Great Trucking Companies And How To Find Them

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G-Town's Comment
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I came here with a bad experience but I'm going to gain knowledge.

How are you going to do that?

I don’t believe you. So far all you’ve done is argued, blamed the recruiter and insulted us , even called us morons, claimed we’re all recruiters... You are clueless. Accept it...

It’s you attitude. You’ve got to humble yourself and become coachable and stop using what the recruiter said or didn’t say as a crutch justifying your ignorance and failure.

I’ve sent these two links twice before, have you even clicked on them yet?

You must start somewhere...start here and chill for a while...

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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I came here with a bad experience

Actually you came here not having a clue how this works. You had a very typical experience for someone who thinks they're worth something when they are as green as grass. Get over thinking you had a bad experience and realize you didn't even put in the effort to prove anything about yourself. You're a legendary trucker in your mind, but a total flop to anyone listening to your rants about recruiters and "bad" companies.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Read all of these then ask your questions.

High Road CDL Training ProgramPaid CDL Training Programs

Truck Driver's Career Guide

On the top of this page is a search box, you can put questions or topics there and find lots more info. We are here to help. You say you want help but put us down for telling you how it is. You say you want to make money. Do some math before you choose. For example if your CPM is 35, it will take you about 2857 miles in a week to gross $1000.00. At 50 CPM it would take 2000 miles in a week to gross that $1000.00. Many companies will honestly tell you that you can make up to x CPM with all bonuses. You want to know what CPM you will get. I currently make 42 CPM with CFI. I don't calculate bonuses with that CPM because they are not constant. I love CFI and have never been lied to. Guess what, companies get nothing from lying to prospective drivers.

What is hurting you right now is your negative attitude. By quitting your job without trying looks very bad for you. You need to take a good look in the mirror that is where you will see your biggest obstical or aid to success. Every new person who comes to us is another stranger who we want to give our well earned knowledge and time to. You should be grateful for that.


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.


Cents Per Mile

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


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.

Rainy 's Comment
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Old School and I both had horrible experiences in training. But we knew it was short lived and we perservered.

I left a federal job after almost 18 years and now have better benefits, have almost double the cash flow, and have more freedom than i ever have---at a supposed starter company. I have spent more holidays at home the last 3 years than I did with the government too.

Because I have proven myself, I am always preplanned get anything i ask for and am left alone. I can go.for weeks to.months without talking to my FM. And usually then it is about fixing someone else's screw up such as a trailer repair a driver should have done, or missing BOL on a drop n hook from the yard. With that said though I know my FMs kids names and ages, what sports they play and where they plan to go to college, when and where he vacations and much more. He knows about my elderly mother, my siblings, my cat and more. he even knows when im sick without me telling him cause he notices i slow down. Big Scott once laughed at me and said my FM and I know each other too well!

oh well...i like it that way. And everyone told me at a megacarrier i would get lost in the crowd. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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That's true Rainy. However, most of us here are top tier drivers at the companies that trained us and gave us our starts. We proved ourselves and get what we want most of the time. When your new and unproven you get very few perks.

Old School's Comment
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We've never played the mental gymnastics game of "good company/bad company."

We understand how you get that idea. There are thousands of wannabe truckers on the internet slobbering out that nonsense incessantly. It makes no sense. How would a company that treated all it's employees terribly ever have any employees? Seriously, how could that be a viable business plan?

G-Town has a great job, with great pay at Swift - he's been there for years now. He could work anywhere he pleased, but he's staying at Swift. How many nut-jobs on the internet have you seen screaming about Swift being a "bad" company? Every major carrier has these losers on the internet trying to convince prospective new drivers like yourself how "bad" these companies are.

Why do these losers continue all this effort to discredit these excellent places to work? They did exactly what you did. They went in to this thinking they were a hot commodity - a trucker who is in high demand. They found out they didn't measure up. They couldn't produce any results worth much more than minimum wage, and then they have the gall to think they should be paid like they own the company.

Our pay is performance based. Top performers get top pay. You apparently looked at the pay stubs of a couple of people who didn't know how to "git er done" and then you decided it was all the recruiters fault. Recruiters have no authority over your ability to earn good money out here. You hold that power - unfortunately you relinquished it to your false ideas and misconceptions. You have got a lot to learn, but the internet is not the place to get what you need. Where you will learn how to make great money at this is by grinding it out on the job. Oh yeah, you don't have one of those because you quit.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John M.'s Comment
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Here’s a link to the current top 20 companies

2019 Best Fleets To Drive For

CCJ link to article

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