Getting Back On The Road

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Packer Mama's Comment
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I am looking to get back on the road. Loved and miss it. Problem, need to get back to school for CDL , been off LONG time. What is a good school with a company any of you would recommend. I was leaning toward Wil-Trans , any thoughts

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Sharon.

It really depends on what you're looking for when it comes to the type of freight you want to haul and the home time you want. Some companies have a variety of offerings. Wil-Trans and Jim Palmer are owned by the same folks and they're fantastic companies, but so are all of the major carriers.

We have a bunch of them, including Wil-Trans, that have paid CDL training programs and you can apply to them right here through our site. It only takes a minute for the application, and there's no obligation. You'll get to speak with their recruiters quickly:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

What are you looking for when it comes to the type of freight you'd like to haul and the home time you need?

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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I don't have anything but good things to say about the Wilson Logistics companies (Jim Palmer Trucking - Missoula MT & Wil-Trans - Springfield MO).

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Packer Mama's Comment
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Well, single with dogs :). Not really worried home time, like van and reefers. HATE NYC who does not.

Welcome Sharon.

It really depends on what you're looking for when it comes to the type of freight you want to haul and the home time you want. Some companies have a variety of offerings. Wil-Trans and Jim Palmer are owned by the same folks and they're fantastic companies, but so are all of the major carriers.

We have a bunch of them, including Wil-Trans, that have paid CDL training programs and you can apply to them right here through our site. It only takes a minute for the application, and there's no obligation. You'll get to speak with their recruiters quickly:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

What are you looking for when it comes to the type of freight you'd like to haul and the home time you need?

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I don't hate NYC. I get paid $100 to sit in traffic for 4 hours. Go to Atlanta and do it for free! I hate Atlanta!!!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Sharon H.

I've been gone from trucking for over 8 years. And I'm in trucking school now to get my CDL licence. Already have my permit, and do to test for my licence in another week or so. They haven't told us yet when we are testing.

But good luck to you and hope you get the gig you are looking for.

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.
Packer Mama's Comment
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Thanks Robert, hope to see you on the road.

Sharon H.

I've been gone from trucking for over 8 years. And I'm in trucking school now to get my CDL licence. Already have my permit, and do to test for my licence in another week or so. They haven't told us yet when we are testing.

But good luck to you and hope you get the gig you are looking for.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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I’m with Prime & while there’s been days where my next comment was really difficult to believe but I’m very pleased with how everything has gone so far. I consider myself lucky because it hasn’t been the same for many others. Everyone here is mostly very happy with their company of choice.

That said, you’ll have to go through the process of sorting through the different company profiles, in order to figure out what sounds good for you. Good luck going forward.

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