Veriha, Swift, Or Prime

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

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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.

Liz investigates:

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

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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.

Thanks. Quick question if I go down to North Carolina do the do your final cdl testing down there or will I get sent back up here for it. I left Autumn a message to get back to me.

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.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Theoretically you can test in any state and they forward the results back home. Then you get to your local DMV to finalize everything.

It's been about three years since that was started, but I've read some stories in the forum that there may be some issues.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You would test in pittston PA at prime then go back to NJ and get the CDL.

Prime testing in MO has since changed and they do it the same as PA and UT now.

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.
Liz D.'s Comment
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You would test in pittston PA at prime then go back to NJ and get the CDL.

Prime testing in MO has since changed and they do it the same as PA and UT now.

Thanks for all the feed back. I still a bit hung up but decided otr for the first year is what I need to do for now. I really just wasn’t to make sure the training is above par. I grab things and run with it to be the best and have a company that provides the support to do that. I do like the idea of descent pay while in training too. Anyway hoping on making my decision real soon. Kearsey any room on that truck for a noob. I mean I’d try not to ding it up. 😆

Thank you everyone for the input so far.

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.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Liz is particular:

I really just wasn’t to make sure the training is above par

Think: your teenage kid wants to borrow the car for a road trip on Thanksgiving weekend. I'll bet my paycheck (rhetorically) you will be certain the car comes back without a scratch.

Same for any truck company - they will need to trust you with a $250k tractor and the freight. No one is going to slack off in company sponsored training.

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.

Liz D.'s Comment
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Liz is particular:

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I really just wasn’t to make sure the training is above par

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Think: your teenage kid wants to borrow the car for a road trip on Thanksgiving weekend. I'll bet my paycheck (rhetorically) you will be certain the car comes back without a scratch.

Same for any truck company - they will need to trust you with a $250k tractor and the freight. No one is going to slack off in company sponsored training.

Perfect way to describe it ty. 🤔😊

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Kearsey any room on that truck for a noob. I mean I’d try not to ding it up

The privilege of being a company driver is that if you bang it up too much, i just get a new truck. I had a student who got sooo upset when she would grind my gears. I told her "its 2 years old. They will be taking it from.me.in 6 mons. Grind away I don't care".

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Liz D.'s Comment
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Kearsey any room on that truck for a noob. I mean I’d try not to ding it up

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The privilege of being a company driver is that if you bang it up too much, i just get a new truck. I had a student who got sooo upset when she would grind my gears. I told her "its 2 years old. They will be taking it from.me.in 6 mons. Grind away I don't care".

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Kearsey, may I ask what do you love about Prime? What do you think would need improvement? Prime is kinda my leaning atm, Pittston sits in the middle of my family scattered from NJ to Pittsburgh/Ohio and in between. I emailed Derek to get in touch with me this week.

Thanks

G-Town's Comment
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Liz proximity to a terminal should not be a significant factor in choosing a company.

Swift has a Terminal in Jonestown PA; within 2 miles of the PA RT 72 exit off I-81, about a mile north of the I-78 junction.

Prime is really good company and so is Swift. Terminal location is a minor consideration.

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.

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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Liz proximity to a terminal should not be a significant factor in choosing a company.

Swift has a Terminal in Jonestown PA; within 2 miles of the PA RT 72 exit off I-81, about a mile north of the I-78 junction.

Prime is really good company and so is Swift. Terminal location is a minor consideration.

Thanks G-Town., see I’m a noob. Just one factor not a make or break. So tell me. What do you love about Swift? What do you wish was better? I’ve spoke with Autumn for a bit she is set to sent me to Ut. I know sales peoples but seems like good companies make the choice difficult lol I like the idea of a dedicated after my first year maybe with weekends off. Both offer this so I’m close on my decision.

I’m not asking for what they could do better part as a negative bashing thing. More on the constructive side.

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.

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.

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