On The Road Again

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Carla P.'s Comment
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I have not been driving a truck for the last ten years, I did keep my CDL's. Was wondering if y'all could tell me who some good companies would be to start out with?

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome back, Carla. I just posted a bit for Hopalong Cassidy (returning truck driver) you could read.

As for companies to check into, here's a pretty good list: Trucking Company Reviews

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You're going to have to go through training again. Probably the fastest, easiest way to go through training would be with one of the Paid CDL Training Programs. They'll push you through the program as quickly as possible and get you into your own truck as soon as they feel you're ready. You can Apply For Paid CDL Training with a bunch of those companies with one quick application here on the website and their recruiters will begin contacting you immediately. There's no obligation whatsoever. They'll be able to fill you in on the details for your situation so you'll know what choices you have.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Carla P.'s Comment
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Steven's Transport has offered me a job, they said I will go through a refresher course with no cost to me and go out with a trainer for 4 to 6 weeks. They have great equipment but their mileage pay seems a little low to me. Swift has offered me pretty much the same deal but their pay is a lot higher. I remember hearing not so good stuff about Swift when I was driving before. Either of y'all have any personal experience with either of these companies?

G-Town's Comment
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Errol is an instructor for Swift, and also a driver. I’ve been with Swift close to 6 years now. I am well compensated, have built great relationships with the planners and driver leaders, with no regrets or complaints. My daily pay almost never dips below $250.00.

Don’t believe what you hear or read on the internet and definitely don’t dwell on starting pay. It means very little. Stevens has an excellent training program and so does Swift.

If you strive to be a top performing and safe driver, you will receive CPM increases, bonuses and the best paying trips.

Good luck!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Carla P.'s Comment
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I don't tend to pay attention to most of the reviews I see, which is why I wanted to talk to someone that had hands on knowledge of these companies. I am leaning towards Swift, they have offered me a dedicated haul, close to home or OTR. I was a little concerned about Swift because I tried calling and emailing my recruiter and did not get a response. I definitely don't want to work for a company that I can't get my questions and concerns addressed. I have been out of trucking for a long time and many things have changed, so I definitely need training. Y'all have been great! Thank you for the info 😁

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.

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