Who To Work For When You Just Start Driving.

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Joe R.'s Comment
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I’m inquiring about what company should I start with? I know they all have their ups and downs, but was wondering which would be the best for the 1st year. Which one are you going to get the most driving experience and miles.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Short answer : All the above.

But first, figure out what you want, and need, and then find the company that best fits what you are looking for.

Start with the following links...

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

classA's Comment
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Greetings to you, Joe. I was highly encouraged by a friend (who had left an office position where I was employed formerly) to start with Schneider National. And I did. It was a great Company to work for in starting out as a New Driver. Their network is extensive and their system is super Driver-friendly while you learn the ins and outs of Truck Driving while you get paid. Honestly though, the best money I ever made with them is by staying out OTR for extensive times (up to 8 weeks at a time). But because of my commitment as well as endorsements on my CDL , I had many opportunities to run long miles.

I also worked as a Driver Trainer for Schneider. Good organization, but like any other it has it's own pros and cons.

Peace

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Joe, you'll definitely want to go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide. That will explain a lot about getting started in this career.

There is no such thing as "the best company" for anything. What you'll come to understand is that the major carriers that hire new drivers are all fantastic places to work. You'll want to find the one that matches your preferences the best for home time, the type of freight you'd like to haul, the areas of the country you'd like to run, and things like that.

Go through our guide and you'll understand how it all works and keep asking questions. We'll be happy to help out.

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