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Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

Hi All,

I'm really stuck. What would you do?? I passed written tests so I have a learner's permit.

A. Paid training with a company: 15 month contract, if I back out or can't pass the test I owe 7K. Contact person says: Dry Van 36.5 Cents, Refrigerated 41.5 Cents, Flatbed 42.5 cents. So after the 15 months, can I expect to make more even if I go somewhere else and have a good record?? the first 15 months is almost Post Office job pay, so does it really go up after the first year?????

B. School Should I just pay out of pocket and go with a school?? maybe get my first year that way? there has to be some places willing to train?? at least I would have some options rather than being bound to a contract.

Thank You

I'm starting with Wilson Logistics next week. I looked at several companies that train CDL. NONE had a 15 month contract. All I talked to had a one year contract expect for one that was six months but they took some money out of your check each week to pay for it.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Transitioning Careers at 54 - Start at the beginning because that's where I am

A good note to know about Stevens Transportation and their school in TN. You have to go through an additional DOT medical even if you already have one. If you have additional paperwork from your doctor, letters, etc. they have their own format and wording and require new paperwork from your doctor. Add a little additional time to get those.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Transitioning Careers at 54 - Start at the beginning because that's where I am

That's my preference. I will wait to hear from Wilson. My finances, though, are making me make a decision this week. I can't wait forever, I have to set a deadline for myself. But, thanks for the advice.

Personally, I would wait to hear back from the other two prior to jumping into training on Monday with the company that you did hear from.

I base this on lots of conversations speaking with drivers from all three companies.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Transitioning Careers at 54 - Start at the beginning because that's where I am

Well, I've been talking with three different companies, Wilson Logistics, Stevens Transport & Prime Inc. That's the order in which I like them but they all seem very good companies. I'd be happy to go to training with each of them and work for them. But Wilson is really taking its time and I'm not making in money right now. They have all my paperwork and need management buy off. I'm supposed to hear from them by tomorrow morning.

But, I can't just wait and potentially not get paid for another week or two so I've talked with Stevens and it looks like I can get in to there training this coming Monday. We'll see what Wilson says. I know they need to be careful as we will be moving an expensive tractor with expensive cargo but I have to set things up so my family can get money. I really hope Wilson works out soon. But, Stevens has a lot of good advantages too. I like them both.

This is just the lay of the land today. Tomorrow will be a whole different story I'm sure. I just need to set a definite path.

Later.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

I've studied the HOS. I'll have to read it a couple of more times to get it stuck in my head. As for deductions they may make sense between my wife and myself. There are enough things it may work. I won't know until I get a couple of months of info.

I have no desire to lease or buy a truck. For me it makes sense to gather what I can. Too much info is better than too little. After I spend time with my trainer I will know what to focus on.

Going stir crazy waiting. That's all.

Why not study the hours of service then rather than the software that keeps track of it.

Learn the 70 11 14 and 8 hour clocks. The graphs.. What recaps are

Learn what is on duty and not.

Items you can deduct on your taxes.. Such as? As far as I know company drivers cannot deduct anymore, not since the increase of the standard deductions. If you are planning to lease or own.... We are going to strongly advise against it.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

I have my DOT medical and CPL. I am studying the pretrip and going back through the CDL manual daily.

I have researched and asked about the minimum equipment I should have like rain jacket, gloves, etc. and have them. I am reading forums to see what recent CDL trainees are going through, what they find most important to learn.

I've researched what items I can deduct on taxes and have my phone apps setup to capture receipts, etc.

I have time on my hands so I'm trying to learn what I can before I show up for training. The ELD is just interesting.

Week after week year after year we see people come here concerned with fuel mpg, truck make, leasing buying etc. And the one thing they never seem to learn is driving the truck. Then they fail due to frustration because they focused on the wrong things.

This is a baby steps type of career. Have you gotten your permit or practiced the pretrip? These are more important. If you cant pass the Pretrip you wont need the ELD.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

I have time to kill. Hopefully a week. I've been learning what I can. If I learn about one system, the general gist of the other will be the same.

I'm not worrying about anything, I'm trying to understand what I can. A bit here, a bit there. It's what I want to do. Why would you have a problem with that?

Please drop the sarcasm. Would you believe that one company can use both systems? prime does. The newer trucks have the IVG and the older ones.. 2018 2019 have the MCP200. It is probably the same at Wiltrans. They pull our freight and we repower each other. Our dispatchers see each others systems

It may Jist depend on your truck but the systems arent that different. Just different colors. As Daniel stated you have a ton more stuff to worry about than learning the system. You will have time rondo so.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

I've asked others. I'm trying to learn what I can before I get to training. If I become a bit familiar with a system now it's easier to learn then. It's called planning and learning. Works well.

Why does it matter? Among all the questions there is to ask about a company, why this one?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

I'm getting some information together that I can study before I start training. Does Wilson Logistics use the Omnitracs MCP200 or the IVG? Thanks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Almost ready to go.

Just a note, I found out that CRST is team driving. I ruled them out for that. FYI

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Have you thought about what company you want to work for?

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Well i used the Paid CDL Training Programs link and it applied me to Prime Inc., CRST, and Wilson Logistics. The applications is also connected to my Driver Pulse tenstreet app. So far CRST is interested in me despite a somewhat slow response through text. Not quite sure what to do next.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Truckers 'traveling the country for free'

I70 across Kansas in my opinion the most boring drive. Lol

AMEN. I lived in KS for 20 years. from Salina to Denver is horrible.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Transitioning Careers at 54 - Start at the beginning because that's where I am

Due to the destruction of my current industry, for various reasons over many years, I find I have to change careers. Doing OTR seems to be a good fit for me. I have gotten my DOT medical and my SC CPL. I'm currently speaking with reps from two companies that do Class A CDL training. I like them both, but one better.

They have all of my paperwork and I'm waiting to be accepted. Hopefully, that process will be finished at the beginning of this week. This CDL Diary looks good for reading for info but also for me to get stuff out of my system. Maybe it will help when I reread it.

So, I'm at the very beginning. I've researched what I can itemize on my deductions. I have an app on my phone that will scan and read those receipts for when tax time comes. I believe I have gotten all the gear I need, boots, gloves, rain jacket, coat, etc. All ready to pack up and go. Got my paperwork organized. I've looked at many apps and chosen some for lifestyle (Pacer on iPhone to make sure I move around enough for health), Foreceipt for scanning my receipts and Hammer for 'truck' GPS for pre-planning. My electronic chargers, power banks, things like that.

Just trying to get myself organized, that's my style before I start. If anyone has additional suggestions for helpful apps I'd appreciate it.

This is my new beginning. I'll let you know what happens from here on out.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I hope to be starting training for class A CDL in the next week or two. My previous 34 years has been as an engineer. Since 2006 my salary has steadily gone down and is now around 70% of what it used to be. The kids coming in are allowed to run things, I even got in trouble for opening a small pocket knife at work because a 32-year-old "man" said it made him feel unsafe. We are treated like crap.

And, since 2014 work has been on and off. Layoffs are rampant, company culture is toxic and I've had to move a lot. OTR truck driving looks like it will suit me much better. I'm really looking forward to changing careers.

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