Not Looking Forward To Training.

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Ok look guys. I'm very grateful for all the advice. I respect the guys who have been doing this for a while. I don't want what I've said previously to come off the wrong way. I'm not looking for any freebies. I'm not afraid of hard work. And I don't mind making sacrifices in order to place myself in a better position. I guess I was more just venting then anything. I appreciate you guys trying to help.

PackRat's Comment
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"Venting" what? You haven't even started yet. You need to enter this major change in your life with an open mind or you won't make it very far.

NeeklODN's Comment
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"venting" as in expressing my concerns in writing/out loud so that I can get past them. I like to be fully prepared for things so that I'm not halfway committed. I fully intend to follow through with whatever company I choose.

"Venting" what? You haven't even started yet. You need to enter this major change in your life with an open mind or you won't make it very far.


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.

G-Town's Comment
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Venting is an emotional expression, primarily an angry one. I agree with PackRat, you don't really have anything to be angry or worried about. You are getting way ahead of yourself worrying about a trainer. You have yet to get your permit (unless you haven't revealed that to us), start school, graduate, or earn your CDL. All of which will challenge you to the core and must precede a trainer assignment. I urge you to prepare by focusing on the steps that must be completed before a trainer ever enters your picture. We frequently see folks get way ahead of themselves...focused on all the wrong stuff. Many of them, fizzle out. Take this journey one step at a time. First step is the permit. Second is school...etc.

Try to step back and read these links:

Unofficially called the Trucking Truth starter kit, the contents will help you establish realistic expectations and enable an easier time of passing the CLP (permit) exams. There is a lot to learn, but these links are the beginning.


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.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Steve L.'s Comment
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By the way, Steve L: that's the campus I'm headed to! Small world. How is Schneider about getting you home on time?


I graduated from TDI, Milton, FL about three years ago. I went with Schneider, partially because orientation is only 17 days. I don’t know how your jail time (i.e. conviction) will impact getting hired by Schneider though.

Good luck!


Schneider was great about getting me home on time. I even got them to route me through their Columbus, OH OC so I could visit with my best friend and also Carlisle, PA to visit family.

I went to Los Angeles, Minnesota, Maine, Laredo and many places in between. Was OTR for two years. On a few occasions they loaned me to a dedicated operation. My favorite was Target out of Stuart’s Draft, VA.

If you do go with Schneider, you’ll likely operate out of the Lebanon, TN center. Ask for Donna C. She’s got over twenty years with SNI and she’s THE BEST.

I left Schneider in January to go with a Southeast regional company (requires two years experience). Now I’m salary, dedicated and home more consistently.

The best thing I can say about Schneider (besides having Donna C. For my DBL) is, everything the recruiter promised was what I experienced. I’m forever grateful for this site and my experience with Schneider.


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.


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.

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