Me And My Friend Are Trying To Find The Best Training Company To Go With. Any Ideas?

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Shawna P.'s Comment
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Hello everyone at the trucker truth forum! We are just two ladies trying to find the best company to go with for training. We both don't mind being away from home for long periods and we want to make some money and are willing to do what it takes to reach our goals. Any advice? Thank you

millionmiler24's Comment
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Hello everyone at the trucker truth forum! We are just two ladies trying to find the best company to go with for training. We both don't mind being away from home for long periods and we want to make some money and are willing to do what it takes to reach our goals. Any advice? Thank you

Welcome to TruckingTruth! We are glad to have ya. Are you all wanting to team or each one of you to go solo. Also what are YALLS expectations for this job so I can maybe help you match yourselves up with your company? While yall are thinking about that, let me give you all the welcome packet:

Also, you may want to check out:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Especially if you are looking for a company to cover your training and help you to get your CDL A.

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.
Traffic Jam's Comment
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6/24/17

I just completed Swift Driving Academy at Corsicana, TX.

One is not obligated to work for Swift after taking this course. I attended, completed the course, earned my CDL and decided to work for Swift. I enjoyed the school, felt it was terrific, and recommend it to you.

Whatever you do, try to complete the training offered on this website before you actually depart for school.

-Traffic Jam

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Traffic Jam wrote:

I just completed Swift Driving Academy at Corsicana, TX.

One is not obligated to work for Swift after taking this course.

Unless something has drastically changed since I graduated from Swift Academy; a student is required to sign a contract. True, there is no obligation to work for Swift, however if one chooses to go elsewhere full payment is due.

The benefit in working for Swift after graduation is the cost of the school is discounted by 50%. Over the course of one year they deduct 52 equal payments totaling about $2000. At this point the contractual obligation is satisfied.

Work for them beyond one year and they deposit the same payment back into a drivers pay each week. After 24 total months of service the training is basically no cost to the driver.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Another thing to keep in mind about leaving the company that trained you is that you no longer will be working for a company with a vested interest in you. When a company invests the time, money, and resources it takes to train a driver they really want to get their investment back, and they really need drivers!

If you get your training and jump ship, the company you go to work for has nothing invested in you. If you get into a little dinger or two early on they're almost certainly going to drop you like a rotten potato. Now you're in a mess. You quit your first company right away, and then you were fired from your next company for a couple of safety violations.

Now who do you think is going to be the third company in line to see if you'll jump ship or wreck their trucks? This scenario is far more common that you would think. I regularly get private emails from people in this exact scenario. They write to me asking what they should do because they can't find work. I wish I could tell them, "Get in a time capsule and go back to the beginning and do it right. Stick with your first company for a full year before you consider moving on."

They'll eventually find work, but they're almost certainly going to be with a company with much lower standards than the large carriers with their gigantic fleet of beautiful rigs.

These companies that train drivers are far more tolerant of minor bumps and scrapes because they know it's likely to happen early on in your career. They've invested in you, they know there are risks associated with that, and they're prepared to handle the small bumps and scrapes that newbies often wind up with.

Do not think you are valuable because you have a CDL. You're not valuable. Proven drivers are valuable. That CDL will get you in the door to get your career started but if you make a couple of mistakes or start jumping from job to job your value goes way, way down. In fact, ask the recruiters at any company and they'll tell you they prefer a brand new student off the street over a CDL holder who has safety violations or has been job hopping.

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.
Traffic Jam's Comment
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Wow! Good advice here! I guess I did not read the fine print about it only costing me $2000 instead of $4000. That's great as I plan on working for them for at least a year. I am so impressed with them though I hope it works out to stay indefinitely(at Swift).

Thanks G-Town and Brett.

-Traffic Jam

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