Profile For Big White

Big White's Info

  • Location:
    Franklin, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 2 months ago

Big White's Bio

Not all in proper order...... Hardcore Marine - 8 years (0311/0431)........Correctional Officer - 3.8 years (nick name - Robocop)........Construction Manager (Wireless Telecom) 2.5 yrs........Division Manager (Wireless Telecom) 2 yrs........Project Manager (Environmental) 1.5 yrs........Project Manager (Iraq, Afghan, over $400M) 5 yrs........Operations Manager (Kuwait) 2.5 yrs........Federal Homeland Security guy 2.5 yrs good riddens!........Commercial Landscaping business owner $6.2M 10 years........Op/Gun guy in Colombia S.A (Plan Colombia) 3.8 yrs Mucho Chicas, no I am a Gringo

I hunt, fish, hike, work out, hunt, whoops...already said that, and chase women (with) teeth. Overall raised as a gentleman, but will knock your brain silly if you bad mouth my mom.

Currently - UNEMPLOYED....maybe using upper case will help

Now who's guessing my age? I am, let's see....nah, forget it!

Plans? To finish retirement in the Trucking world! My handle will be "lost soul looking for more money to spruce up the 401K". Too long? Questions? Reach out. I talk slower than I type. Happy Trails

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Posted:  4 years ago

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Aggravated Assault by Semi in Florida

I risked my life for others. I am a retired Marine, former Law Enforcement in Florida, and 3 wars, so I guess you could say that I was trying to protect those who (could have) been later killed by this idiot. Actually, if you were there, I literally did not risk my life as you stated. Following someone by staying one mile behind them is not actually risky. The filming part was risky, but I had to get an id of this company, period. So for that, maybe. I did a good deed last night, so no need to patronize or educate on safety, respectfully. Have a great day and stay safe out there. By all means know that there are hundreds of these idiots out there, and they do it for fun. So do be safe, but if and when you can obtain evidence, do so, because you are actually helping out someone else.

Big White your focus and persistence needs to be directed at FHP. Take your story to them in-person including your evidence.

To be clear, you risked your life confronting these drivers. Back-off.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Aggravated Assault by Semi in Florida

Oh my, it seems easy to assume things of others. No, I am not an ambulance chaser. No, I did not leave the scene of an accident. 911 calls were made by numerous people at the same time. Yes, I FOLLOWED this driver by keeping at least a mile behind him. Yes, traffic was light in this area, so one mile was easy. What do I want out of it? Criminal charges. Yes, driver committed aggravated assault. Evidence? Yes. By more than one witness? Yes. Were they also ran off the road? Yes. Sorry, protecting truck drivers, when they are in the wrong, isn't going to happen on my watch. You play with fire, well, they get burned. That's what this driver did. So, just let him go, so he can kill someone out there? Sounds like it

Also think about this... you admitted to leaving the scene of.an accident. yes, he did also and i get that, but you are admitting to a high speed chase over 100 miles...that sounds like some smokey and the bandit, dukes of hazard stuff that could be used against you.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Aggravated Assault by Semi in Florida

Thanks Steve, and yes your question makes complete sense. I called Morgan Law firm, and they transferred me to the consultation person, and I described everything, including FHP report and video evidence, coupled with other 911 callers, and she said that I would probably need to call the fla bar, as they would not be interested in pursuing. Crazy right? Yes, Aggravated assault is a crime, and punishable up to 5 years if I am not mistaken. I thought about calling the company, but didn't want to have cover ups, as most enjoy the protectionism. Yes, the FHP report has the company name, dot# etc., as this was taken from my video footage, scary footage at that. It happened in Florida, so Florida should be apprehending this driver. Court should be in Florida. I am not letting this go, I mean the guy tried killing me twice. I just go off the phone with another 911 caller, as she was in the FHP report, and she saw all of it. So we have plenty of evidence, it's just that I looking for the right direction to take. Appreciate your feedback however, stay safe out there!

Respectfully, if Morgan won’t take the case, why? Were there any company names/numbers on the trailers? If so, call the company. But, if you’ve got a police report, saying this truck driver committed aggravated assault, I don’t see how a lawyer would turn that down.

Also, that police report should have information about the driver and possibly the company he drives fo.

You may want to ask which municipalities have jurisdiction. I’m no lawyer, but I think aggravated assault is a criminal offense.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Aggravated Assault by Semi in Florida

Hi,

I no longer drive due to my neuropathy, but as a former driver, I am sort of aware of laws, regs, etc. However, never being a victim, I am not sure of the approach I need to make. Last night, heading south bound 75, just north of Ocala, two CRAZY semis were doing well over 85mph, not exaggerating. Traffic was medium to heavy. Normal traffic speeds were around 75. First semi came out from nowhere and was swerving in and out of traffic passing, and almost caused 3 cars to collide at one time. So most of us 4 wheelers decided to move over to the far left lane, to avoid this idiot. Upon my doing the same, I looked in left mirror and noticed another very fast approach by another semi. This is not a "no left lane" area for trucks, that I am aware of anyway. This oncoming truck has probably 30-40 car lengths behind me, so I proceeded to far left lane. Then he gets right on my bumper LITERALLY about a foot off my bumper and blew his train horn. There was nowhere to go to the right at the time. Then this driver behind me finds an opening on the right and floors it, comes up to my right side and forces me off the road, nearly missing a bridge pylon by 6 inches! It was obvious that these two trucks were buddies, as they both had the HIGH speed capability, and were acting the exact same by endangering others.

So I called 911, no on site response. This was about 2200 hours on 11-19. I called again, and overall 3 times, still no fhp, sheriff! So now we are at the Fla turnpike, where I was actually supposed to go. The first truck took the turnpike, the second truck who ran me off the road, tried to fake his turn, as if he was going to take the turnpike, but at the last moment he swerved violently back onto 75 south. So I followed, as he was the one that ran me off the road. I did not want him getting away, and I was willing to drive to the keys to get this driver apprehended. This driver knew I was following him, so I stayed roughly 1 mile behind him, WAITING for FHP to respond! We are talking nearly 100 miles to get a response on scene! So because FHP or Sheriff were not responding to my calls, I decided to move in closer to get a video of the Trailer plates, DOT#, etc. So I got up close to him on the right, because I knew his vision would not be able to easily see my vehicle from this angle. I made my video, and then as I got a few feet ahead of him, I waved my camera out the window, like "I got you now". His train horn went off again. Then he quickly got right on my bumper yet again (on video). So I decided to speed up rapidly and move to the far left lane, and then brake to get behind him once again. Well, that didn't work, as he was prepared. His engine damn sure has the power! So now he swerves over and runs me off the road again, this time on video.

So now, two more calls to FHP this time, and finally just before I-4, fhp arrived. While the FHP was riding his tail, I was on the phone with dispatch at the same time. I told the dispatch that I had video evidence of this nut running me off the road, but the FHP decided to let him go, and instead pull off the side to meet with me. I have a report from FHP, and the officer said it was aggravated assault. So my question, what the heck do I do? I already called Morgan and Morgan, which is a large lawyer firm in Florida, but they declined. According to the law, and other articles about this type in crime in Florida, they say that Florida vigorously enforces this behavior. So I am thinking that this guy will just get off the hook, but I definitely do not want this to happen. Listen, if I were to have instigated this in some way, then that's on me, but there are other 911 calls that were made, besides my own about this. So there is plenty of evidence to show that these guys were in the wrong. Any ideas on how I should proceed? Don't worry, I will not hold anyone liable for acting like an attorney or otherwise, just trying to see what I should do. Thanks!

Posted:  6 years ago

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No pay due to tax bracket?

I am a company driver. Due to not being able to turn in trip envelopes as I wanted to, due to routing, etc., I collected roughly 5000 miles in roughly 3 weeks. Once turned in, the payroll supervisor offered to push them through, but said I would be in a higher tax bracket if all miles were paid at once. I was under the assumption that an employee is taxed on annual gross income, not biweekly income. Somehow I feel as if the carrier wants to maintain positive cash flow while holding back what is due. They are holding back roughly 2000 miles because of this. Can a carrier hold back earned income, based on the reasoning of placing me in a higher taxes bracket?

Posted:  7 years ago

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What makes a CDL Course (approved) by carriers?

I have been looking at 2 schools in my area, but neither were on the list of my first choice company (Knight Transportation) I asked my knight recruiter if either of the 2 schools was acceptable, and was informed they are, and have that they have hired from both. She then went on to say which would be the better of the two, and why.

So my suggestion is to contact the recruiters from your top 2 or 3 choices, and ask them. They are a wealth of information, that a lot of potential drivers take for granted, because they can't see past the "sales pitches."

Thanks Dan. Good information brother. Be safe, and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted:  7 years ago

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What makes a CDL Course (approved) by carriers?

I found some of the big carriers preferred some schools over others, but as long as the school met the minimum requirements for CDL testing/licensing, they'd accept you. Then it was up to us to survive their orientation.

If the school can tell you which companies hire from them, you'll probably be fine. They don't stand to benefit by lying to you. If they're not a legit school, word would get around quick and they'd have a hard time attracting students.

As for kickbacks, I have no idea if companies give them to the schools. The school I went to had recruiters coming in from so many companies, it seemed that either they'd all have to be giving kickbacks or none of them were. Plus, the companies I was most interested in told me which schools they hired from. I did this research prior to attending school. Essentially, if the school told me company ABC hired from their school and if ABC company told me they hired from the school I was planning to attend, I figured there was a pretty good chance the school was okay.

Good luck.

Hey Steve! Thanks so much compadre. I will have to wait until Monday to contact this school. The Vet Rep is sending me that way, so I imagine it's a credible operation. Keep spinning those wheels, and will hopefully meet you at the pumps one day. Happy Turkey Day!

Posted:  7 years ago

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What makes a CDL Course (approved) by carriers?

The FMCSA doesn't directly certify Trucking schools. Schools can follow guidelines of the PTDI (Professional Truck Driver Institute), a non-profit.

You might check with your state DMV to see if they've been registered there.

Also, you can contact some trucking companies that you're interested in. Ask the company if they hire students from your school.

Thank you Errol. Had my wires crossed in more than one way. First was my thinking on FMCSA, thanks for correction. Second is the fact that it is Turkey day tomorrow, and more than likely, Friday will be a closure day. I sometimes don't remember those special days. Worked overseas too long to know what it is. I will definitely check with the DMV on this school, but there is still a bunch of cloudy murk on what makes a school "approved". As much as I could use the help right now under this grant funded school, I would hate to take the course, and only to learn that the mega carriers will laugh you off the phone. If this school is actually registered through the DMV, now what? Do I need to contact the PTDI as a secondary step to see if they meet the status quo? My thinking is if I obtain this training, and it is acceptable under Federal or PTDI regs, then why the heck would it stand the chance of becoming a "non-approved" school?

Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted:  7 years ago

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What makes a CDL Course (approved) by carriers?

I am about to take a CDL course that is offered under a grant for unemployed Veterans. However, I cannot seem to find information on this site, or others, that will tell the potential driver which school meets the qualifications under FMCSA or other entity. Each carrier will possibly reveal their own match making, as for (their) approved schools, and the next one you look at, would reveal entirely different schools. It seems like kick backs are being distributed around the room, or they wish to see you in their own money maker. The name of the school I will be attending, is Advance Trucking Institute. The Veterans Representative that is handling my entry into this school, tells me that the last Veteran that went through this course had 16 job offers right after graduation. Not sure how accurate his feedback is, or whether those offers came from local employers only.

If this school is actually compliant with Federal regulated training standards, then what on earth would make it a (non-approved) course by the mega carriers out there? I will be contacting the FMCSA this week, with hopes of clarity. Thought I would list my question here first. Thanks

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

Steve,

Thank you sir. No need for an apology either, it was simply an honest misunderstanding. If you read my response to Brett, you will find that your type of response is what I have been after. I actually applied to Schneider about a 1.5 weeks ago, but have yet to receive any response. I will follow up with them this week. As for terminal locations, I can almost bet my last $2 that they won't have one near Franklin, NC. Charlotte is about 3.5 hours away. Would you know if they have a lane coming through here? Do they allow a take home tractor? It could be because of my living in the hills that they haven't responded.

I do not know how the PM works in here, as I never used that feature. Recently I learned that Prime had increased their driver pay, which is a bit higher than Swift. You speak of tanker, but wouldn't they need experience of a year or more prior to hauling potential hazardous chemicals, or other rating of liquid? As I have conveyed in my first post, I am reaching for the highest earnings potential in the beginning. I am hopeful that my CDL course will offer these endorsements, but they don't seem to like returning my voice mail or email, which isn't a good sign. This course is being "assigned" through a Veteran aid program, and I don't have much room to alter this path.

Your bolded words mean a great deal, and are important to know. Without knowing what happens tomorrow, there may be a slight chance we meet one another in the same Company. It just all depends on the best offer. I have immediate family here in Franklin, but they understand that I may have to be gone for weeks at a time, and possibly longer. I had about 11 years of being 3,000-12,000 miles from home (ending in 2013) for longer durations, so this will not be new to me or them. It's just a very strong worry of possibly hearing that one of my elderly parents was admitted, or possibly passed when I wasn't there. Life is filled with obstacles. As for what you said about the company not caring for you, I just "voluntarily" left the Federal Government, so laughingly I know all too well about what you are saying. It does boil down to being humble in a way. You have to put your blinders on, and focus on you and your family. Whatever it takes to succeed in that, means that you have to take the punches as they come, but continue to show your overwhelming support for the company. In return, it seems that they have treated you well, which is great.

As said, I will reach out to a recruiter with Schneider this week, and if you have any scoop that you would rather not discuss here, feel free in contacting me. Or PM me? Honestly, I haven't even looked at that feature here. I am sure it is just a click away, but haven't seen that yet, lol. I hope your wife's surgery goes well, and has a safe recovery. Those things come in handy. :) Take care, drive safe, and thank you!

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

Brett,

Let me first say that by my offering a thank you, is just not enough. That goes for all the others who have posted responses to my seemingly lost in the woods cry for help. Normally I do not concern myself with all the what if's, or the digging for intel on an outfit before I knock on their office door. If you were to look at my own past life, you would learn that I found employment, or self employment, on my own without spending hundreds of hours gluing my eyes to a computer screen, while looking for the best approach. I am very self driven and motivated, and I guess a lot of that came from my raising, as well as the Marine Corps. I remember when I was a cop, and building a business of my own on the side, I went to a Sears store and bought a shirt that read "Nike...Just do it." I went on to build a $6.2M business later on. That shirt I still have today, because it reminds me of where I was, and what I accomplished.

This particular industry, which without a doubt, is the supply backbone of our country. Without those drivers, you don't get that coffee maker you ordered, or purchased at a local store. Of course the entirety of the Logistics world goes much deeper. Once I began looking into these companies, I immediately found "hundreds" of sites that easily kept my eyes peeled to the screen, because I would continue to read an indifferent story about a company, or perhaps, it was feedback from employees of that company. One can easily be misled if you keep digging for the diamond in the rough as you conveyed. Given my particular scenario that I have never experienced before, I unfortunately let the computer screen take over my logic, as well as a sense of urgency for the truth. Based on my past experiences, when I wanted a "valid" answer, I tend to direct those questions to those who are actually engaged in the area of inquiry. For this post, it was being directed to the experienced driver, which has central knowledge in the industry, and would give me a no BS answer. This you have done sir, and very well I might add.

I have made my decision in this career change, to move towards building an asset based 3PL provider business model. The path could possibly lead to a different direction in the industry, but that seems to be the most interesting to me. I wanted to learn from the driver's perspective, while at the same time taking in all professional training that is out there to obtain. Your site is a GREAT place for some of that. I do have a strong background in Logistics from the military, as well as several overseas adventures I have had the honor and pleasure in managing. If my plans work, by the time I am 75 years young, I would have something to pass on to my family.

When I mentioned that I have somewhat paid my dues in life, that comment was not to imply that I was better than the average Joe out there. What I was implying, was that I am a seasoned professional, and I am a bit less naive than I was 30 years ago. I have never put myself on a pedestal, and in those high level positions I have held in the past, I would always be seen helping those in the lower ranks. With the numerous calls I have made to these recruiters, it was quite obvious that most of them were young, inexperienced, and enjoyed speaking over you. They could care less if you were the President. Having slipped off into a very bad situation in life unfortunately, I am in fight mode to rebuild. As such, it is extremely important to me that I take the best step forward. I was looking for "honesty" and concrete numbers, so I could apply these numbers to my budget. I would (if lucky) receive generic numbers from these recruiters, but never a concrete conveyance. Again, this industry is entirely different than what I am accustomed to. In the past, when I wanted answers that I needed, I always got them. Because of the wide array, and inconsistent feedback on compensation, benefits, etc., I was reaching out in this post, for help in clarifying. My apologies for coming across as someone who was lacking in the ability to decipher the information overload I have encountered in my search. Speaking militarily, rather than listening to the privates, I was wishing to hear from the Staff NCO's or Officer level on my quest for the best approach. As for the consultant objective, I was in fact seeking someone (mentor) that could help in the path forward, as for entering the 3PL provider business model. I do have a friend who I have yet to reach out to, as it has been years since we have spoken. He owns Pearce Worldwide Loigistics. Kevin was born and raised in this industry, so I may reach out to him eventually. He was actually a client of mine in the 90's. For now, it is getting behind the wheel so I can learn.

You have taken the time to lay out the facts in this industry, and if you haven't already written a book, or a guide that sells on Amazon, I strongly suggest you do so. Your writing, and well thought out message, was truly a master piece to read, especially for those who are new to this industry. From a man who has great admiration for those who like to help others, I am thankful to you sir. My thanks extends to the other members on this topic as well. If I can ever be of assistance, I ask that you reach out. Thank you!

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

I'm not entirely certain on the 39 cpm, I'm basing that off a Qualcomm message we received back around May that increased the pay for solo and team drivers. I'm a team driver and it's possible my memory is wrong, as 39 cpm Is the rate I was making before the pay raise. Maybe a solo can chime in and clarify which it is. At 37 cpm, you'd have to run 121k to gross 45k, or an average of 2300 a week. Still entirely doable in my opinion, but don't plan on taking a ton of time off.

No problems C.S., I will get a confirmation today with them. I plan on being a road warrior in the first year. I just don't want to be with a carrier that sells you on the cpm, and then you find out that you are painting stripes at the terminal because loads are reduced. I know that is negative thinking, but I think I read too much in all these forums where you hear these other drivers complaining about not getting miles. I definitely need the miles, unless I win the lottery. Thanks again C.S., and God Speed. Drive safe.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

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I simply wish to earn a minimum of $45K to start, and I could care less if it is flatbed, van, reefer , or what have you. They could send me to Siberia, and that is fine also. Just not on a team. I just know this number is out there, but to get someone (experienced driver who works there, or has worked there), to tell me that is doable, is like pulling teeth.

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This is doable depending on which company you go with and how strong your work ethic is. For example, at Swift your pay would be 39 cpm to start. To make 45k gross your first year (after school and training) you would need to run a little over 115k miles. This is an average of 2200 miles a week. To pull it off you'd need to work hard, prove yourself, sacrifice some hometime and develop a good relationship with your DM. If you're willing to do that I don't see why it couldn't happen. Keep in mind if you go through a company school they'll also usually be deducting tuition payments from your checks.

Thanks CS. I may need to speak with Swift again, as last week's conversation, they conveyed .37 CPM. The recruiter said $500/wk average for the first 4-6 weeks. After training, they give you a truck and send you on your way at .37 cpm. If they are .39, that is obviously better! Your 115K miles is on target for the .39 cpm. I realize any rookie needs to prove themselves to the DM or dispatcher, and I am confident in this area. I am extremely mission oriented, so I am hopeful that shows with them, and I can earn the extra miles.

Overall, I am concerned about three areas; Compensation being enough to pull myself out of the hole, running solo and not team, and a carrier with a pet policy, which Swift actually allows. The only other concern, was on the CDL school I will be attending. This course will be funded through a grant, which is for Veterans. The Veteran Representative told me that the last Veteran that went through it, had 16 job offers after graduation. Never in my life have I ever heard of someone getting that many at a time, but that's what he said. I see on so many carriers websites, where they say (if you have gone to an approved school of theirs), or some other verbiage. I certainly can't be too selective on which school at this juncture, as it's free. I just hope they approve of this school I will be attending. Their name is (Advance Trucking Institute) if you have ever heard of them. Class starts on the 4th of January, so I have a few weeks to prepare.

Thanks for reaching out C.S., I do appreciate it.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Hmm...wonder what ever happened to this guy.

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If you are referring to me, it's called unemployment, and a host of other variables, that have landed me here. I am not some druggy or otherwise that has lost contact with society, and has no life. I happen to be a good man, and have had a professional background for the most part of my adult life. Life has just thrown me a curve, and I am reaching out for help where I can. Drive safe

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I noticed your original post was over a month old and thought maybe you'd dropped off. It had nothing to do with you personally.

Brett can certainly delete this post, but I am genuinely interested in helping you. I'm 54yrs old and came to truck driving after military service, corporate work, owning my own businesses and needing to get into a steady income. And no, I'm not retired military so I had no income to fall back on. I have a family to provide for and a very nice house we want to keep.

Sounds like you've got a chip on your shoulder. No problem here, but if you're living in a homeless vet center do you really want to be so picky about your prospects? I paid $5,000 of borrowed money to go to truck driving school. If you're able to go for free, take that opportunity and lower your requirements a little. Recruiters aren't gonna guarantee you $45k/yr for your first year. I took a position that looked to pay $30-35k for the first year and it looks like I'm going to come in closer to $40k.

I completely get that your experience should be valued, but these companies owe us nothing when we're starting out. They might be getting a great employee, but they're putting up a truck worth over $100k, letting us drive it and they're entrusting their customers' goods with us. Those loads can be worth a lot of money. Also, their reputation is on the line. Do they care about me? Probably not, but how much do we care about them, beyond our earnings? In addition, if you get into training/orientation with 20 people, there's a good chance only one or two of you will last more than a year. That's a lot of money the company has wasted on finding out who will perform and who won't.

You are welcome to private message me and I will certainly understand if you don't want my input. This is a job. Much like many others, it comes with benefits and requirements. If you're the performer you appear to be, there may be great success in this for you and I wish you well.

Good luck.

Steve, am unsure where you see the chip on the shoulder. I simply answered your curiosity. Also, I am not picky. Picky is not what got me here today for sure. I am concerned, not picky. As I have seen these numbers advertised, but then to listen to the recruiter tell a different story, just wasn't adding up. Therefore, I started this topic to see if (any) driver would have any positive input. I realize there are numerous links that I could click on that might reveal the same topic or inquiries, but this is mine. You have 3 yrs on me, and your story is close to mine. I appreciate your help, but please know, I have no chip, and learned a "long" time ago, that doesn't work well. Take care, and drive safe

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

Oops, forgot to separate the links.

How To Choose A School

How To Choose A Company

Brett's Book

And one I forgot

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Thanks Dan. I have looked at pretty much all of this site, and I still continue to do so, as Brett and his team have done a wonderful job on this site. I may not have worded my story all that well, but overall, I have contacted roughly 20-25 carriers, and I can't recall one that wished to be honest about various questions I had. This industry is a bit different than what I am accustomed to. Normally, I would speak with a recruiter (after they have reviewed my credentials), and "if" they liked the resume, they would spend time on the phone, or in person with you, to go over their high points, and to answer (any) questions that you may have. That would include your precise earnings, benefits, policies, growth potential, etc.

In this industry, they don't seem to care about your resume or what your accomplishments are. I get it. They only look at your driver, criminal, or other required record, and tell you the roses smell great with them. My record is spotless. I simply wish to earn a minimum of $45K to start, and I could care less if it is flatbed, van, reefer, or what have you. They could send me to Siberia, and that is fine also. Just not on a team. I just know this number is out there, but to get someone (experienced driver who works there, or has worked there), to tell me that is doable, is like pulling teeth. So all I am doing is reaching out for this information. After all the inquiries I have seen on this forum, as well as many others, I don't think that my request is out of reason. But....I am not even a CDL holder, so my knowledge base is far far away from those who are already behind the wheel.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

Hmm...wonder what ever happened to this guy.

If you are referring to me, it's called unemployment, and a host of other variables, that have landed me here. I am not some druggy or otherwise that has lost contact with society, and has no life. I happen to be a good man, and have had a professional background for the most part of my adult life. Life has just thrown me a curve, and I am reaching out for help where I can. Drive safe

Posted:  7 years ago

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Are there Trucking Consultants for rookies?

I have scoured the Internet in search of the right path to take. I have a lot to offer the industry, and this is a career change for me. My objective is like most of you, to earn a decent living, and enjoy doing it. As a rookie that is about to go to a CDL course, I have quickly learned that MOST carriers have a meat hook waiting for you, as it is all about getting a piece of meat behind that wheel. They do not care about your goals, etc., as there are thousands of drivers to take your place. As with most of us in the mid life term, we have paid our dues so to speak, not that this "really" matters to the employers, or your competitive drivers out there.

Realizing that I will probably see a lot of negative reponses to this, such as "welcome to the real world, or welcome to the truckers world", etc., please know that I am not looking for that. But....all feedback is better than none. I have various alternate routes to take in this new career, which is why I am shooting a shotgun approach in asking if there are consultants that exist out there, for the serious minded professional who wants to get started on the right footing.

As with anything in life, most goals start with the amount of cash flow you would like to see, or better yet, NEED, on an annual basis. Even though I have enough management in my background to achieve the title of Operations Manager, Project Manager, or perhaps Terminal Mgr., I do not know enough about this industry to just dive right in those positions, and nor would I believe that a carrier or other Logistics related company would bring me onboard unless I had the right experience. So I am looking at driving first. Following the driver's experience (which may take some time), I might be looking at becoming an O/O, or perhaps starting an asset based 3PL provider with brokerage offered.

There are several routes to take, but because I am just starting out as a "rookie", I don't want to end up being in a sling with the wrong carrier in the beginning! The carrier recruiters seem to be mostly car salesman with a direct aim in obtaining their commissions, and will tell you anything you like to hear. They ARE the Front Line in this industry, and for a guy like me, with high ambitions to succeed, they sure make the industry look bad, while giving me a negative impression of the overall industry.

I really should have titled this, "Which is the best carrier to start with", but my goals are more in depth than that. I am not 21 years old anymore, so my current path needs to aim a little more direct, with faster results. This is why I am asking if there are consultants that exist out there for the rookie. I know they exist for the larger firms, but I haven't reached out to them as of yet. Thought I would get feedback here first.

Outside of my thinking of acquiring a consultant, I have the same OLD question of "WHICH IS THE BEST CARRIER TO START WITH??" I have assembled a MS Excel spreadsheet, which some of you might find useful in your carrier comparisons, and in this spreadsheet, I have included the conveyed (CPM, Bonuses, Accessorials, etc.) from the recruiter, or perhaps the carrier website. Then I add in my expenses, state and federal taxes, insurance, etc., and I can see the end results a bit more clearly. It may not be perfect, as there are always factors that will change. I cover just the basics, which somewhat levels the playing field. As for mileage, most will tell you anywhere between 1200-2500 weekly, so all I did, to keep the results fair, is I used 1700 miles weekly in my CPM calculator. Boy is there a HUGE spread between these guys!

I get the feeling that because this industry is so competitive, nobody or their brother wants to tell you where the money is. I would rather not head the direction of earning .23 CPM for a year. Swift conveys .37 right after your training with them. Then there are some carriers with a higher CPM offering, but then you learn that they are only Team Driver oriented. I AM a Team player, but don't really think that Team Driving is my thing. I happen to have a cat, and giving her up is hard to do, even for this Marine, lol. She helped me through some tough times, and for those who have been in High Tempo environments, you might relate. So if anyone is willing to help me find the highest available CPM offering out there, and don't wish to express that here, please feel free in contacting me. I have not read the terms on this site, and Brett, if I am doing wrong, my apologies sir. You can reach out to me at colarguns at hot mail dot com.

I am just tired of hearing all the lies from recruiters, and would like to hear from the "experienced" drivers out there. Why is this so important? I will tell you. I am about to be homeless due to losing pretty much everything I had, long story. Next month I will be living in a Veteran Homeless Center. Part of their offering is free CDL training, and not really sure if the carriers will work with this school or not. Their name is "Advanced Trucking Institute", and are located in Asheville, NC. I need to crawl out of this hole I am in, and I am simply reaching out for the best direction to take, with the highest "rookie" year compensation. Thanks!

Posted:  7 years ago

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Brett,

Thanks man. I will definitely take a tour of the high road, and as for the GI Bill, I was given the shaft on that deal. I wanted to exit the program in the first 6 months of active duty, only so I could better afford to pay off a loan. The corporal who allowed this for me, "totally" understood that I wanted to come back to the program once I had the loan paid off. He said, no problem. When loan was paid, I came back to the admin center, and that corporal was no longer in the Corps. The Warrant Officer told me that once I was out, I was out. I could be 99 years old, and if I saw that Corporal Johnson, he would get his head knocked off. As for the cat, I have seen the companies you have listed that allow pets. I am still trying to narrow down however, if the cat can be there during the carrier training period. Common sense says no. I live alone, so if I am out on the road, there is no solution except for a cat hotel, and that can be really expensive for sure. So just looking at options. Maybe the carrier would have a pet hotel for their drivers, lol. Thanks again for your help sir.

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More on Schneider Starting out at 28 cpm + 3 cpm safety paid quarterly and then by the end of the first year you should be at 38cpm. The key word is SHOULD be!! Every driver has to prove them selves to what ever company they start with. I'm 58 years old and the minute I new what day I was finally retiring from law enforcement I started researching what company I wanted to work for. I took 2 years researching and it was worth taking that amount of time to gain the knowledge that I now have in starting my driving career.

Blessed, I too am a former LEO, and not far from your own age. Having recently departed from the Federal Government, due to family relocation to Franklin, NC, I am about to embark on the Trucker's journey as a new career. So with your two years of research, compared to my two months, would you have any pointers for a carrier in my area? With respect to income, I haven't earned less than $70K in many years, and looking at $40K starting out will be pretty difficult, when considering budget. I will be going to Trans Tech for the CDL, and will ask that I train and obtain any endorsements they will offer. Plus, I am a sole caretaker of a cat, which means I am shopping for pet friendly carriers. Also a 8 year Marine Corps Veteran, with Infantry and Logistics as MOS, so maybe that will help me along in the resume. Overall, just trying to get any good scoop on the best carrier to start out with. Recently spoke with JB Hunt somewhere near Atlanta, and the recruiter (Andy) said that they required a minimum of 3 months, and they would start you at $55K. So thoughts were to go to Werner first, which is starting around $45K, and then after I get my 3 months, head onto JB Junt. I am not much for job hopping, but in order to meet the budget, I have to get onboard with someone who is willing to meet that obligation. Any helpful advice or input would be appreciated, thanks!

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Big White, if you are a disabled vet you should qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). This is actually a very good program that will pay for all tuition and fees and pays you a monthly check.

Thanks Robby! Mighty nice of you. As for disability, I never believed in using that. Now if I had missing limbs, I might have. This is just a human reaction to several experiences that I wasn't accustomed to. When those things happen, you are simply focused on the mission, your training, and nothing more. Then when the high settles, it slowly sneaks up on you. It's all good now, so don't you guys think that I will be hanging an AK out my door going down the road! See you out there soon!

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