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Carley T.'s Comment
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I am turning 21 this month and I am getting ready to apply for a company that will pay for my cdl program but im not sure what company to go for, at first I wanted to go to swift but you now have to be 23 to get on with them after that i wanted to go with prime but i learned recently that they updated there training to 50k tnt miles and i think that's just them trying to get more money out of new drivers now i am thinking of Roehl but im not so sure about them either any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated!

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Army 's Comment
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Welcome

There are many great company sponsored schools. My son started with WIL-Trans this past February, and he is 21.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Paid CDL Training Programs

High Road CDL Training Program

I know brett was updating the list of companies that provide paid training. Good Luck. We have many experienced drivers that will give you solid advice.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Carley T.'s Comment
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Welcome

There are many great company sponsored schools. My son started with WIL-Trans this past February, and he is 21.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Paid CDL Training Programs

High Road CDL Training Program

I know brett was updating the list of companies that provide paid training. Good Luck. We have many experienced drivers that will give you solid advice.

I have applied for the paid cdl training about a week ago and havent gotten any replys yet im still hopeful though! im going through the cdl training program now thank you for the links i will look through them! how does your son like WIL-trans 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.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Susan D. 's Comment
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So you really believe prime, by extending TNT is trying to get more money out of students??

I'm sorry, but that's completely ludicrous. The risk that ANY company takes on when they accept an inexperienced permit holder/rookie is astronomical.

I personally believe Prime is on the right track. Training isn't NEARLY long enough. As a matter of fact, my company stopped accepting inexperienced drivers because they were tired of taking on that risk. It was beginning to cost way too much.

Carry on. Length of training time should be irrelevant in choosing a company that's WILLING to take you, pay you and train you to do this very difficult job. Unless of course you feel a training program is not long enough.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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.

Carley T.'s Comment
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So you really believe prime, by extending TNT is trying to get more money out of students??

I'm sorry, but that's completely ludicrous. The risk that ANY company takes on when they accept an inexperienced permit holder/rookie is astronomical.

I personally believe Prime is on the right track. Training isn't NEARLY long enough. As a matter of fact, my company stopped accepting inexperienced drivers because they were tired of taking on that risk. It was beginning to cost way too much.

Carry on. Length of training time should be irrelevant in choosing a company that's WILLING to take you, pay you and train you to do this very difficult job. Unless of course you feel a training program is not long enough.

okay maybe im wrong about it but i dont really understand how its really training when your trainer and you are more of a team driver and hes not up there with you showing you what you are doing? I do agree that most 1 on 1 training isnt long enough though but prime wouldn't be doing 1 on 1

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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.

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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Do you have the driver pulse app? If so you can see whether companies declined you or are looking at your applications.

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Welcome

There are many great company sponsored schools. My son started with WIL-Trans this past February, and he is 21.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Paid CDL Training Programs

High Road CDL Training Program

I know brett was updating the list of companies that provide paid training. Good Luck. We have many experienced drivers that will give you solid advice.

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I have applied for the paid cdl training about a week ago and havent gotten any replys yet im still hopeful though! im going through the cdl training program now thank you for the links i will look through them! how does your son like WIL-trans 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.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Army 's Comment
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He likes his choice. They keep him moving and treat him well.

I am surprised you say you submitted the apps over a week ago, and haven't gotten anything back. Most people, including myself started getting responses within hours. Do you have something on your driving record, or criminal past that is causing an issue?

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Carley T.'s Comment
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Do you have the driver pulse app? If so you can see whether companies declined you or are looking at your applications.

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Welcome

There are many great company sponsored schools. My son started with WIL-Trans this past February, and he is 21.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Paid CDL Training Programs

High Road CDL Training Program

I know brett was updating the list of companies that provide paid training. Good Luck. We have many experienced drivers that will give you solid advice.

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I have applied for the paid cdl training about a week ago and havent gotten any replys yet im still hopeful though! im going through the cdl training program now thank you for the links i will look through them! how does your son like WIL-trans so far?

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just downloaded it and filled it out thank you for letting me know about it!

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Carley T.'s Comment
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He likes his choice. They keep him moving and treat him well.

I am surprised you say you submitted the apps over a week ago, and haven't gotten anything back. Most people, including myself started getting responses within hours. Do you have something on your driving record, or criminal past that is causing an issue?

oh thats good!

not sure if a wreck i got in that wasnt my fault and no injures would be on it but that is the only thing that would be on it and no criminal past what so ever

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Carley seeks understanding:

i dont really understand how its really training when your trainer and you are more of a team driver and hes not up there with you showing you what you are doing?

Many new people can't figure this one out. Jeez, when you got your "car" driver license, you got it at the DMV office, and you were then "free" to drive around! However, with an 18 wheeler, you are moving up to 40 tons of heavy metal at highway speeds, for one. Also, you need to move that monster around other cars, into and out or truck docks and parking spaces. Really, you don't get this in a classroom or practice range.

And after a bit of real driving, even the interstates become a piece of cake. So why does the so-called "training" continue? The parts of your job at the beginning and the end - how to behave at a shipper/receiver, how to back into real-life docks with trucks - not cones - to get between. It really takes a while. Also, as a team, you may get into a situation you have no training on - steep mountain grades, and/or snow for instance - that you will really want an experienced person next to you. Your trainer will be there.

Your comment about "longer training so companies can get more money out of new drivers" has about .00001% truth: Companies are out to make money. But Trucking companies make money by moving freight, not squeezing newbies for another $100. And so the sooner a new driver can get their own truck and pull trailers, the sooner your company will be making the real bucks - and so will you.

From the day you walk into Prime, or Roehl or whoever (look here: Paid CDL Training Programs), all the way until your road trainer gives you the thumbs up, you need to be on the learning intake mode.

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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