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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Starting Career With Prime?

After talking with several different companies I'm strongly leaning toward starting my new career with Prime. I have a tentative date to start training on May 5.

I'm 49 years old and find myself needing to start a new career. It's scary at this age to start something new, especially something like a career in truck driving.

I'd appreciate advise from anyone, especially those who have worked for Prime, been to Prime's CDL training or those who have entered this profession a little later in life.

Hey Johnathan T, I know I'm responding to a post that's close to 2 years old but I wanted to see if you went through with the training at prime? If you did, how did it go? Are you still working? I'm 49 and looking into this trucking career, very hesitant but it's pretty much looking like the best option. If you went through this could you give me any heads up on what to expect? Thanks Paul

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Has anyone heard of KLLM Transport Services?

I spoke with a recruiter with KLLM, she was a very nice southern gal. Their offer sounds fair with only a 6 month commitment. Anyone familiar with this outfit? I also tried contacting other companies like Swift, FFE, Millis and Prime, Prime I spoke with some Hispanic Lady who was quite rude & she ended up hanging up on me, I think my question was too much for her to answer, apparently it was off her script. I did not speak to anyone else just left messages & have not heard anything yet.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Magic Bullet/small appliances

I purchased an original Magic Bullet yesterday (not the bigger Nutri Bullet) for when I have my own truck. I read inside the book to not plug it in a converter. I remember reading here from another member that some truckers have one. What kind of set up do you need to have to be able to run it? The magic bullet is a 250 watts motor, the Nutri Bullet is a 600 watts.

FYI I have the NutriBullet RX, it's 1700 watts, 2.5hp and it rocks. Been using it for close to a year and a half & still love drinking the drinks. This RX also makes soup & it gets seriously hot. It blends stuff amazingly well, I can not believe the greens & other healthy stuff I normally would rarely to never eat & I don't even taste it, all I taste is the fruit I put in with it. I personally highly recommend the NutruBullet RX, worth every penny. I did quite a bit of research & reluctantly bought it being I've done juicing and other health drinks in the past which where either too much of a pain in the ass or they where too thick & nasty in which lasted no more than a week. Bought this thing & well over a year later still enjoying it, specially how much better I feel drinking them. I put all kinds of nutritious crap in them (probably too much), I just research online for what is the healthiest stuff, also what skins of the fruit or veggies are healthy, it's amazing how many skins hold so much potent nutrition not only skins but seeds as well. If your power source can handle this model I'd recommend it highly. When in cold places you can make a nice hot cup of healthy soup in 7 minutes or what ever hot drink you want.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Trying to norrow down what company to start my new trucking career with?

For your review: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

This will help streamline your application efforts. Good luck.

Thank you, I will check it out! Paul

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Trying to norrow down what company to start my new trucking career with?

Get as many prehires as you can. Decide what is most important to you, whether it's money, hometime, pet/rider policy, type of freight, equipment, etc. then begin to narrow down your list according to your own personal needs.

The best company for you is the one that offers what you personally need. They're all great companies. If they weren't, they wouldn't be successful and able to remain in business.

Very good, thank you Sue very helpful! That's kind of what I am doing! Now you saying that kinda of helps me realize I'm going in the right direction. There's just so many damn companies I'm going to go broke by the time I make a decision, lol. Glad I found this forum, there's a lot of negativity regarding these Truck/training programs these companies offer. I was looking into CR England a year or so back and read quite a bit of negative stuff in reviews and came to the conclusion that it was a scam. Now finding this forum and seeing all the other companies offering this I can see it's not looking like such a scam after all, too bad I didn't find this out then. Anyway thank you for the help much appreciated. Paul.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Trying to norrow down what company to start my new trucking career with?

The list of companies that hire inexperienced drivers is endless... Swift, Werner, Knight, Averitt, Prime, USXpress, Covenant, Schneider, McElroy, TMC, Maverick, Boyd Brothers, TransAm, to mention a couple off the top of my head.. Millis, PAM, ...

You get the idea anyway. Apply and call away! They'll probably adk you to co a refresher training in addition to company training, but most are more than willing.

Thank you. So I they all pretty much hire inexperienced drivers. Yep there are many! Any suggestions on who may be my best bet?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Trying to norrow down what company to start my new trucking career with?

I'm new to the trucking industry, I have a class A CDL with tanker, doubles & triples endorsements. However I have not actually drove a big rig. I got the license from a job I had about 8 years ago & hung onto the license since. We drove a flat bed that was about 50' long (class A vehicle), also dump trucks, truck cranes etc. (class B vehicles). I normally I am in skilled maintenance trades however this field has been over ran by everyone in America, seems everyone wants these jobs suddenly. Having this CDL I figured maybe this is a better direction, maybe driving would be a better career. I am now trying to find a good company that I can get training, I don't need the license I already have it. Could anyone give me direction to some good companies that would be willing to take me on and train me to drive, I am not afraid of hard work or getting dirty. Hopefully a company with paid training. I see most don't pay for schooling to get licensed and that is fine I have the license I just need behind the wheel training & what ever else is needed to become a safe, effective driver. I have been researching this for a while, I see so many companies and so many different offers just not sure which one is the right fit? I was looking at Swift, Prime, Millis and Fee, Prime seems to have the best offer as far as I can see. Now I come to another page that is companies that hire inexperienced drivers and they are all different companies with different offers. Are the 4 companies I mentioned above for people with no license? Should I be researching the companies that hire inexperienced drivers? Or do they all hire license or no license inexperienced drivers? Thank you! Paul

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

Sorry I must have missed that. When you are ready I would still contact some of the companies mentioned and see how they are willing to work with you.

Good luck.

No worries! Yea that looks like my next step, contacting companies and find one that seems to work & hopefully is local or not too far away. Thank you for the advice, can't tell you how much this helps, I am not sure I'd of went through with this if I had not came on here being I was very reluctant. Now hearing from a few of you I feel much more confident in this. Thanks, Paul

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

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The Company-Sponsored Training would be the fastest and cheapest route for you to take... Don't pay any attention to online reviews cuz there are a lot of people on this site that did the company sponsored route and it worked for them... I am one that also went that route and I'm coming up on 10 months with my company....

I'd call all of them and ask all the questions you have. That is your best bet...

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Thank you, that helps a lot, much appreciated.

How does this company sponsored program work? Do they pretty much own you for a year? Do you have to move? Are you getting paid from day one of training? Reason I ask is I own a home & have a part time job so I'd obviously need to make adjustments.

Thanks for your response. Paul....

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It differs from company to company but there is a definitely commitment in all cases. I can only share my experience with Swift's Academy in Richmond VA.

With Swift there are basically two parts to the training.

Part 1; School or Swift Academy prepares you to obtain the CDL class A license. Duration is about 3 to 3.5 weeks. Swift does not pay the student during schooling but they provide housing (dormitory style) and transportation if need be. There are kitchen facilities and refrigeration, but you will need to supply your own food.

Part 2; Mentoring or Road-Training occurs once the CDL is obtained. The student is placed with a certified mentor (trainer) on their truck for approximately 5-6 weeks in duration (depending on the student, the mentor, and the freight this duration can vary slightly). Swift pays the student during this time period for the time they are driving (roughly $10.00 per hour). The student is required to complete 200 hours of driving and no less than 40 documented backing maneuvers. The first 50 hours of drive time is fully supervised with the mentor riding in the passenger chair. Once both student and mentor agree, after 50 hours the student and mentor are then dispatched as a team and share driving duties. Student drives when the mentor sleeps, mentor drives when the student sleeps.

Once the student is close to the 200 hours, arrangements will be made to stop at a Swift terminal for one final road test, solo orientation and then truck assignment.

That about covers it. There is a driver on this forum named Murderspolywog. "MPW" is a current Swift mentor and I am sure he would be happy to provide further details. Errol V. and Don are also experienced Swift drivers.

We also have two Prime Trainers, Daniel and Bud. I would expect they will chime in as well.

Awesome, thanks. I'm very impressed with the responses, this is great! So the first part with swift is non-paid but it is the preparation for the CDL, right? I already have a class A CDL with tanker, doubles & triples endorsements so would this mean I can skip the first part & go straight to the driving part? You said 10 per hour, how long until you get a pay increase & how much? Not trying to make money a big issue specially at the beginning but I do have bills like a mortgage & HOA dues etc & would need to know what to expect & make arrangements & possibly borrow money, what ever I need to do to make this work I'll do. Thanks for the response, very much appreciate this. Paul......

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

... What Brett said ...

To answer your question, where do I start? You found the right place. Welcome.

Put off your foreclosure with as many court continuances and avenues possible until you're able to catch up. They'd rather keep the same owner than have to find a new one. Make little payments if you must to show due diligence. Put finances out of your mind when behind that wheel.

Apply like crazy everywhere. Company-sponsored training is probably the quickest way to getting into the big rigs and receiving a first paycheck.

Forget your age. You're young in trucking and very hire-able. If you have your medical card, good enough.

This is feasible.

Go dawg, go!

-mountain girl

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lol, thanks that was very cool, you made me laugh I need that. I'm not actually in trouble with my bill as of yet, getting close & hoping to avoid this, it's been beyond stressful. If I am in the process of learning the driving career my focus will be solely on that, bills and everything else will become secondary being I need this job in order to pay them bills. Thanks for the funny response, that is a needed thing, laughter. Paul.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

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Yea I was looking at the company sponsored programs but they seem to be controversial & seem possibly sketchy, I'm not sure I am just going by reviews I read. Do you know people who went this route? If so, did it work out well for them? Do you have any suggestions of good, solid companies that would give good training? I'm good with being dedicated to them for a year or two or possibly make my career with them as long as I get trained well and they treat people half way decent. I was also considering going to a out side driving school, just not sure what I need in order to get the hands on. Yes you are correct I need the actual Class A experience, I have driving experience but it would be more with class B vehicles not actual big rigs. Thanks for the response. Paul

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Paul, welcome.

There are numerous drivers on this forum who went the route of Company Sponsored Training and have successful careers in trucking. Myself included, I attended Swift's Richmond Academy and continue to drive for Swift Dedicated several years later. There is nothing controversial or sketchy with taking that path. Private schools are also a viable option, including community college offerings. There are benefits and drawbacks with either choice, but in the end you will learn what is necessary to pass the CDL skill tests.

The Company Sponsored School options we typically discuss on this forum are, in no particular order of preference: Prime, Swift, Roehl, CR England and CRST. There are others, but those are the most prevalent. My suggestion is to contact each of them directly and begin to understand how they instruct and teach initial CDL skills and then road train their drivers.

Here are some other links that might prove helpful:

Truck Driving Schools

How To Choose A School

Trucking Companies

How To Choose A Company

Good luck, let us know if you have any further questions and how else we can help you.

Great, thank you I appreciate the response. I will check out the links you provided, thanks.

Actually I currently posses a class A CDL with tanker, doubles & triples endorsements, problem is I have little to no actual experienced driving class A vehicles. I've drove plenty class B trucks just not the big rigs. So I really don't need training to get the license I just need to drive & learn all the stuff that goes with the driving part to get confident & comfortable to safely drive these vehicles. I don't want to waste time studying for a test I don't need to take being I have the license and I am not sure if a refresher course would be enough? Anyway thanks again for the response Paul

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

The Company-Sponsored Training would be the fastest and cheapest route for you to take... Don't pay any attention to online reviews cuz there are a lot of people on this site that did the company sponsored route and it worked for them... I am one that also went that route and I'm coming up on 10 months with my company....

I'd call all of them and ask all the questions you have. That is your best bet...

Thank you, that helps a lot, much appreciated.

How does this company sponsored program work? Do they pretty much own you for a year? Do you have to move? Are you getting paid from day one of training? Reason I ask is I own a home & have a part time job so I'd obviously need to make adjustments.

Thanks for your response. Paul....

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

Hey Paul. The fact that you have your license will keep you from having to do the testing again but you're definitely going to have to go through some training. People that have a decent amount of experience but have been away from the game for a while can often times go through shorter refresher courses to get back in the swing of things but I'm not sure you have enough Class A experience for that to work for you.

Probably the fastest, easiest way for you to get going is to go through a Company-Sponsored Training Program. These are schools which are either owned and operated by a trucking company or the schooling itself is financed by a trucking company. You'll get the training with almost no money out of pocket and they'll have you on the road as quickly as possible.

I would apply like crazy to those companies and see who gives you an opportunity. If your background checks out well you might find yourself in a classroom at a company within a week or two.

Yea I was looking at the company sponsored programs but they seem to be controversial & seem possibly sketchy, I'm not sure I am just going by reviews I read. Do you know people who went this route? If so, did it work out well for them? Do you have any suggestions of good, solid companies that would give good training? I'm good with being dedicated to them for a year or two or possibly make my career with them as long as I get trained well and they treat people half way decent. I was also considering going to a out side driving school, just not sure what I need in order to get the hands on. Yes you are correct I need the actual Class A experience, I have driving experience but it would be more with class B vehicles not actual big rigs. Thanks for the response. Paul

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

You're not too old to start. Many start this new venture and are older than you. From what I've read, because you have not been driving a big rig, you probably have to take a refresher course. I'll let others chime in on this. This site is FULL of excellent info to help you.

I work tonight (PST) so if I don't respond right away that is why. Thanks again! Paul

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

You're not too old to start. Many start this new venture and are older than you. From what I've read, because you have not been driving a big rig, you probably have to take a refresher course. I'll let others chime in on this. This site is FULL of excellent info to help you.

Thanks very much, that would be awesome. Paul................

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

Asking for help wasn't "what was wrong" with your post, it's that you posted it AT LEAST 6 times in 6 different threads (that are not private, by the way) in a matter of MINUTES....so it made you look like a spammer. You only need to ask once, and someone will reply for sure, that's how people are nice on here.

Ok, got it, I just joined here so I didn't realize I was doing something wrong, I certainly was not trying to high jack a thread, why in the hell would I want to high jack a thread, lol??

The reason I posted it in the different threads like I did was to get as much response & advice as possible ASAP. I've been through employment hell for like 4 years, my trade has went to hell and now I am about to lose everything & I am doing everything I can to prevent this. The time has went by so fast it is unreal, I've never in all my life found so much trouble getting a job in my field, it's really sad. Realizing I have this license I figured try a trucking career and that is what I am trying to pursue however I am running out of time & money. I own a condo & will lose it if I don't find some income very soon. I do work part time but make very little money, no where near enough to keep bills paid. Been living primarily on savings & a Ira account that's pretty much exhausted. That is why I wanted all the info I can get on which direction to go to get started in a career driving. I have drove some commercial vehicles but not really the tractor trailer & looking at the best way to get training. I have a class A CDL with a tanker, doubles & triples endorsements but have never driven a tanker or doubles/triples. So I am ready to make this move just wondering what way to go, I see a lot of options & not sure which ones are scams and how to watch out for these scams.

Sorry for any hassles!

Paul................

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

From what I've seen and heard most companies are going to want you to go through a school first. I went to school with a guy who was in his 50s, with 15 years experience otr. Since he had taken 5ish years out of a truck he had to go back to school first.

Aso far as your age, that is not at all too old. I went to school with a few people who were 5 years both ways of you.

Right on thanks. I posted my question on other posts, I guess they where private posts, didn't realize this was wrong. Brand new on this chat site, so oh well. Anyway Do you have any advice on schools in CA?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trying to begin a career in the commercial driving field, any advice on what steps to take would be appreciated.

Hi,

I am researching becoming a class A driver not sure what direction I should go.

Currently I possess a CDL class A with tanker & doubles/triples endorsements. Problem is I actually have little to no experience driving a tractor trailer. I picked up my license about 8 to 10 years ago at a job in the ports where I live, we occasionally drove a truck/trailer carrying piling however it was only occasionally and I did it for about 3 years and this was over 8 years ago. I've drove dump trucks, stake beds etc., basically class B trucks throughout my life, I don't have a problem getting in a class B truck and driving. I don't think it'd take much for me to learn to drive a big rig it's just I never drove one & not sure what to expect & how to go about getting training. I don't need the license or training to get the license being I currently have one, even my medical card is current.

Also I am 49 years old, is this to old to start this kind of career? I'm still in pretty good health, a little out of shape but that can be taken care of in no time. I am not a stranger to hard work & don't mind working hard as I've done my whole life coming from construction & skilled maintenance trades, these jobs are incredibly hard to get in this economy very sad.

Anyway, I thought I have this license so why not use it. I did apply for several class B jobs, had a few interviews but so far nothing. I was put on as a back up driver where I work part time at but nothing has really happened yet, I think next week I may get some training but it's not looking like it's really going to go anywhere.

Now I am looking into getting training in driving the bigger trucks which I am licensed for just lack the experience.

Would anyone have any good advice, direction, good company with paid training, good school or any ideas of what I could do. I see a lot of different options most of which are geared for people who don't have a license. I see a lot of company sponsored training in which is a contract with them, it seems they pretty much own you for a year or so, not sure if that is so bad being they train you for free & employ you. I'm just very knew at this & want to take the best path that will get me employed with confidence, I want to make sure I can drive these trucks safely & with confidence. Any advice would be very appreciated.

Thank you!

Paul...............

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