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    Houston, TX

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Any drivers here work for National Carriers

Wow really? I wonder why my recruiter never mentioned that. She did tell me if I don't feel comfortable driving a manual after training I could request an automatic. I have heard only good thinks about Crete. But being with a trainer for 2 months is kind of a long time. However its a lot of time to learn versus being thrown to the wolves. I have already gotten the rental confirmation with Crete but I have doubts. I'm not really sure if that's the way I want to go. I know that one of the two will be my first company. I know that I don't want to put off starting any longer, and I know that either way it goes Im going to have to suck it up and get it figured out. Thanks for your response. Do you plan on documenting your training experience?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Any drivers here work for National Carriers

Good Morning Trucking Truth Family! I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I am sure I'm not the first person who has struggled with the " First Company Jitters". Its hard to choose! I have narrowed my first company down to 2 contenders. NATIONAL Carriers/ Crete Carriers. Both have pros and cons and I've weighed them out and still cant settle on One. I have a friend that worked for Crete starting out and she keeps telling me Crete is the better of both companies she said she worked for National for a short time and loved there trucks but the pay/miles weren't as good as Crete. Crete starts off a little higher than NCI but NCI gives 2 raises within the first year. Plus NCI has 100% automatic fleet with trucks that comes with refrigerators and memory foam mattresses. Nci says I would be out on the road with a trainer for about 3 weeks before I will get the chance to upgrade. Crete said 8weeks training with 3-4 days off after the first 4 weeks and 3-4 weeks off the last 4 weeks of training. Plus Crete doesn't have any automatics. Ive seen reviews on google on both companies. Haven't seen anything on YouTube about NCI as far as personal experiences with drivers so Im here attempting to speak with someone who possibly for Nci and can give me first hand feedback regarding the company. Let me Know. Thanks

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Great Diary Rob! boy it feels good to see you out there doing what you want to do and enjoying it. That has to be sweet being home every night, working 4 days, and still making good money while driving. I'm super proud of you and look forward to hearing more about your journey.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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National Carriers

Thanks for responding John. Are you currently working at Werner? I am wondering about the training process. I know its typically the same with most major companies but I have heard that Schneider does not allow the trainer to sleep while you're driving and that the trainer is up coaching or answering questions, monitoring you the whole while driving. Which is something I would love to have. Is there any feed back you can give me about being a rookie with Werner. Thanks

I can try to help with any questions you may have with Werner, alsocongrats on the cdl!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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National Carriers

Thank you Errol V!

Hi Danielle, congratulations on getting that CDL done!

In choosing a company, I'd say most of the big ones are much the same. It's in the details where you look for your likes and dislikes, such as pet & rider policy, home time options,etc.

I looked in our Trucking Company Reviews, there's nothing for National Carriers. Others here should come in with their own experience or knowledge.

You can try TT's all-at-once application, Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and enjoy the concept of turning down jobs if they don't suit you.

Here's our "kit" to help decide on a company:

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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National Carriers

Good day drivers and soon to be drivers, I recently graduated cdl school,10/31/2017 to be exact and I am searching for my first company. I have already made it in my mind that I'm going to stick with my first company for at least a year. But I'm stuck on which company I would like to go with. I have narrowed my choices down to Schneider, Werner, National Carriers. I've spoken to recruiters at all 3 companies and all of them have a lot of perks. I've even spoken with a few drivers for Schneider and received some great feedback. My question is does anyone here work or have worked with national carriers. I enjoy reading diaries on here just to get views from drivers regarding their experiences with certain companies. And I haven't been able to locate anything about national carriers besides the driver facing cameras and fully automatic fleet. Please if anyone has any information on National Carriers let me know. I look forward to hearing from you guys! Thanks :)

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Thank you Rob!

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

I passed when I tell you God was with me every step of the way!! When I arrived I had to sit in the hallway in a chair right near the exit door to go to the yard where the road test was about to start. I literally felt my heart jumpin pt of my chest. I asked the instructor once I got in the truck before we started could I start in first gear? He said sternly no smirk no grin just a serious stern look no ma’am that’s absolutely too slow. Now I told you guys I had issues the first time around doing the road test with stalling in third gear during the takeoff so I didn’t want to start in third so like I said before I had no choice but to start in second. When I lifted the clutch I try to put my right foot on the gas amd he said immediately no fuel let the truck idle out so I did at every intersection and every light and it worked ! This is honestly a dram come true I just took my time with my downshifting and upshifting and lord and behold I am happy to say I am now class a license holder Omg I’m still enriched with joy and excitement 5hours and 45 min later!!! I’ll be stocked about this for the rest of my days!!!! Anywho it’s been what seemed like a long journey and I know this is just the beginning I’m excited for the future!

How did your test go today?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Thank you G-town. I've made up my mind to start in second. Its better then stalling the truck in 3rd gear trying to do what everybody else is doing. I cant wait to tell you guys that I finally got my license!! its coming! :)

Danielle there is nothing in the CDL road test requiring a driver to start from a dead stop in third gear. If you are more comfortable starting in second, don't hesitate.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Thanks Rob! I appreciate that. I have an issue starting from third gear. I have tried to correct it but it just hasn't clicked but that wont slow me down every time I get on the practice range after I go around the entire track I stop and try to start in 3rd without hopping off the clutch or stalling the vehicle. I'm getting better but I think I'm still going to take my instructors advice and just start in 1st or second gear. then upshift while I gain momentum. Nervous isn't the word for how I felt in that driver seat. Lol I was horrified. but You're right now I know what I did wrong and I am more confident. I will get it this time. I appreciate the encouraging words again Rob!

Nice job passing the first 2 sections! Don't let it get you down there are many people who it takes a couple times to pass. At least you know what you did wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. I'm guessing you were just nervous.

You got this!!!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Forgive me for not updating you guys it has been a crazy week. I tested October 19,2017. My test was scheduled at 8:00am at the school. I arrived about 30 minutes before the test and realized that I had just enough time to do a quick pretrip. I was so nervous I cant even begin to tell you. Luckily I passed my pre-trip, airbrakes test, and backing. However on my road exam about 10 minutes into driving I stalled at a light for jumping off the clutch in third gear. Out of the 7 people in my class only 1 guy successfully completed the exam and gain his cdl. Anyways I retest 10/31/2017 @3:00pm. I will update you guys soon thanks for reading

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Man! I appreciate that. If I could just calm down and breathe I will be fine! Its crazy that I know that but when time comes for me to do it its easier said than done.Yesterday The instructor took me out on the street and its like I panicked so much that I stalled the truck 3 times(on the road. I just couldn't seem to get the panic and nerves away. I forgot the gears and road speeds, drove super slow from his point of view), and on top of that the truck cut off 3 times in the middle of the street, it was just a nightmare. I wont blame the fact that I have been on the road twice including yesterday because we do get the opportunity to practice shifting around the yard all evening when we arrive. But I know that played a part in it as well. But I blame myself for not being completely focused on the task and letting doubt and nerves get the best of me. Like my instructor mentioned yesterday You just have to keep it together for a good 30-45 minutes and it will be over. I know I'm not the only one who has experienced the feeling of damn why cant I just get this!!My ultimate goal is to be a driver and I wont stop until that dream is a reality. And that's a FACT JACK!!! one thing is for sure I will not give up and I will not quit. I am going to get my cdl by any means. Once again I appreciate your words of encouragement and advice.

Glad your ok down there and congrats on making it this far.

As for backing, this is just my opinion and what worked for me. You've got enough of the off-set down you can put that behind you and focus solely on parallel. Off-set is just parallel on easy mode. If following your reference points, it's as simple as paint by numbers. Just make sure you take your time and stop at each change in direction of your steer tires. Just make sure you take your time and listen to your instructors. Use your get out and looks. Get at as many times as you need to while in class. Lastly, relax, have fun and don't OVER think it. Laugh at each cone hit like it's a comedy of the new person who just got something with his (or her) car. Helps bring humor to relax while keeping a constant reminder that could have been an actual car.

Best Wishes and I'm sure you'll do fine.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Hey guys! Im sorry its been so long since I've updated you on my progress I appreciate your patience and also your eyes and advice. Recently here in Houston we had a horrible flood (as you may have heard or seen) which delayed school for two weeks. However we have been back at it for the past two weeks. I am trying to stay focused and learn the maneuvers. I'm not too bad on the offset with my 1 pull up and still working on the parallel parking I found out Monday that my test day is 10/19/2017. I am naturally nervous when it comes to exams and test and interviews and things like that so I'm praying I can shake all my nerves until after the test. Just wanted to stop by and give you guys a quick update. I enjoy reading your diaries and any advice or encouragement or prayers is always appreciated. Thanks and much love trucking truth fam!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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SCHNEIDER DEDICATED OR OTR

Thank you so much for your feedback. I kinda figured I would have to have some type of otr experience which is not a problem. Thank you G-Town I will talk to the recruiter about this and see about the qualifications on their regional and dedicated accounts. And I appreciate the honesty Old-school.

I started out OTR with Schneider 5 months ago and switched to a new Dedicated Account the picked up for Big Lots located in PA. I much prefer the Dedicated, home pretty much every Friday and usually leave out on Sunday. Decent miles for the most part, we get paid per stop as well. There are also some pretty tight areas to slow maneuver in and some tight backs as well, so the otr would help with getting started with that. I switched accounts after 2 and a half months because it was offered to me. And when you go to their OC for orientation it will be 18 days worth, you get paid each day and your second week is when you go out with your trainer with is usually 5-6 days and my trainer drove for a Lowes dedicated account which i occasionally run if our loads get slow for the week. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Yes! I finally passed my air brakes test yesterday. And I have my Class A permit. Sorry for the late update but nothing interesting has really been happening in class. For the past couple of days we've had recruiters come from Stevens and Werner. But other than that we have not gotten in the trucks and learned any maneuvers out of the other 6 students in my class 1 has his license and 4 of us have our permits. I believe the instructor is waiting for us all to have our permits before we begin the learning process of maneuvering the trucks, but we haven't even gone over the pre trip of the truck. Well the class hasn't. but I have thanks to trucking truth and a couple of other websites and sources I use. The high road training is good and I also found trucker country pretty good as far as studying for written exams. I'm going to study for my endorsements that way. I have kind of already settled for Schneider as far as my first company but I am still looking and different companies with long term opportunities also. I just want to say for anybody starting out. Stay focused, study,learn, and be patient. everyday is a learning experience. Well Thank you for reading and I'll catch you guys soon with another update!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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SCHNEIDER DEDICATED OR OTR

HEY GUYS JUST WANTED TO GET SOME INFORMATION ON SCHNEIDER'S DEDICATED ROUTE FOR RECENT CDL GRADS. I AM STILL TRUCKING SCHOOL HERE IN HOUSTON HOWEVER I WANT TO GET THE WHEELS TURNING RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL. I want to be prepared and I've really been looking at Schneider for my first company. They seem to have a lot of great opportunities and benefits for new drivers. I'm just curious of anyone who may read this can give some feedback on the dedicated or OTR routes. The trucks? the region driven when you start out? personal opinions and experiences or any feedback you can provided regarding these two situations or any situation you've encountered with this company would be helpful also. Thanks in advance.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Good day guys just a quick update I wont give the day for day updates anymore because honestly I'm too tired to check in with you guys after a hard 8 hours here at work and 4 hours of class right after that. so its tough! but I have to let you guys know what's going on. well yesterday I went to take my permit test I passed 3 out of 4. The only test I failed was Airbrake test but I will get it! Just have to reread the chapter and study a little bit harder to pass this time. The other 3 written exams( Rules &Regulations, General Knowledge, Combination Vehicles) weren't that difficult thanks to Trucking Truth's High Road training)but I think when I got to the last exam I kind of rushed it maybe feeling myself a little too much. But I have another shot and I will ace it!

As far as class this week we've mainly been learning how to read road maps and street signs. I cannot wait to get into the truck and start learning how to whip that baby thru traffic and curves and turns and cross the country. I am super excited man. I just know trucking is going to change my life and bring on so many opportunities for me and my family. Any who guys I have to get back to work Ill talk to you soon. Have a great day.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Thank you Scot! I sure hope so!

Danielle,

Sounds like you will be ready for the exams! Good luck.

Scot

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Thanks G-TOWN! I appreciate you and this site.

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Class flew by kind of quick Thursday. There was light thunder and rain headed towards school today but I still made it on time in traffic after work. The college is actually about 15-20 minutes from my house so its super convenient. As soon as we got in to class the instructor reminded us that we need to have our permits by the beginning of September because we will begin getting in the trucks learning shifting and driving right after labor day. Here in Texas you have to take your special requirements 1st pass that in order to take the general knowledge pass that in order to take Combination Vehicles, and pass that test to take the airbrakes test. To get the permit the fee is $25.00 and all quizzes must be passed with at least a score of 80%. I have already taken off 08/16/17 at work the full day to get this done. I have been studying since November. I hope to be reporting next week that I have my permit. Any who we received three handouts in class today on HAZMAT, TANKER, AND DOUBLES AND TRIPLES. That will have to be completed over the weekend. She also handed out a pamphlet on HOS(hours of service). After going over the study guide for airbrakes and combination vehicles that she handed out Tuesday. She ended the class at around 7:48 pm. There is no class scheduled Friday (which I assume this will change once we start driving)so I am going to study study, study, study and finish up my quizzes. Just a quick update I hope everyone has a great weekend I will talk to you guys soon!

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Danielle...not sure if we properly introduced you to the Trucking Truth Starter kit links...

As a suggestion, study for your permit using the High Road Training Program. It is virtually fool-proof and will significantly increase your success rate when taking the permit tests.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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New Beginnings Chapter One(Houston Community College

Class flew by kind of quick Thursday. There was light thunder and rain headed towards school today but I still made it on time in traffic after work. The college is actually about 15-20 minutes from my house so its super convenient. As soon as we got in to class the instructor reminded us that we need to have our permits by the beginning of September because we will begin getting in the trucks learning shifting and driving right after labor day. Here in Texas you have to take your special requirements 1st pass that in order to take the general knowledge pass that in order to take Combination Vehicles, and pass that test to take the airbrakes test. To get the permit the fee is $25.00 and all quizzes must be passed with at least a score of 80%. I have already taken off 08/16/17 at work the full day to get this done. I have been studying since November. I hope to be reporting next week that I have my permit. Any who we received three handouts in class today on HAZMAT, TANKER, AND DOUBLES AND TRIPLES. That will have to be completed over the weekend. She also handed out a pamphlet on HOS(hours of service). After going over the study guide for airbrakes and combination vehicles that she handed out Tuesday. She ended the class at around 7:48 pm. There is no class scheduled Friday (which I assume this will change once we start driving)so I am going to study study, study, study and finish up my quizzes. Just a quick update I hope everyone has a great weekend I will talk to you guys soon!

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