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Jaybird's Comment
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I'll be done cdl school in about two weeks. I live in nepa, right near scranton off of 81. Was thinking of doing local but have decided after reading alot of info to go with a big company who can train me right and stick with them for a year. Going out and seeing the country is exciting but the thought of being out 3-4 weeks scares me alittle. I know theres alot of regional in my area where I could get home on weekends so may go that way.

I keep getting pulled towards flatbed. I'm in good shape and enjoy some hard work from time to time. Again ' i'v done alot of research and know about all the good flatbed companys (tmc,maverick,melton, etc) but keep thinking of western express even tho they have a bad rep. I think I like the fact that there terminal is only 45 min away. It also sounds like if you do your job there they leave you alone and don't micromanage which I like.

I'm a little nervous about a cruise I have for alaska in august and a company not getting me home. The cruise is paid for and I'm going. Its a nine day trip and was wondering what a company may have me do with the truck while I'm gone? If there terminal is far away will they have me drop the truck off while I'm gone? Its defintiely a concern.

anyway , Iv jabbered long enough. Thanks for listening! Any advice would be great!


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.


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.


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.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Jay, You've got quite the dilemma there. No company is going to let you leave for 9 days after less than 6 months of employment. It's just not a reasonable request. It appears to me that you have two options. 1. Forego the cruise and get a job in trucking(which you've already said your not willing to do) 2. Wait until august until you launch your trucking career(at which point your schooling will be obsolete to most truck firms and you will need to do a refresher course. Good luck with what you choose.


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.

Jodi 's Comment
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I was in same situation. I had a vacation all paid for before I got my job trucking. After I got done with training and got a fleet manager I explained I had 7 day vacation already paid for and she said no problem we will work it out. I got my vacation of course unpaid but that was to be expected. It is possible as long as your upfront and give plenty of notice.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Steve L.'s Comment
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When I started with Schneider, I had to take 10 days off after only 9 months on the job. I told them about it ahead of time and I worked before and after so that my time off was no more than I'd normally take in a quarter. They worked with me and I was able to take the time off. Good luck!

Jaybird's Comment
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Yeah, Every recruiter I have talked to said it would be no problem as long as I tell them ahead of time. I don't expect to get paid for it I just need off. As for putting off my trucking career until after I get back , that's not gonna happen. If push comes to shove I'll resign from the company and start over when I get back. I would hate to do that but going to alaska on a cruise is a once in a lifetime deal.

Sneaky Pete's Comment
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Some companies will work with you, some SAY they will. Get it in writing. It's not a matter of lack of trust, it just helps all parties remember what they agreed to. Know what I mean?

Jaybird's Comment
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Another reason I'm leaning towards western express( besides the terminal being close )is there pet policy. :)


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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Bank your home time before - so you actually HAVE 9 days coming.

Be prepared to give up your truck and get assigned a new one upon return.


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