2018 Best Fleets To Drive For

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Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Must say that I was pleasantly surprised to see Hoekstra on the fleets to watch list. I was raised in that area and even interviewed for a driving position with Hoekstra back in 1995 before I went off course from trucking & logistcs and into the IT world for the past 20+ years.

C T.'s Comment
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Brett, I watched your video on YouTube about large carriers vs small carriers. I know I'm late but it was pretty accurate in my opinion. A friend of mine works for a company with 5 or less trucks and the difference is clear.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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A friend of mine works for a company with 5 or less trucks and the difference is clear.

Yeah, it certainly is. There's no comparison.

Linden R.'s Comment
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Nevermind what I said... I wasn't thinking when I posted that. If you could take that down I'd appreciate it. I do get what you're saying though.

Brett 's Comment
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I just accepted my first truck driving job, with Veriha Trucking out of Marinette Wisconsin. I went to a local truck driving school,here in Northern Michigan, and I got my CDL License on January 10th. But they do have there own CDL School. I am leaving this Tuesday 13th for orientation. They are paying for a rental car,for me to drive there,and they are also paying for my hotel room. The paid orientation is for 2-3 days, then they are renting me another car to drive back home,for the weekend. And then I will be meeting up with my trainer,on Monday February 19th, here Michigan. There over the road training with the trainer will be 4-5 weeks. There OTR time out is 12-14 days out, then 3 days off. They also offer 5 days out and 2 days off. Since where I live in Northern Michigan, the 5 day out gig is not available to me, but that's fine with me,because I want to stay out longer than 5 days at a time. During training they pay $100 a day, and once you get out on your own, the starting pay for new drivers is 36-38 cpm. They are starting me out at 38cp. They also have quarterly safety bonus,but I dont6kno the story with that yet. You do have to sign a 1 yr contract, and if you break the contract, you have to pay them. But It is pro rated the longer you are them within the first year. If anybody has any questions please feel free to ask. I'm just starting out, so I don't know everything about them. But everything I have heard about them,has been really positive. I did talk to one of there drivers,when I was going to CDL SCHOOL. He went to the same school I went to. I've heard from him and also other drivers, that they are really good about getting you home when you are supposed to be. I am pretty sure they only pull dry van , they ha bright yellow Frieghtliners, which I think are all 10 speeds. I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter of my life. Like I said if anyone has any questions, I'll try ad answer them. If I don't know the answer, I'll try and find the answer for you. I'll keep you posted,on how things are going, once I get some time under my belt, on new thread. Stay safe everyone!!

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.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Brett 's Comment
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One other quick note about Veriha, is that they offer a guarantee pay. So if you had a down week on miles, like truck break down, or something, then they will pay you to compensate for the lost miles. It use to be 2000 miles, so if you had less than 2000 miles they would pay you for 2000 miles. They just changed that from 2000 miles, to what you have been averaging. So let's say, you only drove 2000 miles in a week, but you normally average 2800-3000 miles,then they will pay you for what you've been averaging. So that's kinda cool.

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