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    10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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ODFL is a great company but I am trying to run away from NYC.

Enough is enough. NYC is getting worse, even cops are suggesting to move out, when I reported my car stolen recently. I am ready to move out and finally start my trucking career. As a rookie I was hired by Old Dominion as line haul driver but after 3 nights I had to stop - I could not sleep during a day for more than 2hrs, stressed out, struggling with downshifting on 10 speed transmission, pulling doubles from day 1 with a trainer, decided it is not safe for me and others to continue. They offered me daytime local position, I applied as internal but few days passed by without a response and had to move forward and got hired by paratransit company to start earning any money. ODFL is great company, yesterday I was at the terminal to pick up a paycheck (I was suprised and happy that they paid me - I really wished I could continue to work for them as a line haul driver). Operating manager followed me outside of the building and told me that if I will change my mind and drive for them as a local driver he is eager to take me back. I am a long time reader of this forum and heard advice not to start career as a local driver, specially here, in NYC but maybe in a different city/state... I would like to move out from NYC, thinking about Florida, Texas but I am open for other states as well. It will be hard journey, from buying a car, finding an employer, apartment, moving but I am determined. This is first time I am facing such a situation, dont know where/how to start. Did anyone experience such a situation before? Any advice will be appreciated.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Would major carriers still hire you yrs later after you got your cdl license?

I have similar situation. I graduated and got my CDL January this year but due some personal/family issues I could not start driving. At the moment I am in hiring process from ODFL, have offer letter, did all paperwork, road test and waiting to start training. I had a back up plan to start driving with Schneider. Looks like they would hire me, Western Xpress, SWIFT are eager to take me as well. Only CFI so far wanted me to go back to school, go for training with them and sign 1 year contract. That is the situation now but it might change in the future.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Does anyone on forum work for major carrier?

Thank you, Big Scott. I just contacted CFI. I would have to go back to school in Missouri for 3 weeks, then go thru 3wks company training, sign 12 months contract $0.38 per mile with no guaranteed weekly minimum. Looks like my license is not worth much after such a long time without driving. Still hoping to find other option.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Does anyone on forum work for major carrier?

Hello everyone,

I attended 304hrs driving school and obtain my CDL A in January. It took me a while to actually got physical license, put Hazmat endorsement and got TWIC card. I even got a job from ODFL as a long haul night time driver but never started it. I had to put my driving career on hold due to personal reason, life circumstances, I had to take care of my mother. Everything is fine right now and I am trying to go back on track. I would like to start OTR, I can go far and be there for weeks but I live in NYC and many recommended companies dont hire in my area. I did my research and so far I have

Schneider (Dedicated National Fleet) - still not sure if it could be considered OTR

Werner (they offered me Dollar account in the past :/)

SWIFT (is their reputation really that bad?)

Are there any other companies who can hire rookies for OTR position based on his NY zipcode (11206)?

At the beginning I would love to stay away from NE region (specially from NYC). Also I am looking for a chance to move out of NYC and at some point to live in warmer place.

Any suggestions, advice?

Thank you!

Stay safe!

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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EU Driver Dreams about USA Roads :)

Try http://www.anetabednarska.com/en/

My friend got an employer thru her and is already resident of US but he started his journey in Canada.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Instant Pot on the road

As OTR drivers do you use this equipment? Can it be the only one to use on the road? Any recipes or good links to low carb, simple dishes, with ingridients which can fit in a truck? Thanks

Posted:  8 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

I live in this area as well, but I am lucky because I have a parking lot by the building I live in. And I know exactly what you mean by traffic overthere. I was watching this early morning situation heading to driving school every day for 8 weeks, glad that I was driving opposite direction. Position I applied for is hourly paid, bacause of this NYC reality.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

Yes, decision will be hard. Both companies Schneider and Old Dominion have good reputation and both accepted me out of school. Two different styles. I still think I will start with OD and see how things go. Driving local in NYC is definately bad idea but during night time there is no traffic and the position is paid well considering that there is no (un)loading, just drop and hook between terminals. I agree that after few nights going same route 2-3 times during shift could be very boring. I love adventurous part of OTR, specially with Schneider National Dedicated account and its base pay system. It stated that driver will drive all 48 states hauling dry vans, reefers, flatbeds which I think could give idea which freight is prefered by driver. Base pay is not the worst either I think considering zero experience and allows to budget yourself avoiding pushing hard to accumulate miles. At least, from my, beginner’s perspective. Plus they have a tank division too. Is it bad idea to try different truck driving fields when not having favorite one yet? My personal situation does not allow me to fully immerse in adventure with OTR at this moment thats why I am trying to find different option but it might change in the near future.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

Quick update. So today I spoke with hiring manager and few hours later I recieved Offer Letter for Class A CDL Hourly Driver. Looks like I will be running between terminals in NYC and NJ as a Linehaul. I am still not sold into night driving but that is what ODFL has to offer and so far I have heard so many positive opinions about company. Night time = no traffic hopefully that will be good start to gain some experience. Other option I considered were Clean Harbour or just OTR with Schneider. I hope I am making good decision.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

My natural clock is 7-8pm to 2-4aam recently, so I am not on a standard side. OTR is still on my mind anyway.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

I just got my CDL A with all endorsements (yesterday I had appointment for HAZMAT fingerprinting so that one will take few more weeks) and considering job offer from ODFL in NYC as their terminal is 15min from the place I live. Looks like they accepted all my credentials, are willing to train me and tomorrow I will go for interview. From what I heard it is good company to work for but I would love to hear your opinion. They have Linehaul and local positions. First one is a night driving. On positive side the roads should be empty at night but it is unnatural and could be very unhealthy in long term I think. The other option is day driving but in NYC. Dont know if I should consider it as a beginner. Maybe I should start as a Linehaul and transfer later to local? What do you think? Is it good opportunity and I should not be so picky or there are better options in the trucking world for rookies? I would appreciate any advice. Maybe there are ODFL drivers in this forum ?

Thank you

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cooking on Board

So whoever carries Instan Pot has 6qt? I was thinking about buying 3qt to take less space. Is it too small? Why 6qt?

Posted:  9 months ago

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CDL A road test exam PASSED :))))

Hello guys,

Quick update from a reader of the forum. After graduation from driving school on Tuesday, I passed a road test next day in the morning and added couple more endorsements afternoon. What an experience it was. I arrived early to exam location - huge parking lot - and spotted examinator placing cones around. I drove closer to ask where can I park my car, opened my window and started with “Good morning, Sir...” noticing with closer look that examinator is a...woman...oooops :) Then I was waiting for school instructors bringing trucks (3 in total) and sure enough I was assigned to the oldest one with “problematic” transmission and more problematic instructor who recently do only truck deliveries to exam sites. I was aware of him and instructed not to make any conversation with him but other instructor advised me to clean my mirrors and gave me his tools . I thought it was a good idea because that was very sunny day. Sure enough I was not allowed to get close to my truck but it was not a big deal. I brought cleaning kit back and went to my car to pick up something. When I came back to exam site I just heard people yelling each other, throwing F-bombs, waiving arms. That was mine instructor who jumped on the other one for sending me to take care of this poor mirrors. Examinators were speechless and they told me that they never seen something like that before :) Anyway, I could not start my truck at the beginning what added little more stress to whole situation but begun pushing and realising a clutch and it worked out :) Break check and pre-trip overall was a piece of cake. Straight back went smoothly, I had some uncertain moment during off-set and after 2 pull ups and 2 get outs I parked successfully during third maneuver. Examinator removed front cones and we went to hit the road. First stop sign still on the exam site and the tractor stalled :))) Unfortunately that was a “model” which required more fuel added to start from 2nd gear. Shifting was not easy at all and involved a lot of “play” in clutch range. After countless lefts and rights in NY morning traffic, railroad crossing, emergency stop simulation, I noticed that examinator got comfy in his seat, stop watching mirrors and what was in front of him, was more busy with his tablet. That was a moment when I thought “It is good...” If I will not screw something, that will be good end of this crazy morning. And it was. But not for all students. Only 2 of 6 from our group passed. I went to other town where I had appointment for additional endorsements and DMV people were suprised that I could be able to make same day appointment for road and computer test. It was almost big problem for them and they said system will not allow them to do that. I asked politely if they can try. They did and system was more cooperative :) It is time to change a class on my dl, take care of fingerprints, send another aplication to hazmat department, decide about employer and start trucking in the real world...

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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After road test

304 hour Training Program I am attending is PTDI (Professional Truck Driver Institute) Approved Course and school will issue Certificate. Werner or Schneider recruiter visits here every time new class begins with company presentation. The course meets Minimum Over the Road Carrier Program Requirements for Entry Level Employment. The instructors are accredited to issue certificates like deffensive driving, straight truck driver 2, etc. Even we have many hours dedicated to road test, they keep telling us that the school is about teaching us about many other aspects like open road & city driving 6,9,10 speed transmission, coupling/uncoupling, tandem sliding, alley docking... This program better be recognized for price tag of $7.5k

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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After road test

I have a road test scheduled for Jan 27th and wanted to add some endorsements, get fingerprinted and close other things before applying for job but my present situation might not allow me to start new career and hit the road for months. How long after graduation from private school employers consider students as “recent graduates”?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

Florida with no state tax sounds good. The problem is I have no family outside NYC, only some acquaintances in FL. Are there any issues involved with taking someone “under the roof” just for residency address? I might ask them for such a favor :) That would give me some time and money to decide which place I would call future home.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

I am considering that as well but first would like to taste this lifestyle thru OTR driving. I got used to active living, swimming, biking, running, hiking etc. Truck has limited space for all equipment :) I will have to put everything together in my life, but first to pass road test, gain some experience with driving and do some reality check ;) I love to travel and always imagined myself going places but never went nomadic. I have a mother to take care of, she lives abroad but visits me once/twice a year so I have some responsibilities.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

Hello fellow truckers,

After passing road test I am considering to leave NYC and move to warmer state. Florida, Texas, Nevada, other...which place to live would you recommend? Cost of living, access to trucking companies hiring out of school, pay/benefits, taxes, nice area for active lifestyle etc. I am tired of living with roommates, cold weather, high prices. I am single without kids.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Wanting to become a trucker but so many questions

Hi Rebecca,

I am still at the school and we are practicing on manual transmissions 6,9,10 speeds and all students doing well. I drove a car with manual decades ago and developed bad habits so it might be even better if you have not drove one before. It is good to take a road test on manual because you will not have restrictions on your CDL and will probably have a first job with major carrier. They mostly use automatic anyway.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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By the numbers 2020

What do you call the easiest job around trucking, Turtle?

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