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Dorothy M.'s Comment
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Hi there I am new here. I got my cdl last year and failed a the physical test with Schneider. I just couldn't do the last test which was a 100lb pull three times. But anyhow, it gave me another year at home with my high school senior so that was a great thing. My hubby is a driver and so we are now looking at team driving by the end of the summer. Anyone like to give their opinions? Background on us ; married almost 30 years, together 35. Immigrated from Ireland over 30 years ago and still go back once a year to see family. We had our own business for 20 years until we sold it and moved out of NY to PA 6 years ago. We have two boys who will be both in college in August. We are looking at Covenant to work for. Anything, good, bad or just ok about them and any other good team driving positions that you know of. We both have very clean licenses and very clean backgrounds and valid medicals with all the endorsements on our licenses.

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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CFI is always looking for teams. Having a husband & wife team is best because you would take home time together in the same place.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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First of all Dorothy, let me welcome you to our forum and feel more than free to ask us anything you would like. I would recommend studying the following Information before pullin the trigger on this career:

Also, you will want to study this:

If you still are set to team you couldn't go wrong at all with CRST. They are truly the BEST team only company to work for. If you have any questions about them, feel free to start another thread on here and I would be more than HONORED to answer them. I LOVE helpin others and its my mission in life and if I am allowed the opportunity to I am the utmost thankful for that.

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Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Also I saw in your original post here that you already have your CDL. Study those links anyway and refresh your memory. Also the High Road CDL Training Program has sections that will help you obtain your endorsements (if you choose to do so) and also with on the job training like HOS and balancin loads. Its very useful in any scenario out there on the road. It will always be here if you need it. Also definitely read Brett's book. If you are passionate about this career, I know its a good read for ya.

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Army 's Comment
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I will definitely creep on that thread since I applied to CRST yesterday, and working with a recruiter there. I don't know what questions to ask, because honestly I don't know what I don't know lol....

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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I will definitely creep on that thread since I applied to CRST yesterday, and working with a recruiter there. I don't know what questions to ask, because honestly I don't know what I don't know lol....

You can always ask me anything you would like about CRST. Thats why I am here. No question is invalid or anything and If I can help, I want to.

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Dorothy M.'s Comment
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Thanks, We will apply to CRST also. We both have all the endorsements and valid medicals. Hope to get this gig rolling by the summer.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Thanks, We will apply to CRST also. We both have all the endorsements and valid medicals. Hope to get this gig rolling by the summer.

Cool, we would be glad to have ya.

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PackRat's Comment
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Can you return to Schneider? I would try that route first.

Splitter's Comment
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Trucking Company Reviews

Hello Dorothy. This link was my best friend when I was trying to decide which company to drive for. The factors you’d need to consider are quite personal & the more questions you ask the more first hand responses you’ll receive. Things like hometime, CPM , division (dry, reefer , flatbed, etc.), routes, dedicated or OTR , and so on. Good luck going forward.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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