many opinions about the potential of this career as there are new CDL students looking for advice. For instance, I read, I think, like 2 months ago in the this web sites forums that the best way to go was to go to a driving school. This gives one more options for choosing a company to get their over the road training. Now I read an article on this website just the other day that says the industry is getting slow and harder to get into, so it's probably best to go into a company sponsored training program. Oh well, the die is cast. I think I made the right choice going to a private school. I have to say, though, there are some questionable concepts that I've encountered. Like, you are NOT going to fail any test (except of course the drug test or physical). This sort of waters down the course, I feel. I think that schools are probably just like the recruiters, they all say what they know you want to hear. But, overall, I like the school. I am starting maneuvers in the yard this week. I am SO psyched to get into a truck. Take it easy. TTYL

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Taking the plunge, Starting Trucker School

First week of class has been a bit boring. But, in truth, the week was set up for us to prepare for the first week of class, which really starts next week. It's so anyone that hasn't gotten their temps can prepare and take the test. Also for taking our DOT physical and drug screen. I was a little concerned about my physical, but I passed it. Don't want to get into why I was concerned, because it probably isn't such a big deal as I had thought it might be, but just so anyone else might be wondering: I have deafness in one ear. Wasn't sure if I'd pass the test. I wasn't able to find the Regs about this anywhere. AS it turns out, the DOT only requires that you have good hearing in one ear. So, anyway, first week is about over. I got some good career advice from the schools placement coordinator. I love this school so far. Everyone is pretty cool. Can't wait to get into the yard to start pre-trips and finally get into a truck. I also want to thank this website for providing this forum. I'm reading others posts, good luck to everyone.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Taking the plunge, Starting Trucker School

So, I had been trying to find a career that suits my personality, and gives me a good living wage. I graduated college back in 1985, and have been working in research since. My jobs always seemed exciting at first, for about 3 years, and then I started feeling dissatisfied for one reason or another. And, usually research depends on funding from grants or contracts, which in my location, Northeast Ohio, is unpredictable. That is to say, the pay is pretty demeaning, considering the time and sweat one puts into the job. So, when I was a young man, I had a dream that one day, if I couldn't find some great scientific truth that solves the worlds problems and makes me famous, that I would become a trucker. That day has arrived. I am staring truck driving school in Akron, Ohio tomorrow. I have passed my CDL class A written test. I have looked on the Trucking Truth site for about 3 months, reading whatever I could find out about the field, and am ready to find out how this decision is going to pan out. I'll keep writing here to let you know what happens. If you have any advice, please feel free to make your comments. I need a handle, I'll think about that tonight.

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