Best Questions For Starting With New Company

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Alvin (Br. Joel ) K.'s Comment
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Frist I just wanted to thank y'all for letting me join group. I am a man from Ga. I'm 49 years old just starting out with trucking. My beloved wife and I ( her ridein ) We just want to drive we really don't have to come home much, we got two grandboys but we can talk to them over web. Just wanted to know what are best questions to ask to get best company we are willing to go anywhere... Thanks for your time and help.

G-Town's Comment
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A shift in thinking...think about what you want from an employer, type of job, freight, and home time..,check out these three links for a good start at understansinf what to expect.

We have a philosophy at Trucking Truth, good drivers can have a successful career at most any carrier.

Good luck!


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.
Big Scott's Comment
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You can use the searh bar at the top of this page to search "Questions to ask recuiters" You will find hundreds of questions. Use which ones are best for you. Good luck.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Alvin, definitely go through that reading that G-Town gave you. We also have a section in our wiki:

Questions To Ask Trucking Company Recruiters

There are a ton of questions on that page. You certainly won't get the opportunity to ask all of them, but they will give you a lot of ideas about what to consider when choosing a trucking company.


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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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As G-town, Big Scott, and Brett have already pointed you to go material to read, It is not so much the questions you have for the recruiters that matter most. It is the questions for yourself that matters.

1) what type of freight do you want to do: Dry Van , Reefer , or Flatbed?

2). How often do you expect or want to make it 'home'?

3) Where do you want to run?

4) Realistically, what do you need to make?

5) What kind of benefits are you looking for? 401k matching, affordable health care, etc..

Once you answer those questions for yourself; then, you can use your answers to help find a company.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

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.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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6) Rider Policy. You obviously want your significant other to ride with you. Find companies that have a Rider policy. Questions to ask would be: does it cost to have a Rider? How long must you wait before you are allowed a Rider?

7) Pet Policy (if applicable)

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