Best Paid CDL School. I AM In TEXAS

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Kenneth K.'s Comment
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Hey yall

I reckon Id ask you people what you think the best school was, Ive already gone and read thru the reviews the site has just wanted some personal takes from the good folks out there. I would like to have a pet and learn a manual too but really I just need to be making the most I can,

Old School's Comment
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Hello Kenneth and welcome to the forum!

To be honest, there really is no "best" school. They each teach you just enough to drive a commercial vehicle in such a way to pass the driving test and obtain your commercial driver's license. After that you'll still have weeks of company training just to get you to the bare minimum levels where they can trust you to get out there on your own.

Here's what you have to do to help you make a decision. First, determine what type freight you want to haul. That way if you decide you like flatbed work, you can narrow down the Paid CDL Training Programs to the ones who have flatbed opportunities available. The second thing you want to consider is how much you need to be home. A lot of companies are offering opportunities with regional jobs allowing you to go home almost every weekend. So, that's another consideration you'll need to address.

A third consideration might be the rate of pay you want, but personally I consider this a low priority for a new driver. Many of these companies start new drivers at a similar rate. There are a few that seem to start rookies out at a really nice pay rate (Prime is one of them), but they also have the longest training period, and will expect you to stay on the road for weeks at a time. Those requirements may be fine with you, and if they are, Prime is an excellent choice.

Do you see where I'm going with this? Focus on what works best for you. Then you can narrow your choices down to a school that fits your needs and desires. You won't make a bad decision that way.

I know you mentioned learning the manual transmission as something you'd like to do, but I think you should just sort of put that down low on your priorities. The reason is just that it will severely limit your opportunities. The schools and companies hiring rookies are all going to the auto shift transmissions. Focus on getting your career started now with a chance to prove what you're worth to someone. You can learn that manual at any time later on if it's still something you want.

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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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Greg M.'s Comment
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Millis Transfer has a school in Burleson, Texas. They are a very good company and have a Texas regional fleet as well as OTR. Good thing about them is that after your 3 weeks of school your are out with a trainer and their trainee pay is very good.

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.

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.

Kenneth K.'s Comment
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Thanks for the information everyone good to be here

Andrew J.'s Comment
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Roehl has a great program and have a terminal in the Dallas area although I don’t think they train new drivers down there anymore so you will more than likely have to go to Wisconsin for CDL training. I am about to finish up my contract but I don’t plan on leaving anytime real soon.

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.

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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