Silly Question - Where Would I Pick Up My Truck - At A Terminal?

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Elizabeth M.'s Comment
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I recently attended a seminar held at the local NJ unemployment office featuring two gentlemen from Winsor Tractor Trailer Driving School in Linden. Among other things, they said that their biggest client was Werner Trucking. A question that I forgot to ask an obvious question: If I get a cdl and am hired by Werner, do I need to pick up the truck and starting driving from Werner's nearest terminal in Allentown, Pennsylvania? Allentown is a better than two-hour drive from where I currently live in northern NJ. I'll move closer to Allentown if I must start driving from there. I wondered if they have some sort of facility/facilities in NJ. I've seen few Werner trucks on my neck of the highway. Thanks. Elizabeth

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.

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.

Rainy 's Comment
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Hi and welcome. Once you graduate CDL school you then need to go to orientation at a company to get hired. Then they will.put you on a truck with a trainer for awhile. The length of time depends on the company. You would then mostly get your truck from a terminal , but it is not necessary to live near a terminal. I live in south jersey and my closest terminal is Pittston PA, but my dispatcher is in MO. I park my truck at a local truck stop for home time. Plus you will probably be doing a year of OTR , so two hour drives are nothing. Lol

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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.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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A company can send you anywhere to get your truck. For example, CFI bussed me home from Joplin MO to Charlotte NC. Then they rented a car for me to drive from home to get my truck at our West Memphis terminal. CFI has hedquarters in Joplin MO and several terminals and drop yards around the country. I don't know them off the top of my head. Your truck can be anything from brand new to trashed. The company may clean it for you, or you may have to clean it. There are many variables. As Rainy said, first get your CDL , then get you training with your company, then worry about your truck. Good luck.

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.

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.

Elizabeth M.'s Comment
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Thanks so much for replying, Rainy D. I know that after I earn the CDL , whoever hires me will provide additional training. That would be two-to-four weeks for Werner, according to my notes.

I don't want to live in my truck, but stay with a friend for minimal cost. Obviously, I don't want to rent an apartment that I only live in 1 or 1 1/2 days a week. I would need a big parking lot for a tractor-trailer!

Thanks for the links, too. Take care and stay safe. Elizabeth

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.
Elizabeth M.'s Comment
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Thanks, Big Scott, I assumed that I would go to the closest terminal. Sheesh.

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.

ChefsJK's Comment
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Werner has a drop lot in Fairless Hills, PA, just a touch north of Philly and west of Trenton. I believe it is a park location because there are always a ton of Werner trucks then when I go home for the weekend. That is my park location for my company.

Shiva's Comment
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I recently attended a seminar held at the local NJ unemployment office featuring two gentlemen from Winsor Tractor Trailer Driving School in Linden. Among other things, they said that their biggest client was Werner Trucking. A question that I forgot to ask an obvious question: If I get a cdl and am hired by Werner, do I need to pick up the truck and starting driving from Werner's nearest terminal in Allentown, Pennsylvania? Allentown is a better than two-hour drive from where I currently live in northern NJ. I'll move closer to Allentown if I must start driving from there. I wondered if they have some sort of facility/facilities in NJ. I've seen few Werner trucks on my neck of the highway. Thanks. Elizabeth

Research more companies. Werner isn't the only fish in the sea

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.

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.

Elizabeth M.'s Comment
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Thanks, ChefsJK. That's a drive, too. Oh, well, so I'll move.

Rainy 's Comment
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Are you going OTR? If so, you will only get 4 days off a month and can take the truck home. I'm not sure why you think you need to move near a terminal?

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Elizabeth...just a quick injection of reality, the seminar although informative is designed to "sell" you on attending their school. May well be your best option, but as others have indicated, not the only one:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Private Truck Driving School Listings

and then there is the community college route (if available in your area)...although they tend to draw it out for a while, it may allow you to continue working while you are attending their classes.

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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