What Company Does What???

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Bad Bob's Comment
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Hello Guys and Gals:

I've asked a few questions about a few companies because I am still doing the research and want to be decided on a company to work for before I even start the schooling. Anyway, I'm going to give some features that I would like in the company that I want to work for and if you know ones that fit please tell me who they are. 1. Me and my wife currently live in Florida but would be willing to relocate to most of the Southern States. So we do need a company that would hire out of those states. 2. I do need a company with a rider policy since my wife is going to ride with me some of the time. Pet policy; not so important. If they do have one great. If they don't, that's not a requirement. 3. I don't want to be forced to run illegal. Of course no company is going to openly tell anyone that they do that, but we did experience that when we were first in trucking over 20 years ago. If you know of companies that force drivers to run illegally please let me know who they are and I'll not apply there. 4. I do want to make decent pay. It doesn't have to be the top in the industry. I do expect to have starting wages as I have been out of the industry so long that it's a start-over now. But the main reason for going back into trucking is that the wages in the industry we are currently in has dropped dramatically over the last 5 years and we are living from paycheck to paycheck with no chance of ever retiring. I just want to do well.

Anyway, any help you guys and gals can give me in my quest for the perfect company would be greatly appreciated. If you want real information you go to the people who really know. You are the experts in your industry so that's why I am turning to you. Thanks in advance.

Bad Bob

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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If you have a CDL ,you can go anywhere you like. Every company will promise everything to you. If I were you,Id find an area,where the cost of living is low,and its also close to a trucking terminal. Paying high rent,when you and the wife are on the road,doesnt make sense. How far south are you looking to go?

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Bad Bob check out the following TT links:

Trucking Companies

How To Choose A Company

Truck Driving Schools

Company-Sponsored Training

As far as pet friendly companies, in the upper left corner of the webpage you will see a search bar. Type in pet friendly or pet policy in the bar and press enter. You will then see a series of relevant TT links as you scroll down the page. The search bar is a great way of researching specific topics posted on the TT forum.

As afar as running illegal, as far as I know all of the companies represented on the above link will not require you to run illegal. I have refused overweight loads and never received any pushback.

Good luck

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bad Bob's Comment
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If you have a CDL ,you can go anywhere you like. Every company will promise everything to you. If I were you,Id find an area,where the cost of living is low,and its also close to a trucking terminal. Paying high rent,when you and the wife are on the road,doesnt make sense. How far south are you looking to go?

Thanks for the reply: As to how far south. I would like to settle in Costa Rica but I don't think that's going to work out. Maybe when we retire. South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama or Mississippi would be fine. My wife just said she would prefer to stay in Florida. I got to admit, I like it down here too. Thanks again.

Bad Bob

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bad Bob's Comment
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Bad Bob check out the following TT links:

Trucking Companies

How To Choose A Company

Truck Driving Schools

Company-Sponsored Training

As far as pet friendly companies, in the upper left corner of the webpage you will see a search bar. Type in pet friendly or pet policy in the bar and press enter. You will then see a series of relevant TT links as you scroll down the page. The search bar is a great way of researching specific topics posted on the TT forum.

As afar as running illegal, as far as I know all of the companies represented on the above link will not require you to run illegal. I have refused overweight loads and never received any pushback.

Good luck

Thanks G-Town:

I am definitely going to be using those links. This is a great website. It's got all kinds of info. We just got to look.

Bad Bob

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Bad Bob check out the following TT links:

Trucking Companies

How To Choose A Company

Truck Driving Schools

Company-Sponsored Training

As far as pet friendly companies, in the upper left corner of the webpage you will see a search bar. Type in pet friendly or pet policy in the bar and press enter. You will then see a series of relevant TT links as you scroll down the page. The search bar is a great way of researching specific topics posted on the TT forum.

As afar as running illegal, as far as I know all of the companies represented on the above link will not require you to run illegal. I have refused overweight loads and never received any pushback.

Good luck

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Thanks G-Town:

I am definitely going to be using those links. This is a great website. It's got all kinds of info. We just got to look.

Bad Bob

You're welcome. Let us know if you have any further questions, most of the carriers on the link are represented on this forum; either drivers or trainees.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

William C.'s Comment
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Usxpress has a rider and pet policy

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Werner has both rider and pet policies and they hire out of Florida.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Where you are in Florida makes a difference. I live in the panhandle and while I don't live near terminals, many companies recruit in my area.

Also, since I started driving in January I've learned loads out of southeast Georgia and the Carolinas is sometimes difficult. Not because there isn't any, but many companies don't want to haul it since it often doesn't pay well. This is just my experience and others may have a different experience.

I drive for Schneider and we have safety as our first core value. Not only will you not be asked to run illegal, you'd likely be fired if you were caught doing it.

Hopefully you won't need to relocate but I wouldn't do it for a company. If you relocate because there's lots of freight in an area that's one thing, but if you do it to be at a company's location you probably want to make sure there are plenty others in the area just in case things don't work out.

As for pay...I'm not sure what you're expecting, but I would talk to some recruiters to find out what they're paying and the miles you can expect. I'm OTR with 5days home each month & I expect to gross pretty close to $40k this first year. That's including sign on bonus, performance bonuses and training. I am a company driver with no prior experience and started my journey right here on Truckingtruth one year ago

Good luck!

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.

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.

Bad Bob's Comment
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This is a whole lot of good info. Thanks a whole lot guys. Right now we live in North Eastern Florida, so the Panhandle isn't a great distance away. I've looked at real estate prices and mid-northern Florida can be really reasonable. Anyway, thanks a bunch. This is very useful.

Bad Bob

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