Guidance Needed For Recent CDL License Holder

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Jamie's Comment
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Schneider company trucks are currently governed at 63.

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As always, sound wisdom. (See: Jeremiah Johnson/Robert Redford)

Thanks Brett, appreciate your input. As for Army's question, I just passed my CDL test last Saturday (Dec 1, 2018). Not interested in local, only OTR. I want to see some country, baby! Went to DMV today and got my license certificate. Actual license comes in 7 to 10 days.

About the governed MPH, I read on the company reviews that Schneider trucks don't go over 60 mph. Is that accurate? Wouldn't that be a disadvantage if the driver was getting CPM????

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That and team.and bulk trucks are 65.

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I've sought advice here and have always received great input. Now I need to get more specific. I have my CDL and am looking for a starting job in the industry. I've been going through company reviews on Trucking Truth. I consider it a process of elimination. Here are my considerations: 1) Would like to get good training. Willing to drive with a trainer for 4 weeks, but not 6 to 12 weeks. (4 weeks is all I can go on training pay). 2) Willing to stay at least 1 year with my first company, preferably much longer. 3) Willing to listen, learn and work my butt off. 4) I have a 14 year old grandson, so I need a company with a ride along policy. 5) Would like tuition reimbursement. 6) Sign on bonus???????? 7) Would like governed speed to be no less that 65 mph 8) Ability to take my truck home with me. 9) OTR routes including western states. I can be out for 4 weeks at a time. Are these reasonable considerations for an entry level CDL holder? What companies would I be compatible with? Some companies I have already eliminated because of factors listed above. I'm interested to hear the advice of the experienced drivers and also those who are in the process of choosing what companies to apply for. Thanks in advance!

Bruce have you looked into H. O. Wolding?

Training is typical 2-4 weeks with a week before and after at the yard. Orientation first week, 2-4 weeks with a trainer, then a week for final processing.

Rider policy is available after 6 months of accident free driving. Having a rider is free. Just have to fill out the necessary permission forms.

Tuition reimbursement is $200 a month. I do not remember what the max reimbursement is, but it is something like $8k.

There is a sign on bonus for new drivers. It is broken into 4 installments. First payment is upon successful completion of first solo load. Second is 15k miles, Third is 30k and final payment is 45k miles. At least that is what it was when I started 2 years ago. Things do change.

Governed Speed is 63. However after a year and either having a high mpg or being a top producer, you can get turned up to 65.

As far as staying out and home time, Wolding works with you. You can stay out as long as you like and take home time when you want. We are able to take our trucks home for those that live at least an hour away from the yard in Amherst. TBH, you won’t find another company more flexible when it comes to home time than Wolding is.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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5) Would like tuition reimbursement.

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Bruce have you looked into H. O. Wolding?

Tuition reimbursement is $200 a month. I do not remember what the max reimbursement is, but it is something like $8k.

Max is $10K

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