Can Anyone Tell Me About This Quote Straight From SAIA (LTL) ..and Gaining Driving Experience

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KaSandra 's Comment
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"Inexperienced Drivers, if you don’t have at least one year of experience or some or no training at all – no problem! Saia LTL Freight WANTS TO INVEST IN YOU! If you're interested in quality training in a highly-paid, highly-demanded, highly-skilled trade for FREE, then give us a call for all the details." ~~SAIA They have a place in Elk Grove by Sacramento...I know I've seen someone here from that area.(?) ...I'm sure there are others from this area.. ..I'm starting school next week and am tryna look into local companies (while in school) that also will give me driving experience. I know LTL is one way to go about that. I'm wondering about their training process and the possible pay during?? ~ Thank you for any input!!~ KaSandra

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Why don't you call them and find out? Sounds like a fantastic opportunity. SAIA has a big presence on the west coast. My one linehaul buddy at OD used to work for SAIA in Texas. SAIA is a good LTL company to work for.

Keep in mind if you wanna work for an LTL, you'll have to be near the terminal - unlike truckload companies or OTR gigs. Also keep in mind that if you have one LTL company near you, you'll be sure to have others. LTLs tend to huddle up together, usually because their terminals are placed in strategic areas for moving and consolidating freight. If SAIA is in your neck of the woods, you'll probably have others to choose from. OD, UPSF, Fed Ex Freight, and Estes are a few more to look into.

Best wishes.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Forgot to mention. You should exhaust all your opportunities at LTL companies where they might PAY you to get your CDL , before you make the commitment to shell out some bucks for a CDL school. Put together a list of LTL companies, hop on their respective websites and see where their terminals are, and start making some phone calls.

Here's my thread on LTL if you wanna learn more about that part of the industry.

LTL Trucking: My Linehaul Job

I'd be happy to answer any questions that I can about LTL for you.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
KaSandra 's Comment
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Forgot to mention. You should exhaust all your opportunities at LTL companies where they might PAY you to get your CDL , before you make the commitment to shell out some bucks for a CDL school. Put together a list of LTL companies, hop on their respective websites and see where their terminals are, and start making some phone calls.

Here's my thread on LTL if you wanna learn more about that part of the industry.

LTL Trucking: My Linehaul Job

I'd be happy to answer any questions that I can about LTL for you.

Hey:) I probably will contact them ...I see their trucks all the time around here...The areas I live/travel to work are HUGE as far as trucking routes so I see all kinds of truck companies and jot down the names and research them when I get home. I already signed up for the truck school (after much research and meeting the owners -small, family run..good reputation) ..I start Monday or Tuesday....Thank you for your input..I appreciate it!!thank-you.gif

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Phil C.'s Comment
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CDL for free usually means if you complete the class and drive for a year or something, make sure to read the fine print as it were.

Phil

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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That's hilarious. I applied with them 4 months ago and they rejected me. Now they're after folks with no experience. Well, they missed their chance.

KaSandra 's Comment
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That's hilarious. I applied with them 4 months ago and they rejected me. Now they're after folks with no experience. Well, they missed their chance.

Daniel B, YOU'RE the guy I was referring to in my initial post..from this area...well, California in general..I don't see a lot of California people on here...I feel pretty lucky to be in this area as far as finding a job after school..My school will assist but doin MUCH digging on my own***I'm also gonna check out Biagi...They are pretty big around here...~~KaSandra

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