Starting My Trucking Career With TMC

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Mr.Self's Comment
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Hay yall im starting my career soon with tmc just wondering if the company is as good of a choice as i feel it is?? Can anyone tell me anything about the company good or bad so i know what im getting my self into?

Old School's Comment
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Welcome to our forum!

Your question is a familiar one. So many people who are getting started in trucking want to know if the company they've chosen is a "good" one or not. We completely understand the anxiety, because there's so much trash talk all over the internet from people slamming these trucking companies. Some people even go with whichever company they can find which seems to have the least number of critical reviews! That sounds reasonable, but it's still about as reliable a way to make a decision as going to a psychic for some insight on your future.

This whole career is very much misunderstood by the people trying to get into it. The fact that those who have previously failed at it are the ones who keep spouting off such nonsense about it, has kept thousands of would be truck drivers in the dark. Take a few minutes and listen to this Podcast on Getting Advice From All The Wrong People - it goes into this and explains it well.

My friend G-Town also wrote a nice article about Lies And Misinformation on the Internet. You should check it out.

Anyway, TMC is an excellent choice of a place to start your career. Trucking requires a strong work ethic, a strong competitive mindset, and a willingness to be creative and flexible. Most people who jump into this career get their butt kicked and resent it. They came into it totally unprepared - thus all the finger pointing and blaming you've seen online. We have a saying around here: "There's no faking it in Trucking." Most people either do well at it, or they get kicked to the curb real quick.

You will be your own driving force to success at this. Don't look to the company for that. Guys and gals who do good at this will do well at whatever company they happen to go with. We have some very successful drivers in here representing a wide array of trucking companies, many of which are avoided by the misinformed masses who go by all the nonsense they find on the internet.

Here's some great reading materials you should invest some time in...


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mr.Self's Comment
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Thanks so much for the response i will defenetly look into everything you told me about im extremely excited to start my life on the road

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