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    Lynchburg, TN

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    Company Driver In Training

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    5 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Floating Gears

I didn't see anything on here about numbers, so here you go. 4mph or below=3rd gear Around 6mph =4th gear Around 10mph =5th gear 15mph=6th gear 25mph=7th gear 35mph=8th gear 45mph =9th gear 55+Mph =10th gear. That's for a 10 speed of course. I hope it helps a little bit. Just remember, if you're having trouble getting it into gear, more than likely you're trying for the wrong gear! !! Lol. Good luck!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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A head's-Up on the CDL Permit test.

Did you take your test in Tennessee Bob?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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What to wear now its cold

The answer is simple, move further south!! Lol

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Averitt Express Orientation

Ok thanks. Also, hate to pry, but what kind of pay do their regional drivers get?

Well I'm fresh out of school, They start fresh out of school students at. 37 cpm for regional truckload. They've also got a crap ton of dedicated accounts which you can get as a new driver. For regional truckload they require you too get your hazmat and tanker endorsement within I think 90 days. If you apply within 30 days of your initial hire date they reimburse you in full. When you go look on there website, everything they say on there, and what the recruiters tell you is 100% true. Don't listen to the bonehead slack offs that talk crap about them lol. Communication is key with this place.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Averitt Express Orientation

Is it true they don't allow facial hair? My woman will have none of that lol

Thanks Sonnydogg! And CT they have actually gotten more lenient with there facial hair policy. You can have a full beard and moustache as long as its neat and clean and no longer then like a quarter of an inch. I had a duck dynasty beard going before I started, and my woman hated when I told her I had to trim it short, but she got over it lol. But there's a couple foreign guys here that won't cut there's because of there religion. Just tell them your religion forbids you too cut your facial hair!!! Lol! But the reason they're starting to gain more business and accounts is because of how high they set the bar for there employees. They aren't really too awfully strict, they just want you looking professional and presenting yourself with dignity and respect. Good luck!!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

I'm currently stationed in Florida but will be going back to Texas toward the end of May. Swift's training is only about 20 miles from my house, and TDI is about an hour away in Dallas. I completely forgot about the permit. I may have missed it or forgotten, but do I need to get it before I attend training? If the training is in Texas, that's easy. If I go with an out-of-state company like Maverick, that's a whole different story.

Don't hold me to it, but I do know the one here in Tennessee they help you study for your permit and everything. That's basically all you do the first week. That parts idiot proof. Lol. And then you spend the next two weeks doing pre trip, backing, and have plenty of road time. I would advise you too check into it though. Honestly, if you can go through the training you did in the military, you can go through there three week course. On top of that, you're not contracted with a certain company. You're a free range chicken free to come and go as you please. Which is really an advantage for you because you're G.I Bill will cover your tuition therefore you have no loan to pay. Once you pass all your tests, all you have to do is focus on your life and career.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

And depending on where you're located, I attended TDI. I would recommend them to anyone. They trained me beyond what they were required to. They definitely care about training new drivers the best they can.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

Honestly I would go do it on my own. Now, I'm not a veteran, but I financed my training, and I was bent on going with maverick because they seem like one of the best companies out there for rookies. But then, the recruiter for Averitt express came in, and now I'm employed with them. I never even knew they hired rookies. Lol. Just my experience lol. And thank you for your service friend! Good luck out there with whatever you do.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Averitt Express Orientation

Good evening y'all. Just thought I'd give some updates on my progress with Averitt so far. I have two more days left of orientation and so far they have been awesome people to work with. I checked in early Sunday afternoon to get settled in my room and get some rest for the upcoming week. The hotel is really nice for me not having to pay anything. Being an ole country boy like me, this is luxurious. Lol. My roommate is a little weird. But that's a different story lol. Monday was long and super boring with the computer training, paperwork, getting uniforms, physical and drug test. We started the day at about 6am and didn't get back to the hotel until around 7pm. But the food was good I must admit. Today we had to show up at 8am for company orientation. It was definitely a fun day. Started with a nice hot breakfast, followed by a lecture about the company and why it is why it is. The CEO came in and introduced himself to us and he is a good, humble guy. Then we went over our benefits package which was kinda boring, but we made it fun lol. Lastly we got to meet our recruiters which was nice. It's been a long week so far, but I have to say, this company has already shown why so many people want to work for them. I'm eager to get out on the road and learn all I can and work for one of the best companies on the road. Stay safe everybody!! And cheers!!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Air brakes test....ugh

The biggest problem people had in my class was forgetting to release there brakes. That should be the first thing you do lol. And always I mean ALWAYS remember to turn your power back on and let your gauges sweep. To me the hardest part was the numbers (4 psi in one minute, low air light should come on between 20 and 45 psi etc. ) luckily I passed on the first try lol. Just remember to release your brakes. Lol good luck! !!!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Got My CDL Permit

Congrats bud! I just got my CDL 2 weeks ago. I attended TDI in Christiana TN. They have schools all over the place. But I am honestly so glad that I did not go to company sponsored training. I financed my student loan and am not contracted or obligated to drive for a certain company. I have my orientation with Averitt the 4th. You can drive for whoever you choose. They have tons of recruiters come through the school's personally to give you there spill. Coming from a youngster, probably the best decision I've ever made. Good Luck to you whatever you choose. Apply to every company possible. Lol. It helps. Trust me.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Orientation With Averitt Express

Having completed orientation with Averitt in October, I think you will find you have made a good decision. The experience in Cookeville was well organized, welcoming, professional and fairly comprehensive. The food provided was great and the hotel accommodations were adequate and clean. I had a great OTR trainer that made me feel at home and comfortable in his truck. The backing/ finishing school at week 6 was helpful but maybe could have been made a bit more challenging. I would encourage you from at least day 3 or 4 of OTR training to ask your instructor to allow you to make all the real world backing maneuvers regardless of how challenging or long they take. It will build your confidence. Overall my personal experience with the company has been positive. There is some trial by fire to be had as a new guy and you will have to be a self starter and an independent thinker in many regards (some qualcomm messages are nothing short of criptic and dispatch is not always the comprehensive, quick and efficient source of helpful information in my view they should be) but it's my belief the company wants you to succeed and with some resourcefulness on your part will provide you with the tools to do so. Relax, have fun and enjoy. Averitt seems to be a good organization to work for.

Thanks! Just a quick question though, did you have any home time during your 6 week training? And I've heard more good about them then bad. Definitely one of the better companies. Especially for a rookie like myself.

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Orientation With Averitt Express

Good evening everybody. I hope everybody had a great Christmas and made some memories with there loved ones and got some much needed rest.

I got my email confirming my orientation with Averitt Express January 4th. I have to check in the 3rd before 8pm cst. I'm very excited, but nervous at the same time. I searched and searched, but they seemed like the best company for me especially with me being a rookie driver. Even though she is supporting me 100%, I'm gonna miss my girlfriend. But it's all worth it, hopefully she can hold down the fort while I'm gone. Lol. I plan on keeping y'all updated on how things are going with my new adventure. Anyways, hope all is well with y'all out there. Safe travels and happy New Year! ! -Metalhead ✌

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

Horns up! I hate to break it to you, but all those guys travel in busses with pulled trailers. Shows aren't big enough for rigs, as everything they need fits into the trailer in the back of the bus. The venues they play in already have full PA and lighting, so they don't need to bring anything like that. When I was on tour with King Diamond we had a tractor and trailer, but he was pulling his full European festival stage set up, and that required one trailer. We almost couldn't fit that stage set ups in some venues.....

Merry Christmas!

That's okay lol. Maybe one day I'll be driving there tour bus😁

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

Hey Metalhead! Are you actually another metalhead? If so, hails!!

Averitt is a great place to start, from what I understand. PROTIP: I know you said you want to be home weekly, but after 4 months of driving with Averitt you can ask to be transferred to their OTL division. Basically, concert/entertainment trucking. Check the thread about OTL HERE. It keeps you out at least a month at a time, but touring is a great job. Take it from me.

Good luck no matter what path you choose!

Hails Mrs! I love all kinds of music, but a Metalhead through and through. It would be a dream to do OTL for a metal band like Lamb Of God, Soulfly, or Dream Theater, or somebody like that. Lol. Merry Christmas all!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

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Thanks y'all. It definitely takes a lot of research to find the right place. I wanted to go to maverick but they wouldn't take me because of me being an idiot and job hopping since I was out of high school. Though I've always had a great work ethic and attendance along with a spotless driving and criminal record. I'm squeaky clean. And unless I read wrong, tmc you have to be 23 to work for them. And I think the same for McElroy. Unless its changed. I've been working with a recruiter for averitt on my final paper work and what not, but I feel as though I can do better. I'm not down with the whole uniform deal. I chose this career for a sense of freedom and to be who I truly am. Lol.

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Metalhead, Averitt is a good outfit. You'll do fine. They move a lot of gear for rock bands, concerts and shows. Could be a really cool gig for you as your handle suggests.

Let us know how this turns out. Good luck!

Thanks G-Town! They have the On Tour Logistics division which pays great money and has some pretty awesome perks as well. I would be all over it if I was a single guy or if they had a more lenient rider policy. But even though the pay isn't the greatest, there regional truckload division doesn't seem too shabby. So I think I'm sticking with them. Plus the service centers are a great bonus, and they're training from what I heard is second to none.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

Thanks y'all. It definitely takes a lot of research to find the right place. I wanted to go to maverick but they wouldn't take me because of me being an idiot and job hopping since I was out of high school. Though I've always had a great work ethic and attendance along with a spotless driving and criminal record. I'm squeaky clean. And unless I read wrong, tmc you have to be 23 to work for them. And I think the same for McElroy. Unless its changed. I've been working with a recruiter for averitt on my final paper work and what not, but I feel as though I can do better. I'm not down with the whole uniform deal. I chose this career for a sense of freedom and to be who I truly am. Lol.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

I recently got my CDL last week. The next step is finding the right company to start with. I would appreciate any advice! I'm 21 years old, from middle Tennessee. I know I have to pay my dues before I can land my dream job. But I would like to be home every week. I know it's hard to find out there, but I have important obligations at home. I would like to run either a dedicated or regional run. Thanks in advance for any input!

I would also like to add, I have a prehire from H.O Wolding. And have been accepted from Averitt Express. And have applied to Celedon, U.S Express, Werner, and Prime Inc.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Starting In trucking

I recently got my CDL last week. The next step is finding the right company to start with. I would appreciate any advice! I'm 21 years old, from middle Tennessee. I know I have to pay my dues before I can land my dream job. But I would like to be home every week. I know it's hard to find out there, but I have important obligations at home. I would like to run either a dedicated or regional run. Thanks in advance for any input!

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