Rookie Solo Driver And Info On Total Transportation

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Mini Me's Comment
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Just a few months ago I was asking questions and preparing to go to Cdl school. I chose Total Transportation of Mississippi as my company, and couldn't be happier. Luckily I had a phenomenal trainer who has helped me transition into this career a little easier than most. I'm now a rookie solo driver and loving every mile of it. I upgraded the week before Christmas and have been running hard ever since.

Total Transportation is a dry can company. They are owned by US Xpress , however Total is run as a separate company. We do hire students and the company will pay for your training. After training you go to orientation for 5 days then out with a trainer for a minimum of 175 hours. When you're ready you then go back to Jackson, Mississippi for upgrading to solo driver status and your own truck. Then you're off to the open road to prove yourself.

I couldn't be any happier with my career or company choice. If there are any questions about Total I will do my best to answer them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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It's good to hear things are going well for you! That you are willing to help out other drivers is outstanding! Funny story...Three days into my solo career I had some truck issues and was directed to Total's terminal in Loudon, TN for repairs (I'm with US Xpress). I spent 2 and a half days there. Friendly people!

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.

Mini Me's Comment
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I'm there now. Heading out in a few. But yes they are, I've had nothing but a great experience here so far.

And I'm just trying to keep any new or prospective driver up to date with factual Information. This career can be challenging enough without all of the bad misinformation.

I always seem to be at the ATL USX terminal , thankfully not today though.

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.

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