Recent CDL Graduate Of Alabama. Looking For A Decent Company.

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Derrick W.'s Comment
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I'm 21 and I recently graduated and got my CDL's. I am now looking for a company that will offer good mileage and good home time. I wouldn't mind running through the week and being home on weekends. Or even a company that keeps me out maybe 5-6 days and bring me home for at least two days. I have been looking at Roehl, Knight, Schneider, and Dart (slightly). I'd greatly appreciate if anyone could give me companies and information as well as feedback about the ones I've listed.


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.
Chris K.'s Comment
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I do not know if they hire from Alabama but Epes Transport out of Greensboro Nc hired recent grads (if your school is approved) and say they get you home every 5-7 days

Noah 's Comment
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McElroy in Cuba,Alabama is good.I talked to them on the phone they have a good setup and free health insurance

Old School's Comment
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Derrick, to have that type of schedule is going to be really tough. Several of the flat bed companies have some offerings like that, but I'm not sure if they hire people your age.

Look at Maverick, TMC, and McElroy.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Derrick, we have an excellent listing of truck driving jobs that will give you some excellent ideas:

Truck Driving Jobs

We also have a huge list of trucking company reviews which will give you all sorts of information on various companies:

Trucking Company Reviews

If you're looking to get home on weekends then flatbed or dry van are going to be your best bet. Like Old School mentioned it might be tough at 21 to find a company that will get you home on weekends right off the bat because a lot of companies require you to be anywhere from 23 - 25 years old. But don't sweat it. There are still plenty of companies that hire at 21 years old.

So there's a chance you might have to get some OTR experience first but if you dig hard enough you may find an opportunity to be home on weekends. The companies you've mentioned and the others that were listed are all good choices. You really don't have to worry about that. Just keep searching for anyone that has what you're looking for and get a dialogue going with their recruiters.


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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Derrick, I don't know where in Alabama you are, but Schneider has dedicated out of McCalla, Bessemer and the Mercedes plant in Alabama.

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