Husband Wife Team Driving Help!

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Scott D's Comment
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Hey Rev, My wife and I are in CDL school right now, looking for companies to train us together. Covenant for sure, probably Schneider, even though I haven't spoken with them directly yet. Also still looking and inquiring with every recruiter that comes through the door. It's funny, we hear that the companies that do teams really like to get husband and wife teams, but so many say they do not train together. I would think if they really wanted to attract them, companies would have a training program for them. Maybe I'm just spittin' in the wind... I'll let you know if I hear of any others if you'll do the same.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Did you ask Swift about their program? I read about it a year ago when I started, but I can't find it on the web pages now.

Scott D's Comment
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I have not looked into Swift as I had heard that they did not train teams together. However I have not spoken directly to anyone from the office so I should call to verify. Plus they have a terminal in Columbus I believe. Thanks Errol

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I have not looked into Swift as I had heard that they did not train teams together. However I have not spoken directly to anyone from the office so I should call to verify. Plus they have a terminal in Columbus I believe. Thanks Errol

To paraphrase: "Ask, and it shall be known unto you."

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Shiva's Comment
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Hey all,

Been reading up a lot on this an one other trucking forum. So thankful for all the articles, experiences, and information that is available. Everyone here is great. My wife and I are in our 40's...contemplating being team drivers. I drove for 3 years for FedEx Home delivery, but never over the road. I have a class B. license and doing some part time bus driving now. I mention the FedEx driving because I know what it is to be out in a vehicle for 12+ hours a day. I am by no means saying that compares with otr drivers.

We are looking at what might be the best possible route for us to take to get CDL's and sign on with a company. Because we don't have, or at least won't have any income if we are both in school/training then we need to take a quicker route to school than a Community College which does have a trucking class in our area. I have been researching Central Refrigerated, Prime, and Hendersen...but would really like anyone's opinion on these or any other options.

BTW, we live in GA near Savannah. Probably aren't looking to make the change until beginning of next year. Also, we are not tied to this area so we could move/relocate if needed.

Any insight would be helpful.

Thanks,

Scott & Lacy

I am at Henderson Now. Great school and academy, also look into Schneider International, their school is expedited and they have 2 students per truck. My buddy is a trainer for Schneider. He likes it

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Scott D's Comment
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Werner came into school today and advised that they have a team program where they will train a husband/wife team together. Sending in application in the morning. Will advise more when we have it.

RevBigTag's Comment
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Thanks again for all the replies. Looking forward to hearing about your and your wife's adventure Scott D.

Scott D's Comment
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Ok, spoke with Schneider and, according to the recruiter, they do train teams together. A very short training period though. He said eighteen straight days of training total including orientation, paperwork, simulator training, etc. Maybe only 8-10 days on the road. Trainer stays in hotel at night (unless he doesn't want to leave his truck in your hands overnight while he is in the hotel), trainer is not part of the team (not bunked out while newbies are driving). Recruiter said we would train out of Indianapolis (assuming because we are in Cincinnati). They have a dedicated run for Amazon out of northern Kentucky to MD and NJ that they are currently hiring teams for. OTR has a sign-on bonus, the Amazon account does not.

We are pre-hired at Werner at the moment, applying to Schneider this week. Will relay any more info if I get it.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

RevBigTag's Comment
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Ok, spoke with Schneider and, according to the recruiter, they do train teams together. A very short training period though. He said eighteen straight days of training total including orientation, paperwork, simulator training, etc. Maybe only 8-10 days on the road. Trainer stays in hotel at night (unless he doesn't want to leave his truck in your hands overnight while he is in the hotel), trainer is not part of the team (not bunked out while newbies are driving). Recruiter said we would train out of Indianapolis (assuming because we are in Cincinnati). They have a dedicated run for Amazon out of northern Kentucky to MD and NJ that they are currently hiring teams for. OTR has a sign-on bonus, the Amazon account does not.

We are pre-hired at Werner at the moment, applying to Schneider this week. Will relay any more info if I get it.

Any new info?

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Scott D's Comment
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No new info, sorry. Had to put the process on hold for a few weeks - my mother (with whom we were staying) passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Fri Oct 30. The school we are at was very understanding and advised us to come back when we are ready to complete the course and they will reschedule our tests when we're back up to speed. If I may pontificate to anyone reading this, loved ones can leave us in a heartbeat - make sure your loved ones know how much you love them - you may not get another chance. When we're back up and running we'll fill you in on what more we find out. If you find out any info, especially if it's contrary to what we've heard so far, please let us know as well. Thanks

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