Husband Wife Team Driving Help!

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Team Staples'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

My husband and I are attending Henderson Trucking academy. They are pretty good. Located in Caseyville Illinois. Really kind of a smaller family company. Staff is pretty amazing and the instructors are very very patient. I should know since i have screwed up alot on manuvers...lol

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.

RevBigTag's Comment
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I had heard some good things about Henderson from another board. Are you going to be able to train together once you have completed the CDL training?

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.
RevBigTag's Comment
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I know it has been a while, but any updates on anyone's training or info about training husband/wife teams?

Scott D's Comment
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Really quick, we are at Covenant getting ready to hit the road with our trainer. Covenant really likes husband/wife teams. Even though I said before we were told Schneider trains teams together, when we had our phone interview with them we triple checked and were then told they would not train us in the same truck at the same time. Anyway, so far here at Covenant we have been treated well and are looking forward to getting out on the road. We can update as we go if you would like.

RevBigTag's Comment
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That would be great.

J Johns's Comment
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And my wife of 25 years I certainly would not throw to the wolves.

HAHA. My partner can throw me to the wolves! They come when I call.

Teammie and I will train separately and be just fine, I expect. Your ladies are probably less delicate and their trainers more patient than you think. Fear not.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Train together. Yes i have seen 3 people in a truck. Trainer and husband and,wife. One of the company's is out of Florida they run teams and deliver flowers and i believe Covenant is another. There are several that do this. Yes its legal the trainer is seat belted in passenger ,driver is seat belted and 3rd person is in bunk sleeping.

I'm not the OP, but thanks for this info. I am in a similar situation where I want to be a team with my wife. I was thinking we might have to spend the one to two months of training apart.

Scott D's Comment
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It's been a while since I've been on the computer so I haven't been intentionally ignoring this thread. We just got home from our training with Covenant Transport. My wife and I trained together in the same truck. Trainer had the patience of a saint! We were out on the road in the truck for over six weeks, then back to the terminal for a couple of days to finish and "upgrade". We are now officially company drivers - on our own. Exciting and scary at the same time. Husband and wife teams just starting out - Covenant worked for us and I believe that the company likes husband/wife teams. I can post more later if anyone is still interested in hearing about the/our experience. Will be happy to answer specific questions if you have any.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations to you both. I enjoy reading it, so keep posting as your journey continues.

Scott M's Comment
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It's been a while since I've been on the computer so I haven't been intentionally ignoring this thread. We just got home from our training with Covenant Transport. My wife and I trained together in the same truck. Trainer had the patience of a saint! We were out on the road in the truck for over six weeks, then back to the terminal for a couple of days to finish and "upgrade". We are now officially company drivers - on our own. Exciting and scary at the same time. Husband and wife teams just starting out - Covenant worked for us and I believe that the company likes husband/wife teams. I can post more later if anyone is still interested in hearing about the/our experience. Will be happy to answer specific questions if you have any.

Scott D- Absolutely- would love to hear details. Please let us know how you did it.

I’ll state a scenario that makes sense to me: How about man drives 7, woman drives 7, then 10-hour break where the trainer stays at a motel. This way trainer would max out his 14 hour on duty time; and trainees get the maximum driving time. All done per HOS regulations.

The lower bunk would always be in use by a trainee when driving. Trainer is required to be in passenger seat when truck is moving.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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