New From Orange County, CA - Paid CDL Training?

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Big T's Comment
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It's the same one but the school is actually at the Fontana terminal. I think they are like eight miles from each other. You go to school in Fontana but orientation is at the jurupa valley terminal.

I went to the Fontana school and jurupa is my terminal.

It's not an actual swift academy like Phoenix, but is at a swift terminal.

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Swift has a school in Fontana.

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I realized that after posting. Their website lists one in Jurupa Valley, but this website doesn't have it on the review page - maybe it opened since then?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Trucker n Training's Comment
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New driver here!! Literally on 2nd load lol BUT have you considered PRIME? I’m out of Missouri but there is Salt Lake City. Training is paid and you wouldn’t have to come out of pocket as long as you stay with the company a year. Sounds like you may enjoy being a lease driver just for the home time. Maybe even look into dedicated routes and be home on weekends or so.

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."

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Sounds like you may enjoy being a lease driver just for the home time

It absolutely does not work that way. Lease drivers wind up going home far less frequently than company drivers most of the time. Also, Prime doesn't offer routes that get you home weekends that I've ever heard of. They may have a few they hold for their very top drivers, but I've never heard of any.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Excuse me. Trucker N Training, do NOT ever tell anyone to lease a truck when they don't have a clue but what their doing, and you don't be either.

New drivers don't need bad advice. They can find plenty of that elsewhere on the internet.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sounds like you may enjoy being a lease driver just for the home time

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It absolutely does not work that way. Lease drivers wind up going home far less frequently than company drivers most of the time. Also, Prime doesn't offer routes that get you home weekends that I've ever heard of. They may have a few they hold for their very top drivers, but I've never heard of any.

My first thought was he would be driving continuously to pay for the truck.

Old School's Comment
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New driver here!! Literally on 2nd load lol
Sounds like you may enjoy being a lease driver just for the home time.

Please people! Don't ever believe that lease drivers just go home whenever they please while company drivers are forced to stay on the road until their dispatcher is good and ready to let them go home.

I'm not going to try and shame "Trucker in Training." He is brand new to this and probably has believed a lot of the foolishness he's heard. This particular fallacy is really crazy and it's one reason people choose to lease. It's so wrong, and takes none of the reality of the financial obligations a lease driver is responsible for into consideration.

I just had to comment on it. The truth is that really good solid company drivers get to go home whenever they request it, as long as they are reasonable requests. Brand new drivers don't understand this. They are new and have not yet built any good will, or established a reputation yet. Top Tier Drivers get all kinds of special treatment and consideration. Home time is only one of the many benefits of being a top producer.

Here's an article discussing the mystery of why these really great drivers get all kinds of extra special treatment...

Why Some Drivers Are Treated Better Than Others

CK, we don't ever recommend a school's proximity to your home as something critical in your decision making process. Most of the Paid CDL Training Programs provide meals and housing in one way or the other. Most of them put you in a hotel room where you share the room with another student in your class. As an Over the Road truck driver you need not concern yourself with the company's location or the school's location. As long as you reside in their "hiring area" you are good. Their hiring area is what determines their ability to route you home when needed.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

G-Town's Comment
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Trucker n Training we focus on sharing first-hand experience in this forum. I’ve heard many superficial reasons in support of L/O, but cannot recall more “hometime” being one of them.

Here is one of the best articles on the subject:

When Is The Best Time To Become a Lease Operator

Big T's Comment
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CK you want to ask swift about their Coca Cola dedicated account. They may require you to do six months otr before getting on it, but it may give you what you want. It mainly goes from Los Angeles to Ca, NV, and AZ with some runs to the north west. Weekly hometime and pay is avg around 1,000 a week.

I would advise against becoming a trainer until you have at least a year or two under your belt. It can be rewarding, but also challenging. This is coming from someone that spent 6.5 hours standing in the cold after being thrown from his bed as his student put the trailer in a ditch last night.

Reality though is you live in a great freight lane. Even if you go with something that doesn't give you weekly hometime chances are you will get near the house more often than others.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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This is coming from someone that spent 6.5 hours standing in the cold after being thrown from his bed as his student put the trailer in a ditch last night

Omg! Are you both ok?

Big T's Comment
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Yes. Sore and frustrated but ok.

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This is coming from someone that spent 6.5 hours standing in the cold after being thrown from his bed as his student put the trailer in a ditch last night

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Omg! Are you both ok?

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