Back In The USA And Going To SAGE Driving School In Muncie , Indiana

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Dennis R.'s Comment
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After 14 years in South Korea I decided to move to our new place here in Indiana. Got my 2 year DOT medical , DMV and drug test all good. Just need to get my permit before my start date on September 9th. Any drivers on here from Indiana area ? I talked with a driver from First Fleet that was hired as a grad from SAGE and does night runs out and back daily for Kroger and loves it. He had me put his name down as a referral , maybe help us both out ???

Still looking for home daily and there are a few out there like Hogan ( driver facing camera's :( , for coaching they say HMMMMM

Carter express is regional but home every weekend , Might work out. They seem to get home some through the week also.

I appreciate any info of companies hiring new grads.

I paid up front for driving school but a company with a reimbursement would be okay :)

Thanks

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Banks's Comment
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Best of luck to you Dennis. Keep us updated.

That referral gets that driver a recruiting bonus and is completely useless to you.

Nothing wrong with driver facing cameras. They're there solely for incidents. Nobody has the time to sit there watching those feeds all day and night. That shouldn't be a determining factor for you.

There are a bunch of companies that hire new grads. No way to really list all of them. Your best bet would be to reach out to them and get information.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tim F.'s Comment
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Dennis, you don’t say for sure but I thought I’d ask. Most companies will look for your Driving record when filling out an application. You say you’ve been in South Korea for 14 years. How long have you been back in the states? Have you held a valid State drivers license for all 14 years your were in S Korea?

Have you talk to any of the carriers to see what their hiring requirements are for a . Person in your situation.

Just don’t want you to go through school and get your CDL if you can’t get hired.

Good luck

After 14 years in South Korea I decided to move to our new place here in Indiana. Got my 2 year DOT medical , DMV and drug test all good. Just need to get my permit before my start date on September 9th. Any drivers on here from Indiana area ? I talked with a driver from First Fleet that was hired as a grad from SAGE and does night runs out and back daily for Kroger and loves it. He had me put his name down as a referral , maybe help us both out ???

Still looking for home daily and there are a few out there like Hogan ( driver facing camera's :( , for coaching they say HMMMMM

Carter express is regional but home every weekend , Might work out. They seem to get home some through the week also.

I appreciate any info of companies hiring new grads.

I paid up front for driving school but a company with a reimbursement would be okay :)

Thanks

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I drive to Indy everyday.

M&M transport does runs for CVS out of Indy not sure if they hire new students.

There a lot of LTL companies with huge terminals in the Indy area.

Also do not worry about driver facing camera, they only record when a "event" triggers them. Usually hard braking or a stability event.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Dennis R.'s Comment
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Second line of my post , DOT physical, DMV and drug test all good. I kept my Indiana drivers license up to date , I came home for 3 weeks vacation every year. I have been back in the states for 10 days so just started looking for jobs on a more serious level.

Dennis, you don’t say for sure but I thought I’d ask. Most companies will look for your Driving record when filling out an application. You say you’ve been in South Korea for 14 years. How long have you been back in the states? Have you held a valid State drivers license for all 14 years your were in S Korea?

Have you talk to any of the carriers to see what their hiring requirements are for a . Person in your situation.

Just don’t want you to go through school and get your CDL if you can’t get hired.

Good luck

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After 14 years in South Korea I decided to move to our new place here in Indiana. Got my 2 year DOT medical , DMV and drug test all good. Just need to get my permit before my start date on September 9th. Any drivers on here from Indiana area ? I talked with a driver from First Fleet that was hired as a grad from SAGE and does night runs out and back daily for Kroger and loves it. He had me put his name down as a referral , maybe help us both out ???

Still looking for home daily and there are a few out there like Hogan ( driver facing camera's :( , for coaching they say HMMMMM

Carter express is regional but home every weekend , Might work out. They seem to get home some through the week also.

I appreciate any info of companies hiring new grads.

I paid up front for driving school but a company with a reimbursement would be okay :)

Thanks

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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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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License wise, it sounds like you should be okay. Good job keeping that up to date for so many years, living so far away!High Road CDL Training ProgramPaid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

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.

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.

Cwc's Comment
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I grew up just down the road from Muncie in Anderson. Long since moved away. Although I occasionally deliver to Hershey's from Perdue farms in ?Delaware I wanna say. Which is right across the street from Carter's Anderson terminal.

Also as other might have mentioned home daily isn't as easy as it sounds. Often just long enough to shower, eat, sleep, and repeat.

Also keep in mind those home daily positions usually require really good time management skills and backing..

And since your in the area make sure you hit Art's Pizza for a roast beef sandwich. And Pizza King for a Royal feast with BBQ sauce .... Sounds horrible but you'll thank me while your eating it.... Not so much later that evening.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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