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John M.'s Comment
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Hi all I have completed my training at a private school in Detroit Mi and I now have my CDL-a with xt and a twic. I have a job offer from Maverick and Halvor for a regional position, they are both really great company's just how can I make a choice Thanks John

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Congrats!!!

First decide what is important to you? Home time? Solo vs team? CPM? Pets? What you.want to haul? Type of truck you want to drive? Training length?

My biggest thing was pets, pay, training, home time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

David A.'s Comment
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I would have to agreewith rainy.d what fits best for you .

John M.'s Comment
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They both have similar home (out five-7 home 34-48). Mavericks classroom train is double the time of Havlors they are both about five weeks truck trainer time (not team driving trainee does most of it). Pay is similar, go to do flatbed, Halvor is 1/4 the size of Maverick.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is just my opinion..I've seen maverick out here. They have longer training. If everything else is similar, that would be my choice.

Something else we talked about in another thread is an open door policy. To me that is great. If that might be offered at one and not the other...that might matter.

Larger companies usually have better and newer equipment and have awesome maintenance facilities. What are theirs like? Does one have a terminal near you to visit and checkout? How long have they been in business? If they last then they are doing something right. Maverick might have the advantage with those.

These are some things I considered.

What about taking the truck home? If they don't let u, is there a yard/terminal near you to park it.

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.
C T.'s Comment
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Sorry didn't see this earlier. On my 34. I'm with Maverick and can answer any questions. Ps go with Maverick smile.gif

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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CT what do you like about them?

C T.'s Comment
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Where do I start? We get decent pay fresh out of school. Right up there with you guys. Nice trucks, the training is ridiculously detailed. We have a securement hotline we can call 24/7 that the instructors have. If we need help with anything we can reach them, which I still use to this day. Our equipment is top notch in my opinion. I see so many other flatbed companies with older equipment such as trailers without sidekits and storage, beat down straps from the 80s, tarps with tears and holes in them, etc. There's more but it's a lot to type.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Sorry didn't see this earlier. On my 34. I'm with Maverick and can answer any questions. Ps go with Maverick smile.gif

I was with Maverick and quit after going solo. Wasn't my cup of tea. In the trucking world they are a decent company. Not the best but not the worst. Now back to the shadows for CT

I do often wonder though how many from my class are still with them. My guess is maybe 2

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Different companies for different people. Every company has a certain way of doing things. It fits some personality types but not others. I will use TMC as an example and their infamous stay of the grass. Some people will see that rule and think that it is stupid. Others will see the meaning behind it. Still more will care less the reasoning behind it and only know they must follow it .

Even get into Maverick and their set way to tarp a load. Maverick teaches their employees to tarp a load a very particular way. Some will dislike their method others will see the beauty of it. Even though I will never be able to be a flatbed driver because of my back, I would love to do that. Majority of the companies I applied to while in school were flatbed bed companies. Their reaction further reinforced the fact that I will never work as a flatbed driver. Doesn't mean I don't look at all the flatbeds parked at truck stops and analyze how a load was tarped and/or secured. I am at least somewhat familiar in load securement principals. While in the military I have done railhead operations, I have done loadouts on large aircraft, I have secured cargo in the back of my aircraft. One of a crew chiefs primary jobs on a helicopter is load securement.

Anyways back to the topic at hand. Different strokes for different folks. The key is find what company best suits your individual personality and needs. In the end that will help with your success or failure in this industry.

My suggestion to the OP is make a list of what is important to you. Compare that list against what the companies offer. Choose the best fit.

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.

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