Would There Be Any Hard Feelings?

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Renegade's Comment
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If I attended KLLM's driving academy and paid my tuition in full after completion do you think they'd hold it against me if I took a job with Averitt Express? The reason I want to attend KLLM's driving academy is because it's state of the art but I don't especially want to haul reefer and that's the majority of their freight. Of all the companies I've researched that fits what I'm looking for in an outfit, Averitt is at the top of my list.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Pianoman's Comment
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I'm not trying to make fun of you, but...companies don't have feelings. If you are asking if your switch will hurt you in some way...yes I think so, potentially. If you stay at Averitt for a while and do a good job for them with no accidents or service failures, you won't have anything to worry about. If you're like most rookies and hit a few things and have a few late deliveries, Averitt might not be as forgiving as the company that invested in you by spending money and time to train you.

No, you won't hurt anyone's feelings. Some people at KLLM might not be too happy with you, but they'll forget about you soon enough. I just think, as a matter of principle, it's not the wisest choice since KLLM is investing in you and expecting you to stick with them for a while.

Ultimately, you do have the option to leave right after training and you're not committing some sort of unforgivable sin. It just isn't a particularly wise career choice and could leave you stranded if things don't go as you expect them to over at Averitt.

G-Town's Comment
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Renegade I totally agree with Paul on this. 100%. Please consider everything before acting upon this.

Renegade's Comment
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I understand exactly what you're saying Paul, and that new driving academy that KLLM has is second to none, but I really just don't want to haul reefer. I mean...that's what it really boils down to is that I really just don't want to haul reefer. I appreciate the advice and the help that you guys provide for us folks wanting to break in to the industry, and I know I sound like a broken record or I'm stuttering, but I really just don't want to haul reefer. LOL

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Pianoman's Comment
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I understand exactly what you're saying Paul, and that new driving academy that KLLM has is second to none, but I really just don't want to haul reefer. I mean...that's what it really boils down to is that I really just don't want to haul reefer. I appreciate the advice and the help that you guys provide for us folks wanting to break in to the industry, and I know I sound like a broken record or I'm stuttering, but I really just don't want to haul reefer. LOL

Lol, you don't have to argue with me. I'm not telling you what to do. You just asked for advice so I gave you a truthful response. There are many many people who have done exactly what you are planning to do. I'm sure some of them have been successful and some not.

If you don't want to haul reefer I'd recommend just going with a carrier that offers training and will have you hauling dry van instead. I haven't gone through KLLM's training program but I can tell you the quality of training is going to depend mostly on individual instructors, not the program itself.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy 's Comment
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What does it mean to be state of the art and second to none. I ask because after the orientation I was put on the road. Training is actually living the trucking lifestyle from about day five maybe? Our place has SIMS to learn the shifting pattern, but we got one on one OTR exoerience . this is why I picked my company cause I saw others posting they shared trucks or instructors. With me every minute was spent driving.

So I'm curious what is it you find special about KLLMs training? You said you dont want to drive reefer...does Averitt not have a training program?

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.

Renegade's Comment
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Paul...not arguing was just being comical that's all. Rainy...I see your point. I shouldn't have said second to none because I'm sure there are a lot of great schools as good or better. KLLM built a multi million dollar facility with simulators and new freightliners just for the school and are pumping out new grads that are giving really good feed back on the training there. Averitt doesn't have a driving school but accepts new grads for employment.

Steve L.'s Comment
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You know what they call a doctor who graduated from a non-"state of the art" school?

Doctor!

Renegade's Comment
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You know what they call a doctor who graduated from a non-"state of the art" school?

Doctor!

That's pretty funny Steve.

Bill S.'s Comment
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Why not search through the company paid schools and pick one that does flatbed or whatever you actually want to haul? TMC has a CDL program and does flatbed if I remember correctly.

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.
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