New CDL A Holder "Massachusetts"

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Mark D.'s Comment
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Recently gained my cdl a licence in Massachusetts (last week) , and I am also 2 years into staying in the United States so I am totally new to the industry . My question would be what I guess every newbie question is " does anyone have a recommendation towards a good company" . I go online and hours and hours later I am no further forward . I would like to go otr dry or reefer and perhaps tanker in the future once I gain experience " used to seeing the whisky tankers back in Scotland " any advice would be great.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Mark. Here are several links that you will find helpful. Most of these companies have drivers who contribute to this forum.

Trucking Companies

How To Choose A Company

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Good luck and let us know how else we can help. All the best.

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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What kind of home time and benefits are you interested in?

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Anchorman, 3 times a charm? lol

G-Town's Comment
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Anchorman, 3 times a charm? lol

Department of redundancy department.

Anchorman's Comment
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Anchorman, 3 times a charm? lol

Haha I'm not sure what happened. It was either my phone or the site. It froze up when I hit the submit button and when it finally decided to submit this is what resulted from it.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Michael's Comment
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Hahahaha, I hope you don't hit submit three times when paying a bill? rofl-1.gif

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Mark D.'s Comment
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Thanks for your input , Home time would be good but I guess sacrifices have to be made in the first few years ? As to benifits this will be my first job stateside so great to good ? . The school I attended put me towards the big 3 Werner , Schneider and Us Xpress , was just wondering if that would be best or any other big , medium or small outfits are the way to get into the industry . Thanks in advance

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Lol, you put this in Diaries, too.... I responded over there smile.gif

Stay safe

Mark D.'s Comment
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Thanks for your input , Home time would be good but I guess sacrifices have to be made in the first few years ? As to benifits this will be my first job stateside so great to good ? . The school I attended put me towards the big 3 Werner , Schneider and Us Xpress , was just wondering if that would be best or any other big , medium or small outfits are the way to get into the industry . Thanks in advance

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