Maverick Transportation

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Nooga Joe's Comment
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Do we have any Maverick drivers here? Their recruiter came to our school a couple of weeks ago and I really like the company. I applied for the refrigerated division and was given an invitation to orientation pending my getting my CDL. However there is one thing that worries me and that is the line "if we hire you." How strenuous is the agility test? I really wanna drive for Maverick but I can't quit my current job without having a guarantee that I'm gonna be employed so I'm a little worried! I've also got a pre-hire from McElroy Trucking but Maverick is my first choice.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Jeremy's Comment
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I dont work for maverick but it seems most physicals are generally similar you will do push pull tests to gauge your strength and ability you wil pick up a box with increasing incriments of weight you will do some sort of small cardio excercise whether it be a bike or walking in place or whatever they use to be honest as long as you havnt lived on the couch as a potato your whole life i cant really see anyone not able to do it. Good luck go with what works best for you to give yourself the greatest chance at success and dont quit when things get hard those are the moments that make or break you as a driver

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Nooga Joe, we have several past and present Maverick drivers here. Someone will be along soon to answer your specific questions.

Like Jeremy said, most physicals will be roughly the same. However, McElroy's physical may be a tad more involved given the fact they are a flatbed company.

Don't sweat it too much. If you were given an invitation to attend orientation, you pretty much have the job as long as everything matches up on your end, such as work history, MVR , background Etc.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Wolverine's Comment
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The agility test is not difficult. You would have to be very out of shape to fail. If you are obese, it's possible you might not be able to pull yourself up on the 5 foot box. High blood pressure and failed drug test are the things that get people sent home.

C T.'s Comment
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Hey nooga, meant to reply earlier but was busy. I went to a cdl school in the area back in 2016. I drove for maverick for 2 years or so before going local. They are a great company to work for and if I ever go back otr that's where I'll be. I wouldn't get too hung up on the "if we hire you" thing. Any company that brings you in for orientation can't promise you'll be hired before you pass physicals and drug tests. That's the industry standard and not a maverick thing. Since you also put in an application with McElroy, you're clearly OK with doing flatbed so why not try Maverick out? Even if you don't like flatbed you can always switch back to reefer.

Now since you live in Chattanooga, home time shouldn't be a problem since tons of freight comes through there. Parking your truck may be an issue since there aren't really any truck stops out there. I lived about 30 min south of chatt off 75 where there were several. You may need to get creative when you bring your truck home. You will see a lot of Atlanta, and I mean a lot of Atlanta. I can't say much about the reefer side but with flatbed almost all of my home loads either went through there or around there somewhere.

Also, the agility test was pretty thorough when I went through there. They also test for sleep apnea if you're neck is over a certain size. The 5 ft crate that wolverine mentioned would be a challenge if you're a bigger person. HOWEVER, we had a guy that was probably 6'8 or taller and over 350 lbs get up there so it's not impossible.

Can't think of anything else but let me know if you got anymore questions.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Nooga Joe's Comment
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I’m pretty sure I can handle the agility test, I just worry about something stupid happening and disqualifying me. Thanks for the responses, guys!

G-Town's Comment
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Stupid things to worry about...

Focus all of your energy on learning and positivity. Don’t invent something to worry about that can become distracting.

Good luck.

C T.'s Comment
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As long as you show up on time and don't do anything stupid it shouldn't be a problem. It is an uncomfortable experience nit knowing what to expect and not being guaranteed anything but you can do it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Nooga Joe's Comment
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As long as you show up on time and don't do anything stupid it shouldn't be a problem. It is an uncomfortable experience nit knowing what to expect and not being guaranteed anything but you can do it.

Thanks! I’m assuming that the maroon Freightliner in your pic is a Maverick Truck? If so how do you like the company? It sounds awesome and I haven’t seen but a few things bad about them

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ken M. (TailGunner)'s Comment
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Check out this video a driver made https://youtu.be/OTBI29X0RTk

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