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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Company driver per diem pay

Can anyone explain the new tax law and per diem pay for company drivers? Also, when does this new tax law start?

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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CDL Training with Raider Express Ft. Worth Texas.

Rest of Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

Spent time learning pretrip -logs-trip planning during morning and driving in afternoon. learned parallel parking - straight line backing - right turns - left turns and WATCH THOSE TANDEMS

Scheduled to take driving test on Thursday Week 4

Ran out of time at testing so had to reschedule for following Thursday

Passed test and got my CDL on Thursday of week 5

Scheduled for orientation on following Tuesday

WILL SPEND 28 DAYS WITH TRAINER OUT ON ROAD!

Sorry to cut this short but the time was just going by so fast. Getting a CDL in about 4 weeks is doable but a lot of stress.

Raider Express has been a great company so far and has lived up to every promise made!

The CDL school run by Doug with the instructors: Darren, Kirk, Billy, Nancy, Big Robert, and Frank is top notch. These guys really know the job and teach it with pride and compassion. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Please send me a private message if you want to know more about Raider Express. No cost CDL School Paid while Training No contract or commitment to stay with company but you will!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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CDL Training with Raider Express Ft. Worth Texas.

Week 2 at Raider Express

Nov 16 2015 - Morning spent learning maps and trip planning after lunch spent learning truck and doing pretrip

Nov 17 2015 - Morning spent learning maps and trip planning after lunch spent afternoon inside truck bobtailing without trailer. Got to drive downtown Ft Worth Texas - very exciting---first day in truck behind wheel! I GOT THIS!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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CDL Training with Raider Express Ft. Worth Texas.

NOTES AND TIPS ABOUT WEEK ONE AT RADER EXPRESS CDL TRAINING.

1). Make sure you have a valid Texas drivers license and your blue social security card. Put these in your wallet and keep them with you! If you need eyeglasses or contacts you better have them. If you can't pass the eye test, drug test, and physical then you can't take the test at DMV so don't even waste time. 2). If you take drugs and there is any question...DON'T go and waste your time....Make sure you are clean and can pass the test before going. 3). Check with your doctor and make sure that all medicines you are taking will not interfere with driving. Some medicines may require a letter from doctor stating that it is ok to drive while taking these. All your medications have to be listed and explained. The tester will not know all drugs and if he does not he may send you home to get a letter from your doctor. 4). If you are thinking about getting a physical before going please check with your recruiter...They may NOT accept this.....or they may ...ask!

This is all pretty basic but we lost 6-8 people the first week due to some problem with the above that in most cases could have been solved up front by being honest with your recruiter and being prepared....

Study the CDL handbook and you will pass the 5 test...They are hard but just study and you can make it!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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CDL Training with Raider Express Ft. Worth Texas.

After spending several weeks online doing as much research and studying as possible I decided to go and get my CDL Class A license starting on Monday Nov. 9th 2015 at Raider Express.

Raider express has a referral bonus that is paid so if you are interested in CDL training please private message me and I will answer any one on one questions you may have, all I ask is that you tell them that I sent you there if you decide to attend!

Arrived Monday Nov 9th at 7am for first day of class. First day was spent studying Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver's Handbook. Read, Read, Read, this book! Every test question comes directly out of this book. The head of recruiting Dustin gave a speech about what and how we would be paid from day 1 until end of one year with Raider Express. Dustin was very straight and honest. I believe you can take this man's word without any problem. He told the bad as well as the good and held back nothing and made no other promises.

Arrived Tuesday Nov. 10th at 7am. Spent morning going over and studying CDL handbook. The afternoon of 2nd day was spent doing physical, drug test.

First part of physical was eye test and blood pressure test. Second was urine test. Third was with doctor discussing any medicines you are taking, reflex testing, and the hand on the balls while you cough thing! Overall was pretty easy!

Arrived Wed Nov 11th at 7am. This was veteran's day so DMV was closed. Normally we would have gone and taken 2 test on Wed so we would have our permit and then followed by the other 3 test. % written test must be passed at DMV. We studied the CDL handbook all day on Wed.

Arrived Thursday Nov 12th at 7 am. We spent morning studying CDL handbook and went to DMV to take test at noon: In texas you must pass the Texas permit test and Combinations test first. If you fail either one of these you have to wait 24 hours before you can take again. I passed both of these and then I immediately took the other 3: General Knowledge, Airbrakes, Pretrip test. I passed all 5 so I was good to go. It was kind of hectic to take all 5 on one day but as long as you read, read, read that CDL handbook you probably should pass first time....TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CDL TRAINING AND PRACTISE TEST HERE ON TRUCKING TRUTH. The only thing that is not here on trucking truth is Tx permit part which is Chapter 14 of your Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook.

Arrived Friday Nov 13th at 7 am. Since I had passed all 5 days the day before, I basically set around all day while the guys that failed a test went back to DMV.........

END OF WEEK ONE AT RADER EXPRESS.....Looking forward to week 2

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Choosing a company i need advice please

Find several places that you might want to attend cdl SCHOOL AND CALL THE RECRUITER. They will get you an answer...

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Raider Express Ft. Worth Texas

Any current information about Raider Express in Ft. Worth? Particularly the CDL schooling and working for them as a new entry level driver?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Endorsements from CDL School

Hey, I just noticed that TDI school in Dallas does not teach for The hazmat and tanker endorsements. Is this normal? If so how and when do you get these endorsements? Should I try to find a different school that teaches these or what? Please advise....

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Thinking about attending TDI in Milton, FL

What endorsements did you receive thru TDI? It looks like no hazmat or tanker from the school...Is that normal? If so how do you get these afterwards?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Thinking about attending TDI in Milton, FL

I'm thinking about TDI in Dallas and been told about same thing.....Hope somebody chimes in here........

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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95 per cent sure I am going to get CDL but is my age a problem

Guys! All BULL**** aside....This is by far the best website I could have found to get info.

I have read Brett's Book and loved it! I'm about 60 per cent finished on the High Road online training.. I have read many other post and articles here... I have asked several questions and within a very short period I received tons of answers....

You guys deserve a lot of credit!

Thanks, I am very grateful for all of you guys!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Examples of cheating on logbooks

O.K. Bud A.....maybe I asked that question the wrong way.....There has to be examples of how truckers cheated on log books somewhere.....I'm definitely not a cop......I've been going thru the cdl training here on this site and these logbooks are little confusing....

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Examples of cheating on logbooks

Where can I find examples of cheating on logbooks? I just read Brett's book (great book....Thanks Brett).....

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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95 per cent sure I am going to get CDL but is my age a problem

Is age a factor?

I am 50 years old and in good health. Should I be worried that I won't be hired at my age? I don't have high blood pressure or anything. I do take cholesterol medicine but thats it! My eyesight is good long distance...I just passed the eye test with my regular drivers license last month..I do use cheap reading glasses to read small print though...

Can anybody tell me what the physical covers and if anything above should be a concern?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Clarification on Drug and Alcohol Test

Phil C.... That sounds like what I was thinking......

thank you!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Clarification on Drug and Alcohol Test

Can someone help me understand this?

I am thinking about getting my CDL....I am not concerned at all about drug test but I do drink beer when I am at home say roughly 6 pack a day..Is this a concern? I assume beer consumption would show up on the hair test....Should I quit drinking all together a certain time frame before submitting to this test for a cdl or is this not a concern at all? Probably stupid question but I need to ask anyway....

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Getting started with Truck Driver Institute’s Dallas campus

Please let me know if anybody out there has experience with Truck Driver Institute in Dallas Texas......

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Getting started with Truck Driver Institute’s Dallas campus

Thanks guys! I appreciate the answers.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Getting started with Truck Driver Institute’s Dallas campus

I am thinking about getting my CDl from Truck Driver Institute in Dallas Texas. I believe these guys are affiliated with Werner. I am being told that the cash price for class is $5000 and probably closer to $8000 if financed. I am also being told that all of the 25 companies that recruit from the class offer some kind of tuition reimbursement if you are employed with them at least a year or so. 3 week class which seems amazing to me but anyway...I am also being told that they have both otr and local companies that hire from the school.

I am trying to decide what to do....OTR and being gone for 6 or more weeks at a time without being home is just not good for my situation. I'm sure this is common. I believe most local or regional jobs where you are home every weekend or even every night or two is probably not going to go to a newbie.....

Anybody have experience with something like this and getting a job that gets you home for real every weekend? I don't mind working 7 days a week but I would like to be home most nights.....

Is that too much to expect? Please tell me what you think....

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