Helping Husband Research Getting Into Trucking

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Wendy F.'s Comment
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Hi Everyone, Totally new here. My husband is looking very seriously at starting a career in trucking. It’s a long story, but the bottom line is he needs a decent paying job in a relatively short time, and he does enjoy driving. I am not overjoyed about the time he’ll be away but I know we can make it work. We are in Columbia, SC.

There’s a great school in our area (Sage) but we can’t pay out of pocket. We are so broke we can’t pay attention, LOL. So he is looking at companies that either offer the training themselves or will pay for it if he agrees to work with them for a year.

My question is this- how do y’all evaluate companies? Any way to know who is relatively honest and decent? Heard a few horror stories here and there. We understand it’s a tough business but also hoping to be treated fairly.

I’ve been helping him do research, but I think the best thing is talking to people who know from their own experience.

He’s considering Roehl because they pay during CDL training, actually working toward the CDL. He’s considering Schneider, Boyd Bros., possibility Cypress out of Jacksonville FL. He’s hoping for regional and of course some decent home time. We have a 12 year old son. Hubby knows he has to start where beginners start though.

Any ideas, suggestions, or info on any of the above companies or ones he should consider? Any to avoid like the plague?

Thanks so much for any helpful pointers. Wendy

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Wendy, you may want to ask this question in the General Discussions thread...more people watch that one. I’m preparing for a trucking career and my top two prospects were Roehl and Prime. I’m pretty sure I am going to go with Prime. I’m single and my youngest is going off to college in August so the time away from home won’t be an issue.

Good luck to your husband...and you!

Wendy F.'s Comment
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Thanks for the tip, Kim. I’ll do that 😁

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