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Bucket's Comment
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Do all company's require you live in same zip as a terminal? I've chosen central tech in Drumright Ok for my training. I don't live within two hundred miles of a terminal. What will that do to my chances of being hired?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Bucket, my first trucking job was several states away from me - over one thousand miles from my home. Being near a terminal is not a concern. The way you get home for some home time is they send you with a load that delivers in or near your hometown. Then you take the truck home with you. You can park at a nearby truck stop or Walmart perhaps if you can't park the truck at your house.

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.

Rob S.'s Comment
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It's their company so their rules. You really want to ask them such a specific question like that. Living in the area of a terminal might be convenient but I don't think it is a deal breaker for large companies. I doubt very many people live in the actual zip code of a terminal.

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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Do all company's require you live in same zip as a terminal? I've chosen central tech in Drumright Ok for my training. I don't live within two hundred miles of a terminal. What will that do to my chances of being hired?

Now is the time to start looking for Pre-hire letters.

These are letters saying a particular company thinks you meet all the prerequisites (including home-to-terminal distance). Get more than one, then you can choose your company.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Errol, I sent you a pm

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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XPO/Conway doesn't care where you live in relation to a terminal. I live in Arizona and the nearest terminal is in Laredo, Texas, over 1000 miles away.

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.

Bucket's Comment
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I've only contacted three that would tell me thay are not hiring from my zip. Four others want me to contact them when I have my cdl. Two when I get to school. Ok I understand some of this might be the companies want to know I don't have issues before making a commitment. I on the other hand would like some assurance before laying out four grand for training. My best prospect to date is team. How difficult is it to find a compatible partner? I don't really have a problem driving until midnight or starting my day at two in the morning, but don't want to start eight to ten til six to eight in the morning. Then trying to sleep with someone driving. I prefer solo but will take what I have too.

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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XPO/Conway doesn't care where you live in relation to a terminal. I live in Arizona and the nearest terminal is in Laredo, Texas, over 1000 miles away.

That must be for their truckload division. I'm sure if it was Conway-Freight, their LTL operation, they'd want you close to a terminal. Not sure if they're still calling it Conway-Freight after the merger with XPO.

This leads me to make a comment to the OP. The only time you really have to be concerned about being close to a terminal is if it's a local gig, e.g. LTL work or food service.

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
Buster's Buddy's Comment
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XPO/Conway doesn't care where you live in relation to a terminal. I live in Arizona and the nearest terminal is in Laredo, Texas, over 1000 miles away.

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That must be for their truckload division. I'm sure if it was Conway-Freight, their LTL operation, they'd want you close to a terminal. Not sure if they're still calling it Conway-Freight after the merger with XPO.

This leads me to make a comment to the OP. The only time you really have to be concerned about being close to a terminal is if it's a local gig, e.g. LTL work or food service.

You are correct, I am referring to XPO Logistics Truckload (formerly Con-way Truckload). Since the purchase last fall the Con-way name has been dropped completely. Officially. They are beginning to rebrand the trucks and trailers, but most still say Con-way. The signs at HQ and all of the paperwork just says XPO Logistics.

For those who are unaware: rather than lumping them all together or having different divisions that handled OTR , LTL, and Intermodal , Con-way set up separate companies for each. Last fall XPO Logistics purchased the parent company, although it wasn't until last month that they announced they decided to keep Truckload. Say goodbye to the white trucks with the blue stripe and blue Con-way script, say hello the white trucks with XPO in block red letters.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Bucket stays cautious:

I on the other hand would like some assurance before laying out four grand for training.

Assurance: Pre-hire letters.

Laying out your own money: most companies, both private and company sponsored, finance the tuition. Then your hiring company may pick up the tab when you sign on with a one year contract.

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.

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