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    Niagara Falls, NY

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    Preparing For School

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BullDozer's Bio

I am a Father of 3 from Niagara Falls, NY. Enjoy playing poker and fishing. My goal is to become a professional truck driver and make a great life with my family. Make every day count! Very helpful and not to toot my own horn but pretty smart to boot.

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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Small Vs. Large training classes

I would prefer a smaller class as well, again this is just for me. I don't like to be around large groups when I'm learning something new. I don't want to feel like there are a hundred eye's on me when learning something new. My nerves stay calmer and I focus more on what I'm doing.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Small Vs. Large training classes

I first want to start off this thread by apologizing for my attitude and how I responded to G-Town. I felt like I was being attacked when he was just offering his advice. So for that I am sorry. I would like to hear from anyone who is currently in CDL A training and what the pros and cons are of the number of students in classroom. Is it a big class size or small? What is student to teacher ratio? And how you feel about the training you receive. Now I understand everyone is different in their learning capabilities and some do good around a large group while others do not. If you could just let us know what your experience is and what you would prefer. Thank you. Please Trucking Truth forgive me. I am truly sorry for being an asshat.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

Well it's critical to me and my success because I don't want to be around a large group of people, while not all but some will be a huge distraction. Possibly making my experience a bad one. You can say all day "well your there for you, so why would you let someone distract you." It will and it will possibly disrupt the whole class and trainers. Think about if the trainer is now upset because of a bad interaction with a trainee he/she will now possibly be in a bad mood and not be 100% focused on your training. Again these are just fact's. Go back to school days. Remember when some kids in class were acting up and what did the teachers do." Ok well wait for so and so to stop so we can continue" Fact's.

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I completely agree with G-Town on this. I myself work for Knight Transportation, arguably one of the largest trucking companies around now that Swift and Knight merged under the KNX Holdings umbrella. I also serve a dedicated account, and have just a few people in the company I interact with. I find I am well known to others within the company, oftentimes without my even knowing them.

I understand where you're coming from with your thoughts on getting more focused attention in class, but to be honest it's not going to benefit you. The objective of schooling is to obtain your CDL. Students from a small class get the same CDL as students from a large group class, but they are still woefully unprepared for what comes next.

We are not trying to denigrate your decision or your preference. We're pointing out the simple fact that class size, though perhaps a personal preference of yours, is not something that should be considered as critical to success at trucking.

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Class size, not company size. And while I agree it isn’t critical, I’m hoping for a bit more driving time before I get to my company school, and hopefully the smaller class gives me that. I would also like to pass first time, since NY charges $140 each road test. I would rather not enhance the state coffers any more than necessary.

To be honest though, after attending the classroom portion of my school, at this point I would definitely not recommend paying for your own schooling. Not that I leaned in that direction beforehand, but seeing the class part definitely reinforced it. I’m hoping the driving portion changes my mind, but honestly I doubt it. Sage may be a great school, but the one in Rome at least is extremely disorganized, and what we learned in class was nothing I didn’t already learn in the Hogh Road training, other than looking up regulations.

For any driver planning to go OTR, I would definitely choose a company school, and I believe there were a couple that would put you on a regional or dedicated run out of school.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

I never said anything about it being a small company. I said the training class is small. That's why I chose Millis. Again I'm not trying to be a no it all but I'm 💯 on that fact. Studies have proven smaller student to teacher ratio is more beneficial in learning.

Bulldozer wrote as a reason for choosing Millis...

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But most importantly because the class size.

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Bulldozer, Millis may well be your best choice; but I’d suggest that “size” or lack there of is at best an assumption.

Millis is no different than the Mega-Carriers in that they expect safe and efficient drivers. And they expect their rookies to show consistent improvement and the ability to learn from mistakes. It’s about performance; that’s where it begins and ends, and is consistent throughout the industry.

For instance I am a Swift driver assigned to a NE Regional Dedicated Walmart account. I will celebrate my six year anniversary this coming February. Swift employs 18,000 drivers throughout the lower 48. At no time have I ever felt like a number. Never. During my first 6 months (especially) I never lacked for quality and consistent support. The extent of my day-to-day relationships are focused on about a half dozen support people. 1 operations coordinator, 4 driver leaders and 2 planners. They all interact with me professionally and respectfully. I feel like an important and integral part of a cohesive/effective team; NOT a single driver lost on the mass of the other 17,999.

Swift’s size can actually be beneficial; I never sit, many times have my pick of available runs (something I have earned) and the ability to run for short periods outside of my assigned territory if I need a change of scenery. Swift like any other company treats their top-performing drivers like gold. Although this is earned, the same opportunity is available to drivers at any company.

For the purpose of everyone reading this post, please provide a bit more information supporting your premise that a smaller sized company is somehow beneficial to a new driver. Again I am in no way suggesting Millis is the wrong decision; however their size should be the least important criteria affecting your decision.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

You are both absolutely wrong. Studies have proven smaller student to teacher ratio is more beneficial in learning due to less distractions from other students. I'm not trying to be a jerk it's just fact's.

I completely agree with G-Town on this. I myself work for Knight Transportation, arguably one of the largest trucking companies around now that Swift and Knight merged under the KNX Holdings umbrella. I also serve a dedicated account, and have just a few people in the company I interact with. I find I am well known to others within the company, oftentimes without my even knowing them.

I understand where you're coming from with your thoughts on getting more focused attention in class, but to be honest it's not going to benefit you. The objective of schooling is to obtain your CDL. Students from a small class get the same CDL as students from a large group class, but they are still woefully unprepared for what comes next.

We are not trying to denigrate your decision or your preference. We're pointing out the simple fact that class size, though perhaps a personal preference of yours, is not something that should be considered as critical to success at trucking.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

You have to follow your heart, Regional is not much of a difference than OTR. If you're going to be a truck driver you can't have something holding you back at home. You need to be able to focus on the job and not what's going on back home. This is why I did not start this career 20 years ago. I wanted to but had 2 children and that would of been hard being away. I'm talking just for me so I'm not saying this for anyone else's situation but if this your dream and a wife/girlfriend can't accept that than I wouldn't do it. Best of luck to you. I hope it works out for you.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

Yep, and can't wait to move in. I'm so excited. I have been studying the High Road and watching videos on backing, Trip planning, HOS... ANYTHING really that I feel will be helpful. What I don't watch or read is driver's reviews. Thank you Trucking Truth for that nugget. I will admit when I first started thinking about trucking companies that is exactly what I was doing. I know I made the right choice going with Millis Transfer. How? Because they have a truck and a trailer, lol. Small class size is a plus, I know I will get the attention and not be forgotten about. They have nice equipment, great starting pay, dry van only and ohh can not forget to mention free Sirus xm radio and Direct TV with football package. But most importantly because the class size. Is it January yet!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Scared of that Perverted, Creepy Trainer? - an article by Rainy

I'm a father of two daughters and cannot stand when men talk perverted. It's disgusting and makes me feel uneasy. I have never been like that and that's because I have respect. I will be telling my trainer before we even get in a truck together to please respect me and not talk perverted or sexist, a joke here or there is fine but I'm not going to tolerate hearing disgusting talk every time you see a woman or your past sex partners etc.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

What MTI location did you train at? I am starting Jan. 21st. In Richfield WI.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Our First Weekly *Ask Me Anything Friday*

I have a question about time out and home time. I would like to run as long as possible. What's the limit on time out and what is max home time. Ex. 3 months out 1 day home for every 7 out 4 days a month× 3 is 12 home. There is probably a limit im assuming?

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Thanks again Brett. Well I have time to do more company research and that's what I'll do. When I get my affairs in order im going to fill out your application form and see who calls. I don't know why but at first prime seemed unappealing to me, now they seem great. Taking time to think about things gives you a different outlook. So whatever company I choose and if they accept will be good. Home time not going to be a problem. I plan on staying out running as long as they let me. I do have 3 kids but only one that's younger, but you know us Italians we have large supportive Familgia to help us out. She is very excited that im going to be Professional truck driver and even more excited to go out on the road with her dad in summer. Thanks for your help and support.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Well after lots of thinking last night im actually now considering Prime. TMC still has my vote for Flatbed company but I got to thinking (I do that sometimes) TMC IS FLATBED ONLY!.. I'll be starting out in dead of winter and the chances of me getting injured will be greater doing flatbed. If that happens im done before I even started. So I thought about other companies that still have flatbed but also other freight and top of list is prime. The training and pay is better than most so im now looking at them. What you guys (or gals) think. Thanks.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Ok so I thought long and hard about what company I want to start with and my top choice was TMC. Woke up today and now im thinking Prime. Why? First off TMC is Flatbed only and what if I don't like flatbed or get hurt, im screwed. So while I think TMC is a great company I think it's not the way to start as a total greenhorn. Now Prime on the other hand has all types of freight and I can try out different ones to see what I feel most comfortable with. Also prime pays the most while training otr. Now I a new question, What do I start with at prime? I'll be ready to go in couple months and it will be dead of winter, is that good or bad timing? Im use to driving in snow but not no 18 wheeler! So flatbed may have to go second in starting out, what do guys or gals think? Thanks for your help.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

I agree with you Old School, I would eventually move into heavy haul but that's only when I get enough experience. Jeffrey T, Thank you for your info.

Talked with TMC recruiter today to ask about the hiring States for company CDL training and it's yes for Buffalo NY 👍 So I told him I would definitely be applying in couple months. I have some affairs to get in order that's why couple months.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Just noticed that TMC lists it's hiring areas and NY is not on there. But I just visited NTTS ( National Tractor Trailer Institute) and they hire from their graduates. Am I missing something? Or is it the TMC CDL Training program not accepting ANY.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Patrick, Thanks for your humor 😁. What is SAPA? Im Noob to lots of trucking jargon so pardon my ignorance. Thanks.

Don't let old school fool ya. Knight don't have flatbeds. He works for SAPA. He just says he works for Knight to make everyone think he works for a big company. Just go up to a Knight terminal and ask the gate guard if they have flatbed drivers, lol. That is why they don't let Old School thru the gate.

Btw, I am just picking on old school. He does actually work for Knight. (Sort of)

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Old School, Thank you for your help, definitely appreciate it. I did consider a couple companies that do a mix and Roehl was my top choice if I go that route. Right on about the hiring area,. Roehl said I am out of their hiring area but I have a brother who lives in Buffalo which is about 30 min from Niagara Falls and they said I can use his address. Also since you mentioned the hiring area I plan on living out of my truck as much as possible and going home as little as possible. Can I take days off where I unload? And how long can I stay out running? Thank you for your help!

Vinnie, I was just about to respond to this, but Brett beat me to the draw. I completely agree with his comments. The driving part is no different. Flat-bedders tend to be the type who really enjoy physical labor, and/or doing the calculations that are required to understand if you are securing a load properly and safely. They also don't mind getting it done out in the elements.

I think it is wise to do dry van first and just get some driving experience first. I started straight into flat-bedding, and it can be done. Two companies that have really great flat-bed training are TMC and Melton. One option that can be considered is going to work for a company that has both dry van and flat-bed jobs available. Companies like Prime, Swift, and Roehl, or even Western Express. There are others also. It's just a thought that you might want to consider. Make sure that they offer flat-bed in your hiring area first though. Some of them may be limited on where they hire their flat-bed drivers from. I am on a dedicated flat-bed gig with Knight, but they are real specific about where they want their drivers to live in relation to their customers.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Thanks for your help Brett. Funny you mentioned TMC, as that is my top choice for Flatbed. When I am ready I definitely will use your link to apply. I hear you about the stress part being that im new to truck driving. Well I'll take all this in consideration and make the right decision. Like you im a NY Italian and I love a challenge. Otherwise it will be boring! Thanks.

Here are some specific resources to help you out a bit:

The driving part of flatbed isn't any easier or more difficult that dry van or refrigerated. The knowledge and effort it takes to throw tarps, straps, and chains are what separates flatbed from the rest for sure.

I think it's a little less stressful starting out in dry van or refrigerated but there are plenty of flatbed companies that will train you right from day one. TMC Transportation Company Sponsored CDL Training is one flatbed program you can get started with straight off the street.

For those of you who don't know, you can apply for paid CDL training for TMC and six other companies right here on our website with one quick form.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Big Scott, TY for your info. Im a western NYer so im use to working outside in snow so that's not an issue. I did research reefer but got alot of neg. Feedback about the delays you get when unloading and the noise. Maybe I got bad info. Let me know. Thanks.

There are companies who will train you and start you on flatbed. Are you willing to be out in all weather, rain, sun, snow, cold wind, etc.? Flatbed is alot of work. Tarps are heavy and need to folded, rolled and stored. There are articles and forum topics on this topic. Dry van is easy. You may have to climb in the trailer to sweep it out or put staps to secure the load. It is not physically demanding. Hope that helps. There are other kinds of driving as well, refer and tanker. Good luck.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Hi TT Community, Just getting as much info as I can before starting my career in trucking. Im pretty much there but have one situation I keep coming back to. Flatbed or Van? Im 39 and in good shape, a little on the light side but pretty strong. I would like to be active as much as possible as a trucker. My question is, Just starting out should I do van and then move to Flatbed or just jump right into flatbed. I have min. Lowboy experience but nothing to even consider. I've watched lots of Youtube videos and learned some basics. My main concern would be the driving part of flatbed. Is it harder? Should I get DryVan drive exp. first. Advice, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. BullDozer D.

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