Veriha, Swift, Or Prime

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Liz D.'s Comment
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I’ve lurked here for a little bit. I just got my CLP and looking to be paid while I train cause you know.... bills. I have narrowed or maybe not narrowed down my choices to the three above. I have my email full of info from their recruiters any insight or experiences about them. My background, greenhouse grower/ farm market chick for 20yrs. Use to drive. 14 and then 24’ strait box for deliveries. Big box stores did me in, been working retail for four years. Everyday I die a lil more inside. Lol. I need to get back out there.

Thanks

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Auggie69's Comment
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I’ve lurked here for a little bit. I just got my CLP and looking to be paid while I train cause you know.... bills. I have narrowed or maybe not narrowed down my choices to the three above. I have my email full of info from their recruiters any insight or experiences about them. My background, greenhouse grower/ farm market chick for 20yrs. Use to drive. 14 and then 24’ strait box for deliveries. Big box stores did me in, been working retail for four years. Everyday I die a lil more inside. Lol. I need to get back out there.

Thanks

Where are you at?

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Liz D.'s Comment
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I’ve lurked here for a little bit. I just got my CLP and looking to be paid while I train cause you know.... bills. I have narrowed or maybe not narrowed down my choices to the three above. I have my email full of info from their recruiters any insight or experiences about them. My background, greenhouse grower/ farm market chick for 20yrs. Use to drive. 14 and then 24’ strait box for deliveries. Big box stores did me in, been working retail for four years. Everyday I die a lil more inside. Lol. I need to get back out there.

Thanks

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Where are you at?

I’m located in southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia. Travel to me is not an issue. Prime wants to send me to Pa, Swift to North Carolina, and Veriha is in Wisconsin for training. Again no problem to go wherever. All have regional gigs in my area plus I have family in Western Pa and Ohio.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am from West Deptford! Another member here is from Woodstown. ;)

We are both at Prime but I run OTR reefer. They wanted to put me Northeast regional but it is a tough gig. Lack of parking, tight backing and of course our crazy drivers.

Heres my thread that was 4 years ago.when i started. Pay has increased a bit since. It is long because I basically answered all Prime questions on it over the years.

My First Year Pay at Prime

Ask any questions you like, we will answer. ;)

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Yay! Another South Jerseyan. As Kearsey mentioned, I live in Woodstown. No shortage of farm markets around there. Well, actually I live over the road. I just visit Woodstown for 4 days every couple months. smile.gif

Obviously I recommend Prime. Although to be honest, you can be happy and earn a good amount of money from any company you choose to go with.

As you look through this site, ask questions, and learn more as a result, no doubt, you will be more able to make a decision that suits you best.

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.

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.

Liz D.'s Comment
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Yay! Another South Jerseyan. As Kearsey mentioned, I live in Woodstown. No shortage of farm markets around there. Well, actually I live over the road. I just visit Woodstown for 4 days every couple months. smile.gif

Obviously I recommend Prime. Although to be honest, you can be happy and earn a good amount of money from any company you choose to go with.

As you look through this site, ask questions, and learn more as a result, no doubt, you will be more able to make a decision that suits you best.

Thank you for the input. I am in Williamstown. I am familiar with woodstown my one supplier was down there. Yeah with our farm market they opened a big box down the street and biz headed south. I am use to working for myself and challenging myself to be the best that I can be.

I will ask questions as they arise. Right now just nervous as all get out cause we’ll, steady check and bennies for the past 4 yrs.

As I typed I had a question pop into my head.

Going to Pittson, does Prime, do you final testing up there or send u back to Jersey?

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.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Shoot! Sorry, Liz. I did not get my cdl through Prime. However, I think the process is similar. If not someone will correct me. You test and get your license in the state you go to school in. Then you transfer the license to your home state soon after. I got mine in Missouri. When I went out with my trainer we were routed back to my home so I could transfer my cdl.

Nerves are natural. I was a wreck prior to leaving. I was out for a long walk at least twice a day in the weeks before I left for cdl school trying to get rid of nervous energy. I'd practice saying the pre trip inspection to myself while I was walking. Taking advantage of the tools on this site such as

High Road CDL Training Program

Will help you feel more prepared.

On a side note. My friend and I used to meet up at Geets Diner on the way to AC. One of us would leave our car there and then we'd drive down the shore together.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Liz!

How about that...location, location.

I delivered to the Williamstown, Egg Harbor Township and Rio Grande Walmart’s today. Just got back to the DC. Beautiful day for driving.

I’ve been with Swift for over 6 years now; Walmart Grocery Dedicated. Happy to answer any questions.

Good luck!

Liz D.'s Comment
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Welcome Liz!

How about that...location, location.

I delivered to the Williamstown, Egg Harbor Township and Rio Grande Walmart’s today. Just got back to the DC. Beautiful day for driving.

I’ve been with Swift for over 6 years now; Walmart Grocery Dedicated. Happy to answer any questions.

Good luck!

G-town. Swift’s recruiter stated they could hook me up with Walmart as well.

Welcome Liz!

How about that...location, location.

I delivered to the Williamstown, Egg Harbor Township and Rio Grande Walmart’s today. Just got back to the DC. Beautiful day for driving.

I’ve been with Swift for over 6 years now; Walmart Grocery Dedicated. Happy to answer any questions.

Good luck!

Thank d G-town their recruiter said she could make the Walmart gig happen for me. She said that they would send me to N Carolina for training. Did you do your training through Swift?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Liz investigates:

G-town. Swift’s recruiter stated they could hook me up with Walmart as well.

I drove for Swift, got my start with their Academy. In my first year I drove in divisions for OTR , Line Haul and Regional (which includes Texas to Georgia in the South). Enjoyed them all. (Then I went back to the Academy as an Instructor!) I'm posting to say this: If you can get into the Walmart account, do it! First, in the time I've been on, G-Town has had nothing at all bad to say about his Walmart experience. And I did some Walmart "surge"/additional support for a few weeks delivering deli-dairy-frozen reefers in Missouri. I loved it, but I was based too far from home - a surge assignment is only temporary anyway.

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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