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Jared B.'s Comment
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Hi guys,

So I have been wanting to get into driving for quite some time my only anchor holding me back was my family life. 4 kids and a wife. However I looked into it and got a job offer for a dedicated route that's going to be home every night and also a route that's home every other week, the dedicated route is with Schneider and the other with cr england also had another job offer from pam that's similar to cr england.

Also I dont have a license yet but will be obtaining a permit soon. And all programs will train with no up front cost.

With that out of the way I am wondering if you more experienced than me can give me some advice to help me get started. My uncle drives but has been in it so long he's not alot of help. Thanks guys in advance for any advice

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."

Steve L.'s Comment
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I started with Schneider four years ago OTR and did some dedicated for a few days at a time. I don’t know where you live or what the dedicated is. But Target dedicated out of Stuart’s Draft, VA was great. All drop/hook. Walmart dedicated out of Washington Courthouse, Ohio was good, but the West VA backroads took some getting used to. Working with the store people was great.

Schneider was a great company for me to start with and I recommend them to anyone looking for a solid company.

I hope this helps.


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.

Turtle's Comment
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Hey Jared, welcome to the forum.

The first thing I'd advise is to begin doing some reading to learn more about the trucking lifestyle. Such as:

Next you can use the search bar above to peruse a ton of past topics on nearly everything you can think of. For example, type "Schneider dedicated" in the search box and see if it comes up with something.

Of course you can always ask specific questions too, and we'll do our best to answer them. As Steve L has shown there are past, present, and future Schneider drivers lurking around, as well as the other carriers.

I highly suggest you start the High Road CDL Training Program now. It is by far the best and easiest learning mechanism for the permit that I've seen. Work through the program and the permit test will be a breeze.

Jump in the conversations, or start your own. You may find answers you didn't even know you had questions for! Good luck.


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.
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