Company Vs Paying For Your Own Cdl

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An T.'s Comment
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I know this topic is beat to death. My only fear to company training is I may get enough miles or load's to pay my bills in the first year. Being that I work for a FedEx contractor for small truck PD delivery I currently put 12 to 14 hours a day. Just trying to figure out what the best path for me is. I'm currently looking at TMC or Melton if I choose company path. Anyone have experience with these two companies?

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I know this topic is beat to death. My only fear to company training is I may get enough miles or load's to pay my bills in the first year.

I'm not really sure what that has to do with how you get your CDL. It is almost unanimously agreed to on this site that Company Sponsored Training is the best way to go. Train with the Company and be virtually guaranteed a job when you get your CDL. Some Companies even pay you while you attend School. All will pay you during Road Training with your Mentor/ Trainer/Finisher or whatever terminology they use. The Company will have a vested interest in your success. Or.........pay $4000- $10,000 up front for Private School, and start off in a hole financially. In my book it is a no brainer. I went to School through Swift, and still drive for them. Currently on a Walmart Dedicated account and making a nice weekly check. This site has tons of resources and top notch advice from seasoned drivers to help you start on solid ground. Spend some time combing through all of the FREE materials. Good Luck!

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Old School's Comment
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My only fear to company training is I may get enough miles or load's to pay my bills in the first year.

An T, welcome to our forum!

You've been reading too much trash on the internet. Here's how you get enough miles to make money: you do your job like a professional. All these crybabies on the internet are truck driver wannabes, but they don't have the Commitment it takes to be a Top Tier Driver.

The way a person gets treated well, and dispatched plenty of miles, is all bound up in how they conduct themselves out here. This job is performance based. Your performance determines how well you do. It doesn't have anything to do with whether you're bound by a contract or not. The folks who are getting it done out here keep getting more work.

Why would a company spend their capital to train you while having some twisted plan to starve you until you quit? Does that sound logical? They are investing their money into you in the hope that you will be a producer - someone they can be proud of. All those whining crybabies on the internet weren't getting it done, and they suffered the consequences.

Trucking Is A Competition in which the winners get rewarded. Any of the Paid CDL Training Programs will treat you right. In fact we think they are the best way to go. Take a look at this article and see if you can lay hold of the logical arguments presented in it.

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Over Private Schooling

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.
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