Kllm TMC Or National Carrier Inc. Advice Please

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Jedi's Comment
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I have a clean background and I have no worries about passing a drug test. Ive made the mistake of jumping around to different companies but now I want a company to stay at long term. My wife will be joining me in two years and we will be running teams. Money right now is not as important as home time. One of the companies I left showed me as terminated and now I am having a hard time finding a job because of something "Adverse" on my report.

Over two years I have walked out of a few orientations even after being hired. I've worked over the road for three weeks and sat for 6 days so I quit. I've had weekends off with 1,000 dollars minimum guaranteed, the catch was all your going to make is a thousand dollars. I like to run and I like to run my clock out if I can. I know long term more than a week I will want to try to work on my recap which is not too bad for me. I have learned that I expect too much, but my wife wants to retire in two years and we have decided its best for me to get the experience now and even train her when she comes out.

KLLM has offered two days home time per week, the recruiter told me I can start orientation when I am ready. She also told me the typical time out is two weeks out and four days home. This sounds good to me. The have options to go local, regional , or over the road. The reviews seemed mixed between happy and not so happy people. I was told if I am qualified I could train my wife.

I have my Hazmat , X endorsement, TWIC card, and Passport.

National Carrier- I can start Monday. The lady was very pushy wanting me to start right away, telling me I should hurry because I am putting my career on hold. I personally don't like pushy sales people but she is correct. Home time is out three-four weeks and home for four solid days. I cant find but a few negative reviews and all the others seem like they are absolutely in love with the company. My assumption was the ones that liked the company didn't bother with reviews so you had to read the bad ones and think about what they are saying. They do have teams. I was told I could not train my wife because I will miss things.

TMC- Home every weekend. Good reviews and bad reviews. they pay a percentage of the load. They only offer teams to husband and wives. I do like flat bed idea but the wife tells me she will not be the one tarping and doing all the dirty work. I don't mind doing the hard work. I can go out as long as I want too. I live in Florida and I hear its hard to get into Northwest Florida sometimes. I was told I could train my wife if I was qualified.

I am asking for an honest opinion. I have a little experience with refrigerated cargo. Once I make my choice I have to stay for a very long time. I have to much job hoping on my resume. I want to be with a company that is well known, job security, and I can actually work.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Over The Road:

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.

TWIC:

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.

PJ's Comment
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Lucas you appear to have your thinking going in the right direction. The only company I have personal experience with is kllm and lets just say I will not recommend them to anyone. Every TMC driver I have ever talked with were very happy. I wish you the best in your quest

Jedi's Comment
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I have turned down NCI only because they wanted me to decide now. They sounded good just don’t like being pushed.

I like the time off for KLLM and I’m signing up with them.

I haven’t heard anything from TMC yet.

Why would you not recommend them? Any advice

Old School's Comment
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Any advice

I know this was aimed at P.J., but I'll step in it if you don't mind. Do not lease a truck from them.

They will push that option on you - be firm and resolute. Be a company driver, stick with them for a full year, then decide if you want to stay or leave. You need that on your resume. You need that just to learn the ropes.

Wherever you go, make that commitment to stick with it one full year. You're going to want to quit a hundred times. Fight your emotions, use your head. You need to prove to yourself that you've got what it takes. Quitters abound in this field. Determine to succeed. The first step for you is to stay in the saddle for one year. That's tougher than you think, but you really need that experience.

Jedi's Comment
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I will thank you. I have ten months experience. 3 months local and 7 OTR.

Again thanks for the advice

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.

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