Anyone Have Experience With Keller Trucking Defiance, Oh?

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Chris I.'s Comment
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Hello all, I'm considering company sponsored CDL training and stumbled across Keller Trucking. I couldn't find much info from drivers about them. Anyone here ever drive for them? Thanks in advance.

https://driveforkeller.com/

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Chris I.

From what I gathered from their website they train people after they graduate from Trucking School. So if you are now considering a career and not already graduated from a trucking school they will not take you. But sometimes what is on their website may not be updated and they are taking candidates now. You could call them ask to speak to a recruiter and see what the recruiter tells you. It's only part of your research here at TT.

Next check out these helpful links:

High Road CDL Training ProgramPaid CDL Training Programs, Truck Driver's Career Guide

Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.
Chris I.'s Comment
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Thanks Robert! I'm considering a career change and stumbled across their website. I spoke to their recruiter yesterday. Definitely a smaller carrier. I never thought deciding what company to choose would be so difficult.

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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Chris I highly suggest investing some quality time reviewing all the links Robert replied with. The content will elevate you knowledge, understanding and establish realistic expectations.

You should also take a look at this; Paid CDL Training Programs

My suggestion is to narrow your search to the carriers listed in the above link; all of them are well equipped to train and support an entry level driver. They are all known to us, and will provide you a tremendous opportunity to learn and succeed.

Good luck.

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.
Chris I.'s Comment
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Thanks a lot G-Town! I had already read most of those. I think I'm going to go with Keller. They had no problem answering all of my questions directly and promptly. Honestly, my biggest question is if the pay seems fair for a rookie. They pay for two weeks of trucking school and that's the automatic course. If you want the standard endorsement you have to go an extra week and it's your expense @ $1000. School is at Trainco in Perrysburg Ohio. They offered to put me up in the driver's house they have on site while attending school, but there's no pay during schooling. After that it's 5 weeks with a trainer at $125/day. After all of that they require a 6 month Commitment to pay back the training. If anyone wants to weigh in on weather this seems like a reasonable deal please feel free. I've seen some programs that seem a little better and some that seemed a little worse. Here's a link to their regional pay scale for new drivers: https://driveforkeller.com/entry-level-regional/

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Their pay scale is competitive and aligns with most of the Mega Carriers. Realize your actual income is dependent on your ability to learn your craft and become a productive driver. If you invest time reading the articles found in the Trucking Truth; many of the topics focus on rookie drivers learning to be top producers. Base CPM rate, although important; becomes less relevant as you gain experience.

If you go this route; hopefully you’ll have the time to share your experiences in a diary. I am unaware of any previous or active drivers with Keller.

Good luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

G-Town's Comment
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Meant to include this in my previous reply:

Trucking Truth Blog Page

JuiceBox's Comment
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Standard endorsement? You mean if you want an unrestricted license? Or is this standard endorsement a thing now? I am not trying to be funny, I am just curious.

Chris I.'s Comment
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Yes, unrestricted. If you take your driving test in an automatic then you have a restriction on your CDL for "automatic only". I don't want the restriction, but I don't want to pay $1000 out of pocket either......decisions.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't want the restriction, but I don't want to pay $1000 out of pocket either......decisions.

Sounds like it comes down to whether or not you're a long term thinker. Some people make decisions that benefit them now but hurt from this point forward, others make decisions that hurt now but make things better from this point forward. Over time, as these decisions accumulate, which group do you think winds up having it better?

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