Ozark Motor Or Swift??

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Larry B.'s Comment
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Hello I would like your guys opinion what company is good to start out in???

Bolt's Comment
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Do you already have a CDL? Others will chime in and post various links to help you.

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.
Army 's Comment
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High Road CDL Training ProgramPaid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

Trucking Company ReviewsBecoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

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.

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.

Bolt's Comment
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Lol@ Army, don't overwelm the guy.

Army 's Comment
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Old School's Comment
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Based on the two choices you gave us, I'd say it's Swift, hands down.

Swift has a long track record of helping rookie drivers get established in this career. They are huge, and therefore have a lot of options for you to move into as you gain experience and understanding of how to succeed at this business.

Remember this, the company is not nearly as important to your success as is your approach to the job and career. This whole field is performance based. You hold the keys to whether you excel at this or not. That is what will be crucial.

I suggested Swift simply because they have helped a lot more newbies get started than Ozark. They are both great places to work.

Old School's Comment
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Larry, where are you at in this whole process?

So far you've asked us about several companies... WEL, Werner, West Side Transport, and now Swift and Ozark.

Most people, way overthink this whole idea of how important it is that they choose just the right company. You seem to be right in there making your first big rookie mistake. Here is what is going to be critical for your success out here. You need to make a Commitment to stay the course. Your commitment to hanging in here until you can establish yourself as a Top Tier Driver is what's going to make the difference in how your career shapes up. Once you get that part established, you will do just fine at any of those companies you've been asking about.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Larry, Old School is spot-on with his advice.

We have always maintained the idea that good people who learn to be good drivers can be successful for any of the companies offering Paid CDL Training Programs. In addition several others like Schneider offer tuition reimbursement.

Here is a link to an article from the TT Blog section I believe applies to you...please take a look.

Four Traps New Drivers Fall Into

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.
Larry B.'s Comment
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Thank u all for the advice I read the article and will commit myself learn all I can to be a good and safe driver.

Larry, Old School is spot-on with his advice.

We have always maintained the idea that good people who learn to be good drivers can be successful for any of the companies offering Paid CDL Training Programs. In addition several others like Schneider offer tuition reimbursement.

Here is a link to an article from the TT Blog section I believe applies to you...please take a look.

Four Traps New Drivers Fall Into

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.
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