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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Cdl question

Would it be realistic to say I could drive another class A or b truck when I am laid off from the construction company,and not just semi? Keep in mind it is a six month straight layoff. We work six months and are laid off six months. They are laid off November til may. We get cold and snowy winters here. The only reason in considering it is the benefits are real good with the construction and can carry the health insurance during the layoff. I believe the union pays for the health insurance. Being I'd be on the road the six months working road construction I wouldn't mind working local the six months I'm off. I would like to utilize the class A cdl and not sit on my duff. 6 months is too long not to work. What are my ootions?

Most OTR companies aren't going to count your local driving experience as experience, believe it or not. Many of them only consider OTR driving as experience. Sometimes they'll consider the local driving as experience if you're in an 18 wheeler, but definitely not if you're in a dump truck or something like that.

Depending on the company and their training, an OTR company may or may not recognize your schooling as being legit. They will require you to have a 160 hour legitimate driving course or one year of tractor trailer experience to avoid going to school.

Also, like Big Scott mentioned, it would be hard to find a company to let you drive only part of the year. Maybe if you had a ton of OTR experience they might consider it, but you don't at this point.

So the deck is kind of stacked against you. It's certainly worth exploring but I think you're going to have a tough time pulling it off.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Cdl question

You said what I was trying to say much clearer and concisely. A better way for me to say what I was trying to say would be was if I was to do construction for six months and get my class A cdl through the construction company could I utilize my class A cdl the other six months? I suppose it don't gotta be OTR. It could simply be a job where I'm home daily too, regional etc. Point is I don't want to sit on my duff for six months. The cdl is worth money. I'm still trying to figure out what to do but with the construction the benefits are real good and you can carry the health insurance with you when you are on your six month layoff if you have enough work hours in the six months I'm on. The ONLY problem I'm seeing with the trucking is the high cost of health insurance. In two to three months I'll be in full swing on this career change and I'm simply weighing my options. I want to truck more than anything but there seems to be more doors opening up and want to look at everything before I make a decision. This is not to say that I wont go to truck driving school. I may. I'm still really considering it.

What is best for you? Do you want the construction job as a long term career? If youvwould prefer the trucking lifestyle, then make that jump. If you would rather do the construction, you may have to check Craigslist for other short term trucking jobs. I doubt an OTR company would hire you for six months at a time. Which would you rather do?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Cdl question

If someone was to join a construction trade and get their class a cdl with air brakes for the trade, could that person drive truck with a trucking company without going to the trucking school?

The reason I am asking because there may be doors opening up where a construction company will pay to get the class A cdl but the company has a six month layoff in the winter. I was wondering if i could double dip. Do construction in the summer six months and drive truck from November 15 til may 15.

Essentially I would have my class A cdl with air brakes BUT I would not have gone through the trucking school. The company will train and then setup the driving test.

I'm in the middle of a career change and so much is opening up at once. I'm simply weighing out my options. Any advice or comments is appreciated.

I'd hate to see that cdl go to waste six months a year when I could be making money.

Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Passed general knowledge practice tests

On the upside I pass all general knowledge CDL practice tests I be taken thanks to high road training. Now I'm off to studying air brakes and combination. That is minimum. If I accomplish that I'll star on doubles, and tankers. Then hazardous. But I wanna get permit down bare min. Not sure when I'm taking tesy, but it could be soon.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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High Road CDL training program question

This is in regard to the written test for my permit (CLP). Nothing else.

Do I need to study these sections for the written test?:

Pretrip inspection (permit) Driving exam (permit) Logbook rules (job duties) Weight distribution (job duties) Cargo securement (flatbed)

I understand I need to know it all but I am only interested in studying for my clp and endorsements as i am limited on time. Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Was selected driver of the month

Attitude is everything. Congrats!

So I was told that I was selected as company driver of the month. I am really excited about it. My hard work really paid off and it’s just nice being recognized for it at such a large company.

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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Carolina Cargo analysis

My problem is this. I would work with CC but I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. How would I get home for my hometime? Cause they said I'm on my own getting home. It's not like I can get a plane ticket home from s. Carolina to Michigan for 5 days hometime. It's wired I actually feel a pull to work there. Problem is I have a family. How much did you make the first year of you don't mind asking. I also hear jim Crowder is a Christian and praying man. That means a lot because the gool ole lord had everything to do with my life change. Can we email back and forth. My email is ekbergbryan@gmail.com.

I started with CC. I loved it there!! I was very thankful for the opportunity they gave me, and I still am. I keep in touch with them. It's all about your attitude. Once Corey, Curtis, Tonya, and the dispatchers know they can trust and count on you, they WILL keep you rolling. If they can count on you, you can count on them. You will learn a lot, and work hard. You will go everywhere carrying anything. Their pay isn't terrible, and after just 6 months, it's quite good. The toughest parts are making it through the first month, learning to slide the tandems correctly, and dealing with a co-driver who's a jerk, lazy, dirty, or selfish. Jeff is easy to talk to, Joey is cool, and Wendy & Leah get your pay right. Jim, the owner, picks you up to bring you to orientation!! Very good man. Randolph keeps the trucks in great condition. Great company to open doors to all those who said no, but then open arms to you. Again, attitude and a thankful heart go a long way. Big Scott's friend...Done Gone.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Carolina Cargo analysis

Thank you. That would be great.

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I'd like to talk to him. I'm kinda intrigued by Carolina cargo.

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We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

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I'll call him and see if I can get him to jump on and add to this.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Carolina Cargo analysis

I'd like to talk to him. I'm kinda intrigued by Carolina cargo.

We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Falling in love with this industry

Thank you. I will sure do my best with that. I'm getting very little support from those around me. I'm trying to get out of poverty and working mediocre jobs. It gives people a poverty mentality.

Keep that attitude you have and you will be able to succeed with whatever path you take in training for this career.

Do whatever it takes to accomplish this. Adapt to and overcome all problems and obstacles that arise. Even after you have your cdl and are making your deliveries all by yourself keep this mentality.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Working on the "Roehl" Road

Good luck in your new career.

Flying to Conley GA tomorrow morning to start orientation with Roehl. This journey has been a whirlwind -- the High Road Training Program was instrumental in prepping me to get my CLP in OCT, completed private shooling and got my CDL in DEC, (both "one and done"), and now it gets real. I haven't strictly followed all of the advice from this awesome website (e.g. attended private truck school, only applied to one company) but I have very thoroughly read through all of it. I'm extremely grateful to Brett for maintaining the site and all of the moderators and other contributors -- my wife? Not so much ... she thinks I spend too much time on the sitesmile.gif .

I'm thinking about describing the orientation for Roehl in the Training Diaries section as time permits, but we'll see how it goes.

Tim F: I'm planning to look you up when I get there (we're from the same neck of the woods).

Thanks all!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Falling in love with this industry

Never in my life have I wanted this so bad. In the last six weeks I have fallen in love with the truck driving industry. Before i hardly noticed a truck. Now om studying them, admiring thrm, analyzing them as they go by.

I've talked to some ornery people regarding my job searching but for the most part I love the people in this industry.

In a week or two I should no for sure if I'm doing this. In the meantime I'm studying for my cdl as there is slot to cover.

Anyone else ever experience this? I didn't have this feeling I'm college or any of my jobs I live had, and for the most part I've liked most of the jobs I've had over the years.

This is different. This is much different and if I decide to do this nothing will stop me as I'm determine. Believe me there is alot coming against me to do this. This could be one the best decisions I ever make in my life. It most certainly could be one of the most important.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Awesome forum

I love the information. I love the encouragement. I love the people here even the ones I don't agree with. I love the high road cdl training manual.

I love that I can come here when/If I go to CDL school and go OTR. I can come here when I'm shut down for the night.

If i get my CDL this will probabl6 be one if my biggest accomplishments of my life, and I've had a few. I may ev3n put it above my four years of college as that wasn't hard, it just took 4 years. This is hard and it'll take serious determination. Your learning so much in a short period of time.

My greatest accomplishment to date is accepting Jesus as my Lord and getting clean and sober through Him. I give Him all the praise and glorty.

Ok I'll tone it down now, but it's the truth. If I get my CDL and drive truck it'll be my second biggest accomplishment surpassing my college degrees I have.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Owner operator

I don't know a lot about owner operator but I do know some are successful ay, and many are not. My advice is this. Sleep on it. Get your experience and learn everything you can about the business. Don't rush it and if you decide to do this down the road have ALL your homework done on it. It takes an extremely prepared and business minded person to be successful at this. I don't know a lot about it it is just my opinion. I thought about it too but if I do truck drive I'm going to be a company driver for probably quite a while, maybe my whole life I don't know. I'll be observing and I'll be learning.

I made a goal when I first started driving tractor trailers that I wanted to be a owner operator one day. Nothing like owning your own business and watching it grow. However if I don't try then in the back of my mind I will always think what if? And some of you fellas might steer me away from it and give me great reasons why to stay away from it and I'm open to, I'm a big facts guy and like to analyze a lot. That's why I'm reaching out to my Trucking Brothers for good or bad.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Carolina Cargo analysis

I have 4 duis and a felony that I later did get dismissed. I have a record but it's old. Been clean and sober ten years. I've covered this on another topic. Studying for my cdl. There is a slight chance I will be a corrections officer but I'm leaning on truck driving. I NEED this in this chapter of my life.

I've contacted many companies. I got two offers and waiting on a third. I'm taking the third if I get it. CC is one of my two. My other offer is better but hey if i would drive for CC if I didn't have nothing better.

There is a lot of disagreement regarding CC, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them.

They will give someone s chance no one else will. Yes they pat low. The company made that decision to hire the undesirables and pay them low, but once the experience comes they can move companies and make 60000 plus a year after a few years. Not bsd for somebody right out of prison and trying to do right with their lives. There are many people like me (I never been to prison just the county), that made mistake in life and changed. It don't always happen but it does happen.

NO it is not better for someone to flip burgers than work for CC. Youl still make the same in three years. If you drive truck and get the experience even with CC doors will open up. Yes they pay low but they do give raises and you will get your experience. Now if no-one else will hire you how will you get that experience. The company decided to go that route and it's a win win for the company, and for the guy that can't get a truck driving job with their record.

Regarding pay, it is 24 to 31 cents an hour teams, then it's split. And it's long haul. Let's say they put 6000 miles for the week let's do the math 6000 x .24 = 1,440 divided by two = 720 dollars. Not bad for a guy getting put of prison. That's more than I make. Let's try this 6000 x .31 = 1,860 divided by 2 = 930. Not bad for a guy getting out of prison after working with them a year. I understand it's lower than most companies, but the found a niche and it's a win win.

Regarding the person who works for CC and does good. That convicted felon (and I don't mean anything disrespectful toward the person) will have a wonderful truck driving career and the doors will open up with other company. They'll have to stay clean with the drug testing and will be a productive member of society.

Better than working a not so good job and getting stuck in poverty. I worked my whole life but never made real good money and it's almost like you get trapped.

CC can keep their labor costs down and be profitable while at the same time giving someone that really needs a second chance.

I'm not lying but I really like that company. I've been frustrated myself not getting jobs because of background checks. And if my other offers remit I'd drive for them. It appears to me you can break 40 k the first year with them, and that is standard. It is what it is.

Please look at all sides when it comes to things like this. Somebody who has a clean record and background don't have the hirability as someone that dont. When you got a guy the made mistakes but changed his life around it means alot to have a company give them a chance when no one else could. I think it is absolutely awesome that somebody that screwed up in the past can get a truck driving career gping, and so what you don't make what other drivers do the first year but they'll be over 60 k in a few. Never to get in trouble again. We hope anyway.

CC touched my heart and I'm not joking. Getting teary eyed thinking about it. I probably won't have to go with them. Better doors for me are opening but if I had to id be greatful, as I got things making me harder for me to get this career going than most. You won't starve on the 700 bucks a week for the first year. You would starve on 600. I make 560 a week. It's a small sacrifice to make less for a period of time to maybe say 1200 a week, buying a house, car whatever, planning family vacations with family etc. Etc. a few years later.

I minister to alcoholics, drug addicts, excons, etc. at a rehab center so this CC thing means a lot to me. I believe the owners heart does wanna help people, and yes he is able to probably keep his shipping costs down with his customers. He is a businessman, but I also hear he is a christian, and that means a lot to me. If his heart is in the right place I don't see anything wrong with how he runs his company. Much respect to him.

That is my rant and analysis of Carolina cargo. I'm not saying I'm 100 percent right but seriously God Bless that company.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Having a hard time

If you pursue trucking and give it your best you should have no problems making a career out of it. The experience will open doors even with the duis.

Thanks Bryan. I talked to another company this afternoon and it looks like a go. Im still about 5 weeks away from starting so I need to wait a few more weeks to start applying. I will get in just maybe not through the path (companies) I wanted to. The time last company on my short list told to get my CDL and drive for 3-6 months and they will be happy to work with me.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Having a hard time

I have 4 DUIs that are over 10 years old. I talked to many companies that will hire with two. The problem I am running into is no more than two. I got 3 companies that have me prehires and about 20 rejections and i repeat i have 4 duis. The 2 driving on suspended might be an issue til you get more time. You will have no issue getting issue with the DUIs bit companies may have problems with the driving on suspendeds. I talked to MANY that told me they don't hire with more than two. They will hire with 2. Am i allowed to list companies. What is protocol? Pm? Do some digging and if you still need help I can give you some my notes. I have alot. I've dug a lot the last few weeks. Worse case you may gotta get more time since the driving on suspended, but you will have no problem having a successful trucking career. Good luck.

So after wanting to get into truck driving for several years and unable to pull the trigger I am now finally able to. I am however running into several road blocks. First I have two DWI's that are over 10 years old. Four companies have told me that two is an automatic disqualifier. I also have two driving on a suspended that are just over two years old and several companies have told me that they need to be at least three years old. I realize that these circumstances are of my own making. I am determined to get into this field and am sure that there is a company that is going to give me my shot. It is just going to take research and diligence.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Career change

In my instance the only thing that can save my marriage is time apart. It's exactly what I need.

I can imagine it would be hard to deal with seeing the worse in people. I make 560 bucks a week raising a fam. I need this career change. Good luck in your career.

Bryan it’s hard to tell, both fields are hard on a relationship. I will tell you this from my experience. I was a career cop, not corrections a small town police officer. Proffessionally I did great. However after 30 years it cost me 2 marriages. It’s a tough career, but I felt it was worth it. I got into trucking after 1 yr off for good behavior, lol retiring. I had a plan in place for a semi local job but I had to get the cdl and 2 yrs experience. It took 3 for me to get there but I did. In the process it almost cost me a third time. At least I wasn’t married. Never the less it can be taxing on the relationship. In my case it was a curse and a blessing. After being gone for extended times frames this one learned to appreciate me more. People tend to get comfortable and complacient. Sometimes it takes a signicficant emotional event to get things back on track. I feel for you and wish you the best

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Career change

I am able to do conform to rules and structure if I need to. It would take an adjustment but I think I could do the prison guard. The benefits for the state are real good. I want to see if it's at least an option due to my record. I should know more in a week or so.

My personality I believe would fit well for a truck driver. I'll be honest I like to be alone. I can entertain myself just fine with my YouTube programs i loke, audiobooks, or audio bible or different preachers I like. Unless my relationship with the wife would improve were on our way out. I'll miss my kids, but i would see them during hometown. I have no feelings for my wife atm.

I got accepted as a union pipefitter. Good wages after a few years, good benefits, and a pension plan. First few years would be a struggle. Just gotta wait to get called when they get to me. I expect it to happen this year. It's an option but if rather do the above two.

Of all employment I would rather drive truck and go otr for a year or two. If I don't like it or it just isn't working there is slot I can do with my cdl. I see it as a sacrifice but a win win.

I'd be tempted to take the prison guard with the hourly pay and it and benefits and I'm not ruling that out. If i did that for a year or two and didnt like it i could drive truck. It's a win win.

I appreciate your encouragement and this site. It's helping me to get the right mindset for me as it will be a big transition and change for me.

Being a prison guard is a very tough way to make a living. It's a terrible environment. My dad was a prison guard at the famous Attica Prison and he hated it. I lived in the town of Attica for twelve years and had a chance to speak with quite a few guards and all of them agreed the job is very difficult to deal with psychologically.

That being said, trucking can be equally difficult and it's plain to see from surfing the Web or talking to truckers in person that a whole lot of them are miserable. I thought trucking was a fantastic adventure and I loved the challenges you face in such a unique and dynamic environment.

Neither job gets high ratings overall from the people who do them, but for the right people they're fantastic. They really have to suit your personality and life goals.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Career change

I'm the guy with the four DUIs over ten years ago. Been sober for ten. 90 percent companies won't hire me. But folks 10 percent will! I got two for sure offers after I get my cdl. I'm real close to being approved for company sponsored academy paid by company as long as I work a year, and it's a pretty decent company and the terminal is only an hour from my home. I'm taking it if I get in. I'm pretty serious about getting my cdl. If that company don't take me I gotta backup plan for the other two offers. Academy starts march 5th.

Now, i am also looking at the Michigan dept. of corrections job as a correctional officer. As I stated I got that background issue but they are looking into it. Both options have pros and cons, but personally I'd rather drive truck.

A lot to deal with psychologically making a career change. Wife is not standing by it, but for the wrong reasons. I believe being otr will help relationship. It's not good, but I'm making a move. We won't make it at rate were going anyway. Perhaps the 11-14 gone and 3 home will bring some quality back in relationship. Honest folks, it can't hurt. It's not good. I have a chance to double my income in two years im not passing it up, and will make the sacrifices i need to make to do it.

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