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Darnell M.'s Comment
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I need help deciding which company to begin with Trans Am or Schneider and before we say who pays more Schneider

Cold War Surplus's Comment
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They're both fine companies. Either would be a good choice. Don't focus on CPM - it means very little if you don't get as many miles. How close is your home to their nearest terminal? Are they paying for your school, or are you?

You don't mention what division of Schneider you're considering, but dry van OTR is pretty straightforward. Trans Am is refer meaning you're always looking at a live load/unload situation - waiting to be unloaded or loaded. You don't see much drop and hook with refer. You do get FREE DirecTV with Trans Am though.

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.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Darnell M.'s Comment
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Well i live in cleveland and PA is where i will be trained at for Schneider and my schooling was paid for by a grant so from what you have said Schneider would be a good bet huh because they do have terminals in ohio

They're both fine companies. Either would be a good choice. Don't focus on CPM - it means very little if you don't get as many miles. How close is your home to their nearest terminal? Are they paying for your school, or are you?

You don't mention what division of Schneider you're considering, but dry van OTR is pretty straightforward. Trans Am is refer meaning you're always looking at a live load/unload situation - waiting to be unloaded or loaded. You don't see much drop and hook with refer. You do get FREE DirecTV with Trans Am though.

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.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Darnell M.'s Comment
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Dry van regional they say 95% drop and hook

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.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I can only speak from my Schneider experience. Great company, great experience and everything they promised was what I experienced.

Carlisle, PA is a great OC (get Utz pretzels and chips while you're there 😆).

Only time I didn't like it was getting loaned out to Walmart dedicated that went around Baltimore. But that was because I wasn't used to it and it was weekends with lots of shopping traffic.

Good luck!

Darnell M.'s Comment
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Thanx guys

Vendingdude's Comment
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(get Utz pretzels and chips while you're there 😆).

Thumbs up from Vendingdude for supporting my industry 👍

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