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STEVEN J.'s Comment
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Ok guys, I am just getting into trucking. In school for my CDL and plan to use my GI Bill with a company. My top three options so far are TMC, Maverick, and Jim Palmer. Looking for advise on which would be the better option. I am looking for OTR or regional / best pay and benefits.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Yosemite Sam's Comment
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Hey Steven. Sam here I'm a rookie in training. You will ultimately have to decide what is best for you. Call recruiting for each company they should be able to inform you on everything you would like to know. Honestly dnt know much about other two companies u asked about. TMC though did come to my school while I was there. They seem like a solid company. Home time guaranteed on weekends. They also do percentage pay. Which I kinda liked. They are an employee owned company as well which is something else I really didn't know can be in the trucking world as far as how companies operate. That's all I bout remember. Oh yeah ! They have strictly all Peterbilts but soon as you solo out u get your own truck with your name on the door. Hope this helped you. Again call a recruiter to get the whole aspect of everything they offer. Good luck !!

Ok guys, I am just getting into trucking. In school for my CDL and plan to use my GI Bill with a company. My top three options so far are TMC, Maverick, and Jim Palmer. Looking for advise on which would be the better option. I am looking for OTR or regional / best pay and benefits.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

STEVEN J.'s Comment
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Thanks Sam, I appreciate it!

Hey Steven. Sam here I'm a rookie in training. You will ultimately have to decide what is best for you. Call recruiting for each company they should be able to inform you on everything you would like to know. Honestly dnt know much about other two companies u asked about. TMC though did come to my school while I was there. They seem like a solid company. Home time guaranteed on weekends. They also do percentage pay. Which I kinda liked. They are an employee owned company as well which is something else I really didn't know can be in the trucking world as far as how companies operate. That's all I bout remember. Oh yeah ! They have strictly all Peterbilts but soon as you solo out u get your own truck with your name on the door. Hope this helped you. Again call a recruiter to get the whole aspect of everything they offer. Good luck !!

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Ok guys, I am just getting into trucking. In school for my CDL and plan to use my GI Bill with a company. My top three options so far are TMC, Maverick, and Jim Palmer. Looking for advise on which would be the better option. I am looking for OTR or regional / best pay and benefits.

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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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Yosemite Sam's Comment
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No problem! Hope u find a company the best meets ur needs. Good luck !

Thanks Sam, I appreciate it!

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Hey Steven. Sam here I'm a rookie in training. You will ultimately have to decide what is best for you. Call recruiting for each company they should be able to inform you on everything you would like to know. Honestly dnt know much about other two companies u asked about. TMC though did come to my school while I was there. They seem like a solid company. Home time guaranteed on weekends. They also do percentage pay. Which I kinda liked. They are an employee owned company as well which is something else I really didn't know can be in the trucking world as far as how companies operate. That's all I bout remember. Oh yeah ! They have strictly all Peterbilts but soon as you solo out u get your own truck with your name on the door. Hope this helped you. Again call a recruiter to get the whole aspect of everything they offer. Good luck !!

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Ok guys, I am just getting into trucking. In school for my CDL and plan to use my GI Bill with a company. My top three options so far are TMC, Maverick, and Jim Palmer. Looking for advise on which would be the better option. I am looking for OTR or regional / best pay and benefits.

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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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Bravo Zulu's Comment
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Freight slows down for most flat bed companies in the winter months. That may or may not be an issue for you. I just thought I would mention it.

STEVEN J.'s Comment
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Yeah that could cause me some issues, especially since I will be starting smack dab in the middle of winter. The biggest thing I don't want to happen, is trusting their yearly salary quotes that they have posted on the sites and find out that I'm always sitting and not getting loads or miles. I wanna run and make as much as I possibly can.

Freight slows down for most flat bed companies in the winter months. That may or may not be an issue for you. I just thought I would mention it.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Be careful of the salary quotes on Company websites. "Our top drivers average.....". or "New drivers earn up to $55,000 per year. Well, up to $55,000 would include $25,000.00. Generally, as a first year driver, expect in the 32-40 range. Good luck!

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