Profile For Robert A.

Robert A.'s Info

  • Location:
    Nichols, NY

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years ago

Robert A.'s Bio

Looking to start a career in trucking in a few months. 39 years old, married to a lovely lady who waited years for me to come to my senses, father of 2, stepdad to 5 more. ;)

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Just landed in Springfield, MO!

I second that observation about the shuttle driver. White knuckled it all the way here. And evidently turn signals are optional but he did keep a good conversation.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Just landed in Springfield, MO!

Just landed too!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

I'm on my way to Springfield too. I'm flying in, but currently on a 4 hr layover in Chicago. Hope to see you there Daoust!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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TT a pipeline for Prime?

Congrats and good luck to you and your wife!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Accident Free 1st Year!

Congrats Brian on your accomplishment! How satisfied are you with Prime and their reefer division? I'm starting PSD next Monday and will be going into the same division. Any insights you can provide are appreciated. Thanks!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Life of a tank driver

I forgot that on my application I only checked reefer. Maybe it'll be something I can look into later on, but nonetheless I'm excited to get learning and moving forward with this career.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Life of a tank driver

Thanks 6 string for adding your experience with tanker. Looks like I'll need to inquire about tanker when I get to Prime. Sounds very interesting.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at Prime March 14!!!

That'll be quite a journey from where you're at!

Greydog, waiting for my ticket still

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at Prime March 14!!!

See you there Daoust. Are you riding the grey dog or flying into Springfield?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Life of a tank driver

Hi Dan. Nice post. I start PSD March 7th and was wondering if you went straight to tanker after phase 2. I was under the impression that tanker division required experience. Looks like you're off to a good start in your career. Keep up the good work.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting at Prime March 14!!!

I'll be reporting on March 7th as well. Good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

Like you, I want to get some true OTR experience before entertaining the thought of going regional.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

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Thanks Miss Miyoshi. I'm sure we'll see each other around. What division were you planning on going in?

I'll likely do reefer. I have zero interest in flat bed and you need a year experience for tanker.

I'll be doing reefer too. Not sure if it'd be wise to try the Northeast reefer division though being a total noob. Driving into Boston, NYC, or DC sounds a bit intimidating at this point.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

Hey Robert, I'll see you there on the 7th!

Good luck.

Thank pixel-pusher. Good luck to yourself. Looks like we'll have our own TT study group!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

There are a couple of us headed out to Prime on the 7th! (Myself included.) Good luck, and maybe we'll bump into each other!

Thanks Miss Miyoshi. I'm sure we'll see each other around. What division were you planning on going in?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

YAY!!! Congrats! Hope you have great success.

Thanks Sam. It was an overall tough decision to make, but my wife and I know that it'll be better for our family in the long run. It just requires sacrifice on both of our parts.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting PSD on 3/7/16!

After doing much research on line especially here at TT, I've decided to pursue my CDL-A at Prime. They seem to be a very solid company to start out with and the fact that they have a student to instructor ratio of 1:1 is appealing. All arrangements have been made and I fly to Springfield on the 6th. I've read a few posts where a couple of TT's own will be starting orientation on the same day. Thanks to Brett and all of the members on TT for helping put so much honest information on trucking out there for everyone to study before diving into the trucking business. Stay safe everyone!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about sponsored training

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Hello all. I've been lurking around the website for a month or so now gathering information about the process involved into getting into the trucking industry. This site is by far the biggest source of information and hands on knowledge that I've found so far. I've started through the high road program with still much more to go. My wife and I have discussed at length the sacrifices of the job, but understand this decision is best for our family.

Company sponsored CDL training is what I've decided to do since it'll be more financially suitable for us. My question is how do I go about qualifying for a company's school? Do I contact more than one carrier who provides the training?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Robert

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Welcome Robert,

Have you had the chance to review the links Company-Sponsored Training and How To Choose A School?

My suggestion is to do your research (if you haven't already), decide on your top three and apply through their website. A recruiter will likely contact you in each case. Have a list of questions ready for the recruiter call. You can narrow the field to your best choice based on your continued research and how the recruiter interacts with you responding to your questions.

Once you have completed that step, probably a good idea to begin working on High Road Training Program. Together with your state CDL driver's manual, HRT will effectively prepare you to pass the requisite exams necessary to get your permit.

Let us know how else we can help.

Good luck.

Yes, I've read those sections you mentioned G-Town. I probably won't be able to start the school until late February or early March. Should I go ahead and contact the recruiters now or wait until the new year? I've read how busy recruiters can get so I don't want to contact them too early and have them write me off because I can't start for a while.

One company that sticks out to me is FFE. They have a terminal around an hour away from where I live, but I know that they train in Texas. I've visited their website and it mentioned something about only training Texas residents. Maybe I've misunderstood what I've read. I haven't noticed many FFE drivers on here, but maybe they're in hiding and will come out of the woodwork to help shed some light on the subject.

I also have a Sage school about 45 minutes from me. I've talked to a recruiter there and he said that they do have one company that will sponsor a student through their school, but he failed to give me the name of the carrier. I've read many good things about Sage schools and it may be a possibility depending on who the sponsoring company is.

I still have a lot of homework to do, but I value everyone's opinion on here as you are the true professionals of the industry.

Robert

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about sponsored training

Hello all. I've been lurking around the website for a month or so now gathering information about the process involved into getting into the trucking industry. This site is by far the biggest source of information and hands on knowledge that I've found so far. I've started through the high road program with still much more to go. My wife and I have discussed at length the sacrifices of the job, but understand this decision is best for our family.

Company sponsored CDL training is what I've decided to do since it'll be more financially suitable for us. My question is how do I go about qualifying for a company's school? Do I contact more than one carrier who provides the training?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Robert

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