Hello Everybody Noobe/Trainee Trucker Here With A Question?

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Anthony R.'s Comment
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Hello everybody and soon to be fellow Truck Drivers.

My Story I,m 51 happily married"most the time LOL" with 2 great kids. was an Ironwork/welder for 12 years. 6 years ago in 2012 I started my own nutrients resale business first 4+ years of business we did great future looked very shinny But past 2 years competition has me working for nothing most the time.

My business has me doing a lot of driving up and down I-25 and I-10 from Colorado to Florida in my ford dully with a 32foot enclosed trailer gone 2 to 3 weeks every month and barely breaking even past 13 months. So time to make a change. I love being on the road I take my Son with me sometimes and my wife other times and I just love it. So becoming a Truck driver seams like the logical choose. (Im going with Schneider paid school program) I have already Got my DOT physical and passed the Class-A CDL written"I have temp permit in hand" and passed 2 drug screens. I start school tomorrow 7-2-18 at USA trucking school in fountain Co. I feel I am more than capable to pass any test written or skill that they through at me but my work history is what IM concerned about. The first 4 years of my business I just ran as is no corporation papers. I did not get Inc. until 2014 and I have not filed TAXES for the business yet. But I do have bank statements with A tax ID# atached to it with the company name for past 16 months that the recruiter says they will take but after watching videos on youtube I feel i should not trust the recruiter? I ,m beginning to worry they will kick me out over this when i get to Schneiders Orientation Facility in salt lake city any advise would be nice.

No criminal record for past 24 years (bad boy in my mid 20.s) 1 felony(Fake id) couple misdemeanors no drug related No traffic violations sense 2008(A speeding ticket 11 MPH over posted speed limit) not much trfaffic wise before that.

thanks for any comments

OTRTruckStomper

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Greetings and welcome to the forum!

First off, this post would have been better placed in the General Discussion section, mostly just more eyes could see it.

However, if you're starting training tomorrow, this is a fine thread to start a training diary in (hint, hint!)

As per your main concern there about being shown the door just after you get there... I can't say anything for sure, as I don't work for Schneider. But...

Well, recruiters do tend to tell people all sorts of things to get them in the door. But they also serve a role as sort of gatekeeper. And I have my doubts that they would get you this far along just to boot you out when you get there. Big waste of time and money for everyone included.

Not saying it couldn't happen, but I don't think there's a strong chance of it happening.

Now, they may press you for more paperwork or other verification later on, but that's because those people will be from a different department. They don't see the paperwork that's good enough to get you in the door, they deal with the stuff that helps keep you there later on.

To that end, if you make it that far, chances are they are going to attempt to work with you if additional documentation is needed.

For now, you've got a foot in the door. And that's not something that everyone gets to. So, if you next apply the work and discipline it takes to run a small business (former LLC owner/operator here) and apply that to your training, then I have doubt you will be such an asset that they will go out of their way to help you.

But you're already on the way, so dont sweat what might happen later. Right now focus on getting yourself acquainted with the training program and worry about the things you need to finish first in your class. Sweat the small stuff later!

Lots of good info here on the site, lots of great advice if you have questions, and lots of future students waiting to read about what it's like to train at Schneider (hint, hint.)

Best of luck to you tomorrow. Hope to see you around here more often. Safe travels!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Why wouldn't you trust a recruiter? Just because someone on YouTube said so? If the recruiter said your documentation is good, it should be. If needed, I'm sure you could back it up with bills and invoices going back to the beginning.

Bran009's Comment
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I just recently went into a training program with Prime, a lot of people on YouTube say not to trust the recruiters but I had no problems with mine. I had some good in employment, provided information and paperwork the recruiter requested, had no issues during orientation. Yes recruiters have a reputation of just getting people in but they serve a purpose of not costing the company money by not bringing in unqualified people. If you are honest and give them all the information I would trust them to help get you in that door. Good luck and keep us updated! Be safe!

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Anthony R.'s Comment
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Thanks Jeremy your support and advice really helps. My intentions was not to bash the recruiter but it sure did sound like i was.(And i want to apologize for that) My recruiter has been very nice to me and a big help as well, It's just that I have read so many bad reviews on recruiter it's just got me alittle concerned.

thanks again OTRTruckStopmer

Greetings and welcome to the forum!

First off, this post would have been better placed in the General Discussion section, mostly just more eyes could see it.

However, if you're starting training tomorrow, this is a fine thread to start a training diary in (hint, hint!)

As per your main concern there about being shown the door just after you get there... I can't say anything for sure, as I don't work for Schneider. But...

Well, recruiters do tend to tell people all sorts of things to get them in the door. But they also serve a role as sort of gatekeeper. And I have my doubts that they would get you this far along just to boot you out when you get there. Big waste of time and money for everyone included.

Not saying it couldn't happen, but I don't think there's a strong chance of it happening.

Now, they may press you for more paperwork or other verification later on, but that's because those people will be from a different department. They don't see the paperwork that's good enough to get you in the door, they deal with the stuff that helps keep you there later on.

To that end, if you make it that far, chances are they are going to attempt to work with you if additional documentation is needed.

For now, you've got a foot in the door. And that's not something that everyone gets to. So, if you next apply the work and discipline it takes to run a small business (former LLC owner/operator here) and apply that to your training, then I have doubt you will be such an asset that they will go out of their way to help you.

But you're already on the way, so dont sweat what might happen later. Right now focus on getting yourself acquainted with the training program and worry about the things you need to finish first in your class. Sweat the small stuff later!

Lots of good info here on the site, lots of great advice if you have questions, and lots of future students waiting to read about what it's like to train at Schneider (hint, hint.)

Best of luck to you tomorrow. Hope to see you around here more often. Safe travels!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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