Great Things Happening At CFI.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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When I started at CFI, they were about 6 months out of XPO. CFI came out of that with nothing. They have been constantly improving our technology. They have added over 1,000 new truck with several hundred more on order. They have started buying new trailers. They have improved our phone system. They brought our road service in house. They have raised pay. And now they are adding forward facing dash cams. They still recommend you have your own as the ones they are putting will only record when triggered. They are also changing our fuel cards from ComData to EFS. I am very excited to be a part of this great company.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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That all sounds awesome! I love reading the stuff you post; I've never been excited about an employer before so it gives me hope that great employers are out there! I'm excited for you! =)

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Thanks. As truck drivers we bring the things people buy. We are also the ones that make the money for our companies and are appreciated for it.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Big Scott

That's great news. You definitely have a great company to work for and they seem to take care of those who also take care of them.

JoAnne

As much as I was thinking of CFI, They don't hire in Oregon or California! Maybe some day?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Big Scott

That's great news. You definitely have a great company to work for and they seem to take care of those who also take care of them.

JoAnne

As much as I was thinking of CFI, They don't hire in Oregon or California! Maybe some day?

We have plenty of drivers who live in California. However, it could be more southern. They just picked up a new dedicated route close to Joplin. They have added more customers and expanded deals with others. I know we have very little freight going into or out of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. A couple of weeks ago I took a load to Spokane, WA and they found me a brokered load coming out. CFI has a couple of logistics people who's sole job is to find loads to get us out of areas where we have very little freight. The crazy thing is we hire many people from Puerto Rico.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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Raptor, I'm almost (sort of) glad I'm still 3 years out from getting my CDL - there are so many companies to think about and weigh the pros and cons of! It's a little overwhelming! This site has been incredibly helpful. CFI does sound like a great company though! =)

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Raptor, I'm almost (sort of) glad I'm still 3 years out from getting my CDL - there are so many companies to think about and weigh the pros and cons of! It's a little overwhelming! This site has been incredibly helpful. CFI does sound like a great company though! =)

Joanne, I too spent a few years on here before making the jump. After reading countless training diaries, I knew what to expect, including difficulties everyone has. Reading Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving and many of the threads on here, I was very knowledgeable on what to expect when starting out. I knew how to overcome many problems before I had them. The better informed you are the greater the chance of your success.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Definitely do the High Road Training, my school has covered almost nothing I didn’t already learn here.

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.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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I read the free web version of Becoming a Truck Driver AND bought it on paper. I've started a notebook where I jot down the important stuff and all the stuff I would never have thought of on my own. I spend my down time at work reading the forums and blogs here. SO thankful that Brett started this and that so many of you awesome guys (when I say guys, I mean gals too) freely share your knowledge and tips and tricks. I will def read High Road Training too!

Thanks to ALL of you! I cannot wait to actually get started and it'll be time before I know it!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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