Question On Applying To Truck Companies.

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Rick P.'s Comment
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First off I would like to say hello my name is Rick. After looking at trucking reviews and other forums which left me lost,not knowing who to trust or what to do I found Truckers Truth. A shining light in the dark. Now I have my positive view back. For that I thank you. I am a rookie. After receiving Cdl from truck school with TX end. back in July 2018 I worked in the oilfields driving 4k water trucks building drilling locations but weather and lost contracts put me out of work. I'm going over the road. I'm excited and my wife supports me. My question is should I send my application out there for everyone to see or would that be to overwhelming. Would it be better to choose a few companies to send it to. Thanks again, Rick

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Look at this. If you're in Texas, CFI has a few terminals and several drop yards there. I think we also have regional there. Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Hi Rick, and welcome to the forum. First you should decide which companies you are interested in based on criteria such as:

Hiring area

Types of freight you'd like to haul

Hometime options

Areas of the country in which you'd like to run

Regional or dedicated oportunities

Etc

Once you shorten your list down to those companies that fit your criteria, I'd suggest applying to them all. Then simply wait and see who bites. After you get a few offers you can then fine-tune your search.

Chances are most of the megas will operate in Texas. So you'll likely have many options to choose from.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Rick, welcome aboard!

I'm really interested in seeing how this goes for ya. We tell people all the time that driving jobs like you took after school don't count as "experience." You say you got your license back in July of 2018. That typically means your certificate of training has gone stale. I'm thinking you may have a tough go at getting some of these companies to bite.

Start putting out applications and let us know how it's going. You may need to go through a refresher course or do the Paid CDL Training Program thing. We can help you sort it all out, but I'd try putting out a few applications and then tell us what kind of responses you're getting.

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.
Rick P.'s Comment
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Thanks, I'm going to throw it out there and see what happens. Anyway, I'm in Bakersfield, Ca. not Texas. I just abbreviated TX for my endorsements, tanker,haz, and doubles. Again thanks for the help.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Rick P.'s Comment
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Update: I'll be flying to Phoenix next week to start my training with Schneider after a phone call on Monday to confirm my DMV status. Haven't had an infraction in over 20 years so no worry. I'm looking forward to getting my foot in the door and start rolling. Just want to say thanks for the replies and the positive remarks. With all the negativity on reviews and other forums which I won't mention this site is awesome and would recommend to anyone. I will keep you all posted and when I become more educated to throw my 2 cents in I'll be here to share. Thanks again.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations sir! Keep us posted.

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